As another ski season snowplows into view, lovers of drifts and slopes and ice and winter have plenty of cold-weather offers to schuss through. For example:
In Quebec, a four-night Mont-Tremblant ski package costs $859 per person, including round-trip air fare to Montreal from Boston or New York. The package includes accommodations, three-day lift passes, and a four-day midsize car rental with unlimited miles, drop charges, and a free ski rack. Call 800-567-6666 or visit www.maxximvacations.com.
While at Tremblant, you may want to make a shivery stop at the new N'Ice Club Mont-Tremblant lounge, made entirely of 100 tons of ice and 1,600 tons of snow. This arched structure has an interior temperature of 28 degrees and can accommodate 250 people at a time. The entrance fee is about $12 and includes a cocktail served in a glass made of ice. The N'Ice Club is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. through March 19 -- and do remove your skis before entering.
Children's Festival Week at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, is scheduled Jan. 8-12, with Nickelodeon characters SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer as special guests. Packages start at $85 per night for adults; while accompanying children get free skiing, lodging, full-day Perfect Turn clinics, and rentals. Day care, normally $35 for a half day, $55 full day, is half-price that week.
Call 800-543-2SKI or visit www.sundayriver.com.
Youngsters also may benefit from an American Airlines Kids Fly Free promotion to Colorado's Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, valid for travel Jan. 2-Feb. 16. One child, age 2-12, flies free per each paying adult booking a package through the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association's reservation center at 800-814-8893 or www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com. Those packages start at $899 per adult and $103 per child 12 and under, and include four nights' lodging in a two-bedroom condominium, three days of lift tickets, air fare from any of the 48 contiguous United States, and round-trip transfers from the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. You will also find United Airlines packages on the website.
A new Value Plus Pass allows skiing and riding seven days a week during nonholiday periods at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire and Okemo and Stratton, both in Vermont, for $689. A new Midweek Super Pass at the same three resorts costs $399 and is good Monday-Friday, nonholiday times. Also costing $399 is the new College Pass with unlimited skiing and riding seven days a week with no restrictions.
Visit www.mountsunapee.com or call 603-763-2356.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, a luxury resort in California's Olympic Valley at the foot of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, has several new winter deals, including the Over the Top Alpine Meadows Ski Package. Included are accommodations for two at $249 per night Sunday-Thursday, a welcome gift basket, daily breakfast, free in-room movie rental, complimentary late checkout, a free shuttle to Alpine Meadows, and two Alpine Meadows ski lift tickets.
Visit www.plumpjack.com, where you can also check other offers, or call 800-323-7666.
The Appalachian Mountain Club and Great Glen Trails are offering a free cross-country ski pass to overnight guests at AMC Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, N.H., at the base of Mount Washington. Prices start at $51 for members or $56 nonmembers, with no restrictions or minimum stay. The deal includes a shared room, dinner, breakfast, and the Great Glen pass. Other packages, available for a range of rates at Joe Dodge Lodge and Highland Center in the Whites and Cardigan Lodge in the Lakes Region, include Bretton Woods, and Cannon, Wildcat, Tenney, and Ragged mountains.
Visit www.outdoors.org and click on Let It Snow.
Park City, Utah, is offering a free lift ticket to any of its three ski areas on a visitor's arrival day. The deal works well for people who fly out of Boston (or any other city) and arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport early. With just a 45-minute drive from the airport to Park City, guests can have several hours of free skiing or snowboarding. Delta, for example, has a nonstop out of Boston that arrives around 10 a.m. Requirements include presenting a boarding pass and an out-of-state ID.
Don't want to leave your beloved canine behind? The Paw House Inn in West Rutland, Vt., 15 minutes from Killington Resort, has an on-site dog care facility, doggie beds in each room, a fenced-in park, treats upon arrival, 100-plus acres of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing with your dog, and an agility course. All dog-related services are included in the nightly rate, $155-$185.
Call 866-PAW-HOUSE or visit www.pawhouse.com.
For women who have always wanted to learn ice climbing, Chicks With Picks will offer two clinics in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each is tailored for beginner to advanced. The East Coast Teaser, Feb. 21-23, includes accommodations for two nights, meals, and demo gear. The price is $620 per person. The Chicks East program, Feb. 17-20, includes three nights' lodging, meals, and demo gear. At $826 per person, it also features a slide show and auction fund-raising event for a local women's shelter. Both programs include fireside chats, a welcome packet, and the coveted Chicks T-shirt.
For a variety of offers at many resorts, visit www.ski.com and click on Specials.
Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo., has introduced a Wine, Body, Spirit program that features a one-night stay, a spa treatment, a gift, and a glass of wine from a featured winery, each supposed to reflect sensory attributes for the various times of year. Prices from $199 per night, Monday-Thursday.
Call 888-824-5772 or visit www.vailcascade.com.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.