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How to save time and money on a Verbier Ski Holiday
13th July 2018
If you didn’t already know, Verbier is one of the most sought after skiing destinations, especially for the rich and famous with the likes of the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex taking time out of their royal duties for their annual ski break. However, if you are looking for your next ski holiday on a budget, don’t let the high-end, luxury connotations of Verbier put you off booking. There are plenty of alternatives when it comes to saving time and money when choosing your holiday and ski accommodation in Verbier, so let us show you how you can get more for your money in the future!
When booking flights to European ski destinations, it’s easy to see why so many people can’t afford the trip of a lifetime away on the slopes with the family. Searching for weekday flights instead of the weekend can often bring down the price, as changeover days in ski resorts often fall on a Saturday or Sunday. It is also good to note that planning your ski holiday in the Four Valleys around the Easter break may bring down the overall cost. As Easter normally falls around the same time as the peak ski season starts to come to and end, it’s possibly the best time to save money on your ski holiday.
Verbier to Le Chable
A secret gem in the Four Valleys is Le Chable. Known as being somewhat cheaper and more affordable Verbier, it’s only a 10 minute bus ride from the more affluent resort. There is also a ski lift which connects the two villages, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can walk up the winding road in between the mountains to Verbier!
As you can imagine, Le Chable is a little quieter than it’s up-market counterpart, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting, with plenty of local shops, pubs and eateries dotted around. North of Le Chable is the neighbouring village of Bruson which again, is slightly cheaper than Verbier and it worth taking a look if you have some time.
Cheap ski accommodation in Verbier
Just because Verbier is at the higher end of the luxury spectrum, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on affordable and comfortable accommodation, as well as the stunning views and world-renowned ski slopes of the Four Valleys. There are plenty of seasonal chalets and Verbier apartments to suit any budget.
Here at Chalet Apartment Rentals the team are always on hand to provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to Verbier and the Four Valleys. English speaking business owners Sarah, Tom and their fluffy companion Twiglet have successfully managed the thriving company for several years and have lived in Verbier even longer – to say they are engrained to the French way of life would be an understatement! They are always wanting to help those searching for luxury accommodation but for half the price, so it is definitely worth giving them a call to find out more.
Skiing on a budget
Unfortunately, unless you have your own ski equipment already or you’re borrowing someone else’s, hiring it in Verbier can be pricey. There are online discounts you can take advantage of when booking the equipment, however it’s more about where you are wanting to ski which will save you your pounds (or francs!)
There are many websites which offer deals on either daily or weekly ski and lift passes in Verbier. Bruson, which was mentioned earlier, has some fabulous ski slopes at nearly half the price of a day pass at Verbier. There are also options to purchase passes for families of four and groups of up to 15 people, which normally come with a certain percentage discount. It is definitely worth having a browse, or taking a further look at the best ski pass options online to save time and money.
If you fancy some time away from the slopes, there is a 10km toboggan run from Savoleyres to la Tzoumaz that might take your fancy. As the longest run in Switzerland, it’s a fantastic way to have fun and see the stunning landscape from a different perspective, but also one not for the faint hearted! There is sled rental and cable car access to and from the top.
Eating in and Dining out
Verbier is a hotspot for local and international drinks and cuisine, and luckily enough, Apres Ski is just as popular as the sport of skiing itself! There’s certainly no need to be put off by the expensive restaurants and bars in the town, as you it’s easy to have just as much fun and indulgence on a budget.
One tip that we should also add at this stage, if you haven’t thought about it already, is try to make your skiing experience that little bit more exciting by bringing along as many of your friends and family as possible, regardless of their ski experience. Not only will this enhance your skiing experience, but it will save you so much more money in the long run. If you have a bigger group, it generally means splitting costs and that is ideal on a budget.
In Verbier there are several supermarkets from which you can buy fresh ingredients and weekly shops to fillup the fridge and freezer in your ski chalet which has all the modern kitchen equipment you need to make delicious meals. Making food last will be easier, and it is worthwhile making packed lunches for the slopes instead of spending money on pricey lunches.
This way you can take in the beauty of the surrounding location with a midday bite. However, if you feel like having a night out on the town, many bars and restaurants have Apres Ski deals on food and drink throughout the evening and well into the night!
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There is so much more to Verbier than meets the eye and we hope that these time and money saving tips will encourage you to come and visit soon! If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact our team on +41(0)7741 71969 or use our contact form.