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Ski Hotels 2008: A Swanky Swiss Hotel

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  Site Where: King's Verbier, Verbier, Switzerland, 1936
March 5, 2008 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some of our editors have sort-of stopped thinking about skiing and are praying for spring to start for realz. But there's plenty of snow to still be had, including in Europe. The Nevai, with its vaguely snow-referencing name, would be our pick as totally pretentious enough for swanky Verbier in the Swiss Alps.

From the owner's of the King's Parc Hotel, Nevai opened its 33 rooms and 2 suites in late December 2007. Obviously, a restaurant, bar and spa are all on-site. The most basic room starts at $265 a night during the week; there's a three-night minimum over weekends, when rates start at $409. Compared to Richard Branson's Lodge at Verbier this is a deal.

Just a reminder that if you're gonna do off-piste skiing in the spring: You better know what you're doing. Enjoying your chic digs is hard when you're the one who triggered an avalanche.

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Ski Hotels 2008: Ski and Sleep Vail for Under $500

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  Site Where: 174 East Gore Creek Dr. [map], Vail, CO, United States, 81657
February 14, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, the writers' strike may be over, but it'll still be at least a few weeks before your favorite shows come back. Kill that time and get one last gasp of exercise with the "Skier's Escape" package from The Lodge at Vail.

The deal includes three nights accommodations, two three-day lift tickets and breakfast daily at the hotel set in the heart of Vail village. (Your lift tix are good at both Vail and Beaver Creek.) Rates start at $1,272, and obviously there are some blackout dates. Still, getting a room and a day of skiing for $424 isn't bad, given that one day at Vail costs $92.

It's worth noting that the hotel's Spa is scheduled to open next month, so book later rather than earlier if that's a priority. The Skier's Escape package is available until April 19.

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Ski Hotels 2008: Faded But Fun at Cal Neva Resort

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  Site Where: 2 Stateline Rd [map], Crystal Bay, NV, United States, 89402
February 5, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It may not be quite what it was in its hey day, but the Cal Neva Resort is still offering some reasonable ski packages. If you're not looking for five-star luxury, but instead would like to check out a place that used to be owned by Frank Sinatra, and perhaps sleep in a cabin once occupied by Marilyn Monroe--and get a bit of skiing in--then it's worth checking the Cal Neva.

At the moment they have a Ski the Lake package which starts at $119 per night. That base package is for a single person at the Diamond Peak incline; if you want to ski Northstar or Squaw Valley USA, add $20. More likely, you'll be interested in the $189 package for two people--that includes accommodation, two lift tickets and $10 food credit.

These deals are valid every day (except holidays) through until the end of March 2008. Just remember, don't expect some fancy place, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

[Photo: Erniewalll]

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Ski Hotels 2008: La Posada's Two Night Special

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  Site Where: 330 East Palace Ave. [map], Santa Fe, NM, United States, 87501
January 28, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last time we heard from La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa they wanted us to drop some serious coin on art to score a free night. Now they've put together a much more reasonable package for ski bums. Two days worth of lift tickets, breakfasts and accommodations for two are starting at $476 a night, and you'll get a massage, too.

The Ski Santa Fe resort is just 16 miles north of town, situated on a 12,053-foot-high mountain. That gives 'em plenty of room for 67 runs and a 1,700+ vertical drop. Right now, temperatures are just below freezing, and there's five feet of snow on the ground.

The hotel deal nets you a 10 percent savings over what you'd pay a la carte. (Your "resort fee" and parking are included in the price.) The only problem, of course, is that you'll have to fight over who gets that single massage.

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Good Rate :: Northeast Ski Package Deals From Travelocity

January 22, 2008 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same region (or this time, around the same activity) and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on January 22, 2008 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

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Skiing is hard enough without having to sort through math problems ahead of time. That's why we like this one-page rundown of Northeast ski deals from Travelocity. Most are simple "ski and stay" packages at quality hotels and resorts around Stowe, Lake Placid, and Stratton.

To see how many restrictions we would run into, we ran a few searches from different cities in the southern U.S. and scored more often than not. We found a sub-$600 deal for four nights around Valentine's Day from both Nashville and Atlanta for the Green Mountain Inn at Stowe. We were getting prices around $900 for packages to New Hampshire's White Mountains from Dulles Airport and Charlotte, but the package did include a one-day lift ticket.

Naturally there is going to be a lot of fluctuation on these deals depending on flight prices from your airport, but you don't have to read any fine print or call a reservation agent to check the bottom line pricing.

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Bad Rate :: Bait and Switch Ski Packages in Park City

January 22, 2008 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same region (or this time, around the same activity) and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on January 22, 2008 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

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Trying to decipher ski package deal options can require a day off from work, a calculator that handles formulas, and a handy spreadsheet. (One running in Aspen right now requires booking within 12 hours of a 12-inch snowstorm. Do we look like Weather Channel addicts?)

