Guest Author - Jim Fortune
If you are on a tight budget but you planned and promised your family that you were going to take them on a skiing vacation, can you really reconsider your plans if you simply donít have the money for it? Going on a ski trip can definitely be expensive but there are several ways on how you can still go on a fantastic weekend ski holiday with your family without spending too much money. So, here are some of the tips that you have to consider in order for you to save money and keep the cost down during your ski trip.
First of all, you need to consider the fact that skiing is very popular for families. It is an activity that they can all do together and a lot of families visit the slopes every year in order to spend a skiing holiday. So, ski resorts often target families for their promos. Ski resorts offering discounts for families are not that hard to find.
All you need to do is go online and visit some of the websites of ski resorts available. You will see that there are quite a lot of ski resorts that will offer great family packages at an affordable cost. Some can even offer free accommodation and ski passes for children under the age of 10 or 12 or at least at a reduced cost. Some ski resorts even offer family day passes for the ski lift. With this pass, the price will often enable one family member to access the ski lifts for free.
During your vacation, you have to remember that you and your family also need to eat. However, you have to keep in mind that food and beverages can be quite expensive on ski resorts. There are actually quite a lot of ways on how you can save money on food and beverages. Instead of eating in a restaurant, you can try buying groceries for the weekend where the locals do. If you are staying in a ski lodge, you will see that they will have the basic kitchen facilities that you can use to cook in and prepare food. This will save you more money that eating out.
You should also try bringing entertainment for your kids along. Spending quarters and dollars to keep your kids entertained when they are not skiing is one of the most unexpected budget breakers whenever you go on a skiing holiday. So, instead of letting your kids spend money on games and entertainment try bringing your kids' favorite electronic games.
If you can, choose smaller lodges instead of large ones that are well-known. By going for the less-advertised lodges nearby, you will be able to cut down a lot on your expenses. In fact, well-known lodges can cost twice as much as the less-advertised ones.
Another way to save money when you go on a ski trip is by booking last minute deals. You have to remember that ski resorts donít want to have any vacant slots in their bookings. They want to be fully booked. So, if you are lucky enough, you will be able to find ski resorts that offer huge discounts on their accommodation or packages in order to keep their resort fully booked.
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Jim Fortune - the Bella Budget Travel Guy