Best Bargains 2003: Pacific/Northwest


Alyeska Resort, Alaska
Although Alaska rings cold to many ears, Alyeska defies the reputation. It sits on the coastal Kenai Peninsula in the southern edge of the state and daytime temperatures average mid-20s in February and hover around the 30-degree mark in March. Go for the full-fledged Alaska experience with the Simple Pleasures Package. Try dog-sledding, heliskiing and a day-trip to view the glaciers. The package includes two nights' lodging, an in-room movie and a pizza in the Pond Café. Cost is $239 per room through May 31. A bonus: Alyeska is only 45 minutes from Anchorage, where you can explore the city or the Portage Glacier. Lift tickets for hotel guests are an additional $35. 800-880-3880;

Heavenly Ski Resort, Nev.
Three nights' lodging, two days of skiing with a complimentary mountain tour and a Heavenly logo item starts at $199. 775-586-7000,

June Mountain and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
SKI Magazine readers who buy a lift ticket at Mammoth will get a free lift ticket to nearby June Mountain (nonholidays and midweek only). A 20-minute drive from Mammoth, June is generally less crowded on weekends. Call 800-626-6684 and mention this SKI Magazine offer to receive the free ticket (not available at the ticket window). Offer not valid Dec. 21-Jan. 5, Jan. 18-20 and Feb. 15-17.

Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass, Wash., and Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho
Three Harbor Resorts offer Harbor Advantage Cardholders major savings (plus, you save big in Seattle, too). The $59 Harbor Advantage Card buys holders their first lift ticket plus a $5 discount on weekends and a $10 discount on weekdays. Stevens Pass: 206-812-4510,; Mission Ridge: 509-663-6543,; Schweitzer Mountain: 208-263-9555,