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When you think of digital nomads, you can easily imagine the beautiful beaches, naps in hammocks under palm trees, and someone working on a laptop with the ocean in the background. Studies have determined the best beach destinations for digital nomads, and we even have a list of the best warm spots for digital nomads in winter, but what about those who actually enjoy winter?
There is a new trend called “digital snowmads”, for those who prefer to work remotely for a few months next to a fireplace with a beautiful view of impressive snow-capped mountains. They use lunch breaks to ski or snowboard and avoid the crowds by taking advantage of their flexible working hours.
In a recent article shared on Euronews, freelance journalist Nina Zietman shared her experience working in ski resorts in the French Alps and Switzerland and advice on how she manages to afford it. She also leaves a warning for those who want to try: “Working from a ski resort is addictive”.
Other digital nomads shared similar experiences from other destinations. A few years ago, Magnus Nomad shared how he spent 5 months in Bansko, Bulgaria, long before remote work was as common as it has been since the pandemic began, and now there are more accommodation options, more coworking spaces, better internet, and more interested travelers.
Working from a ski resort: the experience
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Spending a few months in the mountains can be a great experience. Not only for the beautiful scenery but also for fun and training. Zietman explained that this lifestyle has many benefits. digital snowmads improve their skiing skills while staying fit and meet like-minded people.
When living at or near a ski resort, digital nomads commute to work during high season or peak hours and take advantage of empty ski slopes when everyone else is gone. Another popular and exciting option is to ski after work at night, as many ski resorts have excellent lighting systems at night and the slopes are less crowded and free to enjoy.
Now that teleworkers are more and more interested in ski resorts, there are more and more companies offering high-speed internet connection, coworking spaces and accommodation adapted to their needs! Working from remote winter destinations is now more possible and affordable than ever.
There are different strategies travelers can apply to cut costs, such as negotiating with cabins and vacation rentals for long-term stays, getting a part-time job at a resort, or preferring a less expensive ski resort.
Cheap ski resorts around the world
Ski resorts are traditionally expensive. However, as a remote worker, you can open your mind and consider non-traditional destinations that might also provide an amazing experience. Zietman explained that there are special accommodations and ski resorts for digital nomads, such as Swiss Escape in Switzerland, which may be more affordable than others.
Bansko is currently one of the best budget ski destinations in Eastern Europe and offers different hotels and chalets for all budgets. According to a recent article published by The Guardian, you can also find an Airbnb rental for four at nearly $770 for an entire month in Slovenia. And it is always a good option to prefer the Pyrenees to the Alps in France to reduce costs.
South America also has ski resorts, mainly in Chile and Argentina, which might be more affordable, especially in Argentina. Travelers can also stay in budget accommodations in nearby towns or villages and pay for day tickets at ski resorts.
If you’re already visiting one of America’s top winter destinations, you can take advantage of your location to visit the country’s most affordable ski resorts, like Park City, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Snowbasin in the US. ‘Utah, or Copper Mountain in Colorado. Another good strategy is to book for the cheapest months, like January or February, when prices drop.
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This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com