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Ski on a Budget: Tips for the Frugal Spender

Are you looking for a skiing holiday this winter? Perhaps a last minute pre-Christmas treat or something later in the season? Ski and snowboard holidays don’t have to cost a fortune and there are plenty of corners you can cut to ensure that expense stays low.

When it comes to frugality, short haul cheap European ski holidays are the best way forward and there are several hints and tips that can help you save your well earned pennies.

The Resort 
The cost of your mountain escape will understandably vary greatly between resorts. If you want to stay in a main resort but don’t really want to pay the price tag, choose a satellite resort instead. Within close proximity of the main resort, you will find that these smaller satellite areas will be much cheaper. Perhaps you want to sample the pistes of the Three Valleys? You can, cheaply, by staying in the neighbouring St-Martin-de-Belleville.
The Time 
If you’re concerned about cost, avoid Christmas week like the plague. The cost to stay in a ski resort is hiked up during the festive season, but if you have a hankering for the Christmas spirit and want to get involved, visit the week before. Prices are by far lower but the decorations and joy still thrive. Just make sure you are able to, particularly if you have children in schools – check the term times before you book!

Check for Deals 
You can find loads of great deals online, particularly when it comes to hiring your equipment and booking lift passes. If you’re a first time skier, you don’t need to buy all your own stuff – skis, helmets, poles, boots – they are all available to hire from the resort and if you are smart about it, pre-booking them can save you money on the day. You can also make use of some great online offers on ski and lift passes.

Skiing holidays don’t have to cost the Earth. Check online for some fantastic deals today and enjoy a retreat to the mountains this winter.

Originally published last Nov 6, 2012; 5:12 PM

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