The deal? Get an overnight or ski midweek
There are deals out there for skiers and snowboarders who want to get away to the slopes for an overnight or more. Chances are you will find a New England ski-and-stay package that’s right for you.
Bay Staters make day trips to central New Hampshire ski areas without slope-side beds like Pats Peak, Gunstock, and Mount Sunapee. This year, consider an overnight in a nearby town. The five-room, Victorian-styled, riverside Henniker House B&B is a few miles from Pats Peak with a non-holiday midweek ski two days and sleep three nights deal at $150 per person, double occupancy (www.hennikerhouse.com, 603-428-3198).
Gunstock skiers might stay near Weirs Beach in the winterized knotty pine cabins at Sun Valley Cottages. Midweek rates start at $130 for two with lift tickets and $165 on weekends (www.sunvally.com, 603-366-4945).
Skiing with other couples at Mount Sunapee? About 10 miles away is New London’s Maple Hill Farm, a 10-room 1824 house with a 10-couple weekend special at $270 per person that includes two days of skiing, two nights’ lodging, two breakfasts, and a dinner (www.maplehillfarm.com, 800-231-8637).
North Conway is the Mount Washington Valley’s gateway for a healthy assortment of mountains and lodging. Ski the rejuvenated Cranmore Mountain Resort (new mountain coaster, more tubing, new owners) and stay at the handsome 1785 Inn with breakfast, starting at $84 per person, double occupancy (www.the1785inn.com, 800-421-1785).
Cruise Attitash in Bartlett and later surf the Web on the house iPads at the newly renovated Bernerhof Inn, now solely a bed-and-breakfast in Glen, starting at $202 per couple non-holiday midweek and $272 Friday and Saturday (www.bernerhofinn.com, 877-389-4852).
Lincoln is the bed base for a western White Mountains getaway with easy access to Loon and Cannon. Parker’s Motel is a no-frills operation with per person, double occupancy deals (except Dec. 25-Jan. 4 and Feb. 14-22) like an $89 midweek and $99 overnight special at Loon and an overnight midweek $59 at Cannon ($85 weekends) (www.parkersmotel.com, 800-766-6835).
Waterville Valley (www.waterville.com, 1-800-468-2553), under new ownership, has long weekends on select dates that start with a 12:30 p.m. Friday check-in, free skiing Friday afternoon, and a Sunday checkout until 3 p.m. Next month, the two-night stay package starts at $89 per person, per night, double occupancy, and is $158 with some restrictions January through March.
Long a favorite with Portland day-trippers and known as a Mount Washington Valley alternative, western Maine’s mid-sized Shawnee Peak has a midweek, non-holiday slope-side lodging deal that’s sure to entice skiers who don’t mind bunking with family and friends. Though a two-night minimum stay is required, the tri-level East Side Condos’ two-bedroom units come with gas fireplaces and sleep up to 10. On the right nights (Sun-Thu, non-holiday), the rooms go for $350 per night and that includes lift tickets (www.shawneepeak.com, 207-647-8444).
It’s too soon to explore Sugarloaf’s new 270 acres of tight and wide glades between Burnt and Sugarloaf mountains, but the time is right for an early-season package with lodging that’s less than the cost of a one-day lift ticket. Through Dec. 9, pay $69 per person, per night (based on maximum occupancy) to ski, stay in a condo near the trails, and get a pass to the fitness center.
Want to head to the Loaf for school vacation week, Feb. 20-24? Condo packages are available for $119 per person, per night, and that includes a lift ticket and fitness center pass (www.sugarloaf.com, 800-843-5623).
Sunday River’s Deal of the Century is a couple’s winter escape available Jan. 3-April 6 (excluding holiday periods). Offered Monday through Wednesday at the eight-peak Newry resort, pop into the outdoor hot tub after a day on the slopes if you are staying at the snug Snow Cap Inn and dine at one of the on-mountain restaurants (Legend’s in the Grand Summit is casual while the Foggy Goggle at South Ridge is hopping). The deal also includes breakfast and a two-day lift ticket and costs $119 per person, per night.
For $269 per person, the Midweek Getaway Package (Sun-Wed, non-holiday, Jan. 2-April 6) includes lodging at either Grand Resort Hotel, a three-day adult lift ticket, ski clinics, two breakfasts, and a dinner. The Grand Summit is closer to the night life, but the Jordan Grand Summit provides prime access to sublime morning corduroy before the masses arrive (www.sundayriver.com, 1-800-543-2754).
Stay lift-side in the woodsy Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak in northern Vermont. Belly up to the Tower Bar with old chairlift cables in view or get pampered in the Taiga Spa. The lodge is $125 per person, per night, while slope-side condos are $155 per person, per night, including lift tickets and access to the new Ice Haus Arena with skating and curling. Save 15 percent booking before Nov. 15 (www.jaypeakresort.com, 802-988-2611).
Stowe’s a playground for all winter sports lovers with a wealth of lodging choices among mountain steeps and the new Spruce Peak Arts Center at opulent Spruce Peak with a Dec. 29 grand opening. The Stowe Area Association (www.gostowe.com, 877-467-8693) offers myriad options from the economical to the elite starting around $110 per person, double occupancy (excluding Saturdays and holidays).
On the other side of Mount Mansfield, Smugglers’ Notch is rolling out several new packages including a traditional ski-and-stay package with lift tickets, snow tubing, ice skating, use of an indoor pool and more. The SuperSaver (available select dates) package has options from two to four nights at $89 for youths and $119 per adult per night. Smuggs is also unveiling a new zipline canopy tour this winter (www.smuggs.com, 1-800-451-8752).
In central Vermont, Okemo is offering midweek incentives. Reserve a minimum non-holiday, two-night stay at a resort-managed property and get a free beginner-learn package (ages 7 and up) with a lower-mountain lift ticket and rental gear. Save 30 percent off midweek lodging booking by Dec. 1 (www.okemo.com, 1-800-786-5366).
Schuss over a pond on a ski bridge to the Snowshed lifts from Killington’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel. From standard rooms to penthouses with full kitchens, the mountainside hotel has 2- to 7-day packages based on availability and restrictions starting from $324 for two people, for two nights, and with two lift tickets (www.killington.com, 800-621-6867).
Southern Vermont deals include Mount Snow’s $89 per person, per night, midweek on early- and late-season dates in a melange of area hotels, inns, and condos. In midwinter the rate is $136 per person, per night on weekends. All based on double occupancy (www.mountsnow.com, 1-800-498-0479).
Make a quick escape to Stratton for a midweek, non-holiday night and a $119 price tag per person, double occupancy, on a room at the basic Liftline Lodge with two days of skiing (www.stratton.com, 800-787-2886).
Want to stay close to Boston? Ski the 1,000-foot vertical drop at Wachusett in Princeton before recuperating in a cozy cottage room at the 74-room Wachusett Village Inn (www.wachusettvillageinn.com, 800-342-1905) in nearby Westminster with the pure and simple ski package at $59 midweek and $79 weekends (per person, double occupancy, non-holiday).
Marty Basch can be reached at onetankaway.com.