Whoop whoop. As you are reading this, over a leisurely Saturday morning brekkie, Jason and I are heading to the airport for some surprise birthday weekend snow. Yes, I’ve treated him (and me, I guess!) to a long weekend in Italy, and hopefully a few days of skiing. Preferably with blue skies, and not a whiteout like this.
Today, I’m going to share how I booked this weekend ski trip without breaking the bank.
A weekend snow break for less
If your annual ski holiday left you craving for more, fear not, as there is a way you can squeeze in some more winter ski activity. I managed to book this weekend snow break in Cervinia for just over £500.
Using all my tips from the 14 week travel hacking plan we secured enough airmiles for two reward flights from London Gatwick to Turin.
These cost just £100 in taxes and 33,500 for business class flights. At 16,750 each, and with the same flights costing £317.60 for the two of us, that means each AVIOS was worth just 0.0064p. This is a pretty typical valuation based on some recent figures I calculated for a response to Adventurous Kate.
Whilst I would not normally use AVIOS for business class, short-haul flights, we have ski boots and helmets to carry, so I wanted to ensure we can take two bags each, even though we probably won’t need to.
As it will also be Jason’s birthday while we are away, it is nice to start our trip in style with lounge access too. Ok so he can’t have a drink as he will be driving, but I will force myself on his behalf.
Getting to the resort
Having discovered recently that getting to the mountains can be hard, I opted to hire a car and was staggered by how cheap it was.
For three full days of car rental, including snow chains, it cost just €31.51. You can book your own car hire with Holiday Extras.
I only booked this trip six weeks in advance, and rooms in resort were already 96% booked. I was left with options which were ridiculously expensive, or which were nowhere near the resort.
As we have hired a car, I opted for a very snazzy, spa hotel in nearby St Vincent. From the hotel to the ski slopes will take around 30 minutes each morning, but that is a price I’m willing to pay for additional luxury.
For three nights I paid just £282.04 including breakfast. Let’s hope Jason doesn’t see this post, or the cat will be out of the bag!
Now here is the cool thing. If you go skiing in Cervinia, you receive a free day ski pass, providing you return either during the same season or the following season. I thus have two vouchers for a day.
One additional day of skiing in February costs just €46 each. Our two days skiing will thus cost just €96. It would not cost much less for an unsatisying hour on the indoor slope at Xscape, so I’m pretty happy with that.
For €42.50, we can hire skis and pole shoes for two days. We have boots and helmets, but if you don’t you will need to add in that slight extra cost.
Total costs for our ski weekend
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Now if that isn’t a pretty good price for a cheap ski weekend, I don’t know what is. Let’s hope the weather looks like this!
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* Converted to GBP by XE on 10/1/18