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Ski Season Travel Tips That Can Help Save Money This Winter Holidays

Travelers Today       By    Joana Dyan Ordonez

Updated: Oct 12, 2016 08:11 PM EDT

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BELALP, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 14: Participants ski in the 30th edition of the Belalp Witches Ski Race on January 14, 2012 in Belalp, Switzerland. The race is inspired by a legend dating back to the middle ages, of a witch who tormented villagers in the area until she was burnt to death. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Ski resorts are getting bigger. Last season, Saalbach has been deemed as the biggest ski area in Austria.

Meanwhile, with the pounds dropping against the dollar and FairFX reporting that at some airports the exchange rate is less than €1 for £1, many travellers may be marvelling how they will be able to have enough money for this ski season.

Here are some of the ski holiday travel tips, as featured by the Telegraph, which will help you save money in the mountains.

Choose a chalet stay

Staying in a chalet or chalet-hotel means you get a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea (usually including soup and cake) and a three-course dinner every day bar one - the chalet hosts' day off.

Go all-inclusive

The all-inclusive specialist Club Med (clubmed.co.uk) offers holidays with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. Included in the price are flights, transfers, full-board accommodation, drinks, lift pass, equipment hire, ski school and even extras such as off-piste guiding.

Going all-inclusive means British skiers and snowboarders will be largely sheltered from the falling pound when in resort.

Embrace the packed lunch

Accordingly, one of the most high-priced additional expense on a winter ski holiday is buying lunch up the mountain; especially if you're staying in a pricey Alpine resort.

You can buy sandwich ingredients and snacks in the local supermarket and do it yourself. However, you need to look out for resorts that have picnic rooms designed for frugal skiers to enjoy their lunch in the humid and dry place.

The French resort of Val d'Isère, which isn't known for having the cheapest on-slope eateries, has a brand new picnic area for the 2016/17 season that even has microwaves.

Don't pay for a lift pass

This means, look for packages that include a lift pass in the price so you won't be confined to an unfavourable exchange rate.

For example, Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk) offers holidays to three resorts - Chamrousse and La Clusaz in France and Engelberg in Switzerland - where the lift pass is thrown in alongside accommodation, flights and transfers.

Cut out the middle man

When booking a ski trip, many UK travellers and skiers make use of a travel agent or tour operator.

Others consider looking at the ski resorts' own websites. While, many resorts offer great-value accommodation plus lift pass packages - all you need to do is book your travel arrangements.

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