Fall is officially upon us. The days are getting shorter, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, football is on four nights a week, I’ve officially started snacking on candy corn and whispers of the holidays have begun. Winter is ‘round the corner, folks. Snow-topped mountains, fur-lined boots, hot chocolate and time to hit the slopes.
Anyone who has skied before knows that while it may be a cheap thrill, it’s not easy on the wallet. That is, unless you plan accordingly.
Resorts in top destinations are offering great specials for early ski season -- the period before Christmas. Many of these deals even include Thanksgiving weekend.
Hit the slopes in Whistler, British Columbia, voted the Best Place to Ski & Stay in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a 4-Diamond resort ranked as the No. 9 ski hotel in that same survey, is offering rates as much as 70% off of peak season prices.
Stay a bit longer at the resort ranked third in the Conde Nast survey, the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One of just three 5-Diamond mountain resorts in the States offers a free third night, bringing average nightly rates under $200 -- saving hundreds off peak season rates.
Upgraded suites with a spa credit just 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe ski resorts are available for $89 per night at the 4-Diamond Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno.
One of the top resorts in the legendary ski town of Aspen, the luxe Viceroy Snowmass is offering a package that includes dinner for 2 and saves 50% through early ski season.
If you plan now, you can even score deals during peak ski season at top resorts. Stay in the posh Vail Valley for $200 less than comparable hotels at Beaver Creek Lodge in the middle of ski season.
Prefer to ski on the East Coast in Vermont? Spend two nights during peak ski season at a Killington ski resort with ski rentals and $50 to spend on dinner. Or stay near Stratton and Okemo at The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa for $99 per night through January and save at the spa and on the resort fee.
So think ahead this year, score some ski savings and use the extra money in your pocket to get the most out of autumn at the pumpkin patches and apple farms.