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Book Winter Vacation Deals Now; Enjoy The Savings

Lutsen Lodging

Get an early taste of skiing or snowboarding for the 2012/13 season by checking out the following deals. Then, just enjoy. 

Northstar at Lake Tahoe, Calif., is offering a "3-2-1 Countdown to December" package. Rates begin at $89 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, Dec. 1-14 in a Studio Condo. Rate increases to $112 per person, per night, Dec. 15-20. There is a minimum 3-night stay. In addition to the three nights of lodging, you get a lift ticket (two per bedroom), and a $50 resort gift card with each package booked. 

SnoCountry Vacations’ Deal of the Week offers weekly specials on lift and lodging deals to more than 35 winter destination across the U.S. and Canada. Complete vacations are available including airfare, lodging, rental car, lift tickets, equipment rentals, lessons, and excursions. SnoCountry Vacations’ Mountain Madness Sale offers up to 33 percent off homes, condos, and vacation rentals in Vail, Aspen and Park City. 


Summit County, Colorado’s Breckenridge and Keystone want you and the family to save 20 percent on lodging for a stay of two or more nights, Nov. 9-Dec. 13. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Keystone or the Lighting of Breckenridge. 

Accommodations through Wyndham Vacation Rentals range from townhomes to lodges to chalets to villas, sleeping 4-11 people, offering fully-equipped kitchens and close proximity to restaurants, slopes and shops. Book online using promo code SNOW20 to save.

Big budget skiers can take advantage of Aspen’s 5-star, 5-diamond luxury Little Nell hotel deal. Their "Ultimate Ski Free Package"  starts at $905 (based on Jan. rates) per room. This deal – which adds up to about $1,700, hotel spokeswoman Sally Spaulding told SnoCountry.com, includes premium ski/snowboard rentals, a full day of private lessons for up to five people, two lift tickets per day valid at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk or Snowmass, transportation to any of the four mountains, and First Tracks on Aspen Mountain. The 4-night minimum package is valid Dec. 1-April 13, 2013.

Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, has put together a "Chanukah Celebration Package" Dec. 5-16. Package includes accommodations at Silverado Lodge, lift tickets, a special concert by Lipa at Red Pine Lodge Dec. 13, and Sabbath dinner and lunch (including tax and gratuity) at the Bistro at Canyons in the Silverado Lodge. 

Rates start at $157.50 per person, per night with a 4-night minimum (Sat. stay over required). The Bistro is reportedly the first restaurant at a U.S. ski resort to serve American Kosher cuisine Sabbath dinner and Saturday Sabbath lunch throughout the winter season. 

Minnesota’s Lutsen Mountains is offering a “North Shore Holiday Package” from $109 + tax per person, based on quad occupancy, 2-night minimum; a 3-night minimum applies for Dec. 21-23 arrivals.  It is valid from Nov. 16-Dec. 25 and includes a $25 gift certificate for use at participating businesses. 

The 5-week period at Lutsen will feature themed events and activities at the region’s shops and restaurants. Get your holiday shopping done early while enjoying a day on the slopes. Lutsen guarantees 20 runs will be open by the first weekend in Dec.

West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort offers a Stay & Ski deal throughout the ski season until March 30, 2013. Purchase a 3-night stay at any qualifying Snowshoe Mountain lodging unit with accompanying lift tickets and get the fourth night free. Some holiday blackout dates (Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2013, Jan. 18-20, 2013, Feb. 15-17, 2013) apply. Rates begin at $114 per person, per day. 

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt., features a “Countdown to Winter” package which, if booked by Nov. 30, entitles you to 20 percent off peak rates in the ski-in, ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge. The 312-room lodge is located at the Spruce Peak at Stowe Alpine Village. 

Season rates start at $249 for studios. Package dates are valid from opening to closing (scheduled for April 21) and there is a 2-night minimum stay required. Blackout dates do apply and offer is based on availability. Book online or call to talk to a reservation rep. Stowe is also offering an early season rate that starts at $239 before Christmas if you book before midnight Nov. 30.

Heading to Canada early season? Check out Banff, Alberta for some ski and stay deals.  Brewster’s Mountain Lodge in downtown Banff saves you 33 percent for a 7-night, 5-day skiing at Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine Village, transportation to any of the three areas and complimentary daily breakfast. Rates start at $92 CAD per person, per night, based on double occupancy.  

The Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a 7-night, 5-day skiing at any of the three ski areas, plus transportation to any of the three. Rates start at $107 CAD per person, per night, based on double occupancy, for a savings of 24 percent. The ski-in/ski-out Sunshine Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of Sunshine Village, offers seven nights, five days of skiing at Sunshine only. Rates start at $110 CAD per person, per night based on two people and offers a complimentary daily breakfast and 2-for-1 rentals. 

Photo: Lutsen lodging (Lutsen Resort)


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