1. Be flexible
If your dates and desired destinations are flexible then you will have the best shot at snagging a good ski vacation deal. Certain times of the ski season, like Christmas day through New Years day, President’s Day week and spring break will always be busy. If you can travel during less popular periods, you’re bound to find a deal that will work for you. Also, be flexible when choosing departure airports. Where you fly from and to can greatly affect how much your ticket is and it might even open up more convenient flight options.
2. Choose resorts that are close to major hubs
Airfare can be a big chunk of a ski vacation. By going to resorts close to places like Denver and Salt Lake, travelers can avoid paying a premium for tickets on planes with fewer seats flying into smaller airports. Flying into Denver and Salt Lake also helps save money when it comes to ground transportation, too. Lake City International Airport is less than 40 minutes from most of the ski resorts. Denver International Airport is about two hours from a great selection of Colorado ski resorts, including Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail and more.
3. Take advantage of early-booking deals
Booking early is good if want a great ski vacation deal while also pinning down hard-to-get lodging during peak travel periods. Getting your desired accommodation is critical for ultimate enjoyment on your ski vacation. At Ski.com, we have some incredible early-booking deals this season, as well as some incredible flight promotions that could save you up to $400 per person on airfare. Don’t wait to book; most of these incredible deals will expire in the next month or two.
4. Package lift tickets with lodging
If you’re looking for a lift ticket deal, the worst thing you can do is wait to make your purchase at the ticket window once you arrive at the resort. By bundling your lift ticket with your lodging package, you will receive the best lift ticket pricing available. At Ski.com, our negotiated lift ticket rates offer you savings of up to 40 percent off what you would pay at the ticket window.
You can save even more money on top of our discounted rates by purchasing a lift ticket and lodging package. In many cases these package deals include a free night of lodging and a free day of skiing with the purchase of at least four nights. Other package deals offer 50 percent off lift tickets. Call or chat now with a Mountain Travel Expert to learn more about your options.
5. Select a condominium with a kitchen
One of the biggest ways you can cut spending on your ski vacation is by not dining out for every meal. Choose a condo with a kitchen or kitchenette, buy groceries and cook some meals back at the unit. If you can land a ski in, ski out or slopeside condo you can even ski back to your unit for lunch instead of spending a small fortune on a cheeseburger and fries at an on-mountain restaurant. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save. Keystone’s River Run Condominiums is a popular property that features full kitchens, plenty of space and convenient access to the base village and slopes. Steamboat and Snowmass, both in Colorado, also offer a wide selection of well-priced ski in, ski out accommodations.
6. Choose a resort that offers free activities
Keystone’s Kidtopia is one of North America’s best experiences for families looking to save some money. Kidtopia runs Dec. 21, 2014 through April 2015 and features free cookie hour, playtime in a snowfort, free fireworks, a parade and much more. Breckenridge also has some noteworthy family-friendly, free activities, including Engine No. 9 at High Line Railroad Park, a narrow-gauge locomotive that served the historical mining town for more than 50 years. Experience Lake Tahoe’s ultimate apres-ski experience with Heavenly’s Unbuckled, daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free and drinks are half off. The party features the lovely Heavenly Angels and foot-tappin’ DJ dance beats.
7. Take advantage of ski travel experts
There is a lot of information on the internet, and trying to determine what’s right for you and your travel companions can be daunting to say the least. Planning a ski vacation should be fun, not stressful. The easiest way for you to find the best deal quickly and easily is to call or chat with one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts. They can help you cut out hours and hours of online research. The industry’s best prices are at their fingertips thanks to our vast selection of 1,000 online deals (and tens of thousands more in our system) at thousands of accommodations and 120-plus ski resorts worldwide. They can quickly and easily sort through all the options to find the ones that are best for you based on your requirements, interests and budget.
We tapped Mountain Travel Expert Cindy Bruce to share some tips on how to save money on your next ski vacation.
Mountain Travel Expert Since 2001
Travel in the shoulder seasons, early December and April, to save the most money. January is typically more affordable than busier months, like February and March. I highly recommend choosing a condo with a kitchen and cooking some meals in the unit.
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Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.