ALPINE MEADOWS, CALIF.,
and the other resorts and towns around Lake Tahoe offer hot deals that are published weekly in a free e-newsletter at www.slidingonthecheap.com.
FERNIE, B.C., is enticing skiers to travel north of the border with cheap and deep skiing. Two nights' lodging and two days' lifts are $99, based on availability, April 1-22. Before arrival, fax your grocery order (and mention this SKI deal), and you'll get free delivery from The Mountain Pantry Grocery Store and Liquor Agency to any on-hill accommodation. Once you're there, you can get a 16-ounce cup of java and a bagel with cream cheese for less than $2 at The Mean Bean. Before skiing, stop by The Mountain Edge Shop at the base for a free binding check. Call 250-423-4655 and ask for the SKI Magazine Great Deals price.
MT. BACHELOR, ORE., offers its Three and Free program from opening day to Easter Sunday (except Dec. 25-Jan. 1). As long as space is available, guests who purchase a three-night stay and three-day lift ticket get a fourth day and night free. The lift pass is valid four out of six days, so visitors can enjoy other activities. There are 13 participating properties, so the lodging ranges from budget motel rooms to deluxe condos. Call 800-987-9968 or visit www.mtbachelor.com.
MT. HOOD, ORE., offers rock-bottom lodging at the Mazama Club Lodge. Just $9 per night gets you a bed in a dorm room (bring your own bedding). The lodge is open to members of a variety of outdoor and conservation organizations. Call 503-272-9214 or visit www.mazamas.org.
MT. ROSE, NEV., makes Tuesdays rosy with "two-fer" ski days except Nov. 23-26, Dec. 23-Jan. 7 and Feb. 17-19. (Lift tickets are $45.) Another great deal, available everyday, is the Runs 'n Rose package, a $90 family package that includes lift tickets for two adults and two children. Call 800-754-7673 or visit www.skirose.com.
WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB, B.C., will pamper you with three nights of luxury slopeside lodging, lift passes for two days, breakfast daily and one après-ski massage or pedicure with the Chateau Whistler's Ski & Spa Lovers Retreat package. The cost is $ $178 Nov. 22-Dec. 22 and April 16-June 10, a savings of $76 per day over the regular season rate. Call 800-606-8244.