How many times have you headed for the mountain only to find the skiing less than phenomenal? Oregon's Mt. Bachelor is trying a new sliding-scale pricing scheme this year, hoping to better match the cost of a lift ticket with the value of that day's skiing. If the weather's ugly and only some lifts are open, you'll pay $49. If the wind's bad, but all the lifts are running, that'll be $59. And if the sun is out and everything's peachy, you'll pay the standard $69.
In the doldrums between family-vacation season and ski season, there's still plenty of reason to get outside. If you're a golfer, the times couldn't be better: The sun still shines late into the day, and it's warm enough to hang out in shorts. And if you're a skier, ski-resort golf courses offer a lovely way to ease into the season.