If you’re planning to go skiing, you may be worried about the price tag. You can get a great ski vacation on a budget.
The first thing on the agenda is to find an affordable destination. There are many well known resorts. It’s probably not worth the expenses and effort to see stars on the slopes. Lesser known resorts will offer similar facilities and a super skiing experience for a better rate. Ski vacation packages are a more affordable option too and usually include your lodging, lift tickets, lessons, rentals and possibly even some meals.
You may want to find a hotel outside of the town of the resort. You also have more options for food. Self-catering accommodation will save you even more, as you can cook for yourself instead of eating out. If you’re traveling as a family, this is your best option.
You will also need equipment. You wont want to invest on something you may never use again. Most resorts have rental shops where you can hire skis, boots and poles. They may even buy used equipment. Look around for your least expensive option. Check out any used equipment you may could buy.
You’ll have to buy your own ski clothing. With the clothing, the expense is not just in the items you will need, but in packing and transporting them. Ski clothing may not be heavy, but it is bulky. You’ll need a ski suit and a jacket. Your suitcase will be filled for a two week vacation. It may end up being cheaper to mail your clothing to the resort. Advise the resort that the package is coming.
Try group lessons. You may not get individual attention, but one-on-one private lessons are more expensive. Some people will need more help than others. You may even find a resort with a ski school.
With sensible planning and good research on all your options, you can have a great skiing vacation with your friends and family that won’t break the bank. Remember that the fun and the adventure are what the trip is about – not how much you paid, or what ‘fancy’ resort you stayed in.