Image: A skier on the slopes at Grand Targhee Resort
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The Ski Free package at Spring Creek Ranch includes accommodations, two lift tickets to Grand Targhee Resort, and more. Rates start at $175 per room per night.
updated 12/4/2008 10:31:48 AM ET 2008-12-04T15:31:48

We've gathered a flurry of affordable packages for ski bunnies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Crested Butte, Colo., from $125 per room per night
Book the "stay and ski for free" package from the Elk Mountain Lodge: accommodations in a room with a king bed and a mountain view, breakfast daily, and lift tickets for two days (lift tickets are valued at $118). Crested Butte is about an hour south of Aspen. Rates start at $125 per room per night, or $250 for the required two-night stay.

When: Nov. 26–Dec. 17, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a two-night stay. Lift tickets must be preordered at least three days prior to arrival.

Contact: 800/374-6521, elkmountainlodge.net.

Reno/Lake Tahoe, from $138 per room per night
Eighteen ski resorts in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area are offering customizable packages. The lowest rate of $138 per room per night is available at the Montego Bay Wing of the Peppermill Resort in Reno. It covers accommodations and two lift tickets (a $128 value) for the Mount Rose Ski Resort in Tahoe, about 25 minutes away. The hotel offers free shuttle service to the Reno airport and some of the ski resorts, but not to Mount Rose—transportation to that resort will cost $15 per person each way, but the hotel will arrange it for you. Rates start at $138 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Detail: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Breakfast not included.

Contact: 866/926-4653, peppermillreno.com.

Jim Thorpe, Pa., from $149 per room per night
The Ski and Stay package at the Inn at Jim Thorpe includes accommodations, one lift ticket (a $43 value), and breakfast. You can choose a pass to either Blue Mountain or Jack Frost Big Boulder. Jim Thorpe, Pa., is in the Poconos Mountains, about an hour's drive from Allentown. Rates start at $149 per room per night, or $298 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through March 31, 2009.

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Details: Includes all taxes. Based on single or double occupancy. Kids 6 and under stay for free; kids 7 and up will be charged the adult rate.

Contact: 800/329-2599, innjtpackages.com.

Waterville Valley, N.H., from $154 per room per night
About a two-hour drive from Boston, Waterville Valley Resorts are offering the Snow-vember/December Kick-off package. Two nights' accommodations and a two-day lift ticket (a value of $61) are included. You can choose from three hotels in the area: Black Bear Lodge, Golden Eagle Lodge, and the Snowy Owl Inn. You might want to time your visit to the Northern Lights fireworks celebration on November 28. Rates start at $154 per room per night, or $308 for the required two-night stay.

When: Nov. 1–Dec. 21, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 8 percent. Based on double or single occupancy. Kids under 18 stay for free.

Contact: 800/468-2553, visitwatervillevalley.com.

Jackson, Wyo., from $175 per room per night
The Ski Free package at Spring Creek Ranch includes accommodations, two lift tickets to Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (up to a $174 value), breakfast at the Granary restaurant, and a complimentary shuttle to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (about four miles away) or to town. Rates start at $175 per room per night, a savings of 50 percent off the normal room rate.

When: Through April 1, 2009. Note that rates will be higher in February and March.

Details: Does not include taxes of 6 percent or a resort fee of $20 per night. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $295 per room per night. Ask for the Ski Free package when booking.

Contact: 800/443-6139, springcreekranch.com.

Boyne, Mich., from $212 per room per night
The Boyne's Great Escape package includes accommodations, lift tickets (a $251 value), three meals a day, and 1 two-hour group ski or snowboard lesson per day. You'll stay at either Boyne Mountain or the Boyne Highlands Resort. Boyne is about three hours from Grand Rapids. Rates start at $212 per room per night, or $1,058 for the required five-night stay—this represents a savings of more than 50 percent when compared to the cost of purchasing all the package components separately.

