Be first on the slopes this winter with early bird ski season deals at hotels near some of the best parks in the United States and Canada. Celebrate the grand opening of a ski-in/ski-out resort in Snowmass Village, stay steps from the gondolas at a 4-Diamond resort in Mammoth or head north to a 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Whistler Village -- all for as much as 65% off.
Here's a full list of our early bird ski resort deals:
Aspen, Colo.: The Westin Snowmass Resort ... $119 Nov. 21 - Dec. 20 (65% off)
The resort offers ski-in/ski-out privileges to Snowmass, the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains. Despite its family-friendly reputation, the long, steep slopes, and gladed terrain are a magnet for extreme skiers. This year, Snowmass earned the No. 2 spot on Transworld Snowboarding Magazine's Top Parks List of 2012 by adding boarder-friendly elements such as a new Superpipe to its terrain park.
Be one of the first to lodge at the resort, reopening on Nov. 15 after a yearlong renovation. Ideally located in the center of Snowmass Village, the hotel is within walking distance of shopping, dining and nightlife.
Park City, Utah: Goldener Hirsch Inn ... $189 Dec. 7-20; +$20-$60 Jan. 2-16; March 31 - April 13, 2-night minimum (50% off)
This 4-Diamond ski-in/ski-out property is located at the Deer Valley Resort, named best overall ski resort in the country by Ski Magazine for five consecutive seasons and host of multiple events during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. Stays at the chateau-style inn include a daily European buffet breakfast (reg. $50).
Deer Valley caters to an upscale audience with amenities such as free ski valets, fine dining and boutique shopping. Daily admission is capped and no snowboarding is allowed at the resort.
Mammoth, Calif.: The Westin Monarche Resort ... $179 Dec. 2-6 +$30 other November dates, incl. weekends (reg. $499)
Even when the surrounding desert is scorching hot, it's almost always ski season 8,000 feet up in Mammoth; some years stretching from November to the 4th of July. The tallest ski resort in California, Mammoth receives 400"+ of snowfall and 300 days of sunshine per year.
Rated as TripAdvisor's No. 1 hotel in Mammoth, this resort is steps from the express gondola and offers a heated pool, two hot tubs and an in-house ski and snowboard rental shop. All suites have a fireplace, kitchen and a flat-screen TV.
Elkhart Lake, Wisc.: The Osthoff Resort ... $89 through January (reg. $210)
Wisconsin's rugged landscape is ideal for both downhill and cross country skiing as well as terrain parks, popular with snowboarders. Little Switzerland, one of the first ski parks in the Midwest, will re-open this year after extensive renovations including a state-of-the-art snow-making machine, updated chairlifts and new Swiss Chalet.
The 4-Diamond lakeside retreat was voted No. 1 Midwest Resort by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. After working up an appetite on the slopes, whip up a masterpiece at the on-site culinary school.
Galena, Ill.: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa ... $99 Sunday-Thursday through March; +$20 Friday-Saturday (40% off)
Voted one of the Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways by Midwest Living Magazine, Galena offers a charming backdrop for winter sports in the rolling hills. Nearby Chestnut Mountain is rated among the Top Ten Ski Resorts in the Midwest by Ski Magazine. Multiple half-mile runs, a 475-foot vertical drop and late-night skiing options separate this Midwest resort from the pack.
On-site, the sprawling resort offers cross-country skiing on its 6,800 acres incl. complimentary equipment rentals. Complimentary ice skate and sled rentals are also available.
Essex, Vt.: Essex Resort & Spa ... $399 2-night Sunday-Wednesday arrivals through January; +$100 Thursday-Saturday arrivals (45% off)
Nestled in the Green Mountains, this hotel provides easy access to Vermont's highest peaks and longest trails. Head to Smugglers' Notch, voted No. 1 Ski Resort for Family Programs in North America by Ski Magazine fourteen years in a row and home to Vermont's only triple black diamond, The Black Hole.
Follow up ski lessons for the kids with Chef In Training cooking classes (reg. $150 each) or 50-minute massages (reg. $110 each) for Mom and Dad at the 4-Diamond resort. On-site, find more outdoor fun for the whole family, including an ice skating pond and mountain bike rentals.
Shawnee, Pa.: Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort ... $179 two-night Sunday-Wednesday arrivals through Feb. 14; +$90 Thursday-Saturday arrivals (50% off)
Located in the Pocono Mountains, the budget-friendly resort is easily accessible from both Philadelphia and New York City and less than a 10-minute drive from Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. All of the Poconos ski areas offer night skiing until at least 10 pm.
Cradled by the Delaware River, the mountain resort is praised by Lonely Planet as "a beautifully natural getaway."
Whistler, B.C.: Summit Lodge & Spa Whistler ... $199 2-night Sunday-Thursday arrivals through Dec. 15; +$40 Friday-Saturday arrivals; +$100 midweek arrivals Jan. 2 - March 21 (reg. $522)
Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is synonymous with legendary skiing. Since opening in 1867, Whistler-Blackcomb has grown into the largest ski resort in North America with 200+ runs on two mountains.
Located in Whistler Village, the 4-star hotel is within walking distance of outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and sleigh rides.
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Hotel Quintessence ... $399 2-night Sunday-Thursday arrivals through Jan. 31; Bonus Friday arrivals: Nov. 23; Jan. 11 (reg. $720)
While this idyllic ski village may look like a fairy tale setting, the slopes are anything but child's play. Ninety-five runs criss-cross the mountain to make 49 miles of trail, helping the resort earn Ski Magazine's award for No. 1 Resort in Eastern North America fifteen years in a row.
The hotel is located within walking distance of Mont Tremblant Ski Resort and offers a free shuttle to and from the resort. Skiers with sore muscles will delight in unlimited spa facility access as well as $25 credit for spa treatments.
Banff, Alberta: The Juniper Hotel ... $175 two-night Sunday-Thursday arrivals through March 29; +$20 Thursday-Saturday arrivals (reg. $318)
Banff National Park, one of TripAdvisors' Top 10 Destinations in Canada for 2012, is home to three outstanding ski resorts. Located just minutes from the park's entrance, the hotel offers guests $30 credit to the on-site bistro, perfect for après ski cocktails overlooking the Rockies.
Click here to see the full round-up of our ski deals.