Charging the Slopes

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Your next bag of groceries could buy you a lift ticket-or a whole vacation-with these skier-friendly credit cards.

SKI UTAH Platinum Visa

Highlights

The card offers all the perks of a regular platinum Visa, such as travel-accident and auto-collision insurance, plus it lets you amass rebates toward ski-related rewards at Utah resorts.

Skier incentive

$30 rebate on every $5,000 you spend on the card, which can be used toward lift tickets and other services at all Ski Utah resorts-Alta, Brian Head, Brighton, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird and Solitude

Bonus

A complimentary Best of Warren Miller video and no membership fee

Contact

800-494-1698

Apply skiutah.com/visa

THE EDGE Platinum Visa

Highlights Edge cardholders receive all the Visa privileges, such as zero liability on unauthorized purchases, plus one point for every dollar charged to the card (five points for every dollar spent at the ski resorts) redeemable at American Skiing Company resorts.

Skier incentive $10 rewards certificate for every 1,000 points earned, which can be used for lift tickets, rentals and lessons at all ASC resorts: Attitash Bear Peak, The Canyons, Killington, Mount Snow, Pico, Steamboat, Sugarloaf and Sunday River

Bonus 0% APR for initial 12 months

Contact 866-378-9678, code 2TZ9

Apply peaks.com/edgecards.html



AMERICAN EXPRESS Membership Rewards

Highlights Enroll your Amex in Membership Rewards to earn points redeemable at 15 ski resorts.

Skier incentive Earn a point for every dollar you charge, which can then be redeemed for a one-day ski rental (3,000 points), a one-day lift ticket (5,000-6,000 points) and more. Membership Reward points can be used on lift tickets or rentals at Aspen/Snowmass; and lift tickets, rentals, lessons or vacations at American Skiing Company resorts and Vail Resorts.

Bonus Points never expire, and it's free to join Membership Rewards.

Contact 800-528-4800

Enroll americanexpress.com

JANUARY 2005