The Money-Saver’s Guide to Cheap Ski Rental

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Ski holidays can be pretty expensive, though they don’t have to be. We’ve previously told you about the cheapest ski resorts in Europe, now it’s time for the money-saver’s guide to cheap ski rental.

Rent Skis or Fly With Your Own?

It’s a myth the only way to save money on ski-hire is to bring your own.

Many airlines charge for ski carriage, not to mention the hassle of travelling with ski gear makes it more hassle than it’s worth.

Often, renting’s the cheaper option.

Booking in Advance

The early bird catches the worm, as they say.

While we’re all aware of the benefits of booking our holiday in advance, we often forget about booking our ski gear early.

Local ski-hire companies will charge high prices, it’s as simple as that.

Waiting to book just before you leave, or holding out until you get to the resort can almost double the prices. To avoid this and save yourself some cash to spend on après-ski, be organised and book your ski rental online early.

Be on the Lookout

Many ski rental companies offer deals all year round on their websites, it can be easy to miss them.

Signing up to newsletters or mail lists is a great way to ensure you’re the first in line to receive the best offers and discounts.

If a company doesn’t have a newsletter, persistently check the ski company’s website. This should ensure you don’t miss any deals they offer.

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The More the Merrier

Many ski rental companies offer deals for group bookings. This can be a great advantage if you’re part of a large family or travelling with lots of others.

As well as this, many rental companies allow children to ski for free!

Don’t Show-Off

Hiring the latest, most expensive ski equipment is completely unnecessary.

While it’s tempting to be flashy, last-year’s equipment will still allow you ski just as well, and save you some cash in the process.

Also, while you may consider yourself a strong intermediate skier, hiring beginner equipment won’t make a lot of difference. The gear is still top quality. In fact, the difference in performance is almost unnoticeable – though the amount you pay will be.

Barter, Barter, Barter

Don’t just take the first discount offered to you. If you’re offered 10% off, see if you can push it to 15%, or even higher- what have you got to lose?

This will probably work better if you’re in a larger group, as ski hire companies are more likely to give you money off.

Try telling a white lie- say you’ve been offered a discount by a different company, but can they do any better? It’s likely the company will give you an offer as an incentive to go with them.

Offer to Leave Positive Feedback

Thanks to websites like TripAdvisor, it’s possible for everyone to leave reviews and feedback on a company.

For a cheaper deal, offer to leave positive feedback on a company’s website or TripAdvisor page. You may even have your own blog that you could use to promote their company in exchange for money off.

Use your Connections

If your holiday has been booked through a specialist ski trip provider, ask if they have any relationships with ski-hire companies. Use these relationships to your advantage!

It’s likely other companies will have connections with rental companies that you can use to save yourself some money.

Don’t keep the cost-cutting for just your ski rental. Save money on your transfer too. Our ski transfer portal will let you choose the best quotes from an array of verified transfer providers. Find out more about Ski Transfer Finder and get your quotes here.