First, thanks to Apres Economist White for forwarding along this Wall Street Journal article. If its out there you can bet old White will find it. Thanks pal!
A Lift for Skiers: Recession Spurs Deals on Slopes Snow has begun falling on ski slopes — and so have prices of lift tickets and luxury hotel rooms at many big destination resorts.
As the recession begins taking a toll on the ski industry, resort operators are offering a flurry of discounts they hope will draw more visitors. Colorado’s Aspen/Snowmass ski area announced a deal last week that allows children to fly free on Frontier Airlines and get free lift tickets on the mountain if accompanied by a paying adult. The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, in Wyoming, is extending its early-season promotion — a fourth night free — through the end of April. And at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah, which opened unusually early this year thanks to a heavy snowfall last month, is offering a variety of discounts, including free appetizers with entrees at the Steak Pit restaurant and an 11% discount on six-day lift-ticket passes with any lodging reservation.
In general, the steepest discounts can be found at ski areas such as those in the Rocky Mountains that rely largely on visitors flying from distant locations. Full article…