6 Tips to Save Money on Your Ski Vacation

If you're not renting or leasing equipment at your destination, you'll need to factor in the cost of lugging along all your ski equipment. Cronheim estimates that for a family of four, checking a suitcase and ski equipment can add almost $500 to the cost of a vacation.

To save money, Cronheim suggests utilizing your carry-on allotments to the max. "Pack your entire ski outfit -- most importantly, your boots -- in your carry-on luggage. That way, even if your bags don't make it, you'll rest easy knowing you'll be all set to ski the next day. Nothing starts your vacation off on a worse note than rental boots." He notes that several manufacturers make special ski-boot backpacks that meet the carry-on requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Then there's the question of where to put your ski helmet. "Often, airlines will turn a blind eye to passengers who clip a helmet to their backpack," Cronheim says.

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