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Ski Resort Life

Start Winter Early with Destination Resort Hotel Packages

Get deals at Stowe, Vail, Aspen, Santa Fe, and Squaw before December 17.

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Englewood, Colo.

– Skiers and snowboarders can hit some of the nation’s finest slopes for less this winter with Destination Hotels Resorts numerous early-season ski packages. Even the most discerning skiers will have no problem selecting a resort from Destination’s elite mountain collection, which boasts properties in such premiere winter locations as Aspen, Vail, Lake Tahoe and now Stowe, Vt.

Opened in June 2008,

Stowe Mountain Lodge

will celebrate its first official ski season when the ski area opens in late November. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of a special early season offer the includes lodging for two in a studio room and two-day ski passes for two as well as complimentary ski storage and boot warming. This early-season special begins at $359 per night, with a two night minimum stay required. Travel must be completed by Dec. 17, 2008. For more information please contact Stowe Mountain Lodge reservations at (888) 4 STOWE VT or visit online at


Heading West to the Rockies, skiers can find deals from both

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

and The Gant in Aspen. Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade is Vail’s only ski-in/out AAA Four Diamond resort. The property was also recently listed as one of the top world-class mountain resorts in Conde Nast Traveler. Guests can indulge in spectacular skiing and luxury lodging all winter long when they stay three nights and get one free on all hotel rooms, condominiums and private homes. Rates begin at $139 per night for standard guest rooms, some restrictions and blackout dates apply to this special early season offer. For more information on the Vail Cascade Resort Spa or to book the property’s Buy Three, Get One Free offer, please visit

or call (800) 420-2424.

In honor of its 35th birthday,

The Gant in Aspen

is giving guests two different early-season packages to choose from. Discreetly located at the base of Aspen Mountain in downtown Aspen, The Gant is minutes away from four Aspen/Snowmass ski resorts, collectively boasting 5,285 skiable acres with 336 trails equaling 316 miles of skiing, giving guests the widest variety of skiing on one lift ticket.

The Gant’s ‘Countdown to 35’ package allows guests staying four nights to add the fifth night for 35 cents. The ‘$9 Ski Lift Deal’ takes guests back to 1973 when lift ticket prices carried a bit less sticker shock. Guests who stay three nights and add a two-day lift ticket to their reservation can purchase up to two additional lift tickets for only $9. Rates for both packages start at $195 for a one-bedroom condominium and are valid through Dec. 19. For more information, call (800) 549-0530 or visit


Destination travelers also can hit the slopes in New Mexico.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto

, located in the heart of beautiful and historic Santa Fe, is just over an hour’s drive from Taos, which began welcoming snowboarders spring 2008. Ski Santa Fe, nestled in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles away, is among the highest ski areas in the continental U.S. The Inn is offering packages to both resorts, which include daily breakfast at the new Luminaria restaurant and lift tickets for two. Rates for Ski Taos begin at $419 per night and rates for Ski Santa Fe start at $399. This special offer is available through Dec. 31, 2008. For more information on the special ski packages offered at Inn and Spa at Loretto, call (800) 727-5531 or visit


The West Coast’s best snow can be found at Squaw Valley U.S.A., which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Destination’s Resort at Squaw Creek

gives guests exclusive on-property ski-in/out privileges and can also accommodate guests with an on-site skating rink and immediate access to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding. The resort, a perennial AAA Four Diamond property, features 405 lavishly appointed residential-style guestrooms and suites. Guests can enjoy the resort’s early season “Magical Memories” holiday festivities with a “Magical” Bed and Breakfast Package. With rates starting at $199, the package features a deluxe guestroom for two adults and two children with breakfast at Six Peaks Grille through Dec. 18. Magical Memories events include ice skating with Buddy Bear, the unveiling of the Gingerbread Village, Christmas carolers, complimentary hot chocolate and visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and the merry elves. For reservations or more information please call (800) 327-3353 or visit


All Destination Hotels Resorts packages are based on availability and some restrictions apply. For more information about Destination Hotels Resorts properties and packages, please visit


Destination Hotels Resorts

is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 6,000 guest rooms, 11 golf courses and 13 full-service spas. Destination Hotels Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels Resorts collection, please visit