2020 is the year of unexpected changes. For many of us, the revenue is less than expected. But should a small budget stop us from the vacation we so desperately need and have been planning for so long? This article is for all those who want to go on a ski holiday on a budget!
Before calculating your budget, you need to allocate your budget items. Here are some quick ideas on what to consider when planning.
It’s best to think of a smaller resort as they are usually cheaper. Keep in mind, that standard of living in the country you choose is essential. The standard of living exclusively affects the price of the holiday. Directly on your food and beverage expenses, and indirectly on all other expenses. For example, the standard of living in Bulgaria is lower than in Switzerland, so that overall Bulgarian winter resorts are cheaper.
Usually bigger groups get special discounts, so you may consider traveling with your family or friends. How to organize a group ski holiday, you may read in our previous blog post.
Traveling on a budget ski holiday
Search for cheap flights, there are plenty of them at the moment. If the destination is not far from your home country, you may rent a van/bus for your family. If you choose the second option, don’t forget that many roads in Europe have toll-taxes so fuel is not the only cost. Going on a holiday by plane will be surely faster and more comfortable, but with a minivan, you may bring skis and snowboards that you own without any additional costs.
You may book a full-board or bed and breakfast in a budget hotel. Rent an Airbnb flat with a kitchen and prepare food or eat outside is another option. In all scenarios, don’t forget to research the prices in grocery stores and restaurants before taking the decision.
Ski equipment and lift passes
Ski and snowboard equipment and lift passes can be booked in advance. Don’t go for the highest class equipment if you are a beginner or are still advancing. Don’t forget that a quality ski shop will have everything needed under one roof- ski, boots, helmets, goggles, and ski jackets and pants. Investing in expensive ski accessories and clothing is a loss of money if you are not sure skiing is your sport.
If you are looking for a budget option, try group classes. Private tuition is usually recommended, so you’ll advance faster, but group tuition will definitely give you the necessary initial basis.
A must in such an uncertain time. It will give you the convenience to not worry about borders/resorts closing.
N.B. Usually, early-bird discounts are the biggest discounts possible, so always try to book in advance. Last-minute offers can be also attractive, but the opposite is also possible- last-minute offers can be even higher than usual prices.
Top tip for a budget ski holiday:
Search for companies that can offer you full packages, including accommodation, transport, transfers, ski hire, lift passes, and tuition. A full package will cost less than booking everything separately.
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