With the winter season upon us, now is the perfect time to escape the doldrums of home with a holiday abroad. Skiing can be the perfect escape, but you may be wondering how you can afford such a trip so soon after Christmas. Fortunately, there a number of ways you can cut the costs, without sacrificing on the experience.
Booking at the Right Time
Most ski resorts in Europe open at the end of November and close in mid-to-late April. By far the most popular time to visit is during the holidays, where prices can almost double. You’ll also find a lot of parents taking their kids along in February, as this coincides with the half-term. The cheapest times to book tend to be before the Christmas period or from the middle of January till the middle of February.
Take Advantage of Group Deals
When researching your trip, you might notice that a lot of tour providers and resorts actually offer various deals for those traveling in large groups. This typically includes those traveling with eight or more friends. Make sure to check each resort’s terms and conditions to see how they handle big bookings. You’ll often find discounted rates on activities, and some may even offer discounts on accommodation or inclusive packages as well.
Choosing the Right Resort
The French and Swiss Alps are by far the most popular destinations, but they can also command a hefty premium. If you’re looking to save cash, why not consider heading out to eastern European mountain resorts in Bulgaria, Slovenia or Romania instead. These still offer a number of great locations, but without the big crowds. Websites like Igluski offer a helpful breakdown of each resort, including their prices.
Choosing Self-Catered Accommodation
Finally, choosing to stay in self-catered accommodation could end up saving you a significant amount over the course of your trip. This is typically much cheaper than all-inclusive packages, even when you factor in buying food. Unfortunately, many travelers can’t stand the idea of having to cook while on vacation. If you’re traveling in a group, though, you can share the responsibility to take some of the load off.
Many veterans on the slopes will be aware of these tricks of the trade. For first-timers, though, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and end up paying more than you need to. Keep these tips in mind when it’s time to book your first trip.