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Act now for great deals to ski in Aspen and other ski resorts around Colorado.
updated 11/17/2006 2:28:46 PM ET 2006-11-17T19:28:46

Book by: Nov. 30
Travel by: Various through April 2007

The Deal
The problem with skiing the country’s best slopes is the high price you pay for both alpine and après ski during the winter months. Book one of these four bargains, however, and you’ll be schussing at a savings in no time. We’ve found deals at four righteous resorts in the Colorado Rockies — Vail, Aspen, Telluride, and Steamboat Springs — including air-land vacations from $846 and four-star hotel packages from just $125/night. So whether you want to hob-knob with the beautiful people in Aspen, have a romantic respite in Vail, bring the family to Steamboat Springs, or get hard-core in Telluride, you’ll be enjoying the slopes for less this winter.

Peak-Season Ski Flings in Vail from $846
Peak-season prices have gone downhill for air-land combos in Vail. Travel from Los Angeles to Vail and enjoy several packages available from Expedia, the most notable being a four-night fling at the deluxe Lodge & Spa at Cordillera for $846 per person. This is a savings of $198 over regular cost and is available for a midweek stay between January 8 and January 12, 2007. Of the property, Frommer’s writes, “this luxurious hideaway nestles in 7,500 acres of private forest just 20 minutes west of Vail and Beaver Creek.” The package price skyrockets in February, so we scouted out another deal at a Vail resort — the Evergreen Lodge — for $871 per person. Depart from Los Angeles on February 12 for your four-night jaunt and enjoy self-catering units and convenient access to the lifts and the village.

Save Big at Hip Aspen Hotel This Winter
For the ultimate in winter fabulousness, you need look no further than Aspen. Hit the slopes and mingle with celebs at a fraction of what they’re paying when you book this deal at The Sky Hotel. Book your room before November 30 and pay just $125/night for stays of three nights or more on select dates between December 1 and April 15 — you’ll also get lift tickets for two and a complimentary room upgrade. Regular winter rates run more than $300 per night, so you’ll save big on your room and have money leftover to enjoy all the other creature comforts Aspen has to offer. The Sky is a swish spot with, claims Fodor’s, “sleek style and slopeside locale that make it ideal for those in search of something a bit different. Signature touches like Frette linens, Aveda bath products, and your own bottle of oxygen make the Sky stand out from the rest.”

Terrific Special at Four-Star Telluride Resort
You’ll enjoy your trip to terrific Telluride even more with this hotel special that will save you big bucks. The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, a top-rated property, now offers a great-value ski package for stays between January 2 and February 15. Rates start at only $305/night and get you deluxe lodging plus daily lift tickets per adult. This combo saves you serious dollars — rack rates for an overnight without freebies runs more than $400. Gayot.com writes, “This magnificent resort is surrounded on three sides by 14,000-foot peaks — ergo, its name — and overlooks the quaint, Victorian town of Telluride. Among its guests are serious skiers, equally serious golfers, and Hollywood stars.”

Family Holiday in Steamboat Springs for $866
Ski.com lets you bring the whole family along with this stellar air-land deal. $866 gets you a five-night holiday at Timber Run Condominiums in Colorado’s Steamboat Springs — this low price covers midweek air from Chicago; lodging in a two-bedroom condo; five-day ski lifts; and a rental car to boot. The cost is based on two adults and two children traveling between January 3 and February 14. As a perk, children fly and ski for free! Don’t expect much luxury at this no-frills property but do count on a great location a stone’s throw from the gondola and three miles from downtown Steamboat Springs. The actual price of this package is listed at $1320 so you’re saving quite a chunk of change!

The Dollars
All air-land package pricing is based on double occupancy and excludes air taxes and fees. The quoted prices for hotel deals exclude taxes and service charges. See above for details.

The Catch
Fresh powder not guaranteed!

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