Photos: Vancouver, B.C., 2010

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  1. Vancouver, British Columbia, played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Albert Normandin / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A couple strolls through Stanley Park on a spring afternoon near the city's main boat marina. One of the city's most visited parks, visitors can also enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center and zoo at the park. (Joe Mcnally / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Rowers glide past a line of yachts at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.It is said that in Vancouver, it is possible to ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon and take a sunset dip in the Pacific. (Mary Peachin / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Planning to soak up some art while in town? Consider staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which is located right behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. The hotel is located on the VIA Rail route for those who plan to travel to the city by train. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The Granville Island Public Market is perhaps the most well-known market in Vancouver. Dozens of vendors offer food-loving tourists and locals produce, seafood, meats, sweets and European speciatly foods. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The steam-powered Gastown clock blows out clouds of steam during its hourly sounding of Westminister Chimes. Gastown is located in the northeast corner of Vancouver, and is known as the birthplace of the city. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is "acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey," its Web site proclaims. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Totem poles and other artifacts are on display at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The museum, founded in 1949, is world renowned for its collections. (Kevin Arnold / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. While in the city, check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. The bridge spans 450 feet across and is situated 230 feet above the Capilano River. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A totem pole decorates Stanley Park in Vancouver. The park covers about 1,000 acres, and offers residents and tourists a wealth of options, including walking, running or biking the 5.5-mile seawall path, a pitch-and-put golf course and more. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A young girl interacts with a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets for adults cost $22, $17 for seniors (65+) and youths (13-18), $14 for children (4-12) and kids get in free. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Pedestrians walk by Aritizia on Robson Street, the famous shopping street in Vancouver's west end. In the stretch of three blocks, tourists looking for retail therapy can find stores specializing in shoes, clothes, lingeri, candy, souvenirs and luggage, not to mention hair salons, currency exchanges and restaurants. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The Library Square building in Vancouver houses the city's public library. (Danniele Hayes / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Patrons eat in the dining room of Six Acres, a pub and restaurant located in Gastown. Six Acres is "tucked in the oldest brick building in Vancouver," its Web site claims. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A traditional pagoda sits on the shore of a pond in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in the downtown area of Vancouver. Though Canada's third largest city, Vancouver has historically been thought of as the "terminal city," the end of the line and the last remote town before the continent comes to an end at the Pacific Ocean. (Ross Barnett / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Granville Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Vancouver known for its vast assortment of bars, danceclubs and nightlife. The entertainment district is centered on a seven-block stretch of the Granville Mall and immediately surrounding streets. (Tourism Vancouver) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre was built in 1968, and was a gift from the lumber magnate to Vancouver's citizens. If you're visiting Vancouver on a Friday or Saturday night, you can catch laser shows to music from Green Day, Radiohead and Pink Floyd. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Olympic rings are illuminated in the harbor outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver is set on the waterfront of Vancouver. (Stephanie Lamy / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. The Richmond Oval, located south of Vancouver, served as the long-track speed skating venue for the 2010 Winter Games. (Ben Hulse / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Skiers and snowboarders gather on top of Whistler Mountain. Whistler was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic Games. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Norway's Johan Remen Evensensoars through the air during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup skiing event in Whistler, British Columbia, in 2009. The venue was the site of ski jumping events during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. (Darryl Dyck / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Cypress Mountain hosted the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth zooms around a corner during the sixth training run for the World Cup skeleton race in Whistler, B.C., in 2009. (Frank Gunn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. The Vancouver skyline, Burrard Inlet and Lion's Gate bridge is pictured at sunset. The Lion's Gate Bridge connects North and West Vancouver with downtown. The suspension bridge is 5,890 feet in length. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/11/2009 10:35:46 AM ET 2009-02-11T15:35:46

The deal
While the sagging economy may have us thinking twice about a pricey mountain vacation in the Alps, there are plenty of fantastic ski deals available on the home front, and enough snow "dumpings" to keep us schussing down U.S. and Canadian Rocky Mountain slopes, as well as the East Coast's Green Mountain trails, through winter.

