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Travel Tip: Save With Spring Ski Season

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Most of us hear the words “ski season” and immediately think of winter.

But here’s a tip: some resorts tend to stay open longer and therefore offer off-peak deals.

First off, this was a La Niña year, which caused cooler water temperatures in the Pacific and strong easterly trade winds. Translation: higher than average snow in places like Wyoming, British Columbia, Colorado, and New Hampshire.

So this winter, resorts like Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, and Whistler Blackcomb have seen exceptional snowfall.

And the earlier the snowfall, the deeper the base for snow to build, which can mean a longer ski season.

In Tahoe, for example, the deepest snowpack is usually in spring, and that’s been helped by the early snowfall.

The Resort at Squaw Creek has spring deal where a family of four gets accommodations and daily breakfast from $180 a night.

Arrabelle at Vail Square has a spring break package through April 24 which includes a free night stay.

My advice: Even if a deal isn’t advertised, call up the resort and ask how late their ski season is running, and then jump on those springtime deals.

For more money-saving tips, visit our Budget Travel section.

For more on skiing and winter activities, visit our Winter Sports section.

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