gives you an extra night of lodging and an extra day of skiing, when you stay at least three nights and ski at least three days at select lodging properties (based on four adults sharing a two-bedroom condo). Offer valid Nov. 17-Dec. 22, Jan. 2-Feb. 8 and April 1-23. Call 800-404-3535 or visit www.vail.com.
Vail lunch can be 15 percent cheaper if you eat before 11:30 a.m. at certain on-mountain restaurants. Or, for general inexpensive hotspots, the Flying Burrito in Lionshead serves tasty lunches for less than $6. During the après-ski hour, get a beer and a slice of pizza for about $5 at Vendetta’s.
Aspen is full of freebies and deals if you know where to look. Check out the Café de Columbia coffee at the base of all four mountains and free cookies at the Guest Service Centers before 11 a.m.
Snowmass today, Aspen tomorrow? Or vice versa? For $3, the resort will store your skis overnight and transfer them to the resort your skiing that day. Call 800-535-6200 or visit www.skiaspen.com.
Solitude, Utah, is about 50 percent cheaper during early and late season. From Nov. 11 to Dec. 20, Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, and March 26 to the end of the season, $330 gets you three nights’ lodging with breakfast, three days of skiing, a three-day demo ski/snowboard rental and three timed races. Book by Nov. 20. Call 800-748-4754.
Steamboat, Colo. , is the place to head from Washington, D.C., or Dallas. K+M Ski Vacations offers a mid-winter package that includes five nights’ lodging at the new Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, round-trip airfare on American Airlines from Dulles to Hayden, ground transfers from the airport to the resort and a three-day lift ticket¿ all for $898 per person. The same package from Dallas/Ft. Worth starts at $828 per person. Packages are valid from Jan. 2-Feb. 15. Call 800-233-2300 or visit www.steamboat-ski.com.
Steamboat’s Vintage Value Package brings prices back to the “old days.” For only $198, you get four nights accommodations and a three-day lift ticket. The Vintage Value Package is available from opening day, November 22, 2000, through February 14, 2001. The package must be booked by November 10, 2000 and paid in full at the time of booking. Book the Vintage Value Package by calling 800-922-2722 or logging onto http://www.steamboat.com/lodging/packages.html. Prices for the Vintage Value Package are per person, based on double occupancy.
Big Mountain, Montana’s Hibernation House cuts nightly rates to $35 per person for a night of lodging and breakfast during their Value Season, Nov. 23-Dec. 21 and April 1-8. The same package is still relatively cheap ($85) during regular season, Jan. 2-Feb. 15 and Feb. 19-March 31. Call 800-858-4157 or visit www.bigmtn.com.
Park City, Utah’s Powder Package is a primetime buy. Four nights’ lodging in a two-bedroom condo and three days’ skiing costs $299 per person, Jan. 28-March 24. The price is based on six-person occupancy. Call 800-222-7275 or visit www.pcski.com.
Keystone, Colo. , has included Mountain Passports with many of its lodging packages. The Passport includes free skiing the evening you arrive, free tips from Keystone instructors in mini-group lessons, cross-country skiing, a wine-appreciation seminar and more. Kids can even take a free hockey clinic. Room rates, which include two free Passports, start at $90 per night for a studio Oct. 15-Nov. 21 ($110 per night during regular season). Call 800-354-4386 or visit www.keystoneresort.com
Sun Valley, Idaho celebrates turkey day on the hill. Starting at $245 per person, the Thanksgiving package includes four nights’ lodging at Sun Valley Resort, three days’ lifts and a lavish Thanksgiving buffet. Other local properties offer three nights’ lodging and two days’ skiing starting at $231 per person. Also ask about the variety of week-long theme packages when you call 800-634-3347.
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. offers freee skiing to beginners of all ages on the beginner lift. Also, children ages 6-14 get a free lift ticket with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.
Vail Cascade Resort in Vail, Colo., saves you more than $140 a night if you purchase the Skier’s Choice package. The deal includes lodging for two and two Choice coupons, which can be used for a lift ticket, dinner at Chap’s or a 25-minute spa treatment. Rates start at $229 per night Nov. 20-Dec. 17 and April 1-15. Call 800-420-2424 or visit www.vailcascade.com.
White Grizzly Adventures in Meadow Creek, B.C., wants you to try snowcat skiing. The company offers an exclusive package to SKI Magazine’s readers. Three-day packages cost $870 (save $157.80) and four-day packages cost $1,100 (save $181.50) between Dec. 16 and March 18. The deal includes guiding, lodging, meals and safety equipment. Call 800-843-5557 or visit www.whitegrizzly.com.
Sunshine Village, Alberta, in the heart of Banff National Park, offers a $220 ski week (for one person), which includes five nights’ lodging, six days’ skiing, lessons and a race between Dec. 3-Dec.22 and April 15-27. Call 877-542-2633 or visit www.skibanff.com.
Red River, N.M. , allows you to ski and stay an additional day free on Sunday or Monday if you’ve been there for three days. Call 800-331-7669 or visit www.taoswebb.com/redriver.
Deer Valley, Utah, continues to offer SKI’s readers an adult group lesson and rental package for $75 (a savings of up to $40). Offer is valid only on certain dates. Call 888-754-8477 and mention the SKI Magazine special offer.
Colorado-specific deals abound if you visit www.skifree.org for deals on lift, lodging and gear.
Whistler, B.C. , is offering five nights’ lodging at The Pinnacle in a studio condo with fireplace and a four day lift pass for $306. Valid Nov. 22-Dec. 15 or April 1 to closing. Call Ski the Rockies at 800-291-2588 or visit www.whistler-blackcomb.com.