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40 More Best Bargains for 2003

40 More Best Bargains for 2003

Travel
By Maureen Drummey
posted: 12/03/2002

In case the forty bargains in the November issue didn't satisfy your needs, we continued the search for forty more. Throughout the season, remember to keep an eye on deal-oriented websites such as smarterliving.com and orbitz.com, travel sites such as expedia.com and travelocity.com, and sites for resorts and tour operators. And of course, skimag.com.

Again, keep in mind:

  • Unless otherwise specified, the packages we list are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes or gratuities.
  • Many are based on availability.
  • You can often add days to certain packages, but refund and cancellation policies vary.
  • Canadian prices here are listed in U.S. dollars at a $1.55 conversion rate, ($1 U.S. = $1.55 CAN), but are subject to change.
  • Before you book any trip, we strongly recommend you call to confirm the details.

    WEST
    Arapahoe Basin. Colo.
    The Bonus Pass gets you unlimited access to A-Basin plus an additional five lift tickets to Keystone and/or Breckenridge and one ticket to Vail or Beaver Creek ($199 for first-timers and $179 for renewals). 970-496-7030, shop.a-basin.net

    Beaver Creek, Colo.
    The "Three-Peat Lesson Deal" includes three consecutive days of beginner, intermediate or advanced ski or snowboard group lessons for $159. Valid Nov. 23-Dec. 21 and Jan. 5-Feb. 13, for ages 15 and older. 800-404-3535, beavercreek.com

    Brian Head Resort, Nev.
    Extend a day on the slopes into a night at the tables. The package includes two days' skiing, two nights' lodging at the Swiss Village Inn near the resort and two nights' lodging at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Cost is $155 per person. 800-388-3669, resplus.com

    Colorado Gems.
    The "Gems" are a group of smaller ski areas in the state that have banded together to offer you discounted lift tickets and special deals. Register for a free Gems card and save up to $10 on adult lift tickets and $5 on child and senior lift tickets at Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Solvista Golf & Ski Ranch and Sunlight Mountain Resort. 303-837-0793, coloradoski.com/gems

    Copper Mountain, Colo.
    Ski Free/Stay Free in the early season. Buy three nights' lodging and a three-day lift ticket and get the fourth day and night free. Prices start at $69 per person based on four people in a deluxe two-bedroom condo. Rate is valid Nov. 1-Dec. 20. Copper also offers a Holiday Lodging Deal. The $99 per person, per night deal includes lodging in a deluxe two-bedroom condo with lift tickets, based on quad occupancy and valid Dec. 20-26 (four-night minimum.) Guests booking through Copper Mountain Reservations get the BeeLine advantage, which includes access to special lift lines. 888-263-5302, coppercolorado.com

    Crested Butte, Colo.
    Youths pay their age. The cost of a daily lift ticket for ages five through sixteen is the child's age, per day. For example, an eight-year-old pays $8 per day. There are no blackout dates and no minimum number of tickets. Kids four and under ski free. The resort also has outstanding early-season packages: Too Cheap to Ignore (Dec. 13-20, and Dec. 21-25) includes three nights' lodging at the Sheraton and a two-day lift ticket, starting at $156 per person (and $547 per person including airfare. 800-544-8448, crestedbutteresort.com.

    Deer Valley Resort, Utah
    Exclusive offer for SKI Magazine readers, Deer Valley Ski School offers a three hour, semi-private lesson for adults and the Enthusiast ski rental package for $105, a $36 saving off the regular price. Offer is not valid Dec. 15-Jan. 3 and Feb. 15-22. Book only through Deer Valley Skier Services at 888-754-8477 and mention this special offer from SKI Magazine.

    Keystone, Colo.
    Kids 12 and under ski free all season with a three-night minimum stay in any of Keystone's 1,600 condos or hotel rooms, saving a family of four more than $2 on a four-day ski trip. Offer is valid on a one-to-one basis with one free child ticket per paid adult ticket and must be purchased in advance. 800-427-8308, keystoneresort.com.

