Many people would love the opportunity to hit the slopes and ski abroad. But unfortunately, the price of skiing holidays can be off-putting and out of reach. Skiing can be notoriously expensive, particularly if you visit popular resorts and slopes. From buying ski gear to finding resort accommodation, there are countless thing you need to organize. Each of which will incur their own charges. So it’s not hard to see why many people think they cannot afford it or spend years saving up their money. Thankfully there are things you can do to make a ski holiday more affordable and within your budget. Take a look at these savvy ideas that will get you on the slopes in no time.
Work a season
Working a ski season is a perfect way to enjoy the slopes, meet new people and get paid during your stay. Ski resorts are always looking for assistance during their peak seasons. Some even offer food and accommodation to those willing to help out. This can considerably lower the cost of your trip, and you may even be able to stay for an entire season. Some schemes will also pay for your flights too. From chalet reps to ski instructors, there are numerous jobs you can sign up for. Then, once your working day is done, you can enjoy the rest of it skiing or socializing in the resort. While there are perks, working a season is hard work. So be prepared for this before looking for ski opportunities online.
Time your holiday perfectly
Travelling in peak season can be costly, not only for flights but for accommodation too. But once the season is over, the prices drop considerably. So it’s always best to book your holiday before the ski season has started or when it has finished. Do some research and find out when the season for potential ski resorts ends and begins. You can then use comparison sites to find out where to stay in Meribel and other popular ski resorts for the best price at this time. This should also be used to find affordable flights too. This can be a gamble as there is no guarantee of snow after the season is over. But with the savings you are making, it’s a risk worth taking.
Borrow ski gear
Hiring gear like boots and skis from your resort or buying it before you leave can be expensive. This can leave you with little money to spend on essentials when you arrive. Instead of paying a fortune, why not borrow the items you need from friends and family. Ski equipment is something that many people have but don’t use regularly. So it’s likely they won’t mind you using what they have. If you don’t know anyone who has ski equipment, check on eBay and at local car boot sales. You might find yourself a real bargain.
There’s no reason why a skiing holiday should feel out of your reach or beyond your budget. You just need to be smart with how you choose to spend your money and know where to save it.
This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.