July 31, 2009, Newsletter Issue #258: The Best Time For Budget Skiing

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Once people learn to ski, they often discover that the sport can be quite expensive, especially if you tend to plan ski trips with your entire family. Many people end up paying too much for a ski vacation, simply because they choose the most popular time of the year to go. In general, lift tickets and lodging will be most expensive around Thanksgiving, Christmas, the President's Day holiday and Spring Break, which usually takes place throughout the month of March. In general, prices are relatively low in the early season, which occurs either in November or December, depending on the resort. They will often drop again in April, after Spring Break. Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets about budget skiing is the month of January. After the Christmas and New Years holiday, the resorts are relatively empty, and resort management, as well as local lodging companies are apt to lower their rates. Since the conditions are often at their best during this period, planning a mid-January ski vacation can be a win/win scenario.

Another option for skiing on a budget is planning a mid-week, as opposed to a weekend trip. In general, a Monday through Thursday lodging package might be less expensive than a Friday through Monday package. Some resorts even offer mid-week discount lessons.

If you are planning a ski vacation to Colorado, keep in mind that many of the resorts stay open until late April. During this time period, there are a number of exciting sales and events. For example, for the month of April, the Town of Breckenridge presents a Taste of Breckenridge. During this period, many of the top restaurants serve full-course dinners for $15 to $25. The town also holds its annual Spring Massive, where you can find excellent bargains on gear and clothing!

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