Peak conditions and special deals

Happy New Year!

The holidays are over and the crowds are gone at ski resorts.

That means resorts will be rolling out some price breaks and special deals to get you back on the slopes.

Add peak snow conditions with nearly every trail open and you got a wonderful situation.

The first day of 2013 at Killington in Vermont.

How do you find those deals? Go to a resort’s web site and follow them on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Okemo in Vermont isn’t wasting any time. They’ve got some good deals, including a free lunch.  All online ticket offers on its deal page are Print @ Home ticket options. You buy and print your ticket at home – and show up ready to ski & ride!

Among the Okemo online offers:

Tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for just $55. The regular price of a mid-week adult ticket is $80.

Pre-buy your 2-day weekend (Sat and Sun) lift tickets online for Jan 5-6 or Jan 12-13 and pay just $99 The regular price for a weekend ticket is $165.

Parents, buy a regular priced Adult lift ticket and get a ticket for your child FREE (ages 7-18) valid for the same day. Limited to either one Junior or one Young Adult free ticket per paying adult. Child receiving free ticket must be present. Offer valid anyday from Jan 2-18th, 2013.

Stratton in Vermont is offering a free, three-day lift ticket if you book two midweek nights at the Stratton Mountain Inn. The fine print? The cost per person, based double occupancy  I checked this morning and this is what I found: Two nights starting Monday, Jan. 7 and a three-day ticket for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for $375.60, including tax. That comes down to $187.80 per person; not a bad price when you consider it includes lodging AND lift tickets. The price for a three-day pass alone will cost you $165 or $150 online.

Bromley in southern Vermont has 2-for-1 tickets on Tuesdays, if you purchase them online at least 48 hours in advance. The cost? $49 for two people.

With the holidays over, ski areas are going back to their regular rates. That means the best deals are again happening midweek.

One of the best comes from our own Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall. A four-hour ticket for just $20 bucks; the four hours start when you purchase a ticket.

Mount Southington has a $25 off coupon for a four-hour flex ticket that’s good through Friday. You have to purchase the 4-hour flex ticket by 2 p.m. With the coupon you pay only $24.

And don’t forget Catamount and Butternut, just a few miles over the Connecticut border. Runs as long as two miles and a respectable 1,000 foot vertical drop. Midweek the Cat charges $29 and Butternut $25.

Over at Bellearye in New York’s Catskills, bring any Coca Cola product on Wednesdays and you can buy a lift ticket for $30.

Jiminy Peak in northwestern Massachusetts has a number of great ticket discounts when you print out an e-coupon at least 24 hours in advance. Click here for details.

Jim Shay