Forget the December holidays, President’s Week and Easter. Instead, look for the sweet spots scattered about the season, such as early to mid-December, when many ski hotels are far from capacity. Skiing’s secret season stretches across much of January until early February. Rates dip during this time, an opportunity to ski more expensive slopes or even consider europe. The next price break is late march through april, when thoughts turn to golf. Expect big Western storms, warmer temps and ample daylight.