18 February 2015

How to save for your skiing holiday

If you’re one of the thousands of Brits lucky enough to be heading on a winter sports holiday in the coming months, you’re no doubt counting the days until you are slaloming down the runs or indulging in some apres-ski relaxation. To get the most out of your holiday without spending more than you need to, it’s worth preparing before you go, whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-time visitor to the slopes. Here are some things to think about before you jet off.

Test your skills on the slope

If you’re heading off on your first ski trip, you may want to book some practice sessions beforehand at an indoor or dry slope here in the UK. The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead, Snozone at Milton Keynes and the Chill Factor in Manchester all have real snow for you to test out your skills before you go away.

Get kitted out

If you don’t own skis, boots or a helmet you may want to hire them at the resort rather than take them on the plane, which could increase your baggage costs. You’ll also need plenty of warm layers, salopettes and a ski jacket - plus extras like goggles, gloves and a woolly hat! You can hire stock skiwear from sites like Ski-stuff.co.uk if you don't want to buy everything for your trip.

Get booked up

See if you can take some of the stress out of your trip by organising some of the practicalities online or over the phone beforehand.

  • Booking ski hire and lift passes in advance could save you time when you get to the resort. Some travel companies even offer discounts for early booking. 
  • Book your airport parking or car hire as soon as possible - and make sure you compare prices to get the best deals.
  • Exchange currency before you get to the airport to get the most competitive rates.

Saving inspiration

If you’re feeling the pinch after a festive splurge at Christmas, you may want to focus on putting aside some savings for your trip - whether that be for spending money or for your ski clothes and ski equipment. 

It may help if you set up a separate savings account for your trip and give it a name which inspires you to save. It may seem obvious, but it could help motivate you to put aside any extra you can afford to save. After all, it’s easier to go without your daily caffeine fix if you know the money is going straight into a ‘ski trip’ account!

Step up your exercise regime

Skiing and snowboarding breaks differ from other holidays in that they can be physically exhausting. If you don’t do some physical preparation beforehand you may find that you can’t spend as much time on the slopes as you’d like, or that you’re more susceptible to injuries such as leg breaks and muscle tears. In the weeks leading up to your trip, stepping up your exercise regime should help improve your strength and fitness levels. That way, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding injury – and after all, if you’re able to ski for longer, you'll be getting more for your money!

Check your travel insurance

While your ski trip may go without a hitch, you should still arrange travel insurance, particularly since you could be liable for hefty healthcare bills in your holiday destination if you do take a tumble. Despite this, Abta research shows that 30% of skiers and snowboarders risk not taking out the necessary cover before hitting the slopes.  

Remember you'll probably need specialist winter sports cover which covers the cost of getting injured on the slopes. Winter sports insurance costs can vary, so it’s worth looking into it early so you have time to look for the best offers. 

If you're a Nationwide FlexPlus current account customer you'll already benefit from Worldwide Travel Insurance cover for you and your family as part of your account package - this includes cover for Winter Sports such as skiing, all for just £10 per month. Limits and Exclusions apply. FlexPlus Worldwide Family Travel Insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited.

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