On a weird side note, I found this photo on the Tataouine Tourism website which is the place where they filmed Star Wars.]]>
We based ourselves out of centrally located Frisco on I-70. Not much of a night life, but it’s less than a 30 minute drive to six different ski areas. And if you need a party, Breckenridge is just a few miles away. Hop onto the free Summit Stage and avoid the heavily patrolled road.
The first two stops, A-Basin and Loveland, tested our cold weather hardiness with those cold Summit County winds keeping temps well below -20. They both had limited terrain open, mostly blue groomers with a lovely three inches of powder covering them.
Winter Park had the most terrain open this early in the season. We spent the day cruising groomers although the trees were tempting. And finally at Copper, we were lucky enough to be first in line for a few rope drops leaving us hungry for more powder.
Here are a few tips from our Summit County sojurn:
Best Lift Ticket Deal: We picked up a couple on-sale Descente Jackets for the season which provide an insane amount of free tickets — and three resorts which are less than an hour from Denver.
Best Runner Up Ticket Deal: The Colorado Gem Card. Our favorite $10 deal period. When we ran out of free tickets, this card got us 2 for 1 at Loveland Basin.
Best Lodging Deal: The cheapest one star motel in Summit County runs around $60. On a weekday. That’s why we swear by Priceline where we came across an astounding $35 Ramada Limited. The rooms, while tiny, come with free Internet and free breakfast.
Best Summit County Perk: The Summit Stage is a free bus takes you just about anywhere you want to go. It runs to all the mountains and goes late enough to get your fill of the bars.
Best Apres-Ski: The Dillon Dam Brewery. $2.50 pints of apps and huge 1/2 price appetizers (or what we call “splurging on a big dinner”)
Best $2 Dinner: That would be Ollie’s Pub & Grub in Frisco. Wednesday night is burger night. Buy a beer, get a $2.00 burger. Fixins are extra — one of our burgers ended up costing a whopping $4 bucks.
For the Return Trip: Stock up on Vitamin Water. Why? Because 10 of these will get you a 10 midweek voucher to Winter Park or Copper.
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We’ve teamed up with Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain to offer our Classic and Classic Plus customers this great two-for-one special on lift tickets! Just bring your Classic or Classic Plus ticket stub to either Winter Park Resort or Copper Mountain within three days of travel and you’ll receive a FREE lift ticket (of equal or lesser value) with the purchase of one adult full-day pass!
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Looks like someone told Vail Resorts about the Utah Quick START Program:
Guests flying into Eagle Airport on a direct commercial flight from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Denver, Miami and Newark between Nov. 20, 2009 and Apr. 11, 2010 can ski or ride for free at Vail and Beaver Creek on their day of arrival. To participate, skiers and riders simply show their same-day boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation at any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window to redeem their free lift ticket valid the day of arrival only.
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What’s better than flying direct from Dallas to Durango and the slopes of Purgatory Mountain? Doing it for Free!
With the purchase of the Purgatory Fly Away Package, including three nights lodging and three days lift tickets from $310 per person (double occupancy), add a round-trip plane ticket for $300 and we’ll include the second for free.
That’s a total of just $920 for a three day vacation to the beautiful Rockies, including air, lifts and lodging for two.
Site: Durango Mountain Resort, Colorado]]>
The first deal is 2 for 1 tickets when you flash your boarding pass at the counter. It’s good up through 2/28. Some of the rules:
♦ Both tickets must be used on the same day at the same resort.
♦ One ticket purchase per boarding pass receipt.
♦ Valid at Winter Park/Mary Jane or Copper Mountain Monday through Friday until April 17, 2006, excluding December 26-31, 2005 and March 13-24, 2006.
♦ Must show valid ID such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport and this ID must match the name on the boarding pass receipt.
Next up is a 5,000 frequent flyer miles (1/3 of a free ticket) on Frontier when you log 15 days on your Rocky Mountain Super Pass. Finally, a rewards program for the dirtbag lifestyle. Hope to see more of these in the future. Click here for more info on that promo.
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Site: Avis Deals]]>