How to plan ski holidays on a budget

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:36 AM

Getting away to the slopes does not have to be something only the rich and famous enjoy each year, but the average holidaymaker could too - particularly when there are so many cheap ski holidays to choose from. You should find something suitable no matter what your budget.

However, in addition to making sure you hunt out the best deals going, there are other ways that you can bring down the cost of your skiing holidays - all it takes is a little savvy planning. Read on to find out more.

One good tip is to select more basic accommodation than the traditional chalet. At many resorts you can book a stay at a hotel, which is often a more affordable option.

Keep in mind that on most other holidays you would be content with a hotel room to yourself and that you won't be speeding too much time in your accommodation anyway, as the bulk of your day will be spent on the slopes.

While it is nice to have an entire luxury chalet to yourself, the skiing is what is important and you could save a reasonable amount of money to spend on lessons or equipment hire if you stay at a hotel.

If you have your heart set on booking a chalet, ask as many of your friends and family as possible along for the ride. By ensuring that every room of the property is filled, you should find the cost per head works out cheaper overall, particularly if couples are sharing the bedrooms. You could also look for a chalet that is more basic than the luxury options - you will still find it just as spacious and comfortable but you may have saved money.

Another way to reduce costs is to carefully consider what time of year to book your ski holidays. Winter is the most popular period, particularly around the festive break. However, prices can drop during January, so you may wish to keep an eye out for any last-minute offers.

Reducing the number of days you are away for is another way to lower the cost of your trip. Often people prefer to have an entire week on the slopes, but you could instead opt to spend a long weekend away.

By choosing a destination that is relatively close by, such as northern Europe and the French Alps, you will not waste too much time travelling and could be on the slopes sooner than you know it. In addition, because you are taking a shorter break, you are sure to make every moment of your holiday count, so you could end up spending longer periods on the piste than you would if you were away for a whole week.

Finally, spend a while searching for the very best offers so that you can get a cheaper holiday than you bargained for. Selecting package or all-inclusive options is perhaps the best way to do this.

For instance, you could choose a deal that includes a free ski pass, so that not only do you not have to fork out for one, but you also avoid the hassle of arranging it once you arrive.

Complimentary ski hire is another option and could see you saving a sizable chunk as you will not have to pay to rent the winter sports equipment yourself.

It is entirely possible to spend time on the slopes without breaking the bank, so why not see how much you could save?

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