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6. Stratton, Vt. Skiers enjoy a run from

6. Stratton, Vt.

Skiers enjoy a run from top of the mountain at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in Stratton, Vermont. (2008) Credit: Handout

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Colorado's Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has a Stay Free-Ski Free offer. Book a four- or seven-night stay on select dates, and get the last night free, plus lift tickets for two for the entire stay. For instance, a four-night stay for two people in a slope-side room in early March works out to $1,084 a night (usually $1,445), or $4,336 for the entire stay. Add $20 a night in fees and taxes. Book by April 8; stay Feb. 27-March 8 (four-night offer) or March 18-April 8 (seven-night offer).

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With Ski Vermont, newbies can take $29 beginner lessons at any of 13 resorts in January (excluding the holiday period Jan. 14-15). Price includes full-day beginner lift ticket, full-day ski or snowboard equipment rental and a lesson with a professional instructor. Participating resorts include Smugglers' Notch, Stowe Mountain, Stratton Mountain, Sugarbush, Killington, Pico Mountain and Mount Snow. By comparison, Stratton's Learn to Ski program starts at $89. To sign up, email with your name, phone number, ZIP code, preferred ski resort and number of students.



Lindblad Expeditions is offering free round-trip air from New York or Miami to Ecuador on select dates of its Galápagos Islands package. Rates start at $4,750 a person double for a 10-day voyage on the 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour and from $5,450 a person double on the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander. Trip includes two nights in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Add $420 a person for internal air (taxes included). Round-trip air from New York to Guayaquil usually starts at about $700. Upgrade to business class, usually $1,600, is available from New York for $500. Book by March 31; travel on select dates from January through June.

INFO 800-397-3348,

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