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November 21, 2008

Ski Deals Abound

MSNBC has the lowdown on some good deals:

Those who shop early and aggressively stand to save considerably. Vail Resorts, a company with five luxury properties in top California and Colorado skiing destinations, is offering two money-saving promotions for travelers who book early. The "baggage bailout" deal gives guests a $50 credit when they stay four nights or more and book by Dec. 1.

Avid skiers can also purchase the Epic season pass for $579 until Nov. 15. The pass, which is good for unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Vail Resorts, is a huge savings over a typical $644 seven-day lift ticket.

Under $600 for a season pass at Vail. That is a sick deal

An analysis in a recent issue of the National Ski Areas Association Journal found that strong snowfall often trumps lagging consumer confidence and economic factors. During the 1981-82 season, when the country was experiencing a deep recession, robust snowfall helped the industry rebound to 50.7 million visits from the previous season's dismal number of 39.7 million visits. On the other hand, the industry suffered its second-worst season on record in 1990 when a recession and limited snowfall kept skiers away from the slopes.

"Good snow has the ability to trump all other realities," says Michael Berry, president of the NSAA, a trade organization based in Lakewood, Colo. Berry hopes that early snow will launch the season but doesn't expect business to surpass last season's banner year, during which there were 60.5 million visits to ski areas. As resorts try to drive visits with discounts, Berry says consumers should take advantage earlier rather than later.

Pray for snow.

Posted by Justin at November 21, 2008 10:49 PM

Comments

This is really helpful information - great deals!

I actually went to ASU and lived in Phoenix for several years after that. I wish I would have known about this blog when I was still out West, trying to find good, reasonably priced skiing.

Posted by: Julie at November 24, 2008 01:36 PM

Not sure if my post loaded on my first attempt...

Just wanted to say these are some great deals, and I wish I would have known about this blog while I was going to ASU and afterwards when I was living in Phoenix!

Posted by: Julie at November 24, 2008 01:42 PM

For those interested in getting a good deal on skis, I recently bought discounted pair of Salomon Xwings from summitonline.com. They were originally $1000, but with the discount and the 20% off deal they have going on right now, I got the price way down to $399.

http://sale.summitonline.com/product/142067/

Make sure to use coupon "20offeverything." The coupon is good for anything on the site, so you can get 20% off your whole order, no matter what you buy.

Posted by: Ryan at December 16, 2008 08:55 AM

I found some great deals on Aspen Hotels and their are a lot of sweet deals on packages right now. Some Aspen Vacation packages discount everything....Good time to be skiing too, I heard they are getting hit pretty good!

Posted by: Skier at December 17, 2008 12:57 PM