Snowboarding holidays are expensive, there’s no two ways about it. You need quite a lot of equipment, you have to pay extra to take snowboard bags on flights, and lift passes are another unavoidable cost.
But after four years away from the mountains I really wanted to go back, and I also really wanted to see in the new year in the snow, so here’s how I made it a little more wallet friendly…
Ask for short trip deals
Going for a shorter trip used to cost just as much as a whole week, but lately it seems a lot of chalet companies offer deals on short trips when they have space.
After much emailing around, we got an all-inclusive package to Morzine that worked out at much less a day than buying the lift pass, food and accommodation separately.
We stayed at Mountain Mavericks Le Cottage. Rooms were basic but fine. The food was great and the staff were excellent.
The best thing about Le Cottage is the location – I’m not sure it could get much better, it’s right next to the Pleny lift, in the middle of town, and opposite the bus to Avoriaz.
The view from the room was pretty nice too…
Fly on unpopular days
Shop around for dates. Even at New Year, by testing every possible date combination and checking back daily for price changes we were able to get flights down from an eye-watering £370 per person to £66! We travelled late on the 31st, which was far less desirable than the day before.
Travelling in less popular weeks can also save a bunch, weeks at the beginning and end of season tend to be discounted, especially if there’s last minute availability.
Find the cheapest baggage option
Taking snowboard bags can add quite a lot onto the price of flights. We flew with Easyjet, and by taking one snowboard bag and one normal bag rather than taking two snowboard bags we were able to save £20. It doesn’t sound much, but these little add ons can all mount up. Alternatively if you’re flying on BA, you can take a snowboard bag as your luggage for free and pack everything in there and your hand luggage.
Don’t buy new kit
Most of my snowboard kit is at least five years old. Granted it’s probably not very on trend, but it all still works which is all you want when you have a tight budget.
Consider self catering or half board
Eating out in the mountain can get expensive. If you can’t find self-catering accommodation, then half board can sometimes work out cheaper than room only and having to buy all your meals out. In most chalets you get a massive breakfast, afternoon cake and a three course dinner, so you only really need a snack bar and the occasional coffee and crepe on the mountain to keep you going.