Even though the formal start of winter is two full months away, now is the time to grab incredible early-season ski deals. Resorts across North America are rolling out tons of packages, and we've gathered the best so you can plan to hit the powder fast.
Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Breckenridge Ski Resort
, and the property is celebrating with 50 percent off room rates when visitors book a minimum of two nights at The Village at Breckenridge
from Nov. 11 to Dec. 15. The package also includes two drinks and an appetizer at The Village’s Park Avenue Pub.
Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont
Beginners will love a new program at Okemo Mountain Resort
that includes a two-hour lesson, rental equipment, and a lower-mountain lift ticket for $39. Through Nov. 12, the resort is also offering a $69 savings card that entitles visitors to larger lift-ticket discounts the more they ride; after seven visits, cardholders get 40 percent off.
The Sky Lodge, Utah
The Sky Lodge
is more boutique hotel than ski resort, but it certainly offers early-season packages worth mentioning. One, dubbed "Train Like An Olympian," goes for $485 per night, and includes a choice of bobsledding, cross-country or downhill skiing, as well as breakfast at the Easy Street
restaurant and a massage at Amatsu Spa
, both on-site.
Whistler, British Columbia
Fresh off the 2010 Winter Olympics, the slopes at Whistler
are primed for another epic year. Visitors who book early—before Nov. 15—receive discounts of up to 36 percent on stay-and-ski packages that include lodging and lift tickets. Another bonus: Children 12 and under stay, ski, and get rentals for free.
Northstar Resort, California
can be crowded in high season, but early on the place feels like a private slope. Prices for this year’s stay-and-ski packages start at $105 per night and are available through Dec. 23. Free lift tickets are valid Monday through Friday and are exchangeable for a cross-country trail pass or a $25 resort gift card.
Gearing up to head to one of these resorts? Get planning tips for your trip and more in our destination guides:
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CarsonB: Tahoe and Mammoth.
@tbjork: Allover Utah. Just no other place like it, PC, Snowbird, Brighton, Powder Mountain the list goes on...
@buzzinrome: Dolomites, Italian Alps.
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