How to have a Ski/Snowboard holiday for much, much less.

Winter sports holidays are never cheap, however you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars if you follow these tips.

I love winter sports holiday, I’m a snowboarder, however I can also ski and have enjoyed my time skiing.  I’ve had a winter sports holiday every year for the past 26 years (excluding 2004  when my son had the audacity to be born in January-thwarting my efforts to go that year-I did gingerly approach the topic with my wife-but this did not extend beyond a preliminary enquiry).

During this time I have fine-tuned cost-savings within the parameters of what I need to enjoy my holiday.  Before I continue, I know that for a lot of people a winter sports holiday is more than the snowboarding or skiing-it is the carefree pampering of staying in a luxurious catered chalet, getting on the slopes mid-morning, doing a  couple of runs then stopping for a hot chocolate or coffee in a mountainside restaurant, a couple more runs and then lunch etc. etc.

This post is NOT for those type of people or holiday.

I have travelled alone, in groups, as a package tour and completely independently so will outline a couple of scenarios below and how numbers would affect my decision making for the style and make-up of the type of ski/snowboarding trip with regards to cost.

Places I have visited

France
Les Arc Les Menuires Val Thorens La Plagne
Alpe d’Huez Chamonix Argentiere Les Houches
Montgeneve Morzine Avoriaz Les Contamines
Meribel Courcheval 3 Valleys Le Deux Alpes
Serre Chevelier La Rossiere

 

Austria
Zell Am See Stubai Soll Hintertux Glacier
Kaprun Bertchesgarden

 

Switzerland
Vebier Nendaz St Moritz

 

Others
Whistler Banff Lake Louise Squaw Valley
Heavenly Lake Tahoe Northstar Sauze d’Ou-Italy
Harz Mountains-Germany Winterberg-Germany La Thuile

 

Travel mid-week to mid-week

This works particularly well with the budget airlines.  With the increasing popularity of online accommodation sites it is often possible to find places to stay on a Friday to Friday basis rather than Saturday to Saturday, use this to your advantage.

This can also be a way to sneak a couple of extra days in as well.

Airports are generally quieter on a week day which means that you get through passport control more quickly and the hire car desks are generally quieter.

 

Travel from local airports

 

Buy secondhand kit rather than hire

 

TBC

 

 

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