Fall Hot Spots: West

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COLORADO

Steamboat, CO
Info & Lodging: 800-922-2722
Web address: http://www.steamboat-ski.com

Steamboat is winding down its fall season but before you trade in your drivers for your K2's, note that you can take advantage of Haymaker Golf through the end of October. You get two nights lodging and 18-holes of golf on the Championship Keith Foster-designed course for rates as low as $145. If you're just interested in relaxing, note that the rate for the new Steamboat Grand Hotel & Conference Center from opening day in early October through December 15th is just $85 a night. Call 877-269-2628 for reservations.

Keystone Resort, CO
Info & Lodging: 800-404-3535
Web address: http://www.keystoneresort.com

Keystone offers sports and relaxation come autumn at bargain basement prices. Rates start at $99 for a studio condominium and include free activities, such as horseback trail rides or mountain bike rentals. Keystone also offers a fall golf package. For $120 per person, your package includes one night of lodging, a free Mountain Passport (that provides free activities) and a round of golf. The deal is based on double occupancy and shared golf cart.

Aspen, CO
Info & Lodging: 800-525-6200
Web address: http://www.skiaspen.com

Autumn in Aspen brings the lowest lodging rates of the year. For example, the historic Hotel Jerome is offering a rate of $99 per night from October 1 to November 17, which is about 80 percent off winter rates.

NEW MEXICO

Ski Apache, Ruidoso, NM
Info & Lodging: 505-336-4356
Web Address: http://www.skiapache.com

On October 7-8, Ruidoso kicks-off fall with Aspenfest. The feature attraction is New Mexico's largest Chili Cook-off, as well as a local parade, an arts & crafts fair, and the "Run to Ruidoso" Rod Run & Vintage Car Show. Call 800-253-2255 for information. Come on October 13-15 and you can catch the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. This is a gathering of what's claimed to be the world's finest cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, chuckwagon cooks, and craftsmen. Call 800-263-5929 for information.

CALIFORNIA

Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA
Info & Lodging: 800-GO-NORTH
Web address: http://www.skinorthstar.com

Through the end of October Northstar offers a Stay and Golf Free lodging package. It's priced from $49.50 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and availability. A two-night minimum stay is required. Stay and Golf Free includes one round of golf after 12 P.M. per person, per stay, a shared cart, and lodging in a studio condominium. The package is offered daily from October 1 until the golf course closes, which is typically the end of October.