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Early season lodging just got a little cheaper

Randy Wyrick
Speical to the DailyHotels and lodges of all kinds are running early season specials.

Visitors can save up to 40 percent on lodging and skiing starting on Friday’s opening day through Dec. 13. The lodging/skiing package will run you $306 if four of you stay in a two bedroom condo. You have to buy it online seven days in advance at vail.com.

Prices jump to $535 for five days and five nights if four of you stay in a two-bedroom condo. Book it at vail.com.

Go ahead and volunteer to work weekends and take your days off in the middle of the week.

Here’s why.

You can ski three days and stay three nights for $214 per person, if four of you stay in a two-bedroom condo during the week. You have to purchase this one seven days in advance, too, and it ends Dec. 13 so get moving.

If you can’t make the early season specials, hang in there until just after the first of the year. From Jan. 4 through Feb. 7, the three-day/three-night mid-week deal jumps up to $286 per person. It’s based on availability, although the snow is usually more dependable a month and a half into the ski season.

If it has to be March, when the snow is at its best, you’ll pay about $378 for that three-day deal. The same advance-purchase restrictions apply.

With a blizzard pounding the Vail Valley, early season skiing conditions just got a lot better and so did early season airline prices.

Delta Airlines most major carriers cut leisure fares on flights through Dec. 12. The deals don’t apply to the busiest days around Thanksgiving and may sell out quickly. The timing of the fare sale caught analysts off-guard, coming just over a week after

Delta and American Airlines raised fares on most of their U.S. routes.

“I see good fares in Eagle and Denver,” said Jan Strauch of Overland and Express Travel in Edwards and Avon as he checked his computer lists. “The rates are 10-15 percent less than a few weeks ago.”

American ” a unit of AMR Corp. ” Continental Airlines Inc., UAL Corp.’s United Airlines, Northwest Airlines Corp., US Airways Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. matched the fare sale on Monday. Two weeks ago, Southwest Airlines Co. launched a sale through March, but the Dallas-based carrier cut some fares again to match Delta, said spokeswoman Beth Harbin.

“It bodes well for the community for the immediate future,” Strauch said. “We have snow and that should help fill up the planes, but the airlines seem to want to get a jump start on the season.”

On Nov. 2, American and Delta imposed a broad $10 per round trip fare increase on business and leisure fares. The increase was matched by most other U.S. carriers.

U.S. airlines have enacted nearly two dozen widespread fare increase in the past two years, according to analysts. Airlines say they need higher fares to cover the cost of jet fuel.

Vail Mountain was once again named North America’s No. 1 ski resort by readers of SKI Magazine. It remains one of the most visited ski resorts in the United States.

Bigger is also better and Vail is the largest single ski mountain in North America with 5,289 acres of terrain featuring seven bowls stretching six miles and intermediate gladed terrain in Blue Sky Basin. The 1,500 acres of corduroy are the most groomed terrain on the planet.

Vail averages 348 inches of snowfall each winter and 300 days of sunshine each year.

Just down the road in Beaver Creek, the National Ski Area Association named the Beav the best overall customer service program. You can get your equipment carried to the mountain, a grooming map will be handed to you, free mountain tours are part of the experience and at the end of the day

you get a warm, fresh chocolate chip cookie.

This is Beaver Creek’s 26th season.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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