Great skiing will never be cheap, but it can be very affordable. If you're on a tight budget but still itching to hit the slopes this winter, don't fret; this guide will show you how to take an epic ski trip without breaking the bank.
Saving Money On Travel
Unless you live close to the mountains, travel will probably be your biggest expense. Flying to popular ski towns such as Aspen or Telluride is especially expensive because the airports are small and remote, but don't be fooled. By choosing a resort near a major airport, you can save a fortune on airfare and still have great snow. For example, Park City, Utah, has incredible skiing and it's less than an hour from the Salt Lake City airport.
So if you have to fly, limit your resort options to within a quick drive from a major airport. And as always, it's cheaper to fly on less busy days such as Tuesday or Wednesday, and it's wise to buy your tickets in advance. Saving money on flying is one of the easiest ways to drastically reduce the cost of a ski trip.
Saving Money on your Lift Ticket
Just as with plane tickets, you should purchase your lift ticket in advance. You can usually find package deals on hotels and lift tickets being sold months before they're actually valid. Resorts do this as an insurance policy so they can guarantee they'll be able to fill their rooms even if it doesn't snow. This also means you'll be risking poor snow conditions, so make sure you're only looking at resorts that get relatively consistent snowfall.
If you're going to buy your lift tickets separately from lodging, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, as with most things, buying lift tickets in bulk usually means a better deal. The deals get even better if you look for lift tickets in advance and if they're for weekdays and non-holidays. Not only is skiing on off-days cheaper, you'll also have more room to have fun on the slopes and way less wait time in between runs.
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When looking for lift ticket deals, be sure to check out websites such as Liftopia.com, GetSkiTickets.com, or LiftTickets.com, which sell tickets below resort prices. When avoidable, resist purchasing your tickets directly from the resort window, as they are often marked up with handling fees and service charges
Saving Money Off the Slopes
You're going to the mountain to ski. If you wanted to spend lavishly on fancy dinners and exclusive nightlife, then you would have gone to Aspen. However, you are going to need to eat while you're there. The easiest way to save money on food is by booking a hotel that includes a kitchen. This way you can buy groceries and do all (or most) of your cooking at home. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks when you head to the slopes because meals on the mountain will be extra expensive.
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The TravNow™ Mobile App
Click the Get App link in the top menu bar and download our cool Mobile App – it’s got thousands of mobile coupons. You can even take your discount coupons right along with you to Park City and scan at participating restaurants. Just open the App, enter the zip code, and find hundreds of discounts at popular dining establishments.
You might think that transportation will be a big expense, but most resort areas have relatively cheap shuttle services. Take advantage of them. You can save a lot of money by booking a hotel far from the slope and using the shuttle system to get around. Just make sure to do a bit of research on your specific resort beforehand.
The most important thing to remember when planning your trip is that when you're out on the slopes, you'll be having a blast no matter what. So save money on everything else: find a high-quality mountain near a cheap airport, buy your lift tickets for off-days and well in advance, and find a cheap hotel where you can cook your own meals.
With a little research and a little restraint, a budget ski trip is easy to pull off and just as much fun. Book now. Save Now. TravNow!