1st Stop –Big Sky Resort
One of the best early season deals at Big Sky the Frequent Sky Card. $130 gets you a week of free riding when the resort opens. It’s Montana, so you can usually count on two things — a decent base and zero crowds. This year was no different as we caught a nice twelve inch storm in the middle of our free ski week.
What we paid: $130 for seven full day adult tickets.
Repeat This Deal: There’s another free week at the end of the season and the card is still on sale during the season. Click here for more information on the Frequent Sky Card.
Local’s Tip: The biggest (and cheapest) lunch in Big Sky is at the Wrap Shack located in the Meadow Village. Just look for the giant monkey waving a burrito.
Mandatory Sidetrip – Chico Hot Springs
All that early season riding meant more than a few sore muscles so we headed to Chico Hot Springs outside of Yellowstone. For under fifty dollars, we grabbed a room in the historic lodge, which included access fees to the springs. A couple hours in the toasty warm mineral water, with a few trips to the poolside bar, and we were rested up for the next leg of our journey.
What we paid: $49 for a one room bed (bathroom is down the hall)
Repeat this deal: This amazing room deal is available year-round.
Local’s Tip: Olympia beers are usually a buck a can.
2nd Stop – Red Lodge Mountain
The locals call it Rock Dodge Mountain, but with a foot of snow, we didn’t find much to hit other than deep turns at Red Lodge. Two twelve inch storms in less than a week. Told you Montana was ripping. Early season tickets were $39. We plunked down a little extra for a Grizzly Card, which gave us 2 for 1 tickets.
What we paid: $30 bucks for the Grizzly Card, then $78 for four adult day tickets.
Repeat this deal: The Grizzly Card is still on sale. Next 2 for 1 deals are Jan 2-17.
Local’s Tip: The Yodeler Motel is one of the cheapest places in Red Lodge, and walking distance to all the downtown bars and restaurants. You might want to skip the hot tub.]]>
Site: Wolf Mountain, Utah]]>
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]]>
1st Stop: The Canyons, UT on 12/17
2nd Stop: Le Massif, Canada on 12/18
3rd Stop: Ski Apache, NM on 12/23
4th Stop: Andes Tower Hills, MN on 12/24
5th Stop: Apres Ski — Santa Style
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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Valid for unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin all season long for $359 per adult and $159 per child (age 5-12). Only available for purchase until Dec. 16, 2005.
Site: Vail Resorts]]>
Purchase a qualifying flight here on united.com to Colorado, and you’ll receive a FREE lift ticket at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, or Keystone resorts. Valid for flights purchased between October 28, 2005 and February 7, 2006 and for flights completed between January 3, 2006 and February 10, 2006. Last date to redeem lift ticket coupon is February 15, 2006.
SKI FOR JUST $30 A DAY when you purchase 4 or more days of skiing and riding! These are the guaranteed lowest prices on lift tickets for the 05/06 season. Don’t miss this limited time internet offer. To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase your tickets for the ’05/’06 season by December 9, 2005.
Site: Copper Mountain, Colorado]]>
Buy a Mountain Pro Jacket or Mountain Pro Bibs and get a voucher for one free day of riding at either Killington, Mount Snow, Sunday River, Attitash, Sugarloaf, Steamboat, or The Canyons.
We went onto the site and found that the jacket is running for $249 and the bibs are at $179 for both men and women. Here’s a link to the Mountain Pro series. They’ve also got free shipping.
Site: L.L. Bean
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Site: The Canyons, Utah]]>