Seasonlong Specials at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort (tel. 877/SKI-FISH; www.skiwhitefish.com) has released a flurry of special offers that all seem to include reductions of 20% off lodging packages and even Amtrak Empire Builder rail travel from Chicago, Seattle, or points en route. Through January 31 get the discount and also ski/stay three days or longer and get a fourth night free.
Black Mountain: Diamond Jubilee & Rhinestone Pricing
Black Mountain, N.H. (tel. 800/698-4490 or 603/383-4490; www.blackmt.com) celebrates its 75th anniversary this year but continues its tradition of low-key ambience and low prices. The Family Passport ($99 weekends and holidays, $79 midweek) is good for one day of skiing or riding for two adults and two children. And Black Mountain's view of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range: priceless.
Speaking of Anniversaries...
...Winter Park(www.winterparkresort.com) and Sugar Bowl (www.sugarbowl.com) turn 70 this winter, and Hunter Mountain, NY (www.huntermtn.com) turns 50.
Purgatory Adds 125 Acres of Gladed TerrainDown in scenic southwestern Colorado, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (tel. 970/247-9000; www.durangomountainresort.com) has added 125 acres of new expert terrain for 1,200 vertical feet of challenging glades in the Legends area. The project expands the area's skiable acreage by 10% and enhances the options for upper intermediate and expert skiers and riders.
Quality Ski Rentals Delivered Direct to Your LodgingThe more expensive and cumbersome it is to check ski equipment in for a flight, the more attractive renting becomes. Ski Butlers pioneered the hassle-free (tel. 877/754-7754; www.skibutlers.com) delivery of top-quality rental equipment to guests' accommodations and has operations in 25 resorts in Colorado, Utah, California, Wyoming, and British Columbia. Winter Park, Colo. (tel. 800/979-0328; www.winterparkresort.com) has a new service with a similar concept. Custom Delivery Service's trained resort ambassadors bring boots for fitting, lift tickets, rental paperwork, pre-booked Ski and Ride School paperwork, and rented clothing to guests' accommodations at the base village in Winter Park and in Fraser. Guests pick up skis and snowboards at the base of the lift the following morning, and they can store them overnight for free. Rent a private chalet at Steamboat through Moving Mountains (tel. 877/624 2538 or 970/870-9359; www.movingmountains.com), and they'll arrange for gear delivery for your entire group.
Bargain Quebec City-Le Massif Shuttle
A trip to Québec City is like going to France without crossing the ocean. The new Québec City -- Le Massif shuttle combines staying this enchanting city with skiing one of eastern Canada's most compelling ski areas in an easy, stress-free and affordable way. Roundtrip transportation starts at C$10. Children 6 years and under ride free, and reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance by calling 418/664-0460.
Bump and Powder Workshops for Boomers With Aging Knees
Bumps for Boomers (tel. 970/989-2529; www.bumpsforboomers.com) is an innovative program that quickly teaches intermediate-level Baby Boomer and senior skiers ages 50-plus to ski moguls and powder safely and enjoyably. This comprehensive clinic is offered at Aspen for $1,453 for four full days of on-snow training and use of skiboards for the first two days, including lift.
Sierra-at-Tahoe $35 Beginner Package
Sierra-at-Tahoe (aka, Ski Sierra Resort; tel. 530/659-7453; www.sierraattahoe.com) is extending its first-time adult skiers and snowboarders package from the previously January only timeframe through the entire season. It includes a limited- access lift ticket, rental equipment and a 2½-hour lesson for just $35. It must be purchased online and is now available Sunday through Friday all season long. A follow-up package for subsequent days that includes use of all lifts is $65 per day.
Bargain Boulder-Eldora Package
The Boulder Ski Escape (tel. 303/440-8700; www.boulderskiescape.com) combines a night's lodging in a choice of 19 properties in vibrant Boulder and a one-day lift ticket at nearby Eldora beginning at $64.50 per person. The drive from the city to the slopes is about half an hour, or take the RTD bus from the downtown bus station.
Sunshine Village Special
Stay four nights at the newly renovated Sunshine Mountain Lodge (tel. 877-754-7080; www.skibanff.com) and get a fifth day of skiing or riding free on Sunday through Thursday nights, starting at $98 per person. It is the only ski-in, ski-out property in the Banff/Lake Louise area.