Life After Uni: Budget trips

The end of university means the end of cheap ski deals, right? Wrong. Don’t shelf up those skis for good. If you’re keen to think outside the box, we’ve rounded up the ways to keep riding on a budget after university.

Outside university trips, the lift pass, accommodation, apres-ski and mountain fare can all add up to a hefty chunk of dough. Plus, you need to consider simply getting to the snow with costly flights, transfers and carting gear from home to hotel. It can be daunting to think of the state of your bank balance after a blow out week in the Alps. But fear not, we have some ideas to keep you on the slopes...

Head to Eastern Europe

Steer away from traditionally expensive resorts and sniff out some more obscure spots to ski. Ever thought of cruising in Kazakhstan? How about Polish powder, skiing in Slovakia or riding in Romania? Eastern Europe offers challenging ski terrain with close access to the U.K. Widen your horizons and plump for powder in a less sought after resort to score more bang for your buck.

  Looking for uncrowded pistes? Head to Eastern Europe to save on costs . Photo: Gorazd Stražišar 

Looking for uncrowded pistes? Head to Eastern Europe to save on costs. Photo: Gorazd Stražišar 

Van Life

Although there are many cheaper options beside the traditional catered chalet accommodation, to really save money why not take a van for a ski mission. You’ll need excellent insulation, winter tires fitted, to be stocked up on anti-freeze and take a ton of hot water bottles and blankets. For the ultimate van dweller, kitting out your wagon with a wood burning stove epitomises van comforts. When it’s so cold that alcohol freezes, you’ll need to ensure you stay toasty as those temperatures plummet. Save even more by driving yourself over to the mountains and avoid costly flights and overpriced airport transfers. Plus, you can bring out all your ski equipment in the van saving heaps on flying yourself and the gear out. 

 Living out a van means you'll need to keep things compact and cosy! Photo: Clement Hodgkinson

Living out a van means you'll need to keep things compact and cosy! Photo: Clement Hodgkinson

Ski-tour up the hills

It’s pretty tricky to bypass the all-costly lift pass, but if you head out to a more obscure resort, you’ll be less likely to fork out half a month’s rent for a seven day pass. Another outlandish option could be to not even bother buying a lift pass. This will mean you’ll have to splitboard/ski tour/snowshoe up the hills, saving money whilst building killer thighs. Added to this, you’ll often have remarkably remote riding time as ski touring allows you to access spots without the hint of a crowd, or the crocodile line of a lift queue. However, you may rue the day you opted out of a pass, when after a four hour vertical hike you slither down the slopes in less than a minute. The old idiom rings true here: no pain no gain!  

  Ski touring saves you a lift pass.  Photo: Ivair Goncalves 

Ski touring saves you a lift pass. Photo: Ivair Goncalves 

You’ll need to be a super snow addict to attempt some of these low budget options, but regardless of your financial situation, it isn’t wise to scrim on insurance. You can’t put a price on health and keeping yourself safe from costly medical bills. Yet, if you’re truly looking to ride on a budget, these suggestions can certainly save the pennies.

If you have any questions about organising a low cost trip for you and your mates, get in contact with our team via the Contact Us pages.