Today’s reader question:
I want to plan a snowboard trip, but I’m kind of broke, any general tips for saving money on accom and other expenses?
I’ve said previous that snowboarding can be done cheaply if you’re a local living at the resort, because you aren’t paying for hotels and other holiday expenses, but what I should also say is that you don’t have to be a local to live and snowboard like a local while on holiday.
Snowboarding like a local
There’s no reason your ski trip has to cost a lot of money, but it just ends up that way because most people look at ski trips as a big holiday where they can go crazy eating, partying and snowboarding every day.
Nothing wrong with that (heck – sign me up!) but those types of ski trips are also not something you can do all that often, unless you have insane amounts of money to spare.
What would a local do?
Plan your trip as if you were a local and you’ll find it doesn’t cost anywhere near as much as your typical snowboard holiday.
Does a local stay at a hotel in the main village? Nope. He rents a room in a shared house and catches the bus or stays in a budget hostel and works clean up duty to get cheaper rent.
Does a local eat at the steakhouse? Nope. He cooks most of his meals and never eats on the mountain (unless they’re mountain staff with a discount).
People look at travel booking sites like Expedia and they see that the average ski holiday costs you thousands upon thousands of dollars and start to think that’s what you have to pay to enjoy a ski holiday, but that’s far from the truth.
You just have to get away from the mindset of staying in hotels and and living large. Think more like a local when it comes to spending money on your holiday.
Book short term room rentals in houses instead of staying in hotels. Cook your own meals instead of eating out. Don’t go drinking and spend $100 on your bar tab every night.
Honestly, outside of plane tickets (which by the way can be had for nothing if you’re smart with using a good rewards credit card) and lift tickets, your other expenses such as accom and food can be found for not much more than you’d pay for a week living at home.
ps – if you’re someone that never carries debt on their credit card and you live in N. America, I recommend checking out the SPG Amex card. Amazing flight/hotel reward points if you run all your expenses through the card.