Let’s be honest, skiing can be a slippery slope for your budget. Travel costs, accommodation, equipment hire and lift passes can set you back a pretty penny before you even catch a glimpse of the slopes. But don’t worry! We have some tips for you to cut down the costs, without cutting down on the fun.
Cut back on equipment hire – Kitting yourself out for a ski trip can be notoriously expensive. If you decide to buy equipment, claw back on the costs by shopping around and comparing prices. If you are serious about saving money, you could even look into getting cashback or using discount voucher websites. Alternatively, you can hire your ski equipment online before you leave, which is not only a great way to keep your costs down, but you can also secure the best gear. Or simply beg and borrow ski equipment from friends and family!
Ski the low season – Ski holiday prices are definitely not the same for the whole winter. When you have the flexibility to go at off-peak times, you will not only enjoy fewer queues and more space on the slopes, but it can save you a great deal of money as well. School holidays and the weeks around New Year are the most expensive times to go skiing. However, early December, most of January, mid-March and late-April are traditionally low season and will be considerably cheaper. Also travelling mid-week can save you a packet. If you can get up early, then why not also think about ‘student week’, when the slopes are relatively quiet in the mornings.
Book early…or book late – Especially when you are targeting a peak-season week or if you are travelling in a big group, booking your holiday early is generally the most sensible thing to do. However, if you are not too fussy about where you’ll end up, then leaving things to the last minute can be one of the surest routes to bag one of the cheaper ski deals available. Furthermore, booking your skiing holiday online will also almost always be cheaper than having to pass by a travel agent.
Self-catering – Consider staying in a self-catered chalet or an apartment as opposed to hotels. Nipdown to the local supermarket and stock up on the fridge with good food and drinks. Enjoy your own meals on a budget and even your own après-ski parties, while sticking to your own timings. Additionally, you can make packed lunches and save at least a tenner a day per person on the price of lunch and snacks.