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4 Tips to Save on a Ski Trip Vacation

4 Tips to Save on Ski Trip Vacation

Winter is such an amazing time of year! Areas of the country are covered with snow, the holidays are in full swing and for the most part people are just happier. Winter time is also the perfect time to take a vacation to a ski resort! I looked into the prices of a ski resort vacation and was shocked by how expensive a ski trip is. Travel costs, lodging, lift tickets and winter gear are just some of the things that you have to consider when planning your winter vacation! I was determined to find ways to save on a winter vacation so I started looking into ways to save. I have complied a pretty good list and wanted to share.

Choose the Unpopular Spot

Now this might not sound like the best idea, but it can save you money! Some ski resorts get very crowded based off their name. Popular ski resorts can charge their guests a lot more money since they are so popular. Try looking into ski resorts that aren't as well-known. These resorts will have cheaper lodging and lift tickets.

Buy Used

If you don't already own winter gear, don't go out and buy it brand new. Spend some time looking on Craigslist, second-hand stores and at online stores. There are plenty of ways to find discounted winter gear! Remember you are only going to use your winter gear a few times each winter season so no reason to spend a lot of money.

Discounted Lift Tickets

Costco, AAA, grocery stores and even fast food restaurants often have discounted lift tickets. This is an excellent way to save on your lift tickets, since this is one of those items you need if you planning on skiing. Make sure to look for lift ticket packages as some will give you discounts on food or lodging.

Stay Away From Resorts

Resorts are fun for skiing and snowboarding but can be expensive for lodging. If you are going to a ski resort with a group of friends or family it might be more affordable to rent a cabin. Most winter destinations have a lot of cabins near the slopes. Take some time to look on Craigslist for cabin rentals. You will probably find a cabin rental to be a better price option, not to mention you will have the luxury of a full kitchen. Having a full kitchen will give you the option of cooking some of your meals, which is another great way to save money.

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