is some additional information that you can harness to decrease
the bill even further.
it's just me but I've never been able to find great deals
through travel agents who specialize in winter vacations.
However, I've been lucky with airline packages that include
airfare/hotel/car/ski passes. If I'm looking for a package
I always look first at what major airlines have to offer.
You have to plan early and sometimes you have to travel midweek
to get the full cost benefits.
Extra 2: Equipment - Rent vs. Buy
and snowboard equipment rentals are a fraction of what you'd
pay for purchasing all new gear. Renting is the way to go
until you cross the point of no return where you ski or snowboard
enough to warrant the expense of buying your own gear.
into the equation that typical rentals usually consist of
bottom of the barrel gear. The kind of skis, snowboard, boots
that you would want to purchase are always better than what
you get in rental packages. You can also rent this better
level of gear. Just ask for "demo" rental gear.
The problem with "demo" rentals is that they cost
roughly twice as much as what regular rentals cost.
the key is not to resist buying your own equipment as long
as you can but to calculate when is it wise to do so. Take
it in steps. Boots are probably the most important part of
the equipment. Especially in skiing. You can ski on crappy
skis but crappy boots will make it very hard and unenjoyable.
an advice of an expericed ski bootfitter. It will cost you
more to do this but you will be much happier and won't end
up selling the uncomfortable boots for half price after a
couple of days of skiing. If you really know what gear you
want to get keep an eye for end of the season sales. I typically
buy my stuff in the summer online. It can be much cheaper
that way. I like supporting the shops too but inventory in
the summer can be slim when compared with online choices.
I never buy "first season" gear. Last years skis
are cheaper and probably just as good as the current model.
you are not there yet just keep on renting. Rental prices
are lower further away from the resort. The most expensive
prices are usually at the resort's own shop at the base. But
there is the element of convenience to consider. If you need
to switch out a piece of equipment it will be more convenient
to do that at the bottom of the hill than to drive back to
the cheap shop at the outskirts of the town.
you arrive to the resort look for rental coupons in the local
free magazines and coupon booklets distributed at condo lobbies.
You'll find all kinds of valuable discounts.