Stimulating the Slopes
|SEE THE LIGHT: Crested Butte, one of Colorados best-kept secrets for now (Joseph Rehana/courtesy, Crested Butte Resort.)|
Thanks to strong competition between rival airlines flying into Denver, many of Colorado's 22 resorts can be accessed inexpensively. And resorts like Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which are more difficult to reach, have attractive incentives to combat what may be costlier travel.
"Our resorts are aware of what's happening in the economy and have answered with creative packages and deals to help visitors recession-proof their Colorado ski vacation," Colorado Ski Country's Jennifer Rudolph explains. "We are hopeful that skiers and riders will continue to take advantage of what Colorado has to offermore snow, more resorts, and more value."
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte had a record 421 inches of snow last winter and reported an impressive 100-inch base on closing day. And due to expanded air service to the regional airport, chances are the Crested Butte secret will get out this winter. Delta Airlines will offer direct service from Atlanta and Salt Lake City, American Airlines is adding service from Chicago, and United expands service from Denver, making for easier connections.
Complementing its enhanced accessibility, Crested Butte seeks to become more affordable for families. The Friends and Family Fly Free program is a buy-two, get-three deal on airline tickets. Those seeking extra savings should hit the slopes between November 26 and December 15, when they'll ski free with lodging at participating properties.
Take advantage of Steamboat Springs' Old West tradition with nonstop flights from nine airports on five airlinesand the free Steamboat Springs Transit means you can cross the car rental fees off of the expense list. Children under 12 also fly free, midweek, during specified periods for each adult airline ticket purchased on both American and Northwest when booked through the resort's central reservation booking service.
This season, Steamboat offers a $25 prepaid American Express card per booked airline seat to offset excess baggage fees. And, in a rare move for a ski resort, they are serving up a ten percent discount for holiday bookings from December 19 to January 4, and from February 13 to February 18.
Copper Mountain is a convenient 75 miles west of Denver. The self-contained resort also means once you're there, you're thereeliminating the need for a car rental.
This year the resort offers free lodging for children 12 and under, and 20 percent savings on four-night lift-and-lodging packages, starting at $114 per person, per night. To qualify for this Freedom Package, booking must be made by November 23 through Copper Mountain Lodging Services. You can also get 20 percent off rental equipment when vacations are booked through the resort.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Following a couple of tram-less seasons, this winter marks the highly anticipated debut of the famed resort's new aerial tram with an increased 100-person capacity that'll whisk skiers and boarders up 4,139 vertical feet in just nine minutes. Start making tram laps on December 20.
As if a sparkling new tram isn't enough reason to visit this year, families can further rejoice with the Kids Fly Free, Ski Free, Stay Free package, offered from January 4 to February 13. Children 12 and under fly free on American Airlines, ski for free, and stay for free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (one adult per child is required). This offer is for those flying into Jackson on Sunday through Wednesday and flying out Tuesday through Friday.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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