Central Holidays offers several low-priced trips to European resorts during the first two weeks in January. A $769 week-long trip to Courmayeur, Italy, includes round-trip, non-stop air from New York/Newark, lodging, continental breakfast, a six-day lift pass and ground transfers. Air-inclusive rates are available from several cities. From New York/Newark, week-long packages to Kitzbuhel, Austria, start at $599, packages to Chamonix, France, start at $859, and packages to Garmisch, Germany, start at $729. Packages from Chicago start at $839 to Italy and $694 to Austria. Packages from Los Angeles start at $899 to Italy and at $763 to Austria.
On select dates in January and March, Central Holidays runs a 1-free-for-5-paid program on these European packages. Call 800-935-5000 or visit www.centralh.com.
Airfare to the West. Southwest Airlines is again running its popular Kids Fly Free program. One child, ages 2-11, flies free to Utah, New Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev., Sun Valley, Idaho, or Purgatory, Colo., with the purchase of an adult two-night (or longer) Southwest Airlines Vacations ski package, which includes round-trip air, lodging and lift passes. For example, a two-day package from Los Angeles to Utah starts at $234. A two-day package from Kansas City to Lake Tahoe starts at $369, and from Oakland at $214. Travel is good Dec. 1-April 30 and blackout dates apply. Last booking date is April 20. Call 800-754-8365 or visit www.swavacations.com.
International American Youth Hostels has about 40 hostels near major U.S. ski resorts, such as Taos, N.M., Breckenridge, Colo., and Durango, Colo. Overnight rates range from $7 to $25 in dormitory-style accommodations. Some offer ski packages. Call 202-783-6161 or visit www.hiayh.com.