Early season skiers will save with this midweek "Skiers Escape" package offered by the luxurious Lodge at Vail. This package includes four nights' lodging, two four-day lift passes, a daily continental breakfast, and entitles each participant to one gourmet lunch at Cucina Rustica. Prices start at $1,114 from Nov. 20-Dec. 22, and Apr. 2-23, 2000. From Jan. 2-Mar. 31 the package rates start at $1,630. This deal is not valid Dec. 23-Jan. 1 and March 12-25. Call: 800-331-LODG.
Loveland Pass, CO
Choose which four consecutive hours of the day you want to ski and save with the Loveland Pass Flex-Ticket. The $29 pass is valid from Dec. 18-Apr. 23. Call: 303-571-5580.
Big Sky, MT
Take advantage of a real deal with Great Ski Weeks. Five nights and four days packages at Huntley Lodge, Dec. 12 to 24, Jan. 3-13, and Mar. 25-Apr. 23 (spring break) start at $391 per person, based on double occupancy. Kids 10 and under stay, ski, and eat free when sharing a room with their parents. The resort's Focus on Fun family programs include lots of activities for the kids including movie nights, arts and crafts, and scavenger hunts. Call: 800-548-4486.
Jackson Hole, WY
Ski Jackson Hole on the cheap with The Jackson Hole Express "SkiNet and SKI Magazine Special. Two people who travel together and buy a round-trip bus ticket from Salt Lake City, plus a 3 day ski pass for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort get four nights free lodging in the town of Jackson. The cost is $246 per person, based on double occupancy. Offer valid Nov. 24-Dec. 20, Jan. 3-Feb. 4, March 21-April 3. Call: 800-652-9510
The Jackson Hole Powder Special is a great way to save mid-season. This package starts at $402 per person for five nights' lodging in a one-bedroom Teton Village condo and includes four days of free skiing. Take the free skiers' shuttle to the slopes. Valid Jan. 3-Feb. 17, 2000. Call: 800-443-8616.
Deer Valley, UT
Deer Valley has reduced the price of a ski lesson with equipment rental if you ask for the SkiNet and SKI Magazine Readers' Special. With this mention, the $100 adult group lesson with equipment rental will cost you only $75. Not valid Dec. 19-Jan. 2, Feb. 18-26, March 11-31. Call Deer Valley Skier Services at 888-SKI-TIPS to redeem.
Big Mountain, MT
Reach the steep and deep at Montana's Big Mountain via snowcat for an incredibly reasonable rate. Cost is $45 per person, per day, for a group of four or more. On a space available basis, skiers can ride the cat for $10 a run. These prices are valid throughout the season. Reservations recommended Call: 800-859-3528.
Grand Targhee, WY
Grand Targhee offers big discounts for skiers with the SkiNet and SKI Magazine Powder Paradise Package--a savings of $590 over everything priced separately. The package includes five nights' lodging, four days lifts, a group powder lesson with demo equipment, half price on spa treatments, and more. The cost is $314 per person, and is based on double occupancy. Call: 800-TARGHEE.
At Eldora, CO, the six week "Women's Wednesday" programs cost only $375 for alpine skiers, and $195 for cross country skiers. The programs include lessons, video analysis, and a gourmet lunch. Big bonus--the ski pass is good at any time for the entire six-week period. Call: 303-440-8700.
Arapahoe Basin, CO
At Arapahoe Basin, CO, you can ski for free on the Molly Hogan lift all the time. Kids (ages 6-14) also get a free lift ticket with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. If you arrive early to beat the I-70 traffic, grab a $1 breakfast burrito. Call: 888-ARAPAHOE.