Whether you’re planning your first trip to the slopes or are a seasoned pro, travelling with the family or on your own, everyone likes the chance to save money on their ski holiday – especially following reports that most operators and agents have confirmed prices have increased by around 10 per cent on average, compared to those pre-pandemic.
What’s more recent research by Club Med revealed just how financially prohibitive Covid travel rules are. Sixty-three per cent of UK adults have delayed booking a ski holiday as they had been put off by the added financial pressure of testing.
While there’s a wide choice of budget-friendly resorts, in lesser-known mountain regions such as the Pyrenees, Andorra and Eastern Europe, where you’ll see your money go a lot further, there’s no denying that ski trips come with unavoidable additional costs. It’s easy to blow the budget on extras such as lift passes and equipment hire and often the price of lunch on the mountain in some popular resorts is enough to make anyone shiver.
Add to that the additional cost of Covid testing this winter – which for some families, who will be required to pay for tests for their children when in resort in order for them to access the likes of bars, restaurants and lifts, could amount to hundreds of pounds.
If you’re planning to head to the mountains, here are 10 ski holiday hacks to help save money on your trip including what accommodation to choose, alternative resorts to consider and how to cut the cost of extras once in resort.
1. Choose a chalet stay
Staying in a chalet or chalet-hotel takes a lot of the guesswork out of how much you’ll end up spending once in resort. Chalet board means you get a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea (usually including cake and maybe soup) and a three-course dinner every day except one – the chalet hosts’ day off. Wine at meal times is frequently included, meaning you can also save money on bar hopping if you wish. However, you should be aware that thanks to both Brexit and the pandemic, the number on offer has significantly shrunk. Crystal Ski has pulled out of chalets entirely and Inghams has cut its programme – including sister company Ski Total – from over 120 to just 17. If you want to secure a chalet, for a reasonable price, it pays to book sooner, rather than later, with a trusted operator. Find this season’s best chalet holidays here.