Unbeatable Bargains: East


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Mad River Glen
Act fast: Until Oct. 15, you can “reserve” a free Mad River Glen season pass for children ages 12 and under. (After that date, kids’ season passes cost $175 and weekend day tickets are $24.) Ski noon to 4 pm on Sundays for $15, holidays excluded. Call (802) 496-3551 or go to www.madriverglen.com.

Okemo offers $25 lift tickets on Thursdays (Dec. 9, Jan. 6, March 23 and April 6) to residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Residents of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania can ski for just $25 on Dec. 16, Jan. 13, March 30 and April 6. Vermont and New Hampshire residents can purchase $16 half-day lift tickets any non-holiday Sunday afternoon and can ski on Wednesdays from opening day through Dec. 22 and March 8 through closing for just $25.

à‚•On Okemo’s Turkey Food Drive Day, held on Dec. 5, bring three non-perishable fixings for a turkey dinner or a child’s new toy or new clothing item, and you’ll receive a $20 lift ticket. On Okemo’s Cares & Shares Day, April 9, bring three food items and get a $20 ticket. Call (800) 786-5366.

Smugglers’ Notch
Parents can get free childcare for youngsters 6 weeks to 2 years of age (Dec. 3-24, Jan. 2-7 and Jan. 23-Feb. 5), or a free all-day ski and snowboard camp with lunch and equipment rental for 3 to 12 year olds (Dec. 3-17, Jan. 2-7 and Jan. 23-Feb. 5). Both offers are based on a five-day stay. Call (800) 451-8752 or go to www.smuggs.com.à‚•For $15, buy a season-long subscription to the “Ski Cheap” newsletter. The four eight-page issues are loaded with deals at Northeastern ski areas and resorts. To learn more, go to www.ski-ridecheap.com. To get a free issue, send a legal-sized, self-addressed stamped envelope to Ski Cheap, P.O. Box 429, Chester, Vt. 05143.

When two adults book a three- to six-night package for Dec. 17-23, kids 17 and younger ski and stay free with their parents. Prices range from $298-$594. Call (800) 787-2886 or go to www.stratton.com.

à‚•Stratton’s Thanksgiving Special: From Nov. 24-27, buy a three-day lift and lodging package for $147-$297 per person, and get the fourth day and night free. Call (800) 787-2886.

The Family Ski Week costs $720 for two adults and two kids staying in a one-bedroom condo for five nights. Price includes a five-day (Monday-Friday) lift pass for each person, good opening day through Dec. 20. (Package price jumps to $847 during high-season.) Call (800) 621-6887.


Attitash Bear Peak
In the Alpine Garden Restaurant at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, the chef puts on Two-for-$22 Mediterranean Night Wednesdays and Two-for-$22 Salsa Night Fridays. Call (800) 223-7669.

Cannon Mountain
Cannon Mountain, N.H., offers two-for-one lift tickets on Tuesdays and Thursdays of all non-holiday weeks and on Super Bowl Sunday.

Cannon/Loon For $59, get two nights’ lodging for two people in the Lincoln/Woodstock region. Good before Dec. 23 and after March 26 on non-holidays. Call (800) 227-4191.

à‚•During midweek, stay slopeside at Loon Mountain for four nights and get breakfast daily and five days of skiing for $235 per person¿plus a fifth night free. Valid Nov. 28-Dec. 17. Call (800) 229-7829 or go www.mountainclubonloon.com.

Mount Sunapee
Every non-holiday Tuesday is “Ladies Day,” when women get an all-day lift pass and buffet lunch for $25. Daycare is available for half-price. Call (603) 763-2356.

Pats Peak
For $432, buy an “18-pack” in the Pats Peak Pic-A-Pac program and you’ll end up paying just $24 a ski day. The $10 “Last Call” ticket buys as many runs as you can make for the last two hours of the evening. Call (603) 428-3245.


Mountain Creek
With the Creek Card, skiers get 50 percent off the midweek non-holiday lift ticket price, or any night ticket and 25 percent off holiday and weekend tickets.. The early-bird price for new card members is $39 before Dec. 15. Call (973) 827-2000 or go to www.mountaincreek.com.


Hunter Mountain
Children 12 and under pay just $5 for a burger or hot dog, fries, drink and cookie.


Snowshoe Mountain
There’s a spring break event, March 6-9, where skiers can play on-slope games and earn Snow Bucks, which can be used to bid on prizes. Packages start as low as $162 per person for four nights’ lodging (based on quadruple occupancy) and four days’ lifts. Call (304) 572-5252.


Nashoba Valley
Nashoba Valley, Mass., offers a $150 midweek, 9 am-1 pm season pass. Available for purchase on Oct. 9, it’s valid all season, except holidays. Call (978) 692-3033.