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Yoga Retreat in Costa RicaPlenty of resorts promise to leave you feeling “relaxed and refreshed,” but none are as likely to recharge your batteries as thoroughly as a body-and-mind-centering yoga retreat. Against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, or the beach, or, heck, the Chicago skyline, gorgeous surroundings can help boost your inner calm. And plush accommodations and endless options for indoor and outdoor activities don’t hurt either. To help you sort through the pile, we’ve narrowed down the list into two categories, “splurge,” and “save.” Now, breathe in, and say “Ohm…”

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Holiday Ski DealsDreaming of a white Christmas – on the ski slopes? Good news: Mother Nature has brought an early gift to many resorts in the Sierra Nevada, Rockies, and Pacific Northwest, with several feet of snow. Additionally,  winter temperatures finally arrived on the East Coast.

Plus, discount lift ticket site Liftopia is featuring a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sale with tickets starting at just $12.99.

And with most resorts all decked out for the holidays, with torchlight parades, festive parties, and seasonal events of all kinds, there’s no better time to squeeze in some skiing over the holidays.

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Black Friday Adventure Travel DealsInstead of battling Black Friday madness in the stores on Friday, how about bombing down the slopes? Several ski resorts in California, including Mammoth Mountain and Squaw, are welcoming skiers and boarders with several feet of snow and some great deals to boot.

Mammoth Mountain is offering a package that includes a fourth night free, available for arrivals through Nov. 24, while Squaw Valley announced on Tuesday that it’s opening 13 lifts for Thanksgiving weekend, including seven on the upper mountain, thanks to impressive early-season snowfall of about 7 feet and the resort’s improved snowmaking capabilities.

Can’t get away on such short notice? No worries: Black Friday and Black Monday are beckoning with plenty of other adventure-heavy deals, including up to $2,000 off trips with operator Abercrombie & Kent, and a massive pre-Black Friday sale on Liftopia, the largest online marketplace for discounted lift tickets.

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Tahoe Sports Adventure WeekLooking for a weekend getaway that provides a chance to show off your running or mountain biking chops – or learn how to paddle board on the largest alpine lake in the United States? Consider the Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in Lake Tahoe, California, from June 15-24.

In its second year, this 10-day outdoor sports extravaganza draws both pro and amateur athletes. On tap are a series of triathlons and trail running events, including a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. There are also triathlons, a duathlon, paddle boarding, and swimming events, as well as pro clinics,  live concerts, and  family-friendly activities.

And, if you’re still looking for a last-minute Memorial Day getaway, Lake Tahoe’s popular Village at Squaw is offering an enticing deal: a whopping 50 percent discount, starting at just $58 per person, including resort fees (but not tax), in a double-occupancy condo.

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Big Bear LakeFor diehard skiers and boarders, this year’s February 29 means an extra day on the slopes. Resorts across the country will offer lift tickets for just $29 tomorrow to take full advantage of Leap Day – with some full-day prices slashed by over 60 percent.

  • Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadow: Book online by midnight tonight to score savings of 65 percent at these California sister resorts north of Lake Tahoe.
  • Sunday River: Lift tickets at this resort near Bethel, Me., are discounted 64 percent.
  • Diamond Peak: Save 46 percent at these slopes north of Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side.
  • Sno Mountain: Skiing at Scranton, Pa.’s local mountain will save you 43 percent.

If you can’t make it to the slopes tomorrow but want to plan a ski getaway for March, Big Bear Lake in southern California will be offering a flash sale on lodging and lift tickets from 6am February 29 to 6am March 1. Book any weeknight in March to receive 29 percent off lodging, up to two $29 lift tickets per day, and 29 percent off ski and snowboard rentals.

Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on hotels, flights, vacation packages, and other travel deals.

Squaw ValleyLake Tahoe’s fresh coating of 6 inches of snow (with more on the way Wednesday), isn’t the only reason to ski in California this week – the first ever ski-in/ski-out Starbucks has made Squaw Valley its home. Located at elevation 8,000 feet at the Gold Coast mid-mountain complex, the coffee shop officially opened on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and five $50 Starbucks gift cards hidden around the mountain.