    Jackson Hole, Wyo.
    The Jackson Hole Adventure at a Value package includes round-trip air, seven nights' lodging in a one-bedroom condo at the Jackson Hole Racquet Club, two three-day lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a day of snowmobiling in Yellowstone, ground transfers from the airport, plus all hotel taxes and service charges. Rates start at $1,261 per person, depending upon gateway city. 888-822-6754, jacksonholevacation.net

    Red Lodge Mountain, Mont.
    Mid-season packages (valid Jan. 5-Feb. 14) start at $44 per adult per night, with a two-night minimum, quad occupancy. High-season packages start at $48 per adult per night with a three-night minimum, quad occupancy. Packages are based on availability at three hotels in Red Lodge, six miles from the ski area. 406-466-2610, redlodgemountain.com.

    Santa Fe, N.M.
    Believe it or not, certain properties charge considerably less during the winter months. Rockresorts La Posada de Santa Fe offers a Ski & Spa retreat, which includes two nights' lodging and breakfast, one day on the slopes (followed by a massage) and the other day exploring the city's galleries and museums. Package rate is $750-$885, depending on the room type. Offer valid Nov. 23-Dec. 20, and Jan. 1-April 2. 800-727-5276, laposadadesantafe.com

    Steamboat Resort, Colo.
    "Kids Fly, Stay, Ski & Rent Free" Jan. 6-Feb. 12. When a parent purchases a minimum of four nights' lodging, a three-day lift ticket, round-trip air and a three-day rental, one child (12 and younger) comes along for free. 800-922-2722, steamboat.com

    The Steamboat Sheraton offers a champagne powder package that includes lodging, a bottle of champagne on arrival, a lift ticket and breakfast buffet starting at $119 Nov. 28-Dec, 19 and April 4-13, and at $169 during value season Jan. 6-Feb. 13. 800-848-8877, steamboat-sheraton.com

    Ski Utah
    You can snag free days on the slopes in Utah this winter, on the "Stay & Ski in 2003" winter promotion. Guests booking four nights' lodging in Utah can get up to two free lift tickets per lodging reservation at any of Utah's participating mountain resorts. There are no blackout dates. 800-ski-utah, skiutah.com.

    Vail, Colo.
    The Vail Cascade Skier's Choice Package starts at $279 per night and is perfect for groups with members who don't plan to ski. It includes a night of lodging and two certificates, each of which is good for the choice of a lift ticket, a four-course meal at Chap's Grill & Chophouse or a 50-minute custom aromatherapy massage. Nov. 22-Dec. 25, and April 1-20. 800-420-2424, vailcascade.com

    EAST
    Loon Mountain, N.H.
    The slopeside Mountain Club has an $89 midweek rate which includes lodging in a Club Room, a lift ticket and full breakfast. Rate is per person, per night midweek, non-holiday. 800-229-7829, loonmtn.com.

    Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vt.
    The Skiers Special includes lodging, lifts and lessons daily. The cost is $69 per person, per day, and is valid Jan. 12-17 800-451-8752, smuggs.com.

    Shawnee Peak, Maine
    Shawnee Peak and the Comfort Inn and Suites in North Conway, N.H., (about 20 minutes from the mountain) have teamed up to offer a $199 package. Up to six people can stay in a one-bedroom suite, have a continental breakfast, and receive lift tickets for everyone in the room. Offer is valid anytime during ski season. Also, Shawnee Peak offers night skiing, so guests can ski the night of check-in, and the next day and evening. Call the Comfort Inn at 866-647-8483, or visit shawneepeak.com

    Snowshoe Mountain, W. Va.
    Throughout the season, if you purchase three nights' lodging and three days' lifts the fourth day and night are free. Valid non-holidays. Midweek, January through March, you can get a $59 a day lift and lodging package. Lodging is slopeside at the Spruce Lodge or at the base at the Inn at Snowshoe. Package is valid non-holiday and requires a two-night minimum. 877-441-fun, snowshoemtn.com

    Stratton Mountain, Vt.
    Purchase a three-day midweek (non-holiday) lift ticket for $139 and get two nights free at the Liftline Lodge. 800-stratton, stratton.com