When: Jan. 4-March 20, 2009. Not available Feb. 15-19.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $147 per room per night. Requires a five-night stay with a Sunday check-in. Lessons are only for guests 13 and up. Kids 8 and under stay and ski for free; kids between 9 and 12 are an additional $41 per night. Use promo code SKWK.

Contact: 800/462-6963, boyne.com.

Dixville Notch, N.H., from $178 per room per night
The Ski Free package at the Balsams Grand Resort covers accommodations, breakfast daily, lift tickets (a $66 value), and trail passes (a $30 value) for cross-country skiing. The resort is in New Hampshire's White Mountains, about four hours by car from Boston. Rates start at $178 per room per night.

When: Jan. 1–March 31, 2009; excludes all holidays.

Details: Does not include taxes of 23 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $139 per room per night. Use promo code SKIFREE. Sunday through Thursday bookings only.

Contact: 877/225-7267, thebalsams.com.

Camden, Maine, from $180 per room per night
Accommodations at the Hartstone Inn, 2 one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at Camden Snow Bowl, breakfasts, and a dinner are included. Rates start at $180 per room per night, or $360 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Feb. 28, 2009.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 800/788-4823, hartstoneinn.com.

Glenwood Springs, Colo., from $186 per room per night
Sunlight Mountain Resort has a Ski, Swim & Stay package that includes accommodations, two adult lift tickets (a $100 value), and two adult passes to the Hot Springs Pool (a $34 value). You'll save 10 percent when you book these all together. We identified the $186 rate at the Starlight Lodge, but there are a bunch of hotels participating; check the reservations tool for more options.

When: Dec. 5, 2008–April 5, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $131 per room per night. Kids under 18 stay free but will have to pay for lift tickets and pool passes. Some properties include breakfast, although the Starlight Lodge does not.

Contact: Glenwood Springs Chamber & Resort Association, 888/445-3696, glenwoodchamber.com.

Bondville, Vt., from $198 per room per night
Accommodations at the Inn at Stratton Mountain, lift tickets, equipment rental, and breakfast and lunch daily are included.

When: Dec. 1-16, 2008; March 22-April 12, 2009.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 800/787-2886, stratton.com.

Hot Springs, Va., from $199 per room per night
The Family Ski Free package at the Homestead includes accommodations and a lift ticket for each guest (up to a $195 value for a family of four) for every night of the stay. You can add breakfast and dinner; the starting rate will go up to $375 per room per night, a savings of 20 percent. Hot Springs is about three hours from Richmond, Va., near the West Virginia border. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

When: Jan. 2-March 17, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 22 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/838-1766, thehomestead.com.

Lake Harmony, Pa., from $201 per room per night
Accommodations at the Split Rock Resort & Golf Club, breakfast and dinner, and two H20ooohh Indoor Waterpark tickets are included.

When: Through Dec. 23, 2008 and Jan. 1-March 23, 2009.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 800/255-7625, splitrockresort.com.

Smugglers' Notch, Vt., from $230 per room per night
The Club Smugglers' Advantage package provides accommodations in a mountainside condo with a kitchen, as well as daily lift tickets (a five-day lift ticket is normally $254 per person). You can take advantage of free activities at the resort, such as daily ski and snowboard camp, lessons for kids and adult beginners, and guided walks and hikes. Plus, the FunZone family entertainment center has ping-pong tables, slides, a pool, and a hot tub. You'll also receive free lift tickets valid for a future visit (through December 19, 2009). Smugglers' Notch is about an hour outside of Burlington, Vt. Rates start at $230 per room per night, or $1,150 for the required five-night stay. This exact package is also available for shorter stays (two to four nights), starting at $250 per room per night.

When: Dec. 12–20, 2008; Jan. 4–15, Jan 19–24, March 20–April 4, 2009. Other weekends are available at a higher rate.

Details: All taxes included. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 800/419-4615, smuggs.com.

