Miss Frugal is going skiing with her school next year and even though it’s not cheap, I think it’s going to be worth every penny.
She came home from school last year with a letter from the school telling us all about the school ski trip they were planning. The price was enough to make my eyes water (although not in the £1000+ bracket that I know some schools charge) but she was desperate to go so I promised her that we’d have a think about it.
It turned out I didn’t have too long to mull it over because over the next few hours, all of her friends messaged her to say their parents had given the OK to go. As Miss Frugal was sat waiting for us to decide whether she could go, her friends were all panicking about getting in to school first thing in the morning with their deposit as there were 9 of them and only 50 places on the whole trip.
Generally, I’m not a believer in peer pressure but she does have a very close friendship group and that night, as she showed me the messages from the eight girls in her group saying they were allowed to go, I knew that I was going to do everything I could so she could go too.
Thankfully, the school are pretty good with trips like this and gave us over 15 months notice as well as offering a monthly payment plan so the payments were actually very affordable and manageable.
She’s also able to use the skiing lessons each day as credit towards her PE GCSE which is good as GCSE students now need to be assessed in three sports – one individual, one team and one that they do outside of school. That’s my understanding anyway, I could be wrong as I didn’t really listen when they were talking about this as she had no intention of taking it until she was told psychology was over subscribed and the other subjects she fancied were already full!
On the whole, I’m pleased that the trip looks like pretty good value when I look at exactly what’s included in the price – it’s nine days in total at a lovely hotel with skiing and snowboarding lessons every day. Everything is included other than the clothes she’ll need to wear while she’s there – which is where my bargain hunting skills come in.
I’ve already started looking for ski wear and have found a great selection online. I’m reluctant to buy anything just yet in case she has a growth spurt in the next six months but as things stand I’ll be able to buy everything she needs from the kids’ ski wear sections rather than the ladies ski wear which should save me a fortune. She’s quite particular about the clothes she wears but understands that, as with her normal day to day clothes, we’re happy to pay for the basics and anything more expensive she needs to put the money towards.
I’ve had a look at some of the kids’ ski jackets online and not only are they extremely reasonable, I actually think they’re good for more than just ski wear. This snow jacket by Trespass is one that I like (although she’ll no doubt disagree on principle) and I think it would be good as a Winter jacket as well as a ski jacket. Although at just £12.99 I won’t have a problem if she only wears it for skiing!
For her bottoms, I think she’ll go for these white kids’ ski pants even though she has no idea what a pair of salopettes are just yet? These are great value at just £23.99 but I’ll definitely be channeling my practical side and trying to steer her in the direction of a darker coloured pair. Trespass have a salopettes sail on at the moment so I’m really tempted to just buy some in the next size up to what she is now and hope for the best.
I haven’t been skiing since I was in junior school myself and I can’t remember much about it so I’m going to give the PE teacher a ring when they’re back at school and see if I can get a list of what they recommend. There’s no point giving us that just before the trip as I need to know how much I’m going to need to spend!
I also have no idea how much spending money she’s going to need but I’m leaving that up to her to sort out!
Have your children been skiing? I’d love to hear your hints and tips if they have!
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