Tips for an affordable European Ski Trip

An affordable long weekend in the French Alps – is it possible? Hell yes!

Jason and I recently returned from an amazing 4 day snowboarding trip in Morzine. It was our first time boarding outside of Australia so we had high hopes for the quality of the snow but were also quite weary of potential price hikes that occur and restaurants and bars during ski season. So how much did we end up spending?

Flights: London to Geneva return £133 (approx. €170)

Airport Transfers: €60 each return (from Geneva airport direct to Chalet in Morzine) with Morzine Express

Accommodation: €231 for 3 nights, private room with shared bathroom and free breakfast at Chalet Bois Vallons

Lift passes: Portes de Solel lift pass €173

Ski Hire: €47 for 3 full days of snowboard hire at Hubert Sports (this included a 20% discount included due to the Chalet we were staying at)

Food: approximately €30 each for lunch and dinner each day

Total cost per person: €595.5 (Approx: £465) per person

So just a few tips for a cheap trip:

* Try to avoid flying out on a Friday night or returning on a Sunday night or during bank holidays– these are peak times. Also make sure to book well in advanced (preferably over 3 months in advance)

* Book accommodation well in advanced and if you’re willing to book somewhere with a shared bathroom you’ll save heaps more. Often sites like http://www.booking.com allow free cancellation up until a certain date, so it may be worthwhile locking in a few chalets if you haven’t made up your mind about your destination and cancelling once you have decided on your location

* Pre-book your ski hire online 1-2 weeks in advanced as the stores often give you significant discounts for doing so (it might be worth getting an online quote first because sometimes it’s actually cheaper for you to buy things like helmets/boots/pants at stores like Decathlon or Mountain Warehouse than it is to hire it). Also ask your Chalet if they offer any discounts with certain hire companies as this is also a good way to get a discount if you don’t want to pre-book

* Lift passes are discounted online but only if you buy a significant multi-day pass such as 6 days +, but this all depends on the mountain so worth checking online

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