Winter sports are just a few snowfalls away and resorts are gearing up for the season. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts some New England areas will experience more snow and colder temperatures this year than last, which means ski areas will be offering plenty of deals to lure folks back to the slopes.
For the biggest savings, plan in advance, look for senior, military, student and kids discounts and freebies, and ski midweek when you can.
You'll get more for your money booking an all-inclusive ski and stay package. Sign up for ski area email lists to receive members-only coupons and discounts.
(Be sure to read the fine print before you book. Blackout dates often apply and most offers don't include taxes and other fees. If you do see a deal you like, grab it. Some offers are available only for a limited time.)
Purity Spring Resort in New Hampshire has a steal of a deal for family vacations The resort, on Purity Lake in East Madison, has packages starting at about $162 per room, per night, for midweek stays that include lodging and breakfast, lift tickets at King Pine, plus free snowshoeing or cross country skiing on close-by trails. Visitors also have use of the resort's ice skating, indoor pool and fitness center. (King Pine is just 350 vertical feet of skiing on 17 short trails, so it's a good choice for beginning skiers.) kingpine.com/winter-ski-stay-packages.
Inns, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels and motels around Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., offer packages that include a night's lodging, breakfast and a Mt. Sunapee all-mountain lift ticket. Based on double occupancy, prices start at $79 per person, depending on accommodations and dates selected. mountsunapee.com.
Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine offers family-friendly packages. Book a ski & stay package for two or more nights by Nov. 30, and kids in your party get free lift tickets. Packages start at $79 per person. sugarloaf.com/vacation-planning/ winter-packages.
Midweek ski and stay packages at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Mass., start at $45 a night (based on double occupancy), and include lift tickets and lodging. (Some restrictions.) skibutternut.com.
Starting in January 2017, The Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine, will offer family ski weekends (for two adults and two children), which include two nights lodging, lift tickets and unlimited skiing on Saturday and Sunday at Mt. Abram, a four-course dinner and hearty breakfast each day, a one-day tubing pass and a 10 percent discount on lessons and rentals. Prices start at $599. bethelinn.com
The Snowflake Inn in Eaton, N.H., offers a ski and stay package which includes two-nights' lodging, two lift tickets, a three-course dinner for two, two complimentary apres-ski cocktails and full breakfast. prices start at $699. snowvillageinn.com
New offers are posted frequently and skiers with flexible schedules can find discounts of as much as 50 percent on resort and lift packages at Killington, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Mount Snow and other resorts at LastMinuteSkiGetaways.com.
If you're a mom who can only get away for a day, Smugglers' Notch Resort in Smugglers' Notch, Vt., offers Women's Wild Wednesdays. Women get full-day, three-mountain lift tickets for half-price — plus 50 percent off full-day child care. Information: smuggs.com.
You can find a changing mix of savings on lift tickets and ski-and-stay packages with the Liftopia mobile app.