Sep 15

How to cut the cost of skiing

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Skiing is not cheap: this is not a holiday you should consider if your budget is very limited. It’s also extremely addictive. Once you get the bug, you’ll want to go every year.

However, it is a marvellous experience, and it’s possible to get great deals that make skiing very affordable. Some of the big tour operators benefit from the economies of scale and can negotiate low prices on accommodation and flights.

Here are some tips on finding cheap ski holidays:

1. Avoid the rock-star resorts. Some resorts have reputations for great skiing, great nightlife and great hotels. True – but you’ll pay for the privilege. In fact, many lesser-known resorts have just as good skiing and are much, much less expensive. So avoid the likes of Zermatt, Courchevel and Val d’Isere.

2. Avoid the school holidays. Obviously this is tricky if you have school-age kids, but the most expensive week of the season is February half-term. Christmas and New Year is more affordable, while Easter is often a good deal (but go to a high resort to avoid melting slopes). Better still, go in the slow months of January and March.

3. Pick a cheap country. France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy have the best skiing, but if cost is your main concern, ski Andorra – which has great skiing and excellent ski schools – or venture further to the less glam slopes of Bulgaria or Slovenia. If you are in the United States or Canada, there are plenty of ski resorts that will fit your budget. If you like to plan ski trips during the holidays to Canada, keep an eye out for cheap flights to Toronto or Montreal. They usually have specials going on during the off seasons.

4. Beg, steal and borrow equipment. You don’t need everything new, so find people who can lend you their jackets, hats and gloves.

5. Book equipment online. You will need to rent skis and boots but you can save up to 60% on shop prices by booking on the web before you travel. Try Skiset.co.uk

6. Go self-catering. Hotels are great, but if you want to save money get a self-catering apartment. You’ll pay supermarket prices for food and you’ll usually have a bit more room to spread out your things. Also consider chalets where the up-front price is higher but all your breakfasts and dinners are included.

6. Book your flights as far ahead in advance as possible. Visit When to Book Flights to find out more.

 

 

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