How Much Does It Cost To Be A Ski Bum? [Expert Guide!]

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For many, the dream of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, expert ski teaching, and buzzing nightlife comes with a hefty price tag. While there are many ways to make the most of your ski holidays, it’s important to review the costs involved before heading off in the winter.


No matter if you prefer the powder or the rails, skiing is an expensive hobby. Day passes at top UK resorts, for example, start at £79 at Beech, £83 at Blue Mountain, and £84 at Snowdon. For the less adventurous, the season pass at Corbett at present, for example, is priced at £129 and offers unlimited skiing and riding.

To get the best out of your ski experience, you’ll need to factor in additional costs such as ski gear, snowboard gear, and ski/snowboard equipment. Most resorts also charge a resort fee which covers food and drink. This can increase the cost of a day significantly.


Accommodation is one of the main costs incurred when on holiday. In addition to bills, you’ll need to budget for fuel, energy, and water. The luxury of on-site accommodation at a top resort will increase nightly rates and, ultimately, your holiday costs. Booking accommodation close to the slopes, in popular locations like Stowe and Cardigan Bay, can also prove expensive. Fortunately, you can reduce these costs by becoming a ski bum and finding a place to stay in a ski lodge.


The cost of getting to and from your skiing location will depend on the type of transport you choose. Many resorts are located close to London and the prices for a return ticket are very affordable. In addition to this, the lift pass at Corbett, for example, costs £62 per week and, at present, is only £7.50 per day. At other resorts, the cost of transport is included in the price of your season pass. The luxury of a ski taxi to take you to the slopes, and back again, at the end of each day is, therefore, well worth it in terms of reducing your travel costs and increasing your fun factor.


Skiing is a expensive hobby and often the most expensive part of the trip. In addition to the direct costs associated with your ski holiday, you’ll need to budget for eating out and buying snacks and drinks to keep your energy up while on the slopes. There are a number of expensive restaurants and bars at top resorts, which, along with the expensive apres-ski activities, will increase the cost of a night out. Alcoholic drinks, particularly at the end of the day, are also extremely expensive at some resorts. Energy drinks are a great way to save money on your trip and ensure you get the most out of your skiing experience. Water is also very expensive to buy in large quantities so, to save, you’ll need to bring your own. The luxury of staying in a ski lodge will limit your food choices and increase your daily costs. Luckily, with careful planning and budgeting, you can still have a good time and not break the bank.

No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to have a good time on a budget. One important thing to do, however, is to plan your trip and budget responsibly. Knowing how much each aspect costs will help you plan your travel insurance, budget for food and drink, and plan what you’ll do with the rest of your budget once you’re there. It’s a good idea to do some research online before you go so you know what to expect and can plan your trip accordingly. This will help you avoid any nasty surprises once you’re there and increase the likelihood of you having a good time. Happy skiing!

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