Save Big on Your Snow Adventure
Skiing and Snowboarding are generally regarded as somewhat expensive getaways, but they don’t have to be. Whether you are planning a weekend trip or an epic adventure, winter excursions are complicated events. Don’t let the record snowfalls go to waste and get out there and live it up. Bundle up with your loved ones or go on a solo adventure, either way, save big with these helpful tricks.
Fly economical airlines
Budget airlines are just as safe as their fancier counterparts but with less frill and smaller price tags. The biggest advantage to these carriers is they get you to the same destinations but for a smaller fee. When planning a trip like this, every dollar counts and these airlines can save you more than chump change. Book early for your best rates and if that’s not an option scour the web for last minute deals, they are out there, and you just have to find them.
Rent equipment off the mountain
This is a major way to save money and make your dollar stretch extra far. Every major ski resort rents skis and snowboards but they charge a pretty penny. Its supply and demand; you are on top of a mountain and the only option is the resorts’ rentals. That’s why your best bet is to find a rental shop that isn’t affiliated with any resort and is usually located a few miles from the mountain. These privately owned shops will save you major on rentals and usually have better quality boards and skis.
Demo your rental
Another quality option for the more advanced riders and skiers is to Demo your rental. When you demo a board or skis, you are basically taking them on a test ride. Many shops will allow you to use the board or skis for a day to see if you like them just make sure you are skilled enough to not damage them. If you do damage them the store may charge you for the damages. This is great if you want a brand new board or skis to ride.
Go early or late in season
The beginning and end of the season always have the cheaper lift tickets, so this is your best bet for a deal. Granted you need snow to ski or board so make sure the mountain has adequate snow pack and some lifts are open. I prefer spring skiing because the mountain usually has plenty of snowpack and you can go crazy and wear shorts because the temperature is so warm. Spring skiing can be slushy with the warm temps so buyer is warned.
Steer clear of school breaks
School vacations are when families vacation so the prices are highest and the mountains are packed. These are your peak times, and obviously the worst time to venture to the mountain. I cross off all holidays on my calendar and just know that these are not good times to travel. The ski resorts aren’t the only places that gauge during peak weeks. Airfare, hotels and even ski rental shops all hike up their prices and there is no real way around it.
If you really want to save some major money, stay away from the big resorts. Usually within a few miles of a huge resort are smaller sister ski resorts. These are sometimes affiliated with the larger resort but offer discounted lift tickets because they have less runs and fewer amenities. This is how you save big because lift tickets are expensive, ranging from $50-300 USD or more.
Hopefully these tips help you plan an excellent winter getaway that doesn’t break the bank. Bundle up because it’s cold out there.