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SMART DEALS: An Avalanche of Ski Resort Discounts


    January is traditionally the hidden low period during the ski season, when ski resorts quietly offer lodging deals. But in anticipation of a sluggish 2009, the January doldrums have provoked a veritable avalanche of sharp discounts, rare bargains and outright steals. Just have a look at the following samples, many of which are also good for December on the slopes. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you an indication of what’s out there. And if these early season deals are around now, you can only imagine what kind of bargains await us once the spring skiing season arrives in mid-March.

(Photo credit: Alta Ski Area)


THE DEAL: Alta's Rustler Lodge is offering a 20% lodging discount on specific days in January 2009.
Stays are available January  4 to 6; 11 to 15; 19 to 22; and  25 to 28, 2009.
DEALS: www.rustlerlodge.com

THE DEAL: Sands Regency Hotel & Casino. Reno, NV. A day on the slopes turns into a night on the casino floor with the Sands/Alpine Meadows Stay & Ski Package. The package price includes one night's hotel accommodations and one adult lift ticket per person (package is based upon double occupancy). The package rate of $69 per person is available from 12/1/2008 to12/25/2008.
DETAILS: www.skialpine.com

THE DEAL: The new Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa (package code: 8768) offers 10% off Spa treatments at Spa Anjali (up to two treatments), $10 off parking (up to two cars), 10% off on dinner for two in Restaurant Avondale (one time only) and is available from January 5, 2009 to February 10, 2009. The package includes four nights in a hotel room and three-day lift tickets, priced from $876 per person based on double occupancy.
DETAILS: www.ski.com

THE DEAL: A ski and stay package that gives guests 10% off of lodging and a great discount on ski tickets also.
DETAILS:  406-599-6198 or www.bigskyresort.com

THE DEAL: During the Sundance Film Festival, 20% discount off one-bedroom and studio units, January 15, 2009 to January 25, 2009. Book by December 4th and receive lodging at The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge, Silverado Lodge or the Vintage on The Strand, plus two lift tickets per unit per night of stay (valid only during your stay), breakfast for two at The Cabin restaurant or Red Pine Lodge, and 4 movie vouchers*. Minimum night stays apply. A limited supply of tickets is available.
DETAILS: www.thecanyons.com


(Photo: Copper Mountain)

THE DEAL: The Two Night Stand lodging package is for guests who book before November 23. They can save 15% on lodging, starting from $54 per person, per night. This package is based on double occupancy in a silver hotel room and requires at least a two-night minimum stay. Rates vary by arrival dates and room types and do not include taxes, surcharge, or booking fee. This offer is not valid with any other promotion and expires November 23, 2008.
DETAILS: 866.534.7444 or www.coppercolorado.com

THE DEAL: Visit Yahoo! Travel at http://travel.yahoo.com and click on the Yahoo! Travel Ski Interest Guide for featured ski deals at Destination properties in Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Lake Tahoe, Stowe, Snowmass, Suncadia, Sunriver and Santa Fe. Vacationers will find travel offers of up to 30 percent off lodging, free skiing and other added values which begin at $69 per person, per night depending on the location selected and time of travel.
DETAILS: http://travel.yahoo.com

THE DEAL: Book three plane tickets to Jackson Hole by December 1, 2008, and get a fourth ticket for free. Maximum travel credit of $500 per airline ticket. Minimum five-night stay and purchase of lift tickets. Availability is limited and restrictions apply. New reservations only. Must be booked by December 1, 2008. Valid dates of travel: November 29 – December 19, 2008 and January 4 – April 5, 2009.
DETAILS: 888-838-6606 or www.jacksonhole.com

THE DEAL: January Midweek Madness returns to Mammoth for its seventh season. January Midweek Madness runs January 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, 2009. $57 lift tickets for adults (19-64 years old) and youth (13-18 years old). Tickets must be purchased in advance. January Midweek Madness packages start as low as $119 per person, per night and include lodging and lift tickets. Restrictions apply.
DEAL:  800.MAMMOTH or www.MammothMountain.com.

THE DEAL: Park City Lodging (which handles 170 properties in PC, Deer Valley and The Canyons) has a deal that applies to new bookings on luxury homes, condos and townhomes: Get 25% off bookings from January 4, 2009 tp January 14, 2009. Must request special at time of booking.
New direct booking cannot be combined with other any other offer(s) or restrictions.
DETAILS: www.parkcitylodging.com or call 1.800.348.6759

THE DEAL” Ski for as low as $10. Guests who stay at the Mountain Star Lodge during the week (Monday through Friday) can purchase ski lift tickets for as low as $10. Offer valid through Dec. 20, excluding holidays.
DETAILS: www.silvermt.com


(Solitude: photo credit Steve Lloyd)

THE DEAL: The Ski Salt Lake Super Pass is good for day passes at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton or Solitude. The pass can be loaded from one to six days of skiing or riding, good over a 7-day period, and includes free round-trip transportation from downtown and suburban Salt Lake via UTA ski buses. The Super Pass also allows for free travel throughout the Salt Lake valley on TRAX light rail. The Ski Salt Lake Super Pass (when purchased with lodging through Ski-SaltLake.com) is $114 for a two day adult pass and $168 for a three day adult pass.
DETAILS: www.SaltLakeSuperPass.com

THE DEAL: $175.00 per person valid January 4 thru 15, 2009 must book by November 30th in order to get the price. This is a 25% savings on regular prices.

