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Ski Free in Aspen This Winter

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The deal: The Little Nell, Aspen's only ski-in/ski-out property, is offering free lift tickets when you stay at least three nights. That's no small thing: Judging from last year's prices, lift tickets will be $96 per person per day. Even though the deals are dubbed "Ski Free," the Little Nell doesn't discriminate. Snowboarders can ride for free too.

The dates: Aspen's 2009–2010 ski season begins December 1 and ends April 5. The deal is available throughout that period except December 17–January 2, February 12–15, and the last two weeks of March.

The fine print: If you book a room for two people for three nights, you get four free tickets—one ticket per person per day for two days—which saves you $384 total. And here's the kicker: You can book six nights and get five days' worth of free skiing. That's ten lift tickets included in your room rate. We test-booked a six-night stay from December 1 (when the Little Nell reopens after its $18 million renovation) to December 7. It'll cost you $2,726 for a standard room, including all taxes and fees. At an average of $454 per night, that's not cheap, but it's 26% less than what you would pay otherwise.

Wendy's inside tip: Snag a room from December 1 through December 10, when rates are most affordable. After December 10, nightly rates jump to anywhere from $644 to $932. And stay tuned for more book-our-hotel-and-we'll-give-you-free-lift-tickets deals in the United States and Canada this winter. Wendy's starting to see a number of ski resorts promote packages that provide not only free lift tickets but also a free third or fourth night at off-peak times.

How to book: On the Little Nell's Website

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