Debunk the notion that skiing is a sport only for the rich.   A great ski holiday need not be that expensive.  You can go skiing on a shoestring budget if you are canny enough to find the right ski vacation packages.

Of course, skiing will cost you more than other sports. This is because it requires a lot of things – lessons, equipment, accommodations, extra clothing, ski passes, insurance and so much more.  However, this does not mean that you have to close that bank account for you to indulge in the sport.

Do some shopping around so that you can see what the ski resorts can offer in terms of ski vacation packages that will suit your budget, as well as your needs.  You can choose to have simpler accommodations, be prepared to give up some of the perks and creature comforts you would want and also make your own travel arrangements.  You may also have to deal with inconveniences such as long ski lift queues and driving to your destination of choice.  If you are prepared to make these sacrifices, then you can save up and not exceed your budget.  When hunting for a place to eat, look for restaurants that serve big portions, so that if you are traveling with a companion, you can share with the meal.

One thing you can do is to go skiing off-season.  Not only will you enjoy great prices, you will have the benefits one gets when skiing off-peak – shorter queues on ski lifts, better deals for skiing lessons and equipment rentals and cheaper rates for accommodations.

The most budget-friendly ski resorts are now to be found in eastern Europe.  Mind you, the best time to go to Europe would be during winter time, when ticket prices are at a low.  In Bulgaria, the best place to go on the cheap would be Bansko.  There are low-priced restaurants, decent but very affordable accommodations, plus an ski terrain with excellent promise.  Indeed, the skiing there is quite good, although not as great as skiing in the Alps or the Pyrenees.  Another option would be Courchevel, in France.  Do some research to find the best deals in the area and also go for some cheap eats, as there are many to be had here.  There are even places where you could get some free munchies, if you are creative enough to find them.

Other great budget options can be found in Cervinia, Italy (where you can opt to ski opposite the Swiss side), Brides-les-Bains in France (where the majestic background does not cost an arm and a leg), Lake Tahoe in the United States (where there are plenty of great skiing packages, just be careful that you don’t blow all of your budget at the casino), Flaine in France (where the view is not that great, but the cost of childhood and intermediate skiing is very reasonable) and so many more.

So go on, ski your heart out without the steep price tag.  Remember, the only steep thing budget-minded persons are looking for would be the slopes.

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