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Resource Guide: Ski on a Budget

Skiing has long been known as a “rich” activity that requires a significant investment in equipment and travel. Nowadays, budget-friendly resorts and ski rentals have made this winter sport more accessible to everyone, regardless of budget constraints.

The following resources will help you get started on planning a ski trip (locally or abroad) that won’t bust the bank.

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General Tips

  • 4 Easy Ways to Save on Ski Trips: These simple tips can save hundreds of dollars by helping you package your ski trip, find discount lift tickets and more.
  • 6 Steps to a Cheap Ski Vacation: Use these ideas to bring down the total cost of a ski vacation. One especially useful tip is avoiding popular megaresorts.
  • Ski Property: They offer award winning Skiing Properties service helping you find the ideal Ski property.

Basics of Skiing

  • Top 10 Tips for Beginners: Here are some basic tips for first-time skiers to help keep balance, control speed and adjust direction.

Places to Ski

  • 7 Ways to Ski Michigan on a Budget: Check out these resorts in Northern Michigan that are known for their affordable seasonal deals.
  • Top 20 Family Ski Resorts: Learn about various places to ski with the family within the United States. This article includes excellent “What We Love” and “But remember!” sections for each resort.

Skiing Equipment

  • Rent Skis: This website helps you reserve skis at hundreds of resorts. Reserving in advance can save you money on your total rental fees.
  • Buying Ski Equipment on a Budget: This article specializes in getting the kids started on skis. It also includes useful tips to help adults avoid the common “pitfalls” of ski buying.

Some Final Tips on Skiing on a Budget

If you’ve never skied before, try to stay local for your first ski vacation. Staying close to home could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on transportation, lodging, equipment, food and more.

Don’t rush for the biggest megaresort that boasts all the amenities. These amenities cost money even if you don’t use them. They’re built into the cost of the rooms. Instead, focus on picking a small resort or privately owned cabin.

Bring your own food and beverages. This can be for a resort that’s a drive away, but if you’re flying in, make sure to stop at the local grocery store. Resort towns are notorious for their expensive restaurants and drinks.

Rent or borrow ski equipment for your first few times. You don’t want to invest the thousand dollars it will take to get a proper start if you’re not sure you’ll stick with it every winter. Renting is also a great option to avoid lugging equipment around on planes. Airlines have gotten in the habit of charging at least $25 for each extra carryon you bring. Your skis and your boots will usually count as two separate carryon items.

Try not to blow the budget on fancy ski accessories your first few times. It’s okay to wear uncoordinated gloves, hats and coats that aren’t specially designed for winter sports. The goal is simply to keep you warm.

Consider paying for introductory lessons or bringing a knowledgeable friend or family member if you’re skiing for the first time. Skiing won’t be much fun if you don’t have the basic techniques to avoid face planting at every turn.

Remember to bring skin care products. That includes sunscreen! The sun will reflect off the glistening white snow and burn you just like a day at the beach. Also remember to bring Vaseline, Chapstick and other skin protectors to alleviate chafing, chapping and dry skin.

Look into travel insurance. These plans will help you in the event you get injured while skiing. Some travel insurance policies will also cover damaged equipment, canceled flights, lost luggage, general illness and other travel mishaps. You’ll especially want to consider this if you’re planning to ski in another country.

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