    Sugarbush, Vt.
    The new Escape Pass offers unprecedented freedom. The pass is available in packs of six or 12 days tickets and is reloadable. These tickets function like normal one-day lift tickets, but the individual ticket price is an 18 percent savings if the six pack is purchased, and a 33 percent savings if a 12 pack is purchased. These tickets are transferable, but only one person can use the pass on any given day. Passes must be purchased before Dec. 25. 800-53-sugar, sugarbush.com

    Sunday River, Maine
    The third annual Deal of the Century package includes two days' skiing, a slopeside dinner at Rosetto's Ristorante, breakfast on the mountain, and two nights' lodging at the Snow Cap Inn, all for $99 per person. Offer good for Tuesday and Wednesday arrivals only, (excluding holidays), Jan. 1-April 2. 800-543-2754, sundayriver.com

    MIDWEST
    Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands
    Book a weekend lift and lodging package at either mountain and add a Thursday and/or Sunday for only $59 a night, per person. This offer applies to any weekend based on availability. The rate includes lodging, lift ticket and breakfast. 800-go-boyne, boyne.com

    Indianhead Mountain Resort, Mich.
    Serious savings go to skiers and riders who purchase lift tickets before Nov. 22. Find the $24 tickets at local ski/snowboard shows where Indianhead is represented, or call the ticket office at 800-3indian. www.indianheadmtn.com

    FAR WEST
    Bogus Basin, Idaho
    For $199, a wanna-be skier or rider can sign up for the Passport, which includes four lessons, rental gear and-upon graduation from the lessons-a season pass. Participants also get to use the rental gear the rest of the season. And, if you take the lessons in February or March, you get the deal through the end of the season and all of the following season. Kids ages 7-11 pay only $149. 208-332-5100, bogusbasin.com

    Diamond Peak, Calif.
    A family of four (two adults and two kids) can get an $89 lift pass, valid any day of the year. One parent and a child pay $49 for the day. An interchangeable parent lift ticket is $41. 775-832-1177, diamondpeak.com

    Grand Targhee, Wyo.
    Get an extra day of cat skiing free (weather permitting) when you book a three day, three night package at the Teewinot Lodge, from opening day to Dec. 24. Packages start at $438. 800-targhee, grandtarghee.com

    Heavenly Valley, Calif.
    The $299 season pass comes with five one-day lift tickets valid at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek (Colorado). www.skiheavenly.com/passinfo.

    Mountain High, Calif.
    Ski for $25 a day by purchasing a 6-Pack (six fully transferable lift tickets) between Oct. 1 and Dec. 24. The 6-packs are sold at 225 participating sports shops throughout Southern California and on mthigh.com

    Mt. Rose, Nev.
    There are specials every weekday-from the Two' fer Tuesday (two tickets for the price of one) to Bonus Mondays (show a full-day lift ticket from the weekend and pay $10 for Monday ticket). Advanced skiers who want to tune up skills here can take the All Star (black runs) lesson free. The MVP package, which includes intermediate instruction, lift access and rental equipment costs $68. 800-ski-rose, skirose.com.

    North Star/Sierra, Calif.
    Buy the Tahoe Card ($49.99), which can save you more than $150 in tickets and rentals alone, and get a free lift ticket to North Star or Sierra at Tahoe. www.freelifttickets.com or www.snowbomb.com.

    Sun Valley, Id through March, you can get a $59 a day lift and lodging package. Lodging is slopeside at the Spruce Lodge or at the base at the Inn at Snowshoe. Package is valid non-holiday and requires a two-night minimum. 877-441-fun, snowshoemtn.com

    Stratton Mountain, Vt.
    Purchase a three-day midweek (non-holiday) lift ticket for $139 and get two nights free at the Liftline Lodge. 800-stratton, stratton.com

