Sort out your ski rental in advance
Most ski hire shops do big discounts when you reserve your equipment in advance online. Ask them if they’ll do any deals if the whole group books together. If you’re booking a package trip, look out for accommodation deals with buy one get one free ski hire.
Don’t forget ski passes
A good accommodation deal sounds perfect until you realise that the ski pass adds hundreds of euros to the cost of your holiday… Instead of sticking to the best known ski areas in France and Switzerland, look at the prices of passes in the big Austrian and Italian ski areas, which can be considerably cheaper. Keep your eyes peeled for 2 for 1 deals with package holidays, or see if the lift company does group discounts when everyone buys their passes together. If you have beginners tagging along, they probably won’t need a pass for the first day or so (a lot of beginner lifts are free) so hold off until their instructor gives you the nod.
Borrow, don’t Buy
Do a shout-out on Facebook to see if any mates have ski gear that they can lend you – whether it’s a jacket, ski pants, thermals, goggles or the full monty, your bank account will thank you for not buying brand new gear. If you can’t borrow clothes, try websites like Ebay selling discounted and second hand stuff.
With the next European ski season just around the corner and the know-how to ski on a budget, there’s no better time to get friends and family together for a trip to the mountains!
Words by Naomi Harrison