Skiing with your family on a budget
Family ski holidays are notoriously pricey - cut costs with Mumsnetters' cunning budgeting tips
1. Avoid the Brits
The "big name" resorts well known to Brits are also the most expensive - consider Bulgaria, Italy or Germany instead. You'll save on accommodation, AND other costs - lift passes, equipment hire and eating out are cheaper too.
2. Go late
Easter is typically cheaper than February half-term - but do make sure your resort is likely to have snow whilst you're there. And it goes without saying if you can avoid school holidays (including those of your destination country), do so.
3. Don't pay for what you don't need
Travelling with teenagers? Don't choose a hotel with in-house nanny service, which adds to the overall price. Don't need ski-in, ski-out? Don't bother. Same goes for apres-ski options, spa facilities, etc.
4. It's a ski slope, not a catwalk
Kitting your whole family out in brand new clothing is going to add a lot to your holiday bill. Unless you're absolutely certain you'll be going on multiple ski holidays each year, you should borrow, hire or buy second-hand gear.
"Try the Snow and Rock outlet website, they have odd sizes of last season's kit left. Ebay's also good for posher brands at bargain prices."
5. Do it yourself
Arranging your own transportation, accommodation, equipment and tuition is easier than ever, and very cost effective - but book early to nab the best prices, and bear in mind you won't have the security of a tour operator should things go wrong.
"After years of catered chalets in the Three Vallées, the cost effectiveness of self-catering and driving instead of flying/train was amazing. In fact everything was cheaper, from lift passes to lunch on the mountain."
6. Hit the road
Driving can be much less pricey than flying, but don't forget to factor in additional accommodation for a stopover en route - and check out these handy tips for driving in the Alps.
7. Remember your condiments
Costs for basics can be ludicrous in ski resorts, so grab
some key bits before you leave.
"We always pack small salt and pepper and olive oil/mayo/ketchup - otherwise you end up buying them and promising to remember them the year after. I'd also recommend you take plenty of washing-up liquid, as well as dishwasher tabs."
8. Most important of all - use your Mumsnet discount!
Mumsnetters get an exclusive 5% off ski holidays with Mark Warner - certainly not to be sniffed at on such a big ticket item!
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Last updated: almost 3 years ago