Skiing in Switzerland is affordable! And it has many advantages when compared to other European ski resorts. Swiss ski resorts are easy to reach, less busy, and are more relaxing. Villages are authentic, and filled with traditional and culture. Take a look at 10 tips and advice for budget-friendly skiing in Switzerland…
1.Book early or late
Many tour operators and agencies will offer you discounts for booking early – ask if you don’t get an initial deal. Last minute bookings can also bring some fantastic reductions during low season weeks such as January and April where prices are already lower.
2. Go out of season
Avoid the peak season if you can. If you’re travelling without children January or March ensure empty slopes and much cheaper accommodation. Remember that school holidays vary from country to country so check the European Holiday Calendar to source the quieter times. Usually prices are low in December apart from the Christmas and New Year period.
3. Travel during the week
You can make huge savings on travel costs if you’re able to travel mid-week. As properties are nearly always flexible with check-in and out days this makes sense, especially during the low season. Travelling on a Saturday will always be come at a premium price.
4. Take advantage of free tours
Some resorts have free guided tours of the ski area, making it easy for you to find your way around. This’ll save you time and money as you won’t need to hire a personal ski guide.
5. Watch out for special offers
Look out for buy one get one free deals on lift tickets and ski hire in selected Swiss resorts. You may be able to get 20% off when you book during a particular quiet month. Book all the extras as soon as your vacation is planned as these are often cheaper if booked in advance online. You can get up to 20% off ski passes this way too.
6. Take some friends
Choose a big property and share with friends to save money on shopping, cooking and the rental costs. Cheaper group rates may apply if you opt for family rooms that sleep up to 12.
7. Stay at less known resorts
Less popular ski resorts have the benefit of much lower prices. Look for smaller, less known villages to keep within your budget. There are actually plenty of cheap ski resorts in Switzerland including Andermatt, Leysin, and Zinal.
8. Book half-board packages
Dining can be very expensive so booking a half-board package at your hotel will save you a lot of money. You could opt for self-catering especially if you’ve got a large family as that’ll be cheaper than staying at a hotel. Don’t forget that eating on the piste can also cost – prepare your lunch each day to take with you and save even more.
9. Become a member of the Swiss Youth Hostel Association
For a year’s membership you’ll get access to 52 swanky youth hostels ranging from historic manors to new facilities with spas and restaurants. Top rated properties have double and four-person bedrooms, free Wi-Fi and generous buffet breakfasts.
10. Ski for free
Children up to the age of nine can ski for free in several Swiss resorts, and often two children up to the age of 15 can ski for free when accompanied by an adult. Look out for Saturday specials, free day passes, and free travel to venues.
The Hotel Allalin
If you’re looking for exciting packages for your ski vacation then the Hotel Allalin in Saas-fee is the place to stay. You’ll be able book a seven night stay for two in a superior double room. And you’ll get a free buffet breakfast, six course candlelight dinners, free private ski deposit next to the cable car, and a free winter ski pass.
There are other cost-saving options to choose from. From romantic escapes to 7 days of hiking, take a look online and get all the latest deals and discounts from this 4-star hotel offering a fine restaurant, bar, complementary Wi-Fi internet access, and full concierge services. There are gardens with deck-chairs, a playground, library, and lunch packets for early birds! All the services and amenities you need.