    Sugarbush, Vt.
    The new Escape Pass offers unprecedented freedom. The pass is available in packs of six or 12 days tickets and is reloadable. These tickets function like normal one-day lift tickets, but the individual ticket price is an 18 percent savings if the six pack is purchased, and a 33 percent savings if a 12 pack is purchased. These tickets are transferable, but only one person can use the pass on any given day. Passes must be purchased before Dec. 25. 800-53-sugar, sugarbush.com

    Sunday River, Maine
    The third annual Deal of the Century package includes two days' skiing, a slopeside dinner at Rosetto's Ristorante, breakfast on the mountain, and two nights' lodging at the Snow Cap Inn, all for $99 per person. Offer good for Tuesday and Wednesday arrivals only, (excluding holidays), Jan. 1-April 2. 800-543-2754, sundayriver.com

    MIDWEST
    Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands
    Book a weekend lift and lodging package at either mountain and add a Thursday and/or Sunday for only $59 a night, per person. This offer applies to any weekend based on availability. The rate includes lodging, lift ticket and breakfast. 800-go-boyne, boyne.com

    Indianhead Mountain Resort, Mich.
    Serious savings go to skiers and riders who purchase lift tickets before Nov. 22. Find the $24 tickets at local ski/snowboard shows where Indianhead is represented, or call the ticket office at 800-3indian. www.indianheadmtn.com

    FAR WEST
    Bogus Basin, Idaho
    For $199, a wanna-be skier or rider can sign up for the Passport, which includes four lessons, rental gear and-upon graduation from the lessons-a season pass. Participants also get to use the rental gear the rest of the season. And, if you take the lessons in February or March, you get the deal through the end of the season and all of the following season. Kids ages 7-11 pay only $149. 208-332-5100, bogusbasin.com

    Diamond Peak, Calif.
    A family of four (two adults and two kids) can get an $89 lift pass, valid any day of the year. One parent and a child pay $49 for the day. An interchangeable parent lift ticket is $41. 775-832-1177, diamondpeak.com

    Grand Targhee, Wyo.
    Get an extra day of cat skiing free (weather permitting) when you book a three day, three night package at the Teewinot Lodge, from opening day to Dec. 24. Packages start at $438. 800-targhee, grandtarghee.com

    Heavenly Valley, Calif.
    The $299 season pass comes with five one-day lift tickets valid at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek (Colorado). www.skiheavenly.com/passinfo.

    Mountain High, Calif.
    Ski for $25 a day by purchasing a 6-Pack (six fully transferable lift tickets) between Oct. 1 and Dec. 24. The 6-packs are sold at 225 participating sports shops throughout Southern California and on mthigh.com

    Mt. Rose, Nev.
    There are specials every weekday-from the Two' fer Tuesday (two tickets for the price of one) to Bonus Mondays (show a full-day lift ticket from the weekend and pay $10 for Monday ticket). Advanced skiers who want to tune up skills here can take the All Star (black runs) lesson free. The MVP package, which includes intermediate instruction, lift access and rental equipment costs $68. 800-ski-rose, skirose.com.

    North Star/Sierra, Calif.
    Buy the Tahoe Card ($49.99), which can save you more than $150 in tickets and rentals alone, and get a free lift ticket to North Star or Sierra at Tahoe. www.freelifttickets.com or www.snowbomb.com.

    Sun Valley, Idaho
    The Kids Stay & Ski Free program is offered Nov. 27-Dec. 17, Jan. 4-31, and March 15 through the end of season. The program is good for up to two children (15 years and younger) per parent, staying in a Sun Valley Resort hotel or condo. Playschool facilities are available on site at minimal charges. 800-786-8259, sunalley.com.

    Yosemite National Park,
    When the snow falls, so do the room rates at Yosemite Lodge, and there's a free shuttle to Badger Pass Ski Area. Sunday through Thursday nights, Jan. 1-Feb. 28, the Lodge offers an $89 room rate. 599-252-4848, yosemitepark.com

    Tenya lodge at Yosemite has a $149 per night lift and lodging package, and $269 per night ski/spa package, both for two persons in a room. Packages are offered Sunday through Thursday nights, Jan. 5-March 30. 800-635-5807, tenayalodge.com.

