The Student Ski Holiday Survival Guide

student ski holiday survival guide

Students and skiing are a match made in heaven, much like pizza and French fries. Think of freshers’ week, but up a mountain, and you’ll get what student ski holidays are all about.

With lots of early mornings, late nights, and attempting to ski while drunk, student ski holidays can be a tough mission.

We’re here to help. Here’s our student ski holiday survival guide.

How to Ski on a Budget

Students may have the crippling weight of an unpayable debt on their shoulders, but this doesn’t mean they can’t go skiing.

So, if you’re on a budget (and let’s face it, which student isn’t?) we have a few tips to help you keep the costs down. You have to compromise somewhere!

Ski Without Insurance

Apparently, skiing while drunk can lead to injuries. Who knew?

So, this gives insurance companies an excuse to reject your claim. Not only that, but insurance is expensive. Why pay for something you won’t be able to use?

The solution? Just don’t bother with insurance.

But, here’s one piece of advice: dancing on an icy table while fuelled by Jägermeister isn’t always the brightest idea. We learnt that the hard way.

Skip the Lessons

If you’re a student who’s new to the world of the slopes, or if your technique is a bit rusty, don’t bother with lessons.

Not only are they expensive, but they might eat into happy hour. Nobody wants that.

Skiing without lessons is easier than you think! Thanks to YouTube tutorials and advice from friends, you’ll be pizza-and-French-frying in no time.

Why pay when you could do it for free? That’s the student skiing motto to live by.

Take Advantage of Happy Hour

Great news! Alcohol hits you harder at high altitudes, meaning that drinking on a ski holiday is cheaper than in your average bar.

But, having said this – if you know how to drink, après-ski can get expensive.

Fear not! Happy hour is the perfect opportunity to get all the drinks in at once. Go hard or go home, right?

There’s no point buying only one drink, so get four.

Just try and remember you have to get back down the mountain again.

Skiing with a hangover might be a challenge at first, but it will soon become second nature. So, there’s no excuse not to make the most of happy hour.

Beg, Borrow and Steal

To keep costs down, borrow all your gear. You’re bound to have a friend too snowed under (ha) by their dissertation to make it on the ski trip this year. Just use their equipment.

Try not to lose any of their gear, though, as you’ll have to replace it. This will not help in your mission to save money.

Pack Don’t Buy

We might sound like everyone’s mum ever, but you don’t want to be paying for things once you get to the resort.

So, pack all the essentials. Don’t be forced to share someone else’s toothbrush.

Insider tip: never forget sun-cream! Not only is a burnt nose far from attractive, but the sun-cream at the resort will be triple the usual price.

Take Plenty of Snacks

Make sure you have plenty of snacks. Eating a packed lunch might not be that glamorous, but it must be done. Wasting money on fancy food is a luxury you can’t afford.

Plus, you’re a student – you’re used to eating pot noodles.

Ski Early or Late

The early bird catches the worm, but, sometimes, it pays to be fashionably late.

Skiing early or late into the season means lower prices. What’s not to like?

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Think ‘Booze’ When Choosing Your Resort

Choosing your resort is the most important part. You don’t want to end up somewhere overrun with screaming children, or somewhere with only one bar to its name.

Get your priorities straight!

There are plenty of boozy ski resorts out there. So, you shouldn’t find it too hard to pick one.

If you’re going on a trip organised by your university, choose wisely. If they’re heading somewhere that no one has heard of, run for the hills. The best resorts have their own type of beer.

Ski bums slumming it in the Alps with a love for powder

Don’t Be Boring

You’re a student on the slopes, so make sure everybody knows it.

Find the most ridiculous skiing accessories you can, don your morph suit or giraffe onesie and let everyone know you’ve arrived.

You don’t want to let yourself down in the ‘anything but clothes’ ski social. Plus, standing out gives you a better chance of getting lucky, so it’s a win-win.

Also, never skip on the après-ski. Early mornings are no excuse! The fresh mountain air will have you feeling better in no time. Who needs sleep anyway?

Avoid People Who Aren’t Students

Students are dreaded by others on the slopes, particularly those with young families who can’t see the funny side of skiing in a onesie.

But, do students really deserve this bad reputation? The slopes are full of annoying people. Those who run over your skis in the lift queue, for example.

Often, those who look down their noses at students are far more annoying than students themselves.

To have the best holiday possible, avoid these people like the plague.

Flee to areas where the miniature skiers won’t be able to reach you. This is, unless they’re a pocked-sized pro who fancies themselves the next Team GB gold medallist. If this is the case, you’re stuck with them.

Also, avoid going off-piste or attempting the toughest runs. Here you’ll find plenty of irritating wannabe instructors who think they’re too good to associate with the likes of you.

Our advice? Stick to places where you’ll find people similar to you. Don’t overestimate your skill level, or go to a restaurant you can’t afford. Mix with your own kind.

Make Friends with the Rep

While you shouldn’t get too close to any seasonaires, or to your rep, keeping them sweet is always a good idea.

You can pick their brains for the cheapest bars, best clubs and quietest slopes. Knowledge is power, remember.

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