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When Do Ski Package Prices Drop?

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Ask David.

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When Do Ski Package Prices Drop?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
David Lean, from Rocky Mountain Getaways.

Very rarely do prices drop in the ski industry. The exceptions can be during the weeks between MLK Jr. Weekend and before President's Weekend, or worst case scenario, if there are poor snow conditions. Prices for lodging can also drop if you are willing to wait until 7 days prior to arrival to get a "last minute deal" Be cautious however because lodging may be unavailable, especially if you have specific needs. Also, if you wait too long, and many components of the vacation can increase in price by booking last minute such as airfare and ground transportation which may offset any cost savings.

The best way to get the lowest price and best selection of properties and rooms to choose from is to book your vacation early. If you can book your trip before it starts snowing you can take advantage of significant discounts while choosing from the best available options. There are great promotions available if you are able to place a deposit before the end of September or October in many cases. Working with a knowledgeable and savvy professional such as myself is the best way to get a quick analysis of the rental market conditions to determine the best time to book your ski vacation. The relationships I have developed with the properties in which we partner with go a long way toward making sure I have the most current information and the best pulse on what can be a very volatile and unpredictable ski travel market.

You can contact me to allow me to customize a package for your based specifically for your needs.

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When Do Ski Package Prices Drop?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Robert Shirk, from SnowPak.com.

In general, ski package prices tend to start low and go up in stages until they go down just before the end of the season in April. The price breaks are usually at the beginning and middle of the month. You'll see something like this. "30% discount, must be booked by October 15th".

The exception to this pattern is that prices go up for holidays and down again after the holiday has passed. Christmas through New Year's weekends, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, President's Weekend and Spring Break weeks are the holidays that prices can be much higher.

Book by the end of November to have the best chance of getting a great deal on the resort and lodging you want. Sure, you might be able to get a better deal in April but your chances are a lot slimmer the longer you wait.

I examined 750 ski vacation deals to ski resorts in the United States and Canada from a couple years ago. The deals were offered by tour operators and wholesalers that specialize in packaging ski and snowboard vacations. You can see what months had the best deals from that report here.



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Ask Bree.

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When Do Ski Package Prices Go Up?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Bree Procter, from Whistler Blackcomb.

With our Early Book Deals, Whistler guarantees that if you book your vacation package by November 15, you will be receiving the best possible price of the season. If the price decreases after you've booked your stay, we will match it. See full details of our price guarantee here.


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Ask Cassandra.

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When Do Ski Package Prices Drop?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Cassandra Davenport, from Alpine Adventures.

Early November to mid- December, most of January and April.


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Ask Travis.

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When Do Ski Package Prices Drop?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Travis English, from Alpine Adventures.

The cheapest skiing dates often fall in the very beginning of the season (before the holiday rush) or at the end of the season when resorts are offering incentive for skier visits. Those wishing to book a trip at a bargain will want to avoid major holidays and those dates falling over school breaks.

Prices generally go up throughout the season and taper off at the end. They mirror peak season.



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