Everyone loves saving money on a ski vacation. Coupons, vouchers, flash sales and other ski deals are usually snapped up quickly by skiers and snowboarders looking to get away on a budget. On our website, we offer so many discounts that you actually might be able to plan a second vacation with the savings left over from the first one.
Have you ever thought about that? You could save real money on your first vacation that you’d have enough left over to take a second vacation. Savvy shoppers looking to hit the slopes do it all the time, and here’s how.
First, let’s plan that ski vacation – the big one that you’ve been dreaming about. Set your budget and head over to our site to find ski deals to see what’s available. You’ll be able to select the U.S. state or Canadian province that you want to visit, and then select a specific resort. California and Colorado offer the largest selection, but you’ll be surprised at all the ski destinations that we offer.
If you live on the East Coast, maybe plan a pilgrimage West to finally experience some epic Colorado skiing at Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail or Telluride. Or see what California love is all about with a visit to Big Bear, Northstar or Squaw Valley. If you’ve skied the West to death, think about a trip back East. Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch in beautiful Vermont await. Or test your mettle at top ski resorts in New York, Maine or New Hampshire. We have deals for them all.
Begin by looking at the “Ski Vacation Packages” section. It’s easy to find great value and huge savings with a ski vacation package. These are ski bundles that can include airfare, lodging, ski rentals, lift tickets, dining and drink vouchers, or other perks. You should be able to save 10% to 40% off in most cases, sometimes more. Each deal is different, so be sure to read the descriptions thoroughly and take notes as you go along. (Calculate your savings so you know how much you can spend on your second trip!)
If you are looking to travel in the near future, check out the “Last Minute Deals” section on our website. There may also be worthy savings in our “Exclusive Deals” section.
If you find a ski bundle that works for you, that’s perfect. If not, browse our specific deals for lodging, lift tickets, ski rentals, transportation, and activities and tours. You should be able to find savings for every aspect of your trip. Get your lodging and travel arrangements squared away first, then focus on your lift tickets and ski gear.
Some other tips to save money on your ski vacation include booking late-season stays (late March-close) or mid-week stays (Monday-Thursday). If you plan to fly, book your airfare early for the best rate, or keep an open eye for flash sales and other savings. Signing up for our newsletter and following us on social media will also keep you in the know for all the best deals.
Once you’ve finalized your first vacation plans, add up your savings. This will give you a good idea of how much you can spend on your second getaway.
If you stacked enough ski deals together, you should have a nice wad of cash leftover for a second vacation. Keep in mind that this bonus vacation probably won’t be as extravagant as the first, but it should provide for a unique experience and a memorable getaway. Who doesn’t like to try something new?
Depending on what you were able to save on the first, set your budget for your second getaway. Since your budget is made up primarily of money you saved through discounts and coupons, we’re going to eliminate some of the pricey items on this vacation list and keep it simple. For this second trip, plan on more of a weekend getaway somewhere close to home.
Once you’ve set your budget, go on our website and browse ski resorts close to your home. We have specials all over North America, so you should be able to find something within driving distance from home. We have coupons and deals for skiing in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, among others. Driving to your second vacation will save you money, if you don’t have huge fuel costs and car maintenance, or pricey hotel stays along the way. (If you can’t reasonably drive, you should be able to find a cheap flight to one of these destinations.)
If you live on the East Coast, peruse the list and find your next snowy challenge in New England or along the Eastern Seaboard. Westerners have a long list from which to choose as well, but those who benefit the most are skiers and riders in the Midwest. Vacationers from Ohio River to the Great Plains can head in either direction.
Find a ski resort close to home and start with “Ski Vacation Packages.” Just like the major resorts in Colorado and California, there are affordable ski bundles here that can save you big time. Just like the first trip, dig through our extensive list of deals and piece together savings if you can’t find a bundle that works for you. Use as many coupons as you like! Score deals on dining, lift tickets and ski rentals. Find and book a comfortable slopeside ski lodge condominium and get ready to make fresh turns in the powder.
Skiing at a smaller resort usually means shorter lift lines and not as many people on the mountain. Sometimes smaller resorts will offer exclusive deals for stays and skiing that are better than the big resorts. If you live near a smaller resort, take a look at it first, then move on to larger resorts. You may not have the budget to afford your dream destination, but look at this trip more as a bonus getaway earned from your savings on the first. And, keep in mind: You just pulled off a two-fer, so you should be proud!