Colorado resorts hope bookings snowball with ski packages

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Colorado resorts and ski operators are gearing up for the 2005-06 season with a host of deals for clients.

" The Hotel Jerome in Aspen debuted a Ski Deal that includes lift tickets at all four of the resorts ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass and Buttermilk mountains.

The package, which is available throughout the ski season, includes accommodations in a deluxe room or suite; up to two daily ski lift tickets per room per day; and complimentary shuttle service to and from Aspen Mountain and Aspen Airport. Room rates vary by season, ranging from $370 to $695 per night.

The 92-room property, which dates from 1889, is in the center of downtown Aspen and features such hot spots as the J-bar and the Library bar.

Telephone the Hotel Jerome at (800) 331-7213 or go online to www.hoteljerome.com.

" Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is offering nonstop air service from Dallas to Durango this winter season in partnership with Adventure Tours/Funjet Vacations and Southwest Airlines Charters.

Twice-weekly charter flights will operate Wednesdays and Saturdays from Dec. 17 to March 25.

To kick off the Southwest Airlines service, an inaugural Love to Ski package is available, priced from $399 per person for three nights, $449 for four nights and $569 for seven nights. The package includes airfare, resort lodging and airport transfers.

For information or to book, call (800) 982-6102 or visit www.durangomountainresort.com.

" Funjet Vacations is also offering packages this season that include getaways to Colorado ski destinations such as Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail and Winter Park.

Service is available via American, American Trans Air, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, United and US Airways. 

Sample three-night packages to Breckenridge -- for Monday departures, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 -- start at $614.99 from St. Louis with air on American, and $629.99 from Atlanta via Delta. The deal includes accommodations at The Great Divide Lodge and a three-day lift ticket.

Travel agents can book through www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations, and Vacation.com AgentNet.

" The Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride unveiled several ski-themed deals, including a Bed Inn Breakfast package that includes accommodations, daily breakfast, lift tickets at Telluride Ski Resort and use of the rooftop spa.

The three-night package is priced from $179 per person, per night Jan. 2 to Feb. 10 and March 26 to April 2. 

The four-night Ultimate Ski Package offers two full days of skiing at Telluride Ski Resort, one day of helicopter skiing with apres ski and lodging in a one-bedroom residence at the Inn. Prices start at $402 per person a night, double, for stays Jan. 13 to Feb. 14, with slightly higher rates Feb. 15 to April 2.

The four-night Total Ski package includes hassle-free ski and snowboard rental for those who like to travel light. Available Jan. 2 to April 2 from $187 per person, per night (with rates higher after Feb. 14) the deal includes studio lodgings, a three-day ski/snowboard performance package and two three-day lift tickets.

All ski packages at the Inn at Lost Creek include ski valet, nightly ski waxing and deburring, advance itineraries with activity and restaurant reservations and airport transfers.

All packages may be customized to add nights, ski tickets and activities.

Call (888) 601-5678 or visit www.innatlostcreek.com.

To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].

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