    CANADAFernie Alpine Resort, B.C.
    With this Maple Leaf promotion and the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar, you'll want to take the family north to Canada's Fernie Alpine Resort. Book five nights, ski five days and get the sixth night and day free. The offer is valid for a family of four, March 1 through closing day. Price depends upon the type of lodging, and the offer is based on availability and is not valid during holidays. When booking, mention the "Maple Leaf" promotion. 877-333-2339, skifernie.com.

    Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Ski Banff@Norquay , Alb.
    The "Thrill of the Hill" package is so good it won the Canadian Tourism Commission's Win with Winter in Canadian Competition for 2002. The package includes six nights' lodging, five days' skiing, five days' rental equipment, five days breakfast and a dinner, entrance to Banff Upper Hot Springs and a reversible vest. Packages start at $663, per person. 877-754-7076, skibig3.com/thrillhill

    Mont-Tremblant, Que.
    Le Grand Lodge offers five nights' lodging in a studio and six days' skiing for two starting at $758. It requires arrival on Sundays and is valid Jan. 5-Feb. 7. Early- and late-season packages are even cheaper. Meal plans are available. 800-567-6763, legrandlodge.com.

    EUROPE
    Alpine Adventures tour operator offers several bargain-priced European ski vacations. For example, a trip to Chamonix, France, which includes round-trip air from East Coast gateway cities, seven nights' lodging, breakfast daily and round-trip transfers from airport to resort, starts at $817 per person. Trips leave weekly Jan. 4-Feb. 8 and March 15-May 2. 800-755-1330, www.alpineadventures.net, Idaho


    The Kids Stay & Ski Free program is offered Nov. 27-Dec. 17, Jan. 4-31, and March 15 through the end of season. The program is good for up to two children (15 years and younger) per parent, staying in a Sun Valley Resort hotel or condo. Playschool facilities are available on site at minimal charges. 800-786-8259, sunalley.com.

    Yosemite National Park,
    When the snow falls, so do the room rates at Yosemite Lodge, and there's a free shuttle to Badger Pass Ski Area. Sunday through Thursday nights, Jan. 1-Feb. 28, the Lodge offers an $89 room rate. 599-252-4848, yosemitepark.com

    Tenya lodge at Yosemite has a $149 per night lift and lodging package, and $269 per night ski/spa package, both for two persons in a room. Packages are offered Sunday through Thursday nights, Jan. 5-March 30. 800-635-5807, tenayalodge.com.

    CANADAFernie Alpine Resort, B.C.
    With this Maple Leaf promotion and the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar, you'll want to take the family north to Canada's Fernie Alpine Resort. Book five nights, ski five days and get the sixth night and day free. The offer is valid for a family of four, March 1 through closing day. Price depends upon the type of lodging, and the offer is based on availability and is not valid during holidays. When booking, mention the "Maple Leaf" promotion. 877-333-2339, skifernie.com.

    Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Ski Banff@Norquay ,, Alb.
    The "Thrill of the Hill" package is so good it won the Canadian Tourism Commission's Win with Winter in Canadian Competition for 2002. The package includes six nights' lodging, five days' skiing, five days' rental equipment, five days breakfast and a dinner, entrance to Banff Upper Hot Springs and a reversible vest. Packages start at $663, per person. 877-754-7076, skibig3.com/thrillhill

    Mont-Tremblant, Que.
    Le Grand Lodge offers five nights' lodging in a studio and six days' skiing for two starting at $758. It requires arrival on Sundays and is valid Jan. 5-Feb. 7. Early- and late-season packages are even cheaper. Meal plans are available. 800-567-6763, legrandlodge.com.

    EUROPE
    Alpine Adventures tour operator offers several bargain-priced European ski vacations. For example, a trip to Chamonix, France, which includes round-trip air from East Coast gateway cities, seven nights' lodging, breakfast daily and round-trip transfers from airport to resort, starts at $817 per person. Trips leave weekly Jan. 4-Feb. 8 and March 15-May 2. 800-755-1330, www.alpineadventures.net

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