Turkey has beaten Bulgaria in a list of popular alternative ski destinations.
The country, known well-known for resorts like Ericyes, was selected in fourth place in a survey of more than 7,600 ski-going adults by sports retailer Decathlon.
Bulgaria, known for resorts like Bankso, Borovets and Pamporovo, was selected in fifth place.
Top of the ‘alternative’ list was Scotland, then Canada and then the US.
The Pyrenees and Nordic resorts didn’t feature at all.
“While timeless resorts in France, Italy and Austria will always remain popular with holiday goers, it’s encouraging to see other destinations being considered and on the radar with ski enthusiasts,” said Tea Djusmic, ski and snowboard sports manager at Decathlon.
“This isn’t surprising given the benefits of participating in snow sports in lesser known destinations – it is often cheaper and quieter, making them more accessible and the ideal choice for all ability levels. Clearly, these alternative resorts are now competing with their swanky counterparts located in the Alps.”
The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a monthly, national survey.