Pack up and ski, walk, cruise
Empire Canyon at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. (Deer Valley Resort)
Stowe Mountain Lodge, a luxury hotel with slopeside access, is celebrating its first ski season with three packages, one of which is called the Winter Wildlife Adventure.
Participants get overnight accommodations, a one-hour guided snowshoe tour of Spruce Peak, complimentary snowshoe rentals for each member of the family, breakfast for two each morning, a thermos of hot chocolate and trail snacks, one make-your-own-snowman kit for families traveling with children under age 12, and, for weekend bookings, two passes to a special Kids Night Out event.
The package, available through March 31, starts at $509 per night, with a two-night stay required.
For this and the other two packages, visit www.stowemountainlodge.com and click on Specials or call 888-478-6938.
Winter sale for escapees
Orbitz has launched its Winter Escape Sale for both hot and cold destinations. Through March 29, the online travel agency says you can save up to 50 percent on selected hotels in more than 45 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some examples: the Regal Sun Resort in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20-23, from $79 a night; the Kings Inn in San Diego, Feb. 20-23, from $55 per night; and also in California, Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, March 5-9, from $141 per night.
Learn and win (maybe)
Show your airline boarding pass and receive a complimentary same-day lift ticket at your choice of three Park City, Utah, ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, or The Canyons Resort. That is one bit of advice available on the new Travel Tips page on the Ski Utah website, with 13 resorts participating. Contribute your own tip for a chance to win prizes, including the grand prize of a Utah vacation complete with round-trip airfare to Salt Lake City. Visit www.skiutah.com and click on Trip Planning, then Travel Tips.
For those who love snow, Country Walkers, which specializes in small-group walking tours, has two Snowshoe Adventures next month. First up is a six-day Canadian Rockies trip: Kananaskis & Yoho Snowshoe Adventure, departing Feb. 6, with opportunities for wildlife tracking (including moose, wolf, and snowshoe hare) and a dogsledding expedition. The price is $2,698. Departing Feb. 14 is a six-day Quebec Winter Carnival Snowshoe Adventure, which will highlight the region's history, culture, and natural attractions. The cost is $2,798. Both trips include mountain lodge accommodations and meals.
Visit www.countrywalkers.com and put Snowshoe Adventure in the website's search box or call 800-464-9255.
Wait and save
Spa treatments aboard cruise ships can be expensive. Depending upon the cruise line, you might save 10 to 20 percent by waiting until the ship is in port or near the end of its itinerary. In both instances, specials are sometimes offered.
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