Skiers forego trips to foreign slopes

Hotel News - 08/12/2008

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According to a survey carried out by InsureandGo, holidaymakers are seeking cheaper alternatives to the winter ski trip abroad.

Those who are still planning to go away are looking to save money in other ways, such as taking their own food to the slopes.

Seventy-five per cent of enthusiasts who have gone skiing or snowboarding overseas in past years will be staying at home this year. Of those who have made this decision, one-fourth said that they were doing so in order to be able to afford next summer’s holiday.

Seventy-five per cent of those who are going on a winter ski holiday abroad are taking cost-cutting measures, such as staying in cheaper accommodation, going to a less-costly resort or trying out a country with lower overall costs.

Some are considering borrowing clothing and equipment as well, in order to economise.

The founder of InsureandGo, Perry Wilson, said: "People are nervous about spending a lot of money in the current financial climate, but if they look hard there are many ways for skiers and snowboarders to save money on their winter holiday.”

Wilson went on to say: "Some countries are much cheaper to ski in than others and you can make a big saving by borrowing ski clothes off friends or taking packed lunches on to the slopes rather than eating in mountain restaurants, which can be exorbitant."

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