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Rather than trying to escape the chilly weather this season, why not embrace it? Even in high season, many ski resorts offer lodging deals now, especially for travel on weekdays or toward the end of the season (late March and early April). Winter is also the cheapest time to travel to many cooler-weather metropolitan cities, both in the U.S. and abroad, so, if you can brave the lower temperatures, you’ll also enjoy reduced airfare and hotel rates.
Ski on fresh powder out West at major Colorado ski resorts like Breckenridge and Keystone, where individual condos through ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals start from just $119 per night. Most of Fairmont Hotels‘ 4-star properties throughout Canada offer rooms for 20 percent off this season, including the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, which sits at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Not only can you ski at the nearby Marmot Basin, you can also enjoy ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. Read more
Peak ski season is in full swing, with a winter wonderland welcoming enthusiastic snow-lovers to carve out many of the world’s best slopes. But the exhilaration needn’t end when the pistes close: Let your hair down under that ski hat and discover our favorite après-ski scenes around the globe, including two Colorado Rockies’ resorts that cater to both the refined and the rowdy, a glamorous casino-dotted ski town straddling the Nevada and California borders, and a Canadian gem that pulsates with live music and good times. Or, check out the Eastern seaboard at Killington, where you’re guaranteed to have a “killer” time. Of course, no list would be complete without a sprinkling of alpine villages – we’re keen on four evergreen après-ski hot spots that have provided tried-and-true nighttime fun to generations of skiers. And, for those of you who refuse to let summer signal your last descent, we’ve even thrown in one South American ski town where you can get your après-ski fix between June and September.
While the sagging economy may have us thinking twice about a pricey mountain vacation in the Alps, luckily there are plenty of fantastic ski deals available on the home front. Living in the northeast, I tend to favor Killington for its more than 190 diverse terrain trails that include wide open runs, wooded glades, and six different terrain parks. Just about six hours’ drive from New York, this is solid New England skiing at its best. Of course, you’ll need more than a few days to fully explore the resort’s seven mountains. If you can get away for more than a weekend, why not try the Five-Day Killington Ski Week Package. Early- and late-season packages start at $62/night per person, and include five nights’ lodging in a one-bedroom condo, a five-day lift ticket from Monday through Friday, along with one free adult afternoon group lesson; mid-winter rates start at $82/night. Looking for other affordable ski travel offers? Try these other ski specials at top resorts in Jackson Hole, Tahoe, Banff, and more.
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