With lodging, meals, lift tickets, gear rentals, and transportation costs, even a short ski weekend can set back a family’s vacation budget. But for snow-loving travelers, there’s no need to quit winter sports—minor adjustments can save you money.
1. Pick the right time.
When planning the ideal time for your vacation, consider weeks that precede or follow popular holidays, which are often cheaper and less crowded. January is usually a good month, because holiday travelers have gone back to work and prices go down a week or two after the new year.
2. Find deals and discounts.
One of the best months to plan your ski trip on a budget is January’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, when many different resorts offer discounts on gear, lessons, lift tickets, and more. Daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial often have coupons; Liftopia can help with cheaper lift tickets; and student, military, and senior IDs can sometimes be used for discounts.