THE DEAL:The new Limelight Lodge has a “Toast to Snow” package. Rates start at $299 per person and include the following:
– Two nights' accommodation
– Two days of lift tickets valid at any Aspen/Snowmass ski area (Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk)
– Expanded continental breakfast served in the sunny Living Room
– Apres ski wine, hot drinks and hors d'oeuvres
– Inter-mountain ski or snowboard transfer, courtesy of Four Mountain Sports.
Offer valid January 2- 10, 2009, based on double occupancy, do not included tax, and are subject to availability.
DETAILS: www.LimelightLodge.com and enter the code "Snow" when prompted, or call 1.800.433.0832.

THE DEAL: Book four nights in a condo and get the fifth night free. Valid January 4, 2009 to February 10, 2009. Not available January 15 to 20. Based on availability, some restrictions may apply.
DETAILS: www.skisolitude.com

THE DEAL: The "Ski Free" package at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, WY will run all winter and includes a 50% savings for travelers. Spring Creek Ranch's "Ski Free" Package includes rates starting at $87.50 per person per night, a savings of over 50%,  and includes:
Lift tickets to Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (up to two per day), accommodations, complimentary breakfast for two daily at The Granary restaurant, complimentary shuttle service to town and to the ski areas. Price is based on double occupancy and is exclusive of tax, resort fees, and gratuities. Holiday rates as well as dates in February and March may be higher.
DETAILS:800-443-6139 or 307-733-8833 or www.springcreekranch.com

THE DEAL: “Stay 3 Ski Free” package. Includes accommodation in cottage suite, a full breakfast
in the Foundry Grill Restaurant, and daily lift ticket. December 5-18, 2008 or March 23-April 5, 2009, pricing starts at $275 per room per night plus tax. January 2-March 22, 2009, pricing starts at $525 per room per night plus tax. Rates based on double occupancy.
DETAILS: www.sundanceresort.com

THE DEAL: The 320 Guest Ranch Great Value Ski & Stay Packages includes the Lone Peak Pass, which provides a full day lift ticket to both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin with seamless skiing in between (23 lifts, over 220 runs on 5300 acres). Also included is access to the free shuttle that takes skiers to the ski mountain, lodging in modern cabin accommodations, a nightly bonfire, taxes, and a continental breakfast each morning. Children 10 and under stay free and ski for free. The Big Sky Great Value Ski & Stay Package is priced from $165 for single occupancy; $264 double occupancy; $363 triple occupancy and $462 for quad occupancy.
DETAILS: www.320ranch.com 

THE DEAL: Families can receive up to $30 a day in dining vouchers per child for a three-day/night Colorado and Lake Tahoe ski vacation when parents book a three-day, three-night ski or snowboard vacation through Vail Resorts reservations by Dec. 14 (for travel anytime this ski season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly, they'll get up to $30 in dining credits per child per day to use at Vail Resorts on-mountain dining outlets. Additionally, when families stay at a participating Vail Resorts lodging property, they'll receive an additional $15 dining voucher,  for a combined total of up to $45 per child per day.
DETAILS: 866-650-KIDS (5437) or www.snow.com

THE DEAL: “3rd Night Free Getaway.” Book a three night vacation and receive your third night free. Priced from m $89/night, valid until December 15, 2008.
DETAILS: www.whistlerblackcomb.com

THE DEAL: The Free4All lodging special, with 25% savings. Book three nights, get the 4th night free. Buy three days lift tickets, get the 4th day free.
Book by Nov. 23, 2008 but valid for arrivals all season. The 4 night/4 day lift ticket package rates for January are from $429 per person based on double occupancy in a one-bedroom condo in-town.
DETAILS: www.winterparkresort.com/packages


THE DEAL: The Mountain Club on Loon Resort has a “"Stay 2 nights, Get the 3rd night free" deal that’s good midweek, non-holiday from January through March 2008.
DETAILS: www.mtnclub.com

THE DEAL:When skiers and snowboarders purchase an Okemo Flex Card, they save: 50 percent on weekday, non-holiday (Monday through Friday), single-day lift ticket rates; 25 percent on weekend and holiday single-day lift ticket rates; 50 percent on single-day lift ticket rates every day in November, and from March 16 through closing day in April. Fifty percent savings will also apply on: January 4, 10, 11, 24, 25, 2009. Discounts apply to single-day, full day, afternoon half-day and Sunday Solution morning lift tickets. The Flex Card is $99 for adults, $89 for young adults and seniors, and $79 for juniors and super seniors.
DETAILS: www.okemo.com


(Photo: Smugglers' Notch)

THE DEAL:SuperSaver pricing periods are January 4-15 and January 19-24, 2009. During those weeks, pricing starts at $115 per adult and $99 per youth 17 and under for the Club Smugglers' package. That includes condominium lodging in a mountainside home; daily lift tickets; daily ski and snowboard camp for children ages 3-5; daily ski or snowboard lessons for children ages 6-17; daily learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard group lessons for adult beginners. From January 4-24, 2009, guests on the Club Smugglers' Advantage Package will receive 50 percent off childcare at Smugglers' slopeside children's center, Treasures, good for kids ages 6 weeks to three years old.
DETAILS: www.smuggs.com

THE DEAL:  White White World Week – Jan 26-30 – A crazy week with different themed parties every night. Daily lift tickets are just $35, and ski and stay packages start at just $35 per person per night.
DETAILS: www.sugarloaf.com

THE DEAL: Save $50 on packages booked by Dec 15. The offer is valid on any packages, any time of the season, for stays of two nights or longer.
DETAILS: www.sundayriver.com

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