Looking for ways to save thousands on your next ski trip? From saving on ski travel insurance to finding the best ski resort, we have you covered with this comprehensive travel guide.
Early Bird gets the best booking. Never wait to book your trip. You can save up to fifty percent in costs by booking early.
Use your air travel points and credit card points. If you can, try to save up miles a year in advance. Cash them in to save on huge costs for your ski trip.
Start looking from online promotions at least six months ahead of your trip.
Take advantage of discounts like military discounts, student discounts, and discounts for seniors. Often you just need identification to take advantage of these incredible savings.
Shop around for the best ski travel agents. Ask friends for recommendations. A talented agent can help you find the best ski packages for your family and give you very useful vacation advice.
Check out local listings for deals on lodging, local restaurants, and ski rentals.
Visit smaller resorts and lodges. These lower profile options offer a cozier stay than upscale (and sometimes crowded) resorts.
Save money on car rentals and gas by using public transportation. Avoid costly parking and rental fees. Meet up with locals who can help you find the most exciting hot spots in the area.
Always take advantage of group discounts. You can save hundreds of dollars when you travel as a group. Think about saving money by renting a large condo or cabin for a big group. Try carpooling or splitting food costs.
Call your airline about the cost of baggage. You might be able to save money by mailing your gear ahead of time or sharing baggage with a friend.
Bundle car rentals, hotel reservations, and airline tickets. Often you can save a hundred dollars or more when you bundle your travel needs.
Be creative with lodging. You don’t need to rent a room at the most expensive resort on the brochure. Instead check out Airbnb, local house rentals, and even timeshares. Ask around. You might have a friend that has a vacation home that they don’t mind renting out.
Eat in. One of the easiest ways to save money on a ski trip is to cook your own food. Avoid costly restaurants by renting lodging with a kitchen. Fill up on groceries. Families can stock up on the kids’ favorite foods instead of paying exorbitant prices at a restaurant.
Work while you vacation. Believe it or not, you can work through your vacation as a nanny or language teacher. Enjoy the slopes when you aren’t working. Many of these opportunities include a stipend and free lodging, as well. Just plan a year in advance, especially if you plan on leaving the country.
Don’t break anything. Breaking rented equipment or furniture can get costly. Be sure that you maintain all equipment and leave your lodging as clean and intact as you found it.
Pack Your Lunch. Always pack your lunch. Take some trail mix or granola bars with you. Always have a snack handy to avoid spending unnecessary cash.
Always bring your own water bottle. You can use a reusable bottle to avoid price gauging for bottled water.
Pack smart. Try to pack outfits that have multiple uses. Pack as lightly as you can without leaving what you need behind. And pack for all weather.
Find deals for kids. There are many options where kids can fly for free or reduced rates, have reduced lift costs, and even ski free.
Buy the season passes. If you live close enough to visit a few times a year, you might want to look into buying season passes for the family.
You don’t have to go into debt to enjoy your next vacation. With a little bit of planning you can enjoy the slopes and save money, too!