Skiing or snowboarding is more than just a passion, it’s a lifestyle and once you’re knee deep in fresh snow, you can’t imagine life any other way. So fulfilling your ski dreams every winter is often high on the holiday list, but it can be done in a budget-friendly and more affordable way.
The best thing about an Inghams ski holiday is your flights, transfers and accommodation are all included in your package.
Budget friendly ski resorts
There are some amazing ski resorts across Europe that offer the best of the ski slopes but at more affordable prices, meaning you will never miss out on those morning lifts, first runs, alpine dining and après fun.
Serre Chevalier, France
Compared to other popular French resorts, Serre Chevalier is much more budget friendly on food, accommodation and lift passes due to being slightly further south of the country. Meaning you can enjoy all the great offerings of a fantastic ski resort without having to overthink the holiday budget.
Serre Chevalier is a high-altitude resort, benefitting from a free ski bus service and free lift passes for children under 5. The resort itself is a lively and bustling place with plenty of shops and restaurants. The slopes offer a wide range for all abilities, so it's perfect for any level of skier or snowboarder.
Not only one of the cheaper resorts in Austria, but offering high-standard accommodation that is still at a lower cost than many of the neighbouring Swiss resorts. Due to the love of après, the bars offer a good price for drinks and food throughout the season.
Alpbach is part of the ‘Ski Juwel’ area and provides good value equipment hire and lessons for those that are perhaps newer to the sport. The local resort bus is also free to those with a lift pass. The resort is a lovely, traditional Austrian town with windy streets and spire churches.
This resort is slowly but surely becoming a skiers favourite. Being a duty free location, you can make the most of the shopping available here and save on some fine Italian buys. Italian cuisine is still very reasonably priced, meaning your money goes further at this resort and it can’t be denied that pizzas and pasta are a family favourite.
The resort itself is also perfect for families, with plenty of off-slope activities, ski schools and nursery slopes.
As a little extra note on Italy, the resort of Cervinia offers all the advantages of an Italian resort, including the prices but is a ski lift away from the slopes of Zermatt, Switzerland.
If you are looking to ski, but are aware a week's holiday may be too much from the savings pot, then a short trip or weekend away is ideal. For this, Davos is the ideal option as it is a slightly less well known resort and therefore tends to offer better prices for accommodation and dining.
Amazingly, with a lift pass from Davos, you have access to 6 different ski areas which is fantastic value for money. You can also purchase a ‘Davos-Klosters Guest Card’ which provides discounts on so much in the area from buses, museums, lifts, swimming and even local festivals. Davos is a high-altitude resort with ski runs for everyone in abundance.
Best value ski holidays
There are plenty of things you can consider when booking your next ski escape that can help towards a good value ski holiday. Here are some of the best top tips:
1 - Rent your clothes
If you are new to skiing or snowboarding and do not own your ski clothing or equipment and perhaps aren’t ready to make those big purchases, then renting what you need is not only a budget saving idea but also a sustainable one. We recommend our partner EcoSki - they offer everything you need from thermals to gloves and for all ages.
2- Self-catering apartments
A great way to not only save some pennies but also create a home from home feel when on a ski holiday is to book a self-catering apartment. You can cook your dinners or pack a picnic, which makes good money sense but also pleases your preferred food tastes no matter where you are.
If you fancy a night all together with no one in the kitchen, then order directly with Huski for specialised meal deliveries.
3 - Lift pass offers
The best way to ensure an affordable ski holiday is to keep an eye out for deals on lift passes across resorts. These are an essential part to any ski or snowboard holiday but can sometimes bump up the price of your planned budget. We have collected all the best offers and deals on lift passes so you can buy based on your favourite resorts.
4 - Avoid school holidays
If you are travelling without children, then you can go skiing outside of school holidays, often making prices to and in resorts more budget-friendly.
5 - Go later in the year
If you are taking a ski trip with the children, take a look at Spring and Easter time ski holidays, these are often slightly less popular than Christmas and New Year so you’re likely to find a deal or two.
To make the most of Springtime holidays when you have younger families, see our sister company Esprit who offer perfect, catered for family ski holidays. Child friendly accommodation, childcare and nanny services and ski schools all part of the service with Esprit.
6 - Travel by car or train and save
Don’t pay extra carriage fees from flying and instead fill your car up with all that you need. Save some money and get an extra ski day by hopping on a train instead of plane. Plus, help us keep those beloved mountains covered in snow for years to come by opting for travel by train and reducing carbon emissions.
Cheap ski holiday options
We also recommend the following 2 resorts that offer great prices for a ski holiday:
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