Spring Fever: Resorts Across No. America Offer Family, Adult Package Specials
Skiers and riders everywhere around this time of year can relate to Mark Twain’s definition of spring fever. Not only are days sunnier, snow softer, and filled with end-of-season events, but resorts traditionally begin to lower lift ticket prices and offer money-saving ski and stay lodging packages that lure families, couples, and singles.
Check out your favorite area’s website for a complete listing of events and packages. Then, pack the gear and head for the hills. Here are but a few examples of what’s available.
BC’s Whistler Blackcomb has ski and stay packages are based on two adults sharing a hotel room from March 1 – April 12, 2012. Package includes accommodation for four nights and a three-day lift ticket per person. Rates start at $132 CAD per person, per night, exclusive of taxes, fees. Want to come after April 13? Same package from $91 CAD per person, per night. Package must be booked a minimum of three days prior to arrival.
“Receiving an average of over 34 feet of snow a year, Whistler Blackcomb consistently has one of the best snow bases in North America,” Whistler’s Peter Lonergan told SnoCountry.com. “The amazing snow base, coupled with over 1200 acres of groomed runs a day and sunny skies, makes Whistler Blackcomb’s spring skiing second to none.”
Take advantage of two great spring deals at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming’s Teton Mountains. Have a 2011/12 valid season pass from a U.S. or Canadian ski resort? Use it to ski free at Grand Targhee when booking a minimum three-night lodging package. (Be sure you mention your pass when booking.) You get one free lift pass per passholder for every night booked.
No season pass? You don’t have to miss out on a lodging deal with the resort’s three-night minimum Stay & Ski Packages that start at $78 per person, per night, based on quad occupancy in the Targhee Lodge. Package includes lifts and lodging; fees and taxes are extra.
Got the wintertime blahs and can’t wait for spring? Get a head start with this package from Crested Butte in Colorado. Stay at the Elevation Hotel & Spa where you buy one night and receive the second night free. Rooms begin at $229 per night, plus taxes and fees. Offer is valid March 23-April 7, 2012.
The 11,000-square-foot Spa & Fitness Center features multiple treatment rooms, where you can enjoy a relaxing facial, massage, or body treatment at the spa. Looking for a workout? The fitness center has cardiovascular machines, strength training equipment, and a sauna.
The ski-in/ski-out an hotel is just steps away from the lifts and features an indoor heated pool and hot tub, ski valet and complimentary ski storage, and rental and retail ski and snowboard shop.
Escape to Beaver Creek, Colo., and save up to 50 percent off between now and April 15, 2012. Hotel room rates start at $105 per person per night at the RockResort’s Pines Lodge.
“Spring skiing and riding at Beaver Creek provide not only some of the best conditions on the slopes with March being our snowiest month, but it’s also the perfect time to come out of winter hibernation, play in the sun and end your day with après ski on outdoor decks, complete with live bands, excellent company and great food,” Beaver Creek’s Jen Brown told us.
Want more of an incentive to visit Beaver Creek or Vail? Take advantage of the Kids Fly Free program. For each paid adult fare (age 18 and above) for flights into Eagle Airport, purchased in conjunction with select lodging, American Airlines is offering one free ticket for children ages 2 through 12. Children also receive free skiing or snowboarding at Vail and Beaver Creek with a paying adult, as well as free lodging with a paying adult at select properties through Vail Beaver Creek Reservations.
Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, is offering several ski and stay packages this spring, including two family deals. The Exceptional Value Family Package includes a stay at the Lodges at Deer Valley for a minimum of three nights from Feb. 25-March 8, 2012 where there’s a 15 percent discount on lodging and lift tickets.
Book the Maximum Value Family Package for a minimum of four nights and receive 25 percent off lodging and adult lift tickets, plus one night free and one free day of skiing for paying adults. This package is valid April 9-15, 2012. Both packages let kids ski free and receive a 25 percent discount on ski rentals. Lodge amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, free hot breakfast buffet, on-site ski rental shop, and complimentary in-town shuttle.
Michigan’s Boyne Highlands in the Lower Peninsula offers a lodging package around its Brew Ski Festival, Sat., March 10. Sample more than 100 beer varieties in the festival tent at the base of the slopes from noon-5 p.m. The weekend package includes two nights of lodging, breakfast daily, and two-day lift tickets. Friday night includes an hors d’oeuvres reception, t-shirt, mug, and five drink tickets starting at $238 per person.
Waterville Valley in New Hampshire will be open through Easter Sunday, April 8. Take advantage of continuing daily lift ticket deals, such as 2-for-1 tickets Monday or Temperature Tuesday based on the low temp recorded Monday afternoon. Purchase a two- or three-night non-holiday, midweek lift and lodging package and get one additional night and day of skiing free from $79 through the end of March.
The Exceptional Value Ski Weekend is good through April, where you can check in early Friday (after 12:30 p.m.), ski free Friday afternoon, check out late Sunday (up to 3 p.m.), and get two-day lift tickets Saturday and Sunday for $187. (Both package prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy.)
The Snow Blind Package at Killington (http://www.killington.com/winter/index.html), Vt., lets guests save up to 40 percent off lodging and 25 percent off list tickets. The catch? You don’t know the name of the lodging property where you will stay until you’ve booked your reservation.
March and April find several ski and stay packages available at Maine’s Sunday River in Newry. Weekend Packages start at $109 per person, per night through March. Canadian Vacation Weeks run March 4-23 from $89 per person, per night; and Parrothead Weekend from $109 per person, per night is April 6-8. All packages include lift tickets, lodging, and a half-day ski/ride clinic per night booked.
Sunday River’s Darcy Morse summed up how most skiers and riders feel about this time of year on the slopes: “Best part about spring skiing – the skiing.”
Spring Skiing at Killington
Spring Skiing at Whistler / Randy Lincks