Best Bargains 2003: Midwest


Big Powderhorn, Mich.
Hook ’em while they’re young with the Learn It and Love It package for beginner skiers or snowboarders ages 8 and younger. The deal includes three hours of private instruction, rental equipment and a beginner area lift ticket. The skier package costs $42, the snowboarder package, $55. 906-932-4838; bigpowderhorn.net.

Crystal Mountain, Mich.
The Just Four Beginners learn to ski or snowboard program (ages 13 and older) offers four progressive ski lessons for $199, which includes lift tickets and rentals. Upon completion of all four sessions, students receive a free unlimited season pass and free midweek rentals for the remainder of the 2002-03 season.

The “Midweek Sneak” at Crystal is valid any Sunday through Thursday night, Dec. 15-March 31. Starting at $71 per adult, per night, the package includes lodging and a day’s lift ticket, plus free skiing on day of arrival. Up to three kids (18 and younger) ski and sleep free when sharing accommodations with two adults. 800-968-7686; crystalmountain.com.

Granite Peak, Wis.
Rally the troops for Family Festival Weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. For $339, you get two nights’ lodging, one free youth lift ticket per paying adult, a two-day ski rental, a sleigh ride, a cookout and free Saturday night-skiing (with fireworks). The package is based on two adults and two children (12 and younger), quad occupancy. Each additional adult (13 and older) costs $86. Space is limited. 715-845-2846; skigranitepeak.com.

Peak Resorts SnoCard Good at two resorts in Missouri (Hidden Valley and Snow Creek), Paoli Peaks, Ind., and Mad River Mountain, Ohio, the Peak Resorts SnoCard is a cash debit card that can be used at any time at any of the Peaks resorts. Valid for up to two consecutive seasons, the SnoCard allows you to purchase lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons any time the resorts are open. If purchased before Oct. 25, the $199 SnoCard is good for $250 of debit credit; if purchased Oct. 26-Dec. 15, the card is good for $225. 812-723-4696; skipeaks.com.

Shanty Creek, Mich.
Value season is opening day through Dec. 25, and March 17 through closing. Just $50 per person buys one night’s lodging and the choice of a ski Superticket—which allows you to ski both Summit Village and Schuss Village—or dinner. Up to four children (17 and younger) sleep and ski free when sharing accommodations with two parents. 800-678-4111; shantycreek.com.