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
|Les Arc||Les Menuires||Val Thorens||La Plagne|
|Alpe d’Huez||Chamonix||Argentiere||Les Houches|
|Meribel||Courcheval||3 Valleys||Le Deux Alpes|
|Serre Chevelier||La Rossiere|
|Zell Am See||Stubai||Soll||Hintertux Glacier|
|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