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January 13, 2009

Deals at Top Ski Lodges This Winter

Post_hotel_spa The Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise, Alberta, was rated the #1 ski hotel in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

by Wendy Perrin

If I weren't bound for the Caribbean next month, I'd be phoning one of the ski-vacation specialists over at Ski.com--the largest seller of mountain travel in North America and my favorite source for ski deals--and hitting the slopes.

Since there's such a huge array of ski mountains and lodges to choose from, I thought it might help if I pointed you to the best deals available right now at the top ten ski hotels chosen by the discriminating snow hounds who read Conde Nast Traveler. (For the full results of our 2008 Ski Poll, including the top 20 ski resorts and top 50 ski hotels, plus a Q&A with former World Cup mogul pro Caleb Martin, click here). Note what a great deal Canadian lodges are right now:

1. Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta Get a fourth night free for stays from February 16 through May 18. Rack rates start at $275, depending on date of stay. Book directly through the hotel by calling 800-661-1586.

2. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Whistler, B.C.  If you book by January 31 through the hotel's site, you get the equivalent of your fifth night free: You get 10 percent off a three-night stay, 15 percent off a four-night stay, or 20 percent off a five-night stay, through April 25, subject to blackout dates.

3. Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get a fourth night free through April 5. If you go before Jan 28, this deal knocks the standard room rate of $395 down to $296/night for a four-night stay.

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December 30, 2006

Family Ski Trip In February

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By Wendy Perrin

Sorry I've been gone awhile. My husband threatened that if he caught me blogging over the holidays he'd stuff me up the chimney with no earplugs. (Yes, the chimney next to the new drum set on which Doug's been banging out "Jingle Bells" nonstop since Christmas.)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the family with 4 kids who had to cancel their ski trip to Smugglers' Notch, VT--where there's little snow--and find an alternate resort with plenty of powder and last-minute availability. They ended up in Breckenridge, CO. Reader Kate224 wrote in:

"We're also thinking about a family ski trip this winter and are concerned about the lack of snow on the East Coast (we live in Boston). I have three small children and have been reading reviews of family-friendly ski resorts at WeJustGotBack.com. Based on its review of Copper Mountain in CO., I'm thinking of booking for early Feb. I would love to book Smugglers' Notch again (we went last year and loved it), but I would feel better if we got some snow first."

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December 16, 2006

Last-Minute Family Ski Vacation

By Wendy Perrin

Yesterday I got a call from a friend of a friend.  She and her husband and four kids live in Washington, D.C., and were scheduled to fly today to Burlington, VT., for a family ski trip to Smuggler's Notch.  The problem: There's hardly any snow.  She wanted to cancel and switch to some other ski resort.  But it's the week before Christmas, so hardly anything's available.

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September 24, 2006

Travel To Japan

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Photo: Kusatsu Onsen Resort

By Wendy Perrin

Question from a reader:

"Do you know a travel agent who specializes in Japan?  I've been trying to find a list of accommodations near a ski resort that we want to go to."

Have you tried the Japan National Tourist Organization?  It has tons of great info about accommodations.  If all you need is a hotel room, there's no reason to use a travel agent.  But if you want a start-to-finish itinerary, the best person for the job is Nancy Craft of Esprit Travel & Tours.  I've heard nothing but raves about her from every Conde Nast Traveler reader I've sent her way. Bon voyage!