As the heat sets in and daydreams of summer getaways begin, I thought I’d round up a dozen simple, yet clever summer activity packages. Hopefully these will spark a few ideas of how you can draw those summer crowds out of the heat and onto your mountain
1) Mountain Escape Package – Snowbird
I’ve seen this promo from Snowbird pop up quite a bit as of late, especially locally suggesting an attempt to win over the weekend getaway crowd. At $65 a person the price is right, especially when you consider the package includes a tram ride and breakfast as well.
2) Stay and Play – Park City
Starting at $80 a night, this offer combines the classic “stay 3 nights, pay for 2″ promotion plus discounted alpine slide tickets. Part of me wonders if the “discounted passes” instead of “free” will make this offer hit the wrong note.
3) Big Adventure Package – Big Sky
This package starts from $104 a person and lets you choose an addon from a list of activites like zipline, paintball, high ropes course, golf, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or a Yellowstone Park Tour. This of course includes lodging as well as a scenic lift ride in the price. I like the freedom of choosing your activity this package offers.
4) Golf + Lodging + Breakfast- Sunday River
Pretty simple but I think that lends to this offer’s appeal. No need to get fancy when you get a round of golf, breakfast for two, and a nights stay in the Grand Summit or Jordan Grand Resort Hotel for $119 a night.
5) School’s Out Summer Savings – Waterville Valley
The name caught my eye in Waterville’s early summer promotion. Many Eastern schools made up snow days late into June, why not entice a family to make the trip with all the activities a family could want (mountain biking, golf, boating, tennis, ice skating, lift rides, etc.) included in the $300.00 per weekend price.
6) Summer Dinners – Crystal Mountain
No loding here, I’ll let them tell the story, “Take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Crystal Mountain for a fine dining experience with breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range on Friday and Saturday evenings. The dinner package includes the scenic gondola ride to Washington’s highest restaurant, your choice of a soup or salad, entree, dessert & n/a beverage.” Combine restaurant offers with scenic lift rides and you’ve got a great evening offer.
7) Triple Play – Jackson Hole
Clever name taking advantage of Jackson Hole’s unique activity lineup. You get three nights of lodging in a condo, an aerial tram ride, float trip down the Snake River, and a half day bike rental starting at $190. I do like freedom to choose a fun activity, but when all of them are as exciting as this, slapping on a sweet price on there gives this offer extra pull.
8) Mountain Golf School Package – Killington
From my time on the course, I’ve noticed that a large number of people that pay for lessons are the type that don’t really care how much they cost. So, as long as they are learning, why not get them up to your resort and give them a full package (range use, on-course pro, two hours class, green fees, video review, PGA instrction). Two day packages start at $444. Three days go for $568.
9) Mountain Fly Fishing – Deer Valley
It doesn’t take Brad Pitt “shadowcasting” to made fly fishing glamorous (though it doesn’t hurt). I like Deer Valley’s offer of one and a half days of guided fly fishing for two budding anglers. The price? Just $1,615. It is Deer Valley after all.
10) Fore Packs – Sugarloaf
Just like packages of lift tickets, Sugarloaf does the same for their golf course. You get four fully transferable rounds of golf (with a cart) for $199 that you can use on your own or with friends anytime until the season ends.
11) Adventure Pack – Wisp
I like Wisp’s appeal to the midweek crowd with a special rate. You get a mountain coaster ride, lift ride, paintball, bike rental, disc golf, and kayak rental as well as breakfast for $80 midweek. A pretty awesome deal with a price that encourages multiple day stays.
12) Summer Family Memories Package – 7 Springs
Each of the packages I’ve mentioned seems to be tailored to a unique crowd and this one is no exception. Families stay for $219 a person (plus two keys age 11 and under for no charge), plus lodging, adult activities (choose between golf, shooting, or spa) and get up to four all-day activity bracelets for the kids. I’m glad they also mentioned the pool in their offer as well. What family doesn’t ask if a hotel has a pool?
Published June 28th, 2011 by Gregg Blanchard.