If throwing yourself head first into canyons doesn’t suit you or your bank account, don’t worry. There’s still plenty to do in Queenstown.
Skiing may not be a cheap pastime, but if you are the kind of family that likes to take a winter holiday then skiing can be value for money when compared with, say, a winter escape to the islands. This time last year we bit the bullet and invested in annual ski passes. We did the math and figured that so long as we had at least four days on the slopes we were getting value for money. But of course there’s more to skiing than lift passes. There’s the gear, the accommodation and the cost of simply getting there and back. Winter 2016 passes have just gone on sale, so it’s time for us to crunch the numbers and decide whether we got value for money. The cost of annual ski passes Last year our passes cost $1,100 for our family of five – a pretty good deal given the ‘rack rate’ for all mountain passes for a family of five is around $360 per day. After just three days on the slopes, we’d …
As it turned out, having to listen to Boney M at full blast for the entire overnight bus trip was the highlight. It all went downhill from there.
The slopes are closed. The kids have gone feral. You’re at the end of your tether. And it’s only 9am.
Taking the family skiing is not for the faint-hearted – but with a little bit of planning it can be a rewarding experience for everyone.