How to reduce the cost of a short ski break

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 2:32 PM

If you would like to jet off for a short break on the slopes but are concerned about the cost, check out our top tips for cutting the price of your holiday. There are numerous ways to reduce the expense of a skiing trip, so read on to find out more.

When planning a short skiing holiday, it is important to maximise your time away, so avoid anywhere which involves a lot of travelling.

It is sensible to stick to European destinations if you only have a few days to spare, so make sure you are aware of all your options before you book your trip.

As well as the usual suspects such as France, Italy and Austria, there are some less well-known destinations like Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia - all of which can offer great value for money.

In fact, you may be able to find the ideal ski deals, particularly if you are just heading away for a long weekend.

If you are new to skiing, for example, the Romanian resort of Poiana Brasov could be a good choice, with its pistes perfectly suited to beginner and intermediate skiers.

Slovenia, meanwhile, is home to several ski resorts, with Kranjska Gora undoubtedly the jewel in its crown.

Situated close to the borders with Italy and Austria, this destination boasts a World Cup slalom run that will be an exhilarating challenge for experienced skiers.

Kranjska Gora is home to a variety of slopes suitable for everyone from new skiers through to those who have been gliding down the piste for years.

As well as searching through the various resorts to find one that suits you and the rest of your party, you will also need to consider your accommodation once you arrive.

If you are keen to book one of the many ski chalets, make sure you have a large enough group to fill it. This will help lower everyone's costs, as you will be able to split the price of the rental over more people.

Choosing self-catering accommodation could also present you with the opportunity to save a bit more cash, as you can prepare your own meals in the evening and save the expense of eating out.

Another option is, of course, to select an all-inclusive deal, which may seem more expensive initially but in the long run it could be much cheaper.

Make sure you check the various ski deals carefully to find one that meets your requirements. Be aware that packages featuring free equipment hire and lift passes are available, so keep your eyes open for one of these offers and you could stand to save a substantial amount of money.

If you have your own ski or snowboarding equipment, however, and are keen to test it out on the snow, make sure you consider the cost of transporting it. Many airlines have a fee for carrying such items, so compare this charge with the price of equipment rental in your chosen resort before finalising your flight details.

Eating out can be an expensive part of any holiday, so selecting an all-inclusive package that covers the cost of meals could be a good move, particularly if you are travelling with your family.

Having food prepared for you each evening will also allow you to sit back and relax, rather than rush around cooking after a long day on the slopes.
 

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