Believe it or not, there are plenty of places to go skiing around Hungary, all of which are easily accessible from the country’s capital. Those in possession of a car have a slight advantage, but public transport and even direct transfers make a day excursion to one of the resorts listed below a great option on a visit to Budapest. Below are listed – in order of decreasing length – the top five pistes of our humble home. Take your pick and hit the slopes!
Being the newest ski resort of the country, the Ski Arena boasts with the longest pisted runs and first ever four-seat chairlift of the country. Its only setback is the huge crowds it attracts on weekends, which can take away its leisurely charm.
On arriving, don’t let the surrounding plateau put you off, as the resort itself is built on a set of artificial hills on the southernmost part of the Bakony (for lack of a better term) mountain range. 132km from Budapest, it is roughly an hour and a half by car, but a direct transfer is also available for those without a ride and wanting to avoid the hassle of trekking down via public transport with skis or snowboard in hand. Additional services include rentals, lessons, restaurant and on-slope café, free parking and a number of accommodations for those wishing to extend their stay.
Set on the slopes of the Mátra mountain range famous for its outstanding microclimate, the Sí Park with its 3.4km worth of pisted runs allows for 90 days of skiing a year! The whole resort including a small fun park and an on-piste wooden restaurant has a lovely alpine atmosphere.
Flood lights along the main blue run allow for late night skiing, plus a number of extra services such as rentals and accommodations for those wishing to extend their stay are also available. Located 111km from Budapest, it is roughly an hour and a half by car, or by bus, which conveniently stops at the top of the resort.
Located on the tallest slopes of the Mátra mountain range with a peak of 1014m, Kékestető’s 3km worth of pisted runs comprise the highest ski resort of the country, which has come to be known for having the longest uninterrupted ski run of something over 1km (yay!).
Like all the above mentioned resorts, Kékestető also provides a number of extra services including rentals, restaurants and accommodation for those wishing to extend their stay, some with excellent wellness facilities. Located 99km from Budapest, it is under an hour and a half by car, two hours by bus.
Dobogókő in the Pilis mountain range boasts with one of the best microclimates of the country, also providing snow covered slopes for up to 90 days a year. Its 2.2km worth of pisted runs are located in a picturesque wooded surrounding also perfect for sleigh rides, strolls, cross country skiing and freerideing for the more advanced riders. A ski lift with an extra stop half way up the slope provides beginners with the opportunity of popping off before the steeper runs. Located 36km from Budapest, it can be reached within under an hour by car, but no convenient bus services are available.
Visegrád with its 1.7km worth of pisted runs is one of the smallest resorts of the country, but very homey for that reason. It is a roughly 15 minute drive from the lovely little town of Szentendre, and can be reached from Budapest in under an hour. A number of jumps serve to entertain the more advanced riders, while the children’s slope is perfect for beginner to acquire those first moves.