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A survey today reveals that the hidden costs of the average skiing holiday can be more than double the brochure price, putting many enthusiasts off the sport. But savvy Britons have found a way that can slash £100’s off these costs by swapping ski gear.

These hidden costs escalate even more for first time skiers who have to buy or hire everything from clothes and boots, to skis or snowboards. This shopping list is often more expensive than the holiday! For regular skiers, the costs can still be high, as hundreds of pounds are spent each year on upgrades and getting the latest gear. As snowboarding has become a more mainstream fixture on the slopes many former skiers are making the change and finding they need to buy new gear more inline with snowboarding style. The cost of your snowsports holiday can double before you’ve even got there!

But many Britons have found a free and easy way to avoid these costs - by swapping their snowsports gear., Europe’s largest and most popular online swapshop, has noticed a huge increase in the amount of ski and snowboarding gear being swapped. With thousands of swaps being added and completed, £100s are being saved.

Webswappers found that the average brochure price of a skiing holiday is £800 per person, but the hidden extras added on an extra £500 for clothes and a further £500 for purchasing ski equipment. Individual items averaged £200 for a jacket, £180 for boots and £300 for skis.

Jonathan Attwood, Webswappers CEO, said: "Our survey of the cost of skiing holidays showed that there is an average £1,000 spent on hidden costs. We are now finding thousands of snowsports swaps taking place on Webswappers. Beginners are using it to get their gear, while more experienced snowsports enthusiasts are swapping the gear they no longer need. There are some fantastic bargains to be had!"

Examples of ski items swapped include:

Saloman ski boots and skis for a windsurfer

MP3 player for ski jacket and goggles

Examples of ski items on offer to swap:

Snowboard for an Italian Alluminium mountain bike

Fridge for a pair of skis

Swaps aren’t limited to snowsports gear. If you haven’t booked your holiday yet you might also find the snowsports holiday you want in Webswappers’ ‘Holiday and Travel’ section. Swaps are only limited by your imagination!

Editors notes attached

For further information contact:

Jonathan Attwood, CEO,

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7610 1575,


Note to Editors:

Webswappers are happy to provide journalists with details of a family who regularly swap items and are willing to be interviewed and photographed for a casestudy.

Webswappers is Europe’s first and leading website dedicated to facilitating the swapping of goods and services online. Webswappers is revolutionising the concept of swapping and bartering by allowing people to swap what they have and find what they want across 400 plus categories - for free. From books to CDs, cars to houses, toys to computers, there is something for everyone.

Webswappers boasts Nicholas Negroponte amongst its backers and advisors. Negroponte is a highly regarded expert on the digital economy. He is the founder and a director of the MIT media lab, a founder of Wired magazine and author of the best seller, 'Being Digital'. He also serves on the board of directors of Motorola Inc.

In the UK, there are also tax advantages to swapping, for example house swaps incur only £5 in stamp duty, saving people thousands of pounds in tax.

Users have complete flexibility in how they place their ‘haves’ and ‘wants’. They can add photos of their swaps and use the confidential email system for online questioning and bartering. If a user does not see the swap they want, they can set up a swap alert to be notified when it comes online.

The site is also accessible through the world’s first WAP swapshop at

Webswappers is also the world’s largest provider of swapping services to other sites through its ‘powered by webswappers’ service.

For further information:

Jonathan Attwood, CEO

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7610 1575, mobile 0403 314 997

Email: jonathan@webswappers

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