Snow-capped savings for the ski season

Photo Courtesy of Travelzoo.

Now that the weather is turning colder, it’s time to start thinking about savings for your favorite ski destination.

Senior Editor of Travelzoo Gabe Saglie joined the Rhode Show on Wednesday to share some of the best winter deals.

Snow-Capped Savings for Ski Season

Top 3 Winter Ski Destinations

Salt Lake City

  • Some of the best conditions in the country – averaging 500 inches of snow a year
  • Easy access: several world class resorts within 30-45 minutes from downtown SLC and the airport
  • Ski City Super Pass: one pass gives access to Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird
    • From $35/50/day for kids and $72/day for adults

The Northeast

  • A multitude of options, including historic spots and locations with easy access
  • The NE is forecast to see prime ski conditions this winter

Whistler

  • Canada’s largest ski resort features easy access and some of the best conditions in North America

Tips to Save on Your Getaway

Timing

  • Be an early ski bunny: you’ll find the best ski savings during the first 3 to 4 weeks of ski season
  • Book airfare early
  • Stay longer: discounts often kick in after the 3rd or 4th night

Accommodations

  • Being close to the mountains has its advantages, but it will also cost you more
  • Compare options based on the size of your traveling party

Equipment

  • Check your airline’s restrictions: ski equipment may mean checked baggage charges
  • Consider renting at your destinations
  • Package deals may include equipment discounts

Great Deals

Spotlight: Salt Lake City

The Lodge at Snowbird

  • Experience a winter wonderland at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which offers ski-in/ski-out access
  • Winter fun includes Aerial tram rides up to the summit of Hidden Peak, snowmobiling and snowshoeing
  • Unwind after a busy day with dinner and cocktails at various restaurants including The Aerie, a modern gastropub
    • $99/nt (50% off)
    • Travel Nov. 21-Dec. 18, inc. weekend and holidays

Solitude Mountain Resort Lodging

  • With the Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop, Solitude Mountain Resort Lodging offers spacious condominium accommodations
  • Resort’s setting is much like a European village, w/a variety of restaurants, a spa and attractions including ice skating and skiing
  • The property is only a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport
    • $840 for 4 nights in One Bedroom Condo w/full kitchen, fireplace, sleeps 4 (40% off) w/15% off all lift tickets and rentals
    • Travel Nov-Dec. & April; Jan-March pricing $1125

Spotlight: The Northeast

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Whitefield, NH

  • Sprawling AAA 4-Diamond resort set on 400 acres in New Hampshire’s White Mountains
  • The 1865 Colonial Revival property is on the National Register of Historic Places and runs an onsite farm
  • Property is close to Cannon Mountains – a big draw for skiers and snowboarders – and other area snow activities include dogsledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and cross-country skiing
    • $99/nt. (45% off) w/$30 spa credit
    • Travel thru Dec. 23; rates Jan.-March $109-$139

Spotlight: Whistler

Lodging Ovations

  • Resort company manages three properties located slopeside on Whistler Mountain: Legends Hotel, Evolution Hotel and First Tracks Lodge
  • Properties are steps from Creekside Gondola and offer condo-style accommodation complete with full kitchen and in-suite laundry
  • Guests can unwind in any hotel’s heated outdoor pool/hot tub or sit back in the on-site games or media room
    • $840-$910 for 4 nights (25% off) w/daily lift tickets per person for 3 days and parking
    • Travel Nov. 27-Dec. 19; travel thru April also discounted

 

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