Now that the snow is falling--everywhere--you want to go skiing for the President's Day holiday. You still can if you act fast. Here are eight great resorts for President's Weekend holiday. Prices are based on double occupancy unless noted.:
There's still room at the inn at Ascutney. The February Vacation package is good for six nights and six days, with arrival on February 21, 2000. The cost is $91 per adult, per day and $78 for those 16 and under per day. Kids ages six and under ski and stay free. If you just want to come on the weekend, the President's Week package is a three-night, three-day package that's valid from February 18 to 20. The cost is $109 per adult per day or $96 for those under 16. In either case, you get slopeside lodging, lift tickets, and complimentary use of the Sports & Fitness Center including the Olympic-sized pool and Jacuzzi. The week is filled with torchlight parades, tubing, ice skating, bonfires and kid's happy hours. Call 800-243-0011 or go to www.ascutney.com.
BEAVER CREEK, CO
Space is very tight here. The smart choice is to peruse The "Cool Deals" section on the Beaver Creek web site, to www.beavercreek.com/cooldeals.asp. For those who are willing to look a little farther afield, the sage advice is to consider staying just down the road in Arrowhead and Avon. Call 888-284-9455.
You can still find room at Killington if you know where to look. There are "Ski and Stay" packages like the "President's Birthday Bash" that start at $348 per person, per package, for four-nights lodging and a four-day lift pass. This rate is based on four people in a one bedroom condo and is good from February 21 through 25. Call 800-621-MTNS or go to www.killington.com. Just remember to make reservations for the children's programs, Perfect Kids, for that week.
At Mammoth, it's tight space from February 17 to 20 but there is some availability from February 13 to 17 at Juniper Springs Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Inn and Alpine Lodge. On those dates, they're offering a 25 percent discount off a mid-week stay of two nights or more. For example, at Mammoth Mountain Inn, a room with two queen size beds is going for $108.75 versus the usual $145 per night. Call 800-MAMMOTH or go to www.mammothmountain.com.
SUGARLOAF USA, ME
There's limited space at the Inn & Hotel for a family of four. You'll find prices ranging from $380 to $415 per night for lodging and lifts for a family of four. If there's just two of you, you'll find the same deal from $280 to $333 per night for lodging and lift tickets. Your chances are limited during midweek of February 20 to 24, with greater opportunity on the weekends. Call 800-The-LOAF or go to www.sugarloaf.com.
SUNDAY RIVER, ME
Maine's biggest resort is reporting limited availability during the week. But if you look hard, you can find lift and lodging packages with a three-night minimum stay beginning at $119 per person, per night in a slopeside condominium. Call 800-543-2SKI or go to www.sundayriver.com.
Telluride is finally getting lots of snow, which it means it's also getting lots of skiers. Call now to get into the San Sophia Inn, which can host a family of four for $275 per night during President's Week. The room has a king bed and fold-out sofa, full bathroom, oversize soaking tub for two, full gourmet breakfast and an afternoon cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer and appetizers. Call 800-537-4781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a more rustic retreat, the Skyline Guest Ranch just a few miles from the ski area has cabins for $285 per night that include a full breakfast, apres ski appetizzers, shuttles to-and-from the ski area, and use of the ranch's cross country equipment and trails. Call (888) 754-1126 or send email to email email@example.com for details.
WINTER PARK, CO
Things are filling up here, but a family of four would do well to look at the Meadowridge Condominiums. The cost of a two-bedroom, two-bath condo starts at $223 per night from February 18 through 20. A two-bedroom, one-bath condo is $201 per night. Some units require a four-night minimum stay. Call 800-729-5813 or go to www.skiwinterpark.com.