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    Top Value Skiing for 2012

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    Even though we all love summer, many of us look forward to the winter season with great fervor. Before you know it, the 2012 ski season will be here and finding the best resort now will save you time later. Some of the most perfect ski resorts in the world have the best prices at the beginning and end of the season. Here are four ski resorts that will offer you the best bang for your buck in 2012.

    Balestrand, Norway

    Beautiful landscape and wide open ski areas make Balestrand a top destination year after year. For those that desire a bit more in the way of outdoor activity, the resort offers perfect opportunities for hiking and climbing. You can get great value ski hotels in Norway in the hills so be sure to pack a camera in order to take advantage of all of the amazing photographic opportunities in the stunning Saurdral ski area.

    Bankso, Bulgaria

    Outdoor activities at Bankso include downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Some of the best times to be had at the resort are in the snowboarding competitions open to all guests. Head over to the Balkans Fun Park during your stay and try your hand at building your very own board jumps. December through May offer the best of the ski season so plan your vacation accordingly.

    Bonhinj, Solvina

    A total of 92 pistes dot the landscape of the Bohinj ski area. Several resorts offer guests a plethora of options when it comes to accommodations no matter the time of year. Artificial snow machines guarantee activities even if the winter weather isn’t cooperating. A variety of runs ensure that both the beginning and experienced skiers will find adventure on the slopes. A favorite site in the area is the pristine lake in Bled on which sits a central island with a beautiful church.

    Kranjska Gora

    The proximity of Kranjska Gora to Triglav National Park provides stunning views of the surrounding forests and nearby Alps. Because it borders the national park, Kranjska offers a variety of outdoor activities for the non-skiers in your group. Be sure to ski down Podkoren, the run utilized each year by those men competing for the Vitranc Trophy. So check the snow reports and see you on the slopes.

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