Skiing and snowboarding can sometimes be thought of as an expensive holiday. However, there are ways to visit top resorts without it costing as much as you think. Here are some inside secrets to finding cheap ski holidays for the 2019-2020 ski season.
1. Keep an eye out for sales
As the ski season approaches, tour companies (like Skiworld) will want you to travel with them and to give you the best possible experience for your ski holiday. To find cheap ski holidays for 2019 then keep an eye out for deals, such as Black Friday, January Sales and other promotions throughout the year. To find out first about any Skiworld sales then join the Skiworld mailing list.
2. Try a self-drive ski holiday
Self-drive ski holidays include travelling to the ski resort by car, instead of flying. As a result, you can sometimes find incredibly cheap deals where you’ll get seven nights’ accommodation and Eurotunnel crossing for not much more than £100 per person!
3. Travel in a group
Generally, prices for ski holidays are cheaper for groups. This is because you can book the entire accommodation and often receive better rates as a result. Depending on your group size you may even be able to get group discounts or whole chalet discount.
4. Consider a self-catered apartments
Another way to go on a low-cost ski holiday is to stay in a self-catered apartment. You can then head to the local supermarket where you can get your food and drink for the week. This can be even more affordable when travelling with a group and splitting this cost.
5. Travel outside of peak dates
Peak dates such as Christmas, New Year, Half Term and Easter will be the most expensive, as this is when the kids are off and naturally flights and holidays become more expensive. To avoid these higher prices, try and travel outside of these dates, such as January, early February or the end of the season which after often cheaper.
6. Consider cheaper resorts
Some resorts are cheaper than others such as Les Deux Alpes, Alpe D’Huez and La Rosiere. However, if you find a late deal (see below) or promotion you may still get a great price allowing you to visit a typically expensive resort (Val d’Isère, Zermatt, Nendaz) on a lower budget.
7. Book a last minute deal
Within a few weeks before the date of departure, you can find last minute ski deals. These are often heavily discounted ski packages where the tour company has spare beds to sell (a bit like the reduced section in supermarkets). This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the package. It’s just an opportunity for you to grab those cheap prices.
8. Find free or discounted lift passes
Sometimes it’s possible to find ski packages that give you free or reduced lift passes. This includes our Tignes and Val d’Isère lift pass deal which gives you up to 50% off the cost of your pass. This can be a great saving allowing you to have a cheaper holiday.
9. Re-book with Skiworld for a loyalty discount
If you are a returning customer and you book directly you may get to enjoy a £25 or £35 off loyalty discount per person. In addition, if you book a second holiday during the same winter season you’ll then get 10% off your holiday.
10. Sign up to the Skiworld newsletter to get offer alerts
The Skiworld newsletter allows you to be one of the first to hear of any new deals we have throughout the year. You may even get to hear about deals before they’re on our website, allowing you to grab the best prices before anyone else.
11. Book half-term in a catered chalet and you get an extra nights catering
We know many families like to go skiing during half-term. To make it easier and more affordable for you then when staying in a catered chalet during half-term you’ll get 6 days catering, rather than the normal 5.
12. Be flexible on dates
The more flexible you are on dates, the easier it will be for you to grab a cheap holiday price as you’ll have more options. Some dates are more popular and expensive than others including Christmas, New Year and Easter. Being flexible also makes it easier to book a last minute deal (more on point 7).
13. Kids can go half price in some properties/dates
When travelling with kids you may be able to find deals where you get half price beds. This includes certain rooms in our chalets where there is a third bed which can be filled by a child. As a result you get a big discount. Read more about our half-price beds deal.
14. Go All-Inclusive/Ski-All-In
Going on an all-inclusive ski holiday (also called Ski-All-In) is a great way to get some extra discounts on your holiday. Ski-All-In deals include your lift pass, ski hire (or carriage), as well as accommodation, flights and transfers.
15. Pre-book meals using Huski delivery service
If you’re not a fan of cooking but you’re staying in a self-catered apartment and eating out a lot then you may find your budget quickly disappearing once you arrive at your resort. To try and save money before you travel, you can pre-book Huski a meal delivery service, who we are partnered with. With Huski you can order 3-course meals and drinks to make your trip that much easier.
16. Price match apartments
We offer a ski holiday price match promise on our apartments and hotels meaning that if you find the same holiday package on a different site, then we’ll match it or beat it. This is applicable in any of our European, USA and Canadian resorts where we offer holidays to.
17. Book a Short Chalet Break
Did you know you can book a ski holiday in Meribel, Tignes or La Plagne, staying in a catered chalet, for as little as £329pp? You get a bite-sized taste of the mountains this winter, with our 3 and 4 night Short Chalet Breaks. These run from Saturday to Wednesday (4 nights) OR Wednesday to Saturday (3 nights).