Budget Ski Holidays
It may be too late this winter to get your money’s worth on a season pass, but there’s still time to enjoy a low budget ski trip. Consider the following guidelines when hunting for a great deal.
1. Book a reservation at least one month in advance and use the internet. Ski areas post ticket specials and money-saving days on their websites. Also pay attention to if the offer includes discounts on rentals, lift tickets, lodging, and meals. The Bethel Inn charges $140 per night but this includes breakfast and a four course dinner.
2. Be flexible with dates because the cheapest prices are during the midweek (ex. Mt. Washington Valley). Butternut in Vermont advertises $15 tickets Monday through Thursday; Saddleback in Maine charges $25 for women on Mondays and men on Wednesdays, while Mount Abram, promotes two -for -$27 adult tickets on non-holiday Thursdays and Fridays.
For more deals see: orbitz.com , snowpak.com, ifyouski.com, expedia.com, vacationsmadeeasy.com, lastminute.com.
3. Online Coupons and Club Memberships: You may be able to get discounts if you belong to a ski club or sign up for a ski area e-newsletter; they come loaded with bargains. A good tip is to search for e-coupons on Jiminy Peak’s website or couponmountain. Also check promotions of credit card companies you subscribe to. American Express is presenting its card holders with a $200 coupon if they stay for five nights or more at select ski resorts.
4. Skis can be expensive so consider bringing your own. Evogear.com offers last years skis at 90% off.
5. Planning. If you want a little help planning your trip, contact the represenatives at Snowtickets.com who are experts in customizing low cost ski vacations.
Finally if you live in the New England Area or plan on skiing there, remember the following money saving tips. Check out Loon Mountain‘s website for a great money-saving deals as well as Wachusett Mountain’s Ski Free in March deal ( ski free for the next season when you buy a Silver Century Pass for $269). Also, The New Hampshire Getaway Guide Offers a plethora of discount information on areas close by.
But just remember, a ski vacation is all about having fun, so clip into those bindings and enjoy the ride.
Source For Picture: http://www.skipackages.us/
March 19, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
babe, I want to go even more now!!!! i cant believe the research you did for this!!! crazy girl 😛 but thank you soooo much. You were right about it maybe being a little late to go this year but I’m still going to try. Love you bebe!!!
March 13, 2007 @ 6:06 am
Happy to hear it Gary! I know how you feel, I was amazed with the site too 🙂
March 13, 2007 @ 3:25 am
I just ordered some solomon skis off evogear.com and I’m thrilled. Thanks for the great link Marina!