Winter Holidays: What's The Cost? | HEADS UP

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Is money truly the route to all evil?! Well I believe opportunities are unfortunately limited without it. A massive assumption by those that haven’t tried winter activities are that it’s expensive, which is the biggest deterrent to most. People often say “its for rich people”. Thankfully it’s 2018 and things have changed… plus I’m not rich!

Winter holiday season is typically November to April; with February and March being the most popular times due to peak conditions. People often fantasize about the French Alps, Swiss Alps and Austria; and rightly so as the condition are known as some of the best in Europe; therefore, bringing high demand making resorts expensive.

Self-Organised Trips

However, there are less well known locations such Androrra and Borovets, Bulgaria which have great resorts and have good conditions for a faction of the price. 3* accommodation in Borovets for 5 days can cost from £353 (€392). Also offering packages consisting of ski passes, equipment hire and group lessons for 3 days at a bargain £166 (€184). And, flights from £45 return with Ryanair. In total £564; for flights, accommodation, ski passes, equipment hire and group lessons.

In my experience, booking flights are usually straightforward and sometimes the cheapest cost of a trip. Ski passes can be a big expense on a trip depending on where you visit, especially when you haven’t budgeted for it. If you’re a beginner hiring equipment is the easiest and cheapest solution before you fully commit. I haven’t hired clothes; therefore, purchasing a jacket, trousers/salopettes, boots and helmets are essential.

Festival Trips

Festivals are a great all-in-one choice for those that want to keep it simple and party. And like I said before, "there's nothing like your first time". A festival is often the full package; with festival wristbands, flights (£110 return), airport transfers, accommodation (5* for £600), ski passes (6 days for £90), equipment hire (6 days for £90) and snowboarding/skiing lessons (6x 2hrs for £126) included in your booking with the organisers. In total, I paid £1026 for 7 days in Avoriaz, France attending the Snowboxx festival.

In 2018 and beyond, the days of winter activities only being accessible to the rich, elite and famous are over. If you are on a budget there are destinations that can cater to you. Alternative, festivals offer an all-in-one experience.

Written by Dazzle