I’d always wanted to go on a skiing holiday, but felt like it was too expensive for a budget holidaymaker like me. I looked at prices and with all the ski equipment hire and all the stuff I needed to buy as a virgin skier it just came in as far too expensive. Then, I discovered Slovenia and in particular Bohinj and my skiing hopes and dreams came true…

Vogel Ski Centre just outside the town of Bohinj in Slovenia is the perfect place to learn to ski on a budget. It wasn’t anywhere near as busy as the big resorts, so my pro friends said, and I learned to ski with an amazing instructor in just a day. I went with four friends, three of us learners and two pros and it suited us all perfectly. There were green, blue and red runs to satisfy us all and it was an incredible view from the top of the mountain.

Cheap ski holiday in Slovenia

Before you go

Make sure you have good medical travel insurance – my friend’s sister had an accident and had to be airlifted off a mountain (not on this trio). This would’ve cost around £10,000, but it was all covered by insurance.

Make sure you have everything you need like gloves, hats, sunglasses and ski trousers as it’s expensive to buy the essentials up on the mountain. You might also need to bring wristguards too. Safety first!

Food and drink in Slovenia

Slovenia is a cheap country to visit with hearty dinners at great value and it felt like we got free shots wherever we went – the shops, the slopes and to top off our restaurant dinners.

We were exhausted after dinner so carried on the parties back at the apartment most night. But on the last night we missed the bus and there wasn’t another one for two hours so we found ourselves in one of the local bars, just big enough for the five of us and five locals. Oh dear, it got very messy in here. Enough said.

Vogel Ski Centre

Up at Vogel Ski Centre there are five cafes. Two up on the slopes reachable by chairlifts and the other three at the start where you get off the gondola. One serves incredible pizzas, the other American-style food and the other is decked out cosily and serves amazing traditional Slovenian food.

Slovenians are incredibly friendly and straight to the point. This was proven in one particular moment: I fell over on my first time solo on the green run and I fell into some guys’ mini ice hockey pitch he was setting up. He laughed and offered me a huge shot of Jagermeister. I sat and drank it and then he told me I’d have to leave.

Costs

  • 3-day lift and cable car pass €59
  • Taxi shuttle for five people from Ljubljana to Bohinj €67 (€13 each)
  • 4 nights at a 5-person apartment at Na Vasi Apartments in Bohinj €57pp
  • 3-day ski hire €45
  • 1hr ½ with Andre €40
  • 1 hr with Vogel Ski Centre instructor €29
  • Flight booked two months in advance €60pp
  • Bus from Bohinj to Savice €1.30 (2km)
  • Dinner at Hotel Tripic (we went here twice)
  • Self-cooked dinner
  • Dinner
  • Bottle of Jager
  • Pizza on the mountain

More than just skiing

They’ve got a whole lot of stuff going on around Bohinj Lake and Lake Bled. If you want a day off from the slopes there’s the nearby Aquapark or you can walk around Lake Bled and enjoy the cafes and restaurants there.

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