Skiing on the cheap.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 09/29/11 •  4 min read

Try as I might, I’ve never made the big bucks. I wasn’t born into money  (thanks a lot, Mom and Dad), my lottery tickets never hit (well, it’d help if I bought one once in a while), and neither I nor my husband ever managed to parlay our business savvy and creativity into an international billion dollar media empire.

C’est la vie.

The upshot is that like most of the world, I have to be careful with my money. This isn’t easy in skiing. A quick trip through any ski shop will show you how pricey most stuff can be. It’s the easiest thing in the world to drop several hundred on a ski jacket and a thou’ plus on equipment. Add a hundred here for good quality gloves, a hundred there for gotta-have-’em goggles, eighty bucks for a lift ticket — it adds up. Quickly. To a really high number.

Fear not, my children. Gather round and listen. There are lots of ways you can save a little green, so you can get out on the white.

How to save on lift passes:

How to save on gear:
On the hill:
  • Bring your lunch: Incredible how much you can spend on bad food. Bring your own. You’ll eat better, healthier, and cheaper.
  • Bring your own tea bags or hot chocolate mix: Resorts typically don’t charge for hot water. So help yourselves to theirs and brew yourself a cup.
  • Don’t pay to park. You’re there to exercise, for crying out loud. So if your mountain charges for close-in parking, keep your money in your pocket. Either come early so you can get a good spot, or resign yourself to schlepping  your stuff a bit. It won’t kill you.

All this sounds good to me,  Yeah, it takes a little effort, but it’s definitely worth it.

Anyone else have any great tips?

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