The ski-in/ski-out window operates similarly to a drive-through: Guests can find the usual Starbucks fare but with the bonus of getting to keep skis and snowboards on while enjoying a mountaintop view. This particular Starbucks is open daily (weather permitting) from 9am to 4pm in the winter season. You can also enjoy coffee on foot; there’s an accessible interior for those who would rather caffeinate indoors.

Be sure to check out our Squaw Valley guide. Then, use our Travel Search price comparison tool to plan your trip.

Montage Deer ValleyThis season there are several snow-filled directions to head in to get your ski on. We’ve chosen five of the tip top spots where the spas certainly rival the slopes.

Montage Deer ValleyDeer Valley, Utah
This classic Craftsman resort tucked in to the forested slopes of Utah’s Deer Valley Resort with its ski-in/ski-out access is a truly evocative spot, reminiscent of the great North American mountain lodges from another era.

The resort is a mere 36 miles from Park City International airport and minutes away from the charming and historical town of Park City, the epicenter for cinematic and celeb activity every January with the Sundance Film Festival.

Check in to one of Montage Deer Valley’s 154 guest rooms or spacious 66 suites with gas fireplaces and sweeping mountain views. Then walk out your door and onto the slopes of Deer Valley Resort with its 2,026 acres of skiable terrain on six mountains with 100 exciting trails and an annual drop of 300 inches of fresh powder each year. If you need some ski assistance, simply call the on-site ski-concierge.

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Squaw Valley SunriseTHE DEAL: While the rest of the country kicks off summer with Memorial Day barbecues, California’s Squaw Valley Resort will still be waving skiers down its slopes. The Lake Tahoe mountain saw a record-breaking 691 inches of snow this season  –  enough to beat the 1994-1995 season’s 662-inch high and keep select runs open until at least May 30 (though July 4 schussing isn’t out of the question). Budget-minded travelers can get in on the action by booking the Stay and Ski Free package: From just $100/person (based on double occupancy) visitors who stay two nights get standard accommodations at the Village at Squaw Valley, plus two free adult lift tickets each day.

THE VALUE: When booked separately online, lift tickets tack an extra $220 onto the trip.

THE CATCH: This deal is only available Sunday through Thursday.

THE DETAILS: This Stay and Ski Free package is valid for travel through May 30; visit to book your stay.

Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.

Squaw Valley USAIf you’re dreaming of a California ski vacation with kids, Lake Tahoe offers an array of fantastic resorts for families. The stunning scenery is a plus, but what makes this area exceptionally kid-friendly for ski vacations is the resort set-up and the huge selection of accommodation options including cabins, condos, and amenity-packed hotels.

The main ski resorts in Lake Tahoe are located on the North and South shores of the lake. It’s not easy to get from one side of the lake to the other over the winter months, so families should choose one side as a home-base.

Which destination is best for families? Everyone has a different answer to this question.  In short, both sides of the lake have excellent resorts for kids. I grew up going to the North Shore and that’s what I know best. Here’s a review of three family favorites in that area.

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Swiss Tourism: Christian PerretBobsledding in St. Moritz, Switzerland – one of our 10 best former Winter Olympic host cities

With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games shifting the world’s attention toward Vancouver, Whistler, and surrounding British Columbia, we thought it apropos to broaden the spotlight to include 10 former Winter Olympic cities that managed to harness the immediate benefits of hosting the Games – international fervor, media publicity, and infrastructure improvements – into enduring tourism appeal. We chose these classic Winter Olympic wonderlands – which unfolded across Europe, North America, and even Japan after the 1924 debut of the Winter Games in Chamonix, France – not only for their dedication to Olympic-legacy attractions and activities (from Alpine skiing to figure skating to bobsledding), but for their ongoing commitment to cutting-edge tourism developments. It all adds up to 10 winning winter getaways that promise “perfect 10” experiences every time. Be sure to see our Winter Olympic Cities Slideshow, too, for gold-medal-worthy glimpses of these Winter Olympic gems.

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