The 2015 New South Wales ski season is well underway with Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields all open for business. If you are planning a ski trip this winter don't get snowed under with all the finances. A NSW ski holiday is within reach with a few top saving tips for every budget.
Whether it's downhill, night or cross-country skiing and snowboarding on your agenda, the New South Wales Snowy Mountains offer a feast of winter action for every snow enthusiast.
Never pay full price again for a winter getaway with these top five tips on how to save on the slopes this ski season:
1. Sleep off the mountain
While there is nothing like the feeling of skiing home to your chalet at the end of the day, finding accommodation off the mountain can be an affordable option. In winter, Jindabyne is buzzing and the short drive to the ski resorts makes it a convenient base camp. With great apartments, hotels and guests houses with plenty of entertainment on the doorstep, you'll find everything you need here from fashion to wine bars, great places to eat and even a cinema!
Aim off-peak, go midweek
Timing is everything. Visiting off-peak and between Monday – Thursday can pay off big. Midweek and off-peak typically means fewer crowds, shorter lift lines and smaller group sizes for lessons and an off-peak pass price!
3. Pre-book equipment and lift tickets online
Price out equipment rental, lessons and lift tickets on the resort's website in advance. In most cases pre-booking online can shave up to 20% off the overall cost. Buying multiple days is more cost-effective and for first-timers there are lift and lesson package bundles available.
4. Get free kids' lift tickets
Whether it's the first time your kids have seen snow, or whether they just can't wait to get back to the Snowy Mountains, there is nothing more family-friendly than a resort that lets kids ski free. Buy an adult ski lift ticket at Selwyn, and you'll get free 12-and-under child's lift ticket. Need to rent clothing too? The deal includes clothing which can be added for an additional $10 per person. Thredbo also offers 'kids ski free' deals(18 years and under).
5. Be a tourist and discover loads more fun
With skiing and snowboarding grabbing all the attention it's easy to forget that there is plenty to do off-piste. There are plenty of other activities from cross-country skiing, trout fishing, tobogganing, to breathtaking walks around the national parks. Or even just sitting in front of the fire at the ski lodge with a mug of delicious hot chocolate is a fantastic way to enjoy an afternoon at the snow.
For more information on the Snowy Mountains and Regional NSW go to www.visitnsw.com.