With most of the colder areas of Europe and America seeing very cold temperatures, it is very natural to let one's mind wander to the joy that a ski holiday can bring, not only to yourself, but your family and friends, too. While it is true that this winter sport is an expensive hobby, with a few helpful tips and tricks, a person could find themselves saving quite a bit of money on their next trip. That is always a pleasant thing to think about, as you plan your holiday ski adventure.
Better (and Cheaper) with Friends
Almost every tour operator or broker is able to get very good prices for their trips when you book in groups some are specialists at this such as RocketSki. Why do their deals seem to be much better than what you would be able to get on your own? The key to this is volume.
Because the companies are purchasing a large block of available spaces ahead of time, they are able to get a much better price overall than if you booked the trip on your own. Plus, with lift tickets, the housing and transportation (possibly, depending on your trip parameters) all being taken care of ahead of time, you will have a much better idea of the overall budget you will need. And, with these types of companies, you are able to pay a deposit now, and can pay a little at a time until the final payment is due. Its great learning to ski with your friends as the strongest can help the starters and all build a good camaraderie.
No Shame in Borrowing
If you do not currently own your own equipment, or are just starting out, consider asking friends of yours if they would be willing to loan their gear to you. Because the gear is pretty individualized based upon both your height and skill level, it is generally best to use gear from those people who are closest to you in height.
You might need to rent ski boots if no one has the same shoe size as you, though. Plus, if you rent the boots, the ski shop will generally agree to fit the boots to your skis, as well, even if you are borrowing them from a friend or acquaintance. If you do end up borrowing equipment, you should agree ahead of time to replace anything that gets broken or damaged, and you also might want to consider bringing back with you a small gift as a way to say thank you.
Keep Food Costs Down
If you have never been to a ski resort or town before, you might be surprised at how expensive basic food and drinks can be. With some trips, most of your food may be taken care of. But, on those trips where food is an added expense, an excellent way to keep your meal expenses down is to bring as much of your own food with you as you can.
Some food stuffs that pack very well include coffee, protein bars, canned food, sandwich fixings and homemade trail mix (an excellent source for quick energy and protein).
Unless your housing is within an easy walking distance to the slopes, make yourself some sandwiches and put them in a locker. Doing this can save you £10-15 a day just on lunch, and if you cook all your meals, you can save upwards of £30-50 per person. And, if you and your group are drinkers, an excellent way to save money at bars and pubs is to go during happy hours. You will be able to save quite a bit of money during these times. However, if your group isn't able to head out until after happy hours are over, you can still save money by going to a grocery store and buying your own liquor and beer and taking it back to your place.