Hot Deals, Cold Weather

It’s not too late to save with this season’s ski packages

By: Irene Middleman Thomas

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Utah offers ideal conditions
for skiers and snowboarders.
Snow sports in Utah can be surprisingly affordable. With some of the lowest ticket prices in the nation, Utah’s superb skiing and boarding are within reach of almost all budgets.

Here are some of the best value packages on the powdery slopes of Utah for the 2007-08 winter season:

Alta Resort
Alta’s value-priced seven-night Week at the Crystal Inn package is just $106 per person, per night. With the package, your clients will get five days of Super Passes, which are passes at the area of their choice Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton, roundtrip airport transportation and roundtrip ski bus transportation. The Crystal Inn is located about a half-hour from the ski areas by car.

Through Feb. 8, clients can take advantage of Blackjack Condominium Lodge’s January/February Special, which provides Ski in/Ski out to Snowbird at the Blackjack Condominium Lodge, which is situated on the Free Alta Shuttle Route. This seven-night lodging offer includes five days of lift tickets at $179 per person, per day. This rate is for a studio condominium with a queen-size Murphy bed and sofa sleeper, but rates are also available in other classes of units.


The Canyons Resort
Lodging and breakfast for two, along with two free lift tickets, are provided with the Ski Free with Breakfast package valid at The Canyons, Grand Summit, Sundial Lodge or the Silverado. The package must be booked three days in advance and minimum stays may apply. Rates depend upon accommodations chosen.

Available Feb. 1-3 and March 7-9, the Girls Only Holly Flanders package consists of lodging at Grand Summit, Sundial or Silverado, two spa treatments, and lift tickets each day starting at $515 per night.


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The Snowbird Resort averages
500 inches of snow each year.
Deer Valley
Starting at $277 per night, double adult occupancy, the Exceptional Value Package includes three nights’ lodging at The Lodges at Deer Valley and two days skiing at Deer Valley Resort. The package is valid through Jan. 17 and from March 30-April 13. A fifteen percent discount is offered from Jan. 27-Feb. 13. Three-night minimum stays are required for the Exceptional Value Package with a minimum purchase of two adult lift tickets per bedroom.

The Black Bear Lodge, just steps from Silver Lake Lodge, is offering a fifth-night-free deal. Offer is valid through Jan. 31.

Another fifth-night-free offer is provided by Bear Hollow condominiums located in the Kimball Junction neighborhood of Park City. Offer is valid March 1-31.


Snowbird Resort
Guests arriving Sunday through Wednesday, departing Tuesday through Friday, are eligible for the Early Week, Ski Free Special package, offered for a two-night minimum and five-night maximum. Rates start at $149 per person, double occupancy, including passes for the Snowbird tram/chair for each night of stay. The Early Week Special runs until Feb. 14 and again from Feb. 24-April 4.

The Mountain Vacation package covers airport transfers from Salt Lake City International Airport, for at least four nights lodging, with a tram/chair pass each day per adult and a half-day ski or snowboard lesson per adult (16 and up) at Snowbird Mountain School. Per person rates, based on double occupancy, start at $729 at the Inn at Snowbird, $816 at the Lodge at Snowbird and $956 for Cliff Lodge. Rates are offered through April 5.

With a minimum three-night stay, the Late Season Stay and Ski package runs from April 6-May 3, and includes a tram/chair pass per adult, per night. Rates begin at $119 for a north studio at The Inn.


Wolf Mountain
The Easy Going Green package offers five nights lodging in a high-end, two-bedroom condominium with a private hot tub, and your clients will also get one lift ticket for Powder Mountain, one for Snowbasin and one for Wolf Mountain, along with one spa treatment. The Easy Going Green Package is priced at $419 per person, double occupancy.

Also including five nights lodging in a two-bedroom condo, the Blue Bird package gives two Powder Mountain lift tickets, two Snowbasin lift tickets and one Wolf Mountain lift ticket priced at $385 per person, based on quad occupancy. This package is not offered on holidays.

Families of four can take advantage of the Learn to Ski/Board Family package, designed just for them. They’ll stay in a two-bedroom condominium, receive four lift tickets and take a two-hour family skiing or boarding lesson at the resort. Not offered on holidays, the package is priced at $599.