5 simple ways to save money on the slopes

From ski hire to insurance get the basics right first time

So you’ve booked your ski trip and you’re increasingly excited at the reports of unprecedented levels of snow falling across the continent. All you’ve got to do before you set off for the slopes is sort out all those fiddly bits and bobs which you tend not to think about until the last minute

From getting the best insurance deal to saving on the latest ski gear, Quidco Discover runs through a few handy money saving tips for those heading to the pistes in the coming months.

Ski Hire

While advanced skiers are likely to own their own skis and boots, the improvement in rental equipment now means that those who don’t want to lug their own gear abroad can still ensure they have a comfortable time on the mountain.

Booking in advance of your arrival usually guarantees big discounts and if you do it through Quidco there are also impressive cashback bonuses to be earned. Check out the latest offers from both Skiset and Snowrental which will put a few euros in your pocket for those après-ski beers.

Look cool for less

There is no excuse to still be sporting that horrendous neon one-piece that your Dad passed down to you in the early nineties. These days style seemingly supersedes substance on the slopes – just check our all the poseurs peacocking on the pistes. If you want to look good, but don’t want to spend big then Dare2b offer great deals on ski and snowboard wear. Alternatively, if you’re after the latest high-end gear then Snow & Rock is a great one-stop shop.

Of course no self-respecting winter sports participant would be seen dead without their sunglasses – they’re not just for looking good though, the correct UV lense could be the difference between you spotting that unexpected mogul and not!

Take food and drink

Picture the scene. It’s your first day on the mountain, you’ve finally found your swagger after a nervous couple of hours and you decide to reward yourself with some lunch. You stop by one of the lifts and decide to grab a bite to eat at the café. You sit down, peruse the menu and then realise you’ve made a massive mistake! 5 euros for a well-known brand of cola, 8 euros for a portion of chips, 15 euros for a burger!

You begrudgingly order anyway (you’re British after all) and swallow every bite like it was your last. Staying well hydrated and keeping your energy levels high is very important when you’re at altitude, but rather than pay mountainous prices do your best to take fizzy drinks and water with you. If you’re really eager (granted it is a holiday) you could even make yourself a packed lunch each morning. You’ll save a packet if you make use of the edge-of-town supermarkets. For those who are looking to imbibe alcohol, make a note of the happy hour times – you don’t want to miss out on the party.

Booking lessons

If you’ve not been skiing before and think you’ll need lessons, it’s useful to remember that bulk booked sessions could see you earn more hands on time for your money. Be sure to compare ski-school prices online. Group lessons are always cheaper than private ones, while intermediates could save on tuition altogether by rebuilding their confidence under the guidance of a free ski host laid on by their operator.

Get Insured

If you are planning to try any winter sports in the months ahead you’d be an absolute fool not to make sure you’re adequately insured. It may not be the most glamorous thing to organise, but it could be the most important. If you ever travel to Europe, you should be taking a free European Health Insurance card (EHIC) along.

The cards can be used in state run hospitals in EU countries and they entitle the holder to care at the same price as the locals. You should always have some extra travel insurance to compliment the EHIC card as this covers any state or private medical treatment. To ensure you get the best deal make sure you check out the great cashback deals available via Quidco on both annual and single trip policies. A small outlay now could save you huge money in the future if you happen to get injured.

Check out these offers from Ski Total…and remember, there’s cashback available too!

  • Save up to 50% off your equipment hire when you pre-book.
  • All Ski Total packages include return flights, resort transfers and 7 nights in a catered chalet which is frequently more cost effective than a DYI or self-catered holiday. All chalets serve cooked breakfast 6 days a week, afternoon tea & cake and a 4-course evening meal with complimentary wine (there’s a 5-course meal at all Chalet Hotels), so you only need to budget for lunches (and apres).

Earn cashback on Ski Total bookings here.

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Andrew Allen / Editor

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