If you are planning to ski or snowboard around New Zealand this winter, make sure you read a few of these tips to ensure that you save some money this season. The expenses of going away for a weekend can be quite costly, especially in the high season, so make sure you do your research beforehand and come up with a solid plan with how much money you can spend. These tips will outline how to save before you go and while you are up there so that you can save money for the next trip you plan to go on.
The first few tips are what you can do before you head up to the mountain. When you’re researching accommodation, make sure you look for packages that will include passes as well. This will not only save you money but be highly convenient, some of them can even include access to other mountains as well. You can also look into taking a bus either to your accommodation or up the mountain so you can save money on petrol and even meet other people that are heading up to the mountain.
When you’re on your way to the mountain, make sure that if you need to rent any equipment that you do it in town instead of up there. When you rent gear on the mountain it can cost a lot more then you expect, so rent from local shops because it’s easy to pick up the equipment and drop it back off when you are done for the weekend. After you have your gear, if you didn’t purchase your passes ahead of time, remember to try and buy a multi-day pass or season pass if you think that you will be up there again in the near future. Even though purchasing those kinds of tickets may be more expensive, they will end up saving you quite a bit in the long-term.
Now that you have your accommodation, equipment, and passes you are ready to hit the mountain! Once you get up there, make sure you ask for a free storage locker to store some of your items. Some of those items should include your own food or water so you don’t waste money on the overpriced items up there. Finally, when you are done for the day and you want to go for dinner, look for restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine, that way you can save money and have a good time celebrating your weekend away.
Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.