The weather outside is frightful...which means ski season is almost here! Since ski season doesn't hit its peak until about early March, you can find some of the best deals now, even with the holidays coming up. So if you need to get away, recharge, and relax before the new year begins and you have to get back to the daily grind, snag one of these deals and enjoy some of the United States' best ski resorts:
1. Jackson Hole, Wyo: Jackson Hole is a veritable outdoorsman’s paradise. As the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, visitors come year round for pristine nature and a secluded setting. It’s also nestled between the Teton Mountains and is home to some of the most challenging skiing in the country. Special all-inclusive deals are being offered from most major American cities: Starting at less than $900, you can get four nights of lodging, three days of skiing and roundtrip airfare. Considering lift tickets start at $95, that’s an outrageous deal! Most hotels in town participate, so there’s something for everyone from families to travelers on a budget. Couples should consider the Rusty Parrot Lodge, which has an on-site spa, outdoor Jacuzzi and fire pits, and convenient location that makes getting to Jackson’s shops and restaurants easy.
DEAL: All-inclusive package: four nights of lodging, three days of skiing and roundtrip airfare included in price.
PRICE: $780 to $880.
2. Vail, Colo. As the largest single-mountain ski resort in the country, Vail is about as well-known as it gets when it comes to hitting the slopes. The terrain is varied for all degrees of skiing expertise, from easier trails on the Front Side to expert-only runs on the Back Bowls. Once the sun sets, skiers kick off their boots and take advantage of Vail Village’s killer nightlife and dining options. To entice visitors to stick around, the Vail Tourism Board offers a special deal where booking at least three to six days will earn guests a free day of skiing and night of lodging. Families needing space or couple looking for romance should check out the Ritz-Carlton Residences, where the storied name does not disappoint: huge residence style units with decadent marble bathrooms and a large outdoor year-round pool deck make it stand out. Those traveling on more of a budget should check out the Vail Mountain Lodge or Austria Haus Hotel.
DEAL: Book three to six days and earn a free day of lodging and skiing for free.
PRICE: Starts at $199 per night.