Hungary may not be at the top of the list when choosing a skiing destination, but it still has 33 ski resorts, which may surprise some people because they are extremely cheap and the price/quality ratio is amazing. If you would like to give Hungary a chance for a cheap ski holiday this year, below are three of the best ski resorts which I have visited, and which I consider to be the best of the bunch.
You don’t really have to try and pronounce its name, but this is one of the most popular ski resorts in Hungary, probably due to its elevation of 821 m. This doesn’t sound so high but it is actually the third highest of all the ski resorts in the country. It offers 1.4 km of beginners slopes, 1.6 km for intermediate skiers, and 0.6 km for those who are experienced enough to try something challenging. There are 6 ski-lifts in total. A daily ski pass will set you back 18 euros for adults and 15 euros for children. Snowboarders are also welcome on the slopes. There is a fully illuminated area for night skiing, which is a must do if you have never tried it before.
There is accommodation in the area but not a wide selection… I chose the Hegyilevego Panzio in Matraszentimre and paid 56 euros for a double room for two nights – in other word, pretty cheap. It’s only 6 km away from the ski resort and it’s essential that you have your own transport. What attracted me most was the discounted ski passes that you can purchase from your host. That was a big bonus and saved me money. Because nothing beats a cheap holiday than saving even more!
Borzsony – Nagy-Hideg-hegy
This ski resort is close to the Slovakian border and has an elevation of 821 m, making this the second highest in the country. There is 1.3 km of beginner’s slopes, 1.7 km for intermediate skiers, and 0.2 km for the adventurous skier. It has 5 ski-lifts and a daily ski pass will cost you 12 euros for adults and 8 euros for children. Accommodation near to the resort is non-existent. So I had to look further afield. There are two viable options.
First one is to choose some accommodation on the western or southern side of Budapest. I stayed at the 3 star Attila Hotel for 44 euros for two nights in a twin room. The ski resort is 29 km away but you travel over half that distance on the motorway. The other option is the Borzsonyalja Vendeghaz Panzio situated in the village of Diosjeno. It charges 48 euros for a twin room for two nights. The resort is 21 km away but through very narrow, hilly roads. I was glad I chose Budapest to this alternative just for the convenience of traveling. The views were better from the slopes than the last resort but both my skiing experiences were the same.
Visegrad – Nagyvillam
Situated 3 km from the town of Visegrad, this ski resort exudes fun. This is the place for beginners and those who want to learn how to ski on relatively gentle slopes. There is only 1.2 km of slopes served by 7 ski-lifts. You’ll pay 15 euros for adults and 12 euros for children for a daily ski pass. There is also a well-established ski school and ski hire on-site. Night-skiing is also available and great fun for everyone who takes part.
I stayed in Visegrad at the Villa Harmonia and they charged me 76 euros for a double room for 2 nights. It was a really pleasant experience, though. I think I enjoyed staying here so much because the town has a lot to offer, with its quaint shopping streets, cafés, restaurants and the majestic Visegrad Castle on its prominent hilltop overlooking the River Danube.
All in all, Hungary is not the place to go if you want to experience Alpine skiing. However, it is a real option if you want to experience some of the cheapest skiing in Europe. For those who live in the neighboring countries, Hungary is most certainly a good choice if you want to have fun skiing at a cheap price. You can also look at the options of exploring Budapest or Visegrad as an alternative activity to skiing and soak up the atmosphere which is, Hungary. So if you decide to go here, you will surely be surprised… in a good way!