Many advertised deals are just a play on the old reliable bait-and-switch, however. Promise a fantastic deal in bold type, then follow it up with the real prices in small print and enough restrictions to confuse an attorney. Take the deal running this season at Park City, Utah.

The come-on sounds attractive: "$99 Nightly, Lodging and Daily Ski Tickets!" You have to read the fine print to figure out that this is indeed too good to be true. You can only get this rate by putting four people in a two-bedroom condo, booking for a minimum of 4 nights, and avoiding the 16 days of blackouts.

Of course this is the lowest category on their option menu too, which probably means a fading unit far from the slopes. (Hopefully no paneling in the living room or macrame art on the wall.) You'll pay quite a bit more per person to upgrade to a nicer condo in a better location.

If you are between jobs and have lots of time to sort all this out (there are no direct links to lodging options from the deals page), one of the packages could still end up being a decent find for the budget. But we only have so many hours in a day....

[Photo: Carriage House condos in Park City]

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Cubicle Dreamin': A Ski Day in Aspen

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  Site Where: 435 W. Main Street [map], Aspen, CO, United States, 81611
January 10, 2008 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Contributing Editor NatalieWW hits the slopes...in her mind. Enjoy.

With much of the Western U.S experiencing dramatic snowfall, I just couldn't help myself. I took a sick day (shh! don't tell the boss) and headed three hours up into the mountains (yes, Arizona has mountains) for some skiing. But one day just wasn't enough. Having returned to my cubicle and the relentless sunshine of Phoenix, I am dreaming today of downy powder and rolling, wide-open groomers -- but this time, with better digs.

I'm thinking somewhere like the L'Auberge d'Aspen at Aspen/Snowmass. Each "fabulously styled" cabin has a real wood-burning fireplace, down comforters, hand-crafted furniture, kitchenette and individually-themed décor. Oh -- and everybody's favorite accessory -- antler chandeliers. Most rooms have what I consider a necessity for a ski cabin, your own private Jacuzzi.

I believe I would go for Club Cottage #22, The Bells. The theme is Ralph Lauren-meets-Robert Redford, with dark woods, high beamed ceilings, overstuffed leather sofa, and romantic iron headboard. I think I'm feeling another sore throat coming on....

[Photo: ChrisWotipka]

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Ski Hotels 2008: The Westin Monache Is Now Open

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  Site Where: 50 Hillside Drive · PO Box 388 [map], Mammoth Lakes, CA, United States, 93546
January 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Over the weekend, Angelenos prepped themselves for the "storm of the century" or so it seemed according to local news reports.

While we awaited four days of constant rain, all we got was one and a half day of gusty downpour that came on Friday and then later on Sunday. Total let-down of course. But the folks up in Mammoth were blessed with nearly 85-inches of snow. Time to get the homeys together for some fakie practice.

And if you want to head up and check out the powder, the Westin Monache Resort is now open. Early! The hotel was originally scheduled to open in the fall. Then we got word of a January 15th opening. But something changed and the hotel opened the first week of December.

The hotel had rooms available for Jan. 18-20 starting at $529 for a deluxe suite and moving up to $979 for a two-bedroom suite. But we had to call the hotel directly to get those rates. The website was showing no availability.

The Reno-Gazette Journal recently reviewed the place and despite testing out everything offered in the first-ever Westin condotel, here's what they said they would miss the most:

As I pack at the end of my Westin weekend, I don’t covet the flat screen TVs or the chi-chi throw pillows or even the dozen delicate Champagne flutes that room service obligingly sent up when I threw an impromptu cocktail party.

No, it’s the bed — ah, sweet bower! — that is the object of my affection. What if a down pillow “fell” into my suitcase, I wonder? What if the top sheet got “mixed in” with my mufflers? What if the duvet did a dash?

Surely the folks at the Westin will understand, I think naughtily. After all, they love linens, don’t they?

[Photo: TJ Yerke/Reno-Gazette Journal]

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Ski Hotels 2008: Low Brow, High Brow in Big Sky

January 7, 2008 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like the New York Times is taking a play out of our playbook. The paper has taken its reviews of Big Sky Resort and overlaid the information on a map. (Nevermind that our maps are the interactive Google variety while the Times is using a PDF.)

The two hotels mentioned are at either end of the budget spectrum. The ritzy choice is the Summit at Big Sky which starts at $210 a night and offers slope-side rooms, studios and condos. It also comes with what the hotel calls a "swimming pool size hot tub," which sounds pretty awesome.

On the budget end of things, the Times says the Whitewater Inn is the way to go. You'll find it 12 miles from the mountain and probably booked up, since it only has 12 rooms. Still, if you can get in, rates start at $138 and include free WiFi, in case you can't skip work to go skiing.

[Photo from a Summit at Big Sky room: TripAdvisor]