Last updated: 22 January 2010
With the pound struggling against the euro, skiing holidays in Europe have become even more expensive over the last two seasons. Don't despair though as, there are still lots of ways to enjoy a ski holiday on a budget.
- Search out a bargain package deal - many operators are slashing prices with savings on brochure costs of up to 50%. Check out a holiday search to find the best value skiing deals that offer a combined all in flight and accommodation deal.
- Travel to a non Euro destination - Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia all offer cheap skiing with your pound going a long way with the local currency. The resorts are quieter than the big destinations in France, Switzerland and Austria. You can find cheap flights or packages from all over the UK and stay in great value accommodation.
- Put your own skiing trip together using low cost flights and self catering accommodation. Use special offers from airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Swiss and you should be able to find a bargain. Price comparison sites will help you find the best deals on your chosen dates. Staying in self catering accommodation allows you to cut costs on eating out and buy your food and drink in supermarkets.
- Travel mid week and consider shorter duration trips such as five night breaks. Flights avoiding Saturdays and Sundays are often cheaper and many hotels and apartments can be booked for durations other than seven nights. The French ski resorts can be good value for money in particular.
- Borrow ski equipment from friends and relatives where you can and cut costs on buying expensive equipment you may not use. Alternatively you can always rent. However always ensure that the equipment is in excellent condition and working order. For items such as boots, skis and boards we recommend that you seek professional advice to ensure correct fitting for this vital equipment. If you want to buy your own gear, then consider using a voucher website to find deals at ski equipment retailers and bag an additional discount.
- Packed lunches - don't eat out at lunch time. Eat a hearty breakfast and take a packed lunch with lots of high energy food to keep you going on the slopes.
- Share your accommodation with friends. Book a chalet and fill every bed with a group. Not only will you have more fun you'll cut the cost for each person.
- Check the price of lift and ski passes at your resort online and where cheaper buy in the UK from your tour operator, saving you money on the pass and on currency exchange.
- Shop around online for currency and pre-order your holiday money rather than buying in a bank, shop or at the airport. You can save up to 10% on the cost of your holiday money in this way. Use our guide to holiday money to save.
- Compare ski insurance policies and buy the best value cover at a bargain price. Use our price comparison service to save pounds on your piste protection.