We've rounded up our favorite affordable getaways to winter resorts in Jackson Hole, Tahoe, Banff and more, including a five-night, five-day lift ticket package in Killington, with ski lesson, from $62/night.

5-day, 5-night Killington package
For solid New England skiing and snowboarding, we favor Killington for its more than 190 diverse terrain trails that include wide runs, wooded glades and six different terrain parks. You’ll need more than a few days to fully explore the resort’s seven mountains, so we suggest the Five-Day Killington Ski Week package. Early- and late-season packages start at $62/night per person and include five nights’ lodging in a one-bedroom condominium, a five-day lift ticket from Monday through Friday, along with one free adult afternoon group lesson; mid-winter rates start at $82/night.

Snow King condominiums at Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole boasts some of the best skiing in the country, and it’s also a good destination for beginner and intermediate skiers, thanks to soft powdery slopes and wide open bowls. Located in the heart of Wyoming’s white winter hills, the Snow King Resort offers family-friendly ski accommodations, just a short walk from the Jackson town square. The pet-friendly lodge has rooms ranging from studios to suites and offers babysitting or childcare. Rates start at $179 per person, and with the hotel’s wallet-friendly winter promotion, guests who book two consecutive nights through March 14 will receive two extra nights at no additional cost.

Free Ride Home package at Green Mountain Inn
The Green Mountain Inn, located in Stowe, Vt., offers guests 107 rooms, suites and townhouses elegantly decorated with hand-crafted Vermont furnishings. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, be sure to check out the Inn’s two highly praised restaurants and unwind with a dip in the Jacuzzi. For real savings on your winter ski vacation this year, don’t miss the Inn’s Free Ride Home Package, which includes two nights’ lodging, daily breakfast and a $50 gas card. Rates start at $218 per person for a standard room.

3-night Aspen escape at The Gant
Offering luxury condo-style accommodations just a few blocks from downtown Aspen, The Gant is a clutch hotel for convenient access to the area’s four world-class ski resorts of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. The chic mountain resort has two pools and three hot tubs and each room features a balcony or patio, a full kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace. Take advantage of the special three-night air-inclusive package on offer from Orbitz, available from just $384 per person.

Fairmont Banff Springs from $598 a night
This magnificent five-star European-style resort in Canada’s snow-capped Rockies affords a luxurious stay amidst what is arguably some of the world’s most majestic surroundings. Designed after a Scottish castle, Fairmont Banff Springs offers guests 778 beautifully appointed rooms that range from cozy and petite unites to sprawling suites. Rates start at $598 and guests who book a four-night stay through March 31 will also receive a fifth night free.

4-night Beaver Creek ski package
Located next door to Vail, in posh Beaver Creek, this first-class condominium lodge, just 100 yards from the base of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, offers enchanting mountain views and slope-side accommodations that range from lodge rooms to five-bedroom condominiums. Ski-in/ski out facilities, hot tubs, and a spa are some of its other highlights. Spend four nights here before March 29 for just $734 per person.

4-night ski vacation at North Star at Tahoe
Offering 89 ski trails spread across 2,904 acres of diverse terrain, the North Star resort is an excellent destination for all types of winter sports lovers. A great family destination, the resort offers units ranging from hotel-style rooms to three-bedroom condos and amenities like a health club, sauna, swimming pool and hot tub. Book your stay and your airfare together and you’ll save up to 20 percent this winter through Travelocity. Starting at just $665, the offer includes four nights’ accommodations and round-trip flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

4-night special at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Skiers and boarders searching for heaven on earth may find it in the coastal mountains of British Columbia. Canada's top winter resort boasts truly tremendous powder, which is why Whistler is hosting most of the ski events during 2010's Winter Olympic Games. Nestled at the base of the pristine hills, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a lavish world-famous resort and this winter, you’ll get a free night here if you book a three-night stay through March 23.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Hot cocoa not included.

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