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Are you planning to go skiing this winter and want to know the best resort to spend a week or two? If so, check out Breckenridge. The slopes are decent, the scenery is picturesque and there’s plenty of activity in the town to keep you busy. You can find a range of Breckenridge vacation rentals or accommodation here that suits any budget. And, it’s quite easy to get to from Denver Airport. Everything seems great, right? But, a trip to a mountain resort can be an expensive endeavor. Here are five ways that you can cut costs on your trip to Breckenridge.
1# Take Advantage of the Free Buses:
It may feel expensive to get to the resort from whatever State you’re in back at home. Flights aren’t cheap, especially when you’re carrying your own equipment. And when you arrive at Denver International, you either have to rent a car for a week or take one of the shuttle buses. Affordable if you’re travelling alone, but it adds up when you’re with the family.
The good news is that when you arrive in the town you won’t have to worry about paying for public transport. There are about eight different lines in the town that take you to pretty much any corner or place that you want to visit. And, guess what? They’re all free! One takes you to the ski lift whereas others go to the bars and restaurants. My favorite part about this service is that, despite being free, they’re fast, on time and reliable.
2# Get Your Lift Passes Early:
Taking the ski lift up several times over the course of a week adds up fairly quickly. When you buy tickets on the day, inevitably, they’re going to cost higher. You can find early bird prices if you search online and if you’re lucky, you can find a special offer. There are different packages and promotions depending on what type of pass you want and when you’re coming.
It’s worth the time to search online to find these as they can save you a lot of money when you get here. For example, it becomes cost effective if you plan to ski more than five times during your trip. Some of the resorts also offer promotions for different tickets and they can help you save money compared to buying them on the day.
3# Don’t Eat Out Every Meal:
It can be tempting to go to the restaurant and bar every night after a few hours on the slopes. But, you should remember that this is a popular ski resort and the prices will reflect that. If you’re staying in a place with a kitchen, it’s quite easy to prepare your own meals. I’m not saying that you should cook every single night and not eat out a few times. But the price does add up fairly quickly.
Another tip for people on a tight budget is to bring some food and drinks with you from home. You can go to the supermarket and get some snacks to eat while you’re here. And more importantly, you can bring your own drinks. The price of beer, wine, and liquor in the town is quite expensive in the bars and shops. If you bring some with you, you’re going to save a little extra. It may not be much, but it takes the sting away from the high prices that you’re already faced with!
4# Avoid Peak Season:
This may sound obvious, but a lot of people are concerned that if they don’t go in the middle of winter, they won’t be able to ski. Wrong! Snow is on the ground for most of the year because of the high altitude and you can quite easily come here for a skiing break in mid Octorber or April. This gives you several advantages compared to going during the middle of winter.
The first is that there will be fewer people and when this happens, the price drops. You’ll also find more promotions on tickets for the lift and rental equipment as well as reductions in accommodation costs. The second and my favorite, is that during the low season you don’t have to wait around as much. If you want to ski, you go the chairlift and go back up to the slopes. Compare this to December when you have to wait around in line for all the others to go first.
5# Book Any Rentals in Advance:
Not everyone wants to bring their own equipment to the resort. It can be quite inconvenient and not all of us even have our own things. When this happens, the best thing to do is to rent something when you reach here. Now, most people will just turn up and find the first place they see to get their equipment. This is a bad idea. If you search online before you go, it’s easy to find where to get the rentals from. And you can also get discounts for booking online before you turn up. This saves you a little bit more money compared to getting them when you turn up. It also has the added advantage of being ready for you when you arrive.
The Bottom Line:
The bottom line is that if you plan your trip to coincide with the low season and book tickets and equipment in advance, you’re going to save more money. A trip to this resort doesn’t have to break the bank if you’re careful and do a little bit of planning.