If you’re wondering how you can afford a wintersports getaway this year, it might be worth considering staying in a ski hostel, an increasingly popular economical alternative to hotel accommodation for skiers.
Many established resort hostels enjoy good locations near to the slopes, often closer than newer hotels forced to locate further away as resorts expand.
There are ski hostels all over the world including Austria, France, Italy, Scotland and Scandinavia, as well as further afield, and prices are often much lower than hotels. HI-Whistler in Canada, for example, offers accommodation from as little as £19.64 per person per night. Originally built to provide accommodation for athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics, HI-Whistler is now a hostel for low-budget skiers, but includes luxury facilities such as TVs.
Rates at the three-star Randolin’s Hostel in St Moritz start at £35 a night, while Ks House, Hakuba – one of the most popular places in Japan for skiing and hot springs – offers nightly rates from £23.90 per person.
Ski hostels can be found and booked online at websites such as www.Hostelworld.com.