Can you think of a better way to end 2012 and to welcome in the new year than with a ski vacation? If you haven't made plans yet for a winter getaway, don't fret: there are still plenty of opportunities to score your very own snowcation. Even better, with a little effort, you can find some great deals, too.
Sites like LivingSocial and Groupon might be thought of more for beach vacations and restaurant deals, but they also offer great discounts for resorts, inns and lodges near ski areas. While you might be able to snag a Groupon deal before the current ones expire, LivingSocial is also offering a slew of deals that will interest skiers.
Here's my selection of the site's best ski vacation deals and discounts:
- Green Mountain Resort - Chittenden, VT: Score a one- or two-night stay for anywhere between $119-$474, depending on when you want to travel and what kind of room you choose. This inn is charming either way, and you can't beat complimentary shuttle service to Killington or the included cross country ski trail passes.
- Nordic Inn - Crested Butte, CO: This recently-renovated resort is super close to Crested Butte, a premiere Colorado ski destination with a cute town to boot. For just $199, vacationers can enjoy a two-night stay and daily continental breakfast.
- The Waynesville Inn - Waynesville, NC: You might not think of North Carolina as a prime ski vacation, but this inn offers great scenery and is close by to several ski resorts. Your $168 will get you two nights in a mountain-view room, as well as a $50 resort credit.
- Wood River Inn - Hailey, ID: This two-night stay for just $139 includes a daily breakfast, free use of snowshoes and a coupon for the area's craft brewery. Plus, the inn is just a short 12 mile from the renowned Sun Valley Resort.
Sun Valley at Dusk Courtesy Sun Valley Resort