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With several of the big ski resorts out west already reporting significant snowfall, it’s time to start thinking about your ski and snowboard plans for the winter. Hitting the slopes on vacation doesn’t have to mean a hard hit to your wallet, however, with these “ski free” packages from hotels in some of North America’s premier ski destinations.
Limelight Lodge, Aspen This family-owned lodge in central Aspen sits at the foot of the namesake mountain. The hotel’s Ski Package offers two free lift tickets for each day of your stay minus one (e.g. two 2-day passes for a three-night stay). Including the ski passes and accommodations, a three-night stay costs $915 and a four-night stay costs $1,315 – a savings of 30 percent. Three-night minimum stay required; some blackout dates apply. www.limelightlodge.com
Four Seasons Resort Vail Vail’s newest hotel, opening mid-December 2010, promises the largest rooms on the mountain and a dedicated ski concierge for all your skiing and boarding needs. With the resort’s Ski Free Package, you’ll get two 3-day lift tickets and ski or snowboard rental with a minimum four-night stay. Traveling with the kids in tow? With this package, children 12 and under eat free. Rates start at $375/night. www.fourseasons.com/vail
Fairmont Banff Springs This historic resort – dubbed “The Castle in the Rockies” – ensures guests easy access to the action with shuttle service to the slopes right from the front door. The Family Ski & Play for Free in the Canadian Rockies package incorporates 2-day ski passes for two adults and two kids, with half-price meals for children under 18 and free meals for those under five. Non-skiers can also choose a $200 daily resort credit in lieu of the lift tickets. Three-night minimum stay required; rates start at $343/night. www.fairmont.com/banffsprings