Progressive discounts, added services at Destination resorts

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U.S. ski resorts get a bad rap for being among the most expensive in the world, and the recent proliferation of high-end mountain properties has only added to that reputation.

In this economy, however, even luxury clients like a bargain. But that doesn't necessarily mean a tough sell for travel agents looking to sell up. According to the 2009 National Travel Monitor Survey, released by Ypartnership and Yankelovich, consumers are looking not so much for inexpensive travel deals but rather value for money.

Early-season deals

With that in mind, Destination Hotels & Resorts unveiled a roster of early-season deals that tack on discounts and free services.

Destination Resorts Snowmass in Colorado, for example, created a Stay More, Save More offer for bookings made by Nov. 15. Under this offer, rates are discounted 10% for one night's accommodations, 20% for two nights and 30% for three nights. The special is valid through April 10; nondiscounted rates begin at $119 per night. See www.destinationsnowmass.com.  

Vail Cascade is marking the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the much-ballyhooed Blue Sky Basin at Vail Ski Resort with a Blue Sky, Great Buy package that offers a third night for $10 with a two-night booking. Available throughout the season, the offer starts at $109 per night, based on availability. Visit www.vailcascade.com.  

The Summer Snow Saver discounts at the Gant in Aspen, Colo., trims 15% for one night, 20% for two nights, 25% for three and 30% for four or more nights on bookings made by Nov. 15. Rates for a one-bedroom condominium at the Gant, which is situated near the base of Aspen Mountain, begin at $195 per night before the discounts. Prices are valid on stays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. Go to www.gantaspen.com.  

The posh, new Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont is targeting early-season visitors with a First Tracks Package, good between Nov. 28 and Dec. 18. The package bundles in accommodations, two-day ski passes, ski storage and boot warming and one Royal Foot Treatment at the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge for up to 25% off. Rates start at $329 per night. See www.stowemountainlodge.com.  

The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, Calif., is promoting a three-day Ski and Dine Divine Package, available Jan. 5 to March 31. Priced from $279 per person, double, the package includes accommodations, a Squaw Valley USA lift ticket, valet parking, access to ski valet services and $100 daily dining credit for the resort's restaurants. Visit www.squawcreek.com.  

For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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