Cheap Ski Vacations With Kids
Are They Possible?
Yes. Cheap ski vacations with kids are possible.
Discover here how to reduce the cost of your family ski vacations, ski clothes and ski equipment - and still have a great time on the slopes.
There is no doubt about it. Family ski vacations can be very expensive.
The cost to kit out a whole family with ski gear is huge not to mention the cost of travel, accommodation, insurance, food, ski passes and childcare, and the cost only increases if you are going overseas to ski.
It is definitely not a sport that everyone can afford.
However, these tips on cheap ski vacations will help you reduce the cost of your family ski vacation. All it takes is a bit of research, flexibility and planning - and some common sense.
Tips on Cheap Family Ski Vacations:
Cheap Ski Vacations - Set A Budget
Rule number one: set a budget - and stick to it! It sounds so simple yet can be quite a challenge. It is easy to get tempted by the marketing of the big, famous and often expensive ski fields. The key to a "cheap" ski vacation is to save an amount towards the holiday every month, research your ski resort and accommodation options carefully and create a budget that covers all costs, no matter how small they may seem.
Cheap Ski Vacations - Avoid the Peak Ski Season
Many ski resorts offer great deals or discounts on ski passes, ski gear rentals, lift fees and accommodation in the off seasons. So do a bit of research and consider taking your ski trip or holiday in the off seasons.
Cheap Ski Vacations - Consider A Less Well Known Ski Area
Ski resorts in less known ski areas may offer better deals on accommodation and ski passes, so make sure you check them out. They can save you money. In addition, these resorts are often less crowded, which can be a bonus when you are practicing your ski moves on the slopes!
If you plan to bring young children on your ski holiday then make sure to ask about facilities such as childcare and ski schools, how easy these are to access and the cost involved. You do not want to spend your holiday carrying your child under one arm and your ski equipment under the other - no matter how cheap the resort might be!
Discover here how to find the best family ski resorts in New Zealand and beyond.
Cheap Ski Vacations - Consider A Local Ski Resort
There is no need to travel to an expert ski resort, especially if this is your first family ski vacation. A trip or holiday to a local ski resort is probably fine, as long as it has the facilities to meet your family's needs, that is, plenty of suitable ski terrain and/or a ski school etc.
Cheap Ski Vacations - Go Online for The Best Deals
A bit of research goes a long way, especially if you are travelling with kids, and the internet is a great place to start. Many ski resorts have special deals and/or discounts on ski passes and ski rentals. Others offer Early Bird season passes, lifts at no charge or free shuttles. Some of these offers only apply when you order online, so make sure you understand the exact fees and conditions, before you book. Always remember to check out travel sites as well.
Cheap Ski Vacations - Borrow Or Rent Ski Gear
If this is your first ski trip then consider borrowing all the childrens ski clothes from friends and family - or have a look in your own wardrobe for suitable items. It can be quite expensive to rent or buy ski clothes for a whole family and there is no reason to invest all this money, until you know that this is a sport for you and your family. If the ski trip is successful and you decide that you would all like to do this again, then you can always start saving to buy your own ski gear.
However, there is no doubt that your skiing experience will be better if you rent skis and boots, that fit properly. Ski boots are more important than you might think so spending a bit of money here will make your ski vacation on the slopes far more enjoyable.
If you decide to rent both kids ski equipment and ski clothes, then remember that discounts are often available when you rent ahead of time. At some ski resorts rental is available in great value packages, resulting in greater savings. So make sure to contact the ski resort to get the best deal possible.
Cheap Ski Vacations – Book Accommodation Carefully
It is convenient to stay in a ski lodge or apartment where you can access the ski slopes right outside your door, especially if you are travelling with children. However this option can be very expensive. A way to save money is to stay at a hotel, motel or apartment close to the ski resort. These are normally less expensive, may offer discounted ski packages and free or low cost shuttle services to and from the ski resort. It may take you a little longer to get to the slopes and be a bit more inconvenient, but it can potentially save you a lot of money.
Cheap Ski Vacations – Cook Your Own Meals or Find A Family Friendly Restaurant
The easiest way to save money is to bring or buy all your own groceries and then cook your own meals. But remember to ask what facilities are available, when you book your accommodation. You don’t want to bring your own food and then find that there is no fridge, food storage or kitchen facilities on site!
If you decide to eat out then limit it to once a day and always choose family friendly restaurants with children’s menus, as these tend to be cheaper. Ask your accommodation for suitable places to go, as they are likely to know the area well. Also ask for a map so you can find the restaurant or super market, before your kids get hungry!
Cheap Ski Vacations – Make Your Own Après-ski Fun
Many ski lodges and resorts offer a range of Après-ski entertainment and activities for kids, but these can be quite expensive. A way to save money is to bring your own family friendly activities such as favourite games, card games, puzzles and more. These allow the whole family to participate and spend some fun quality time together.
Cheap ski vacations are possible. A little time spent researching ski resorts and travel sites, before you book your holiday, can potentially save you and your family a lot of money. So roll up your sleeves – hit the keyboard – and the slopes - and have some fun with your family.
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