Act fast to grab these deals

It’s a powder day in the North Country. Ski resorts in Vermont and New Hamsphire are reporting up to 14 inches of snow! The big winners were in central and northern Vermont.

The downside were strong winds that affected lift operations at some areas including Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall which closed at 3 today because of high winds.

January’s already shaping up to be one of the better months for deals on lift tickets and lodging. And with the deals already announced it looks like many resorts, particularly in Vermont, will be having price wars to get your business.

No wonder. With the holiday week soon to be a memory, resorts are starting to roll out their January “white sales”  to keep business booming. That’s great news for us because not only does January traditionally bring lower prices, but resorts are uncrowded and conditions often reach their peak.

Most of the deals are found on resort Web sites or in e-newsletters sent to subscribers.

Here’s one just in today and you need to hop on it quickly to get Killington’s deal grabbers. The Big K picked up 11 inches overnight.

Here’s the scoop:

On sale today, Dec. 29, 2009 from 8:00 am – 11:59 pm
100 tickets available for each day
For Monday 1/4/10 through Friday 1/8/10 
$50 per ticket per day
On sale Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 from 8:00 am -11:59 pm
100 tickets available for each day
For Monday 1/4/10 through Friday 1/8/10
$55 per ticket per day
On sale Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 from 8:00 am – 11:59 pm
100 tickets available for each day
For Monday 1/4/10 through Friday 1/8/10
$60 per ticket per day

On Monday,  Stratton in southern Vermont announced these  hot deals that can be used Jan. 4-8 only. The only restriction? They’re only available by pre-registering until Jan. 1.  Deals include:

Buy one full priced window lift ticket and get one free

Buy one sport equipment rental package and get one free.

Buy one group ski or snowboard lesson and get one free .

Buy one learn to ski or learn to ride package and get one free.

Stay in a select Stratton lodging property from Sunday, January 3 through Thursday, January 7,
buy the first night – get the second night free
buy two nights and get two more nights free
(All nights must be consecutive)
Lodging availability is limited with this offer and is only available until January 1, and only by callingl 1-800-Stratton to make your advanced reservation.

These are substantial savings worth hundreds of dollars; I don’t think you are going to find a better deal all season.

Okemo, also in southern Vermont, has these January deals:

U.S.  military veterans, police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel every Tuesday and Thursday during January can buy half-price  lift tickets. When they show their ID card/badge and a photo ID at Resort Services inside the Okemo Clock Tower Base Lodge or in the Jackson Gore base area, qualified personnel will receive 50 percent off the price of an adult, full-day, full price lift ticket on Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, and Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28.

And a good excuse to have kids skip school? When an adult buys a full-price, Monday-through-Friday lift ticket for themselves between Jan. 4 and 29, 2010 (excluding Jan. 18), they get one junior or one young adult ticket, valid the same day, free. The child receiving the free ticket must be present at redemption. The Kids Rock offer may not be combined with other discounts, special price days or promotions and adult ticket must be purchased online, 48 hours in advance.
And when skiers and riders pre-buy online, in advance, they can purchase a lift ticket that includes free lunch. On Monday through Friday, Jan. 4-15,  the lift and lunch pass includes a $20 voucher redeemable at any culinary location on the mountain.

Okemo’s tickets are: adults $72, Young Adults $61 and Juniors $47. T

Also, when skiers and riders purchase a midweek lift ticket online, in advance, for $59, between Jan. 4 and 15, 2010, they’ll be entered into a drawing to win two free midweek lift tickets valid the remainder of the 2009/2010 season (valid Monday through Friday, non-holiday).  Prize drawing will take place Jan. 16.

One of the benefits of this blog is I POST EVERY DAY!

Meaning you will know the best deals, conditions and news as soon as I know.

Finally, some sad news …

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 20-year-old Connecticut man died while snowboarding at Killington Resort.

The victim was identified as Alex Westphal of Cheshire, Conn., by his father, Ryan Westphal. He says his son suffered internal injuries when he collided with an immovable object at about noon on Christmas Eve.

Ryan Westphal says about 15 minutes before the accident, his son took a picture with his cell phone at the top of the mountain and sent it to his parents. He says his son died on the mountain, and efforts to revive him failed.

Ryan Westphal says his son was a sophomore business major at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., but he loved music and planned to transfer to the SAE Institute in New York City to pursue an audio technology degree.

Here’s a link to the Rutland Herald for a longer story.

Our prayers to Ryan, his family and friends.

Jim Shay