How to have a great ski holiday, without breaking the bank!
Let’s face it – whilst a Ski Total holiday conveniently includes flights, transfers and catered accommodation, all the extras required for a trip to the slopes mean it’s easy for the costs to rack up once you’re in resort. So, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some great, money-savings ideas, so you can get more ‘snow for your salary’ or ‘boarding for your buck’, without compromising on what will be a fantastic experience in the mountains!
Lunch on the slopes can be expensive, especially in some of the more ‘fashionable’ resorts. But fear not! There are plenty of tips the Ski Total team suggest to make your lunches cost effective.
- On a Ski Total holiday you’ll be served a cooked breakfast should you wish, alongside the continental selection of cereals or porridge, fruit juices, breads, cold meats, cheese and preserves (on the staff day off only the continental will be served). With such a plentiful breakfast, only a small lunch is really necessary! Plus, with afternoon tea (including freshly baked cake) on your arrival home after a full day skiing, there is plenty of food on hand to keep you energised on the slopes!
- Why not get creative for lunch and make your own delicious snack? With lots of shops on hand, you can pop out and get some delicious items to make a baguette perfect for topping up your energy for the afternoon. In Val Thorens, for example, you can almost ski up to the front door of the supermarket, grab some beers, a baguette, some pate, cheese and olives, find a nice rock with an amazing view and dine out on the slopes. Ideal! Don’t forget your backpack!
- If you are intent on eating out, most mountain restaurants will have a ‘Plat du Jour’ (or the Austrian/Italian equivalent) which tends to be the best value. A hearty soup and a chunk of bread (in most self-service mountain restaurants) will definitely keep you under the €10 mark.
- Stocking up at the local supermarket on cereal bars, fruit and some other favourite snacks is also a great way to keep you fuelled throughout the day. Chuck them in a backpack with a camelback full of water and you can keep skiing all day!
This is generally a big ticket item for a ski trip. But it does not need to be!
- Renting skis ahead of time can often save you big bucks ahead of your ski trip. Click here for more all the details, or speak to the reservations team when you book.
- Generally renting is cheaper. Not only do you get the latest gear for the season, but you also avoid the carriage charges and servicing costs of your equipment. Plus, storage for a load of skis can be a bit of a nightmare! Renting is definitely a less stressful and more cost effective way to go!
- For clothing, borrowing is best especially when it comes to kids! We all know how fast children grow, so borrowing gear from friends is the best way to avoid a yearly (and costly) expense! If you don’t go frequently, avoid forking out for your gear for only 7 days skiing a year. Ask a friend and we are sure they would be happy to help you out!
- If you still want to buy, clothing is made affordable by a lot of the German brand supermarkets and the likes of TK Maxx and Primark. These budget savers often have top quality ski gear that won’t cost you a month’s wages! There are also tons of second hand shops that cater for skiers and snowboarders alike.
- If you are a first-time skier or boarder, it is definitely best to rent and borrow your gear just in-case you don’t fall in love with it. (Who are these people?!)This also gives you a chance to try different brands of skis and boots before you ever commit to buying!
Travelling with kids is never cheap and easy, especially with young ones! But there are lots of little tricks to make your ski holiday stress-free, and again, won’t cost you a pretty penny!
- Bulky baby and toddler products (nappies, bedmats, baby wipes etc) can be pre-ordered for collection from an airport-based store (in most cases). Boots offer airside airport collection from their airport stores (except East Midlands or Southampton) where you order 5 days before travel. As you get to collect once you have gone through security this frees up tons of room in your baggage to allow for your bulky winter-wear.
- Lots of ski shops allow for a free helmet when you rent your children’s boots and skis, a great way to avoid an unnecessary cost (especially for an important item like a helmet.)
- Kids’ sledges / bumboards are often available to borrow from our chalets and chalet-hotels or can be bough quite cheaply in resort! Always check first before you hire!!
Hopefully you’ll find our tips useful and they’ll leave you with some valuable après funds! If you’re already a skiing super saver or brilliant budgeting boarder, we want to hear from you! Share the wealth and comment with your money-savings tips below.