Solid option for a 4+ day trip. We tested it in 2017.
Jasná Nízke Tatry — Chopok: great backcountry potential when the snow conditions are good!
- Train, 110eur return trip
- Skipass, 30eur/day
- Accommodation, from 30eur/day
Itineraries by train
Inexpensive EuroNight nonstop train 19:01 >> 05:36 and 23:01 >> 09:01 back.
Bratislava to Liptovský Mikuláš train 07:55 >> 12:15 13eur + local bus or taxi; 17:29 >> 21:13 back to Bratislava.
Also, an opportunity to go back on Monday during the day through Prague, EC every 2 hours.
Train tickets: Berlin<>Bratislava 78eur + Bratislava<>Mikulas 30eur = 110eur
Skipass: 5 days = 140eur (280eur for 2)
Accommodation: 5 days 2 people = 150-250eur
We stayed at Penzion Ajda (www.ajda.sk or Booking.com link).
If you choose EuroNight train, do pay attention when the conductor explains you safety rules. This is the only train on Earth where someone managed to steal our cash 🙂
In Jasná, if you’re willing to walk along the ridge from Chopok towards Ďumbier peak, you’ll find nice backcountry for any level even in spring and meet lots of wildlife, especially Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica.
Some downsides: local transport is underdeveloped. Mikuláš is far from the slopes, 30 minutes in a crowded skibus.
Top slopes all around! Good for a longer getaway.
Les 2 Alpes
easyJet direct flight (...)
SXF>LYS morning; FlixBus to Alpe d’Huez or a bus to Grenoble and then a Transisere bus
LYS>SXF early morning
Another great weekend+ option.
Direct flights by Ryanair (...)
Fri 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM >>
Mon 8:40 AM – 10:25 AM <<
Taking Monday off, riding on Saturday and Sunday, staying 2 nights in Bergamo.
Car rent: 3 days from 60eur.
Courmayeur: 220 km; cheap transfer should be available.
Unexpected destination, Venice is cheap to fly to in winter, so it’s a great port of entry on your way to Dolomites or Slovenian ski resorts.
Makes sense in case of Friday+Monday off.
Something in Slovenia?
Ryanair is really cheap in winter, now it’s ...
Val Gardena: 300 km (4 hr drive) from Venice.
Car hire: 3 days from 80eur.
A rare combo of sea and snow in one weekend.
Sierra Nevada: very sunny, best snow presumably in January
Itinerary by plane
easyJet from around 100eur (current price: ...)
SXF>AGP: Fri evening
AGP>SXF Mon evening
Sierra Nevada: 160km by car.
Car hire: 3 days from 70eur.
A bit wild but super authentic, good for 4-5 days’ trip.
Bakuriani: 2.5 hours by taxi from Kutaisi
http://ski.ru/az/blogs/post/iz-bakuriani-s-lyubovyu/ (in Russian)
Plane from 100eur, Wizz Air direct (... now).
EU citizens do not need a visa.