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So you're heading out for the ski slopes, but you don't want to spend all of your savings on the one ski vacation.

Here are some tips to make your skiing holiday fun but frugal.

Tips to Save Money on a Skiing Holiday

First things first; make sure you plan ahead.

Ski Package Deals

Have a look at package deals first. There is often big savings if you purchase a ski pass, and/or ski school with your accommodation instead of separately.

Book these well in advance for the best deals. If the deals you prefer don't include ski passes, have a look at alternatives such as half-day passes, or hourly passes, which are both cheaper if you are not planning to ski all day.

Ski Holiday Dates

What dates are you planning your ski holiday for?

School holidays mean premium prices, so to make the best saving on cheap ski holidays, try and go during school term times if at all possible.

Ski Carriage Charges

If you are taking your own skis, watch out for those airlines who are charging exorbitant amounts for ski carriage.

Ryanair, for example, charges £50 per one-way flight to carry skis.

Other airlines such as British Airways, or SWISS, whose flight tickets may be a little more expensive, will carry skis for free under certain conditions, saving you money in the long run.

Where to Ski

For cheap ski holidays, forget the traditional expensive resorts in France or Switzerland and think about somewhere like Slovenia; where the cost of living is cheaper, English is spoken, and the skiing is outstanding.

Buy Ski Gear at Home

Make sure you buy any ski gear you need well before you go and check out some of the discount stores online for a good deal.

Make sure your ski gearalso includes little things like goggles, hats, sunglasses, gloves and plenty of warm socks, can cost much more in the mountain ski resorts.

Ski Accommodation

What sort of accommodation are you looking for?

Although you are sure to be tired after a long day out in the snow, it is far cheaper to book self-catering accommodation than catered.

If you take some easy to cook meals with you, it’s then simple to put a meal on the table quickly with little effort, and far cheaper than paying for the chalet girl.

Book Cheap Ski Holidays Online

Lastly, make sure you research and book your cheap ski holiday online.

Most holidays are cheaper online and skiing is no exception. Without the overheads of high street shops, ski holiday websites are quick, cheap, and secure.

Be sure to sign up for the newsletters on individual ski holiday websites if you want to be first to know about any special deals on offer (see below).

Forward Planning

So think ahead, take your time, and plan for your holiday in the snow.

With forward thinking and some online searching, you can enjoy a fantastic ski holiday without spending a fortune; leaving you free to relax and enjoy yourself on the slopes without worrying about breaking the bank.

Just don't forget your Travel Insurance.

Related Links

Top Alpine Skiing at Europe's Best Ski Resorts:
For the best ski holiday in Austria, France, Italy or Switzerland, read the TravelNotes guide to Skiing in the Alps; complete with snow reports and webcams.

Links to Ski Deals and Special Offers

Mountain Heaven:
Nick and Vicki Williams began their ski company in the French village of La Plagne Montalbert and now offer special offers on catered and self-catered ski holidays in La Plagne, La Rosiere, Les Sept Laux, and Grimentz.

Peak Retreats - Special Offers:
Small ski operator giving holiday makers the opportunity to discover the real Alpine France. Early booking ski deals available for quality ski apartments and self-catering chalets.

Ski Deals With Crystal Ski Holidays:
Crystal Ski Holidays organise their ski deals by departure date, departure airport, destination country and board basis; making you feel that you're getting the deal you want for your skiing vacation.

Ski Holidays From Leading Travel Brands:
While looking at the best ski deals for your budget holiday on the slopes, you could find a steal on a comparison site like TUI's Holiday Hypermarket. Last minute ski holidays from Neilson, Inghams and many other tour operators.

Ski Gear

Ski Wear and Snowboarding Gear - Sports Direct:
Popular ski brands offer a wide collection of ski pants, ski jackets, thermals, ski boots and much more for skiers of all abilities. Also includes stylish winter clothing and snow boots for the all important Après Ski parade.

TK Maxx:
Brand name merchandise sold at up to 60% less than prices at traditional department or high street retailers.

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