Travel Insight: Book your Ski Vacation now for up to 81% Savings
The end of summer is a joyous time for ski lovers. Snow will be on the mountains before you know it. Serious skiers are already booking the best deals, and now is the time to book according to Lifttopia, the largest online and mobile retailer of deals on lift tickets and other mountain activities. The company has kicked off its pre-season sale with featuring more than 67,000 deals at 70 ski resorts, with prices as low as $5.99 (or 81% off).
Avid skiers know that booking early can put more money in your pocket for extra skiing trips during the season. According to Liftopia, walk-up lift tickets prices continue to increase each season, but advance online deals are becoming more and more popular as resorts shift to a variable pricing structure. Customers who book even a week in advance can save as much as 30 percent off, but many of Liftopia’s customers are planning even farther ahead, and saving big.
So where do you want to ski? A week in each ski destination would be nice, wouldn’t it? So far, online trends at Liftopia are putting New England at the top of the industry again. Last year, New England led the pack as the highest-searched destination on Liftopia (24% of all searches), followed by Utah (17%), Colorado (16%) and NY/NJ/PA (7%).
Hotel plus Lift Tickets Equal Savings
Liftopia also has the exclusive, The Mountain Collective Pass, which is an alliance between ski resorts and Liftopia provide you with even more savings and flexibility by offering a discount on your hotel stay, too. But, if you take the time to search hotels, you will also find that many hotels offer great ski packages, too. And booking right now, is a big bet on savings.
I did a quick search, and found that several hotels have lodging discounts for pre-season sales.
Luxury Ski Resort Deals
Crested Butte offered jaw-dropping deals on Liftopia, and by the time, we run this article those special deals could be sold out, but hotel and condo deals in this small mountain town are still going strong. The Lodge at Mountaineer Square, The Elevation Hotel and Spa, and the Grand Lodge are offering 25 percent off rates if you book by 9/16 and 20 percent if you book a vacation by 10/15. Our own Wes Holland has stayed at the Little Nell in Aspen. This five-star hotel is currently offering a ski free rate where lift tickets for two are included for free, if you book three days or more. The St. Regis Aspen is ready to show the world it’s brand new look after a 40 million dollar renovation. Hello, gorgeous spa! SPG members can get 35 percent off rates with breakfast through the end of the year.
Liftopia certainly has the ski resorts on sale , but I had trouble locating hotel deals. The beautiful Fall season is currently on sale.
CaliforniaThe Hyatt Regency, a Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino a lakefront ski base camp to 16 ski areas are ready for you to book. They are offering a free night with the Sunshine on Sale package. They are also offering an EPIC pass that lets you ski free, if you stay at all three Hyatt Regency ski resorts. This is ski package for Lake Tahoe, Park City in Utah, and Beaver Creek in Colorado.
Do you only have a long weekend to ski? The Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah is giving away double points for booking. If you book by October 15, you will receive HHonors Double points, free internet, continental breakfast and a late check-out. The St. Regis Deer Park Resort also has some sweet deals that include double Starwood points, and for every two nights booked, you get a third night complimentary plus $100 resort credit per stay. I say use that for the spa.
The Four Seasons in Whistler, British Columbia is currently offering the Stay Longer-Third Night Complimentary package. This rate also includes a daily wine reception. For every consecutive two nights you book, you will get the third night complimentary. The hotel also has ski packages that they can put together for your family. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is ready to ring in the ski season with 30 percent off savings if you book by November 15, and the package could include complimentary skiing for the kids during certain times of the year.
That should get you started on helping you plan the perfect ski trip this winter.
Prices and availability on theses ski packages are subject to change.
Photo Credit: Liftopia (Squaw Mountain) Liftopia Aspen (13-A-038), St. Regis Aspen, Liftopia (NE-Sunday River), Liftopia (Diamond Peak) Waldorf Astoria Park City, Fairmont Chateau Whistler
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