Colorado Ski Country USA reports that skier and snowboarder visits are down 11.5 percent during the first part of the 2012/13 ski season, compared to last year. Well guess what? Ski vacation package prices are going down in Colorado to drum up some business.
Check out these two sweet deals to South West Colorado that just popped up in my inbox:
At Durango Mountain Resort , ski and stay 3 nights for $199, including equipment, lessons and a $50 a day dining credit. This 3 day/3 night $199 per person rate is based on double occupancy, with slopeside lodging at Purgatory Village Hotel, with skiing included for all three days, and Burton Snowboard or Rossignol Experience ski rentals, plus three days of ski or snowboard lessons if you are interested. This Durango Deal is available through Feb 13.
Also in South West Colorado, Crested Butte is offering a fly, ski and stay package for $699 including airfare to Gunnison/Crested Butte airport on American Airlines, three days skiing and four nights lodging at Crested Butte Grand Lodge. This Crest Butte fly, ski and stay package does not include lessons or rentals however, and you must book by Feb 1.
Imagine if you combined the two packages, you would have your airfare, and 6 days of skiing and seven nights lodging. Keep an eye out for more western ski deals like these. It's also warm and sunnier in the Colorado mountains right now, a pleasant thought as the barometer drops below zero here in New England. Guess where I am going skiing next week?
See you on the slopes!
Photos of Colorado skiing by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.