Lake Tahoe, Calif., from $234 per room per night
Accommodations in a studio at the Squaw Valley Lodge, a pair of two-day lift tickets, and a two-hour ski or snowboard lesson for two at Squaw Valley USA are included. Rates start at $234 per room per night, or $468 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 18, 2008.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 866/366-7261, squawvacations.com.

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., from $270 per room per night
The Mammoth Mountain Lift & Lodging package includes a three-day lift ticket (a $166 value) and accommodations. The resort is near Yosemite National Park, about a five-hour drive from San Francisco. The $270 rate reflects lodging at the Mammoth Mountain Inn, but there are upgrades available at Tamarack Lodge & Resort and Juniper Springs Resort (get all lodging information here.) The required three-night stay will be about $810.

When: Dec. 19, 2008–April 16, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or a $28 reservation fee per booking. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a three-night stay. Kids 6 and under ski for free.

Contact: 800/626-6684, mammothmountain.com.

Chittenden, Vt., from $325 per room per night
Accommodations at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort, a snowmobile tour, and ice-skate and cross-country-ski or snowshoe rentals are included. Rates start at $325 per room per night, or $975 for the required three-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 23, 2008; Jan. 5-Feb. 12, 2009.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 800/445-2100, mountaintopinn.com.

White Mountains, N.H., two-night guided trip, from $340 per person
A three-day snowshoeing adventure round trip from Crawford Notch with two nights in huts, snowshoes, meals, and guides.

When: Departs Dec. 19, 2008, Jan. 16, Feb. 14, 27, 2009. Add $80 for Dec. 24 and Jan. 1.

Details: Taxes are additional. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Become a lifetime member of REI for $20, and the trip price goes down to $300 per person.

Contact: REI Adventures, 800/622-2236, reiadventures.com.

Lake Tahoe, Calif., air/hotel, from $399 per person
Southwest Airlines flights to Reno, three nights at the Montbleu Resort Casino, and a three-day Heavenly resort lift ticket.

When: Dec. 1-18, 2008; Jan. 4-Feb. 28, 2009.

Details: Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $139. Add $47 for transfers. The price includes fuel surcharges.

Gateways: L.A.; add $21 for Phoenix, $37 for Chicago, and $56 for St. Louis.

Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.

Whistler, B.C., from $406 per room per night
Includes a stay at the Glacier Lodge & Suites, near the base of Blackcomb Mountain; a four-day Whistler-Blackcomb lift pass (which includes the new Peak 2 Peak Gondola, after Dec. 20); airport transfers; a two-and-a-half-hour snowmobile ride; and a fondue dinner at Bavaria Restaurant. Rates start at $406 per room per night, or about $2,030 for the required five-night stay.

When: Until Dec. 11, 2008; available through April 21, 2009, at slightly higher rates.

Book by: Dec. 15 and get five nights for the price of four.

Details: Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $261 per night.

Contact: Fresh Tracks, 800/667-4744, freshtracks.ca.

Mont-Tremblant, Que., air/hotel, from $1,201 per person
Air Canada or United Airlines flights to Montreal; a five-day car rental with unlimited mileage; five nights at Les Suites Tremblant, at the base of Mont Tremblant; and a five-day lift pass at Mont Tremblant Resort.

When: Until Dec. 18, 2008; add $113 for Dec. 19-25; $66 for Jan. 5-Feb. 12, 2009; $283 for Feb. 13-21; $652 for Dec. 26-Jan. 4.

Details: Does not include $189 per person in airport taxes and fuel surcharges. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $529.

Gateways: Atlanta, Boston, New York City; add $85 for Chicago, Miami, $189 for L.A.

Contact: Maxxim Vacations, 800/567-6666, maxximvacations.com.

Looking for something else? As usual, Orbitz does a nice job of rounding up hotel stays by interest—see its Ski Travel Deals (you can add lift tickets and ski rentals to your package). Zonder is a good resource for vacation rentals easily searchable by interest. For skiers, the Woods Manor condo in Breckenridge, Colo., would be a good choice. The condo has a kitchen and sleeps up to six people; rates start at $125 per reservation per night.

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