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Book your stay at Arrabelle at Vail Square before Oct. 31 and you'll get your 4th night free!

By David De Lalio

As the warm weather slowly fades away and that familiar fall chill begins to fill the air, for me it always means heavenly powder and a ski vacation are just around the corner. Others may long for the days of summer, but I look to the Colorado mountains and find myself excited about the first snowfall.

And, why not? While the ski resorts won’t be in full swing until Thanksgiving, fall is one of the best seasons to visit your favorite ski resort.  Deals are plentiful, and it’s easy to find low rates combined with great discounts. Plus, local restaurants that would normally charge the winter traveler much more offer great deals in the fall.

Rediscover your favorite resort
Vail is one of the top ski resorts in the US, and visitors can pay dearly for the bragging rights of saying, “Yeah, I went to Vail”. Here’s the secret: Vail is mainly expensive if you go when everyone else goes (like during the Christmas or New Year’s Eve holidays). In the fall,Wildflower restaurant in the Lodge at Vail, offers 30% off food and wine through October 18, 2010. Similarly, Centre V located in the new Arrabelle at Vail Square, offers 3 courses with 3 wines for $39, also through October 18, 2010. (If those aren’t deals, I don’t know what is.)

Winter beckons, book early
Fall is the best time to book your ski vacation because hotels and condos put their best foot forward to entice visitors to their corner of ski country. Many hotels are offering great specials on lodging, as long as you book by the end of October or mid-November. The Lodge at Vail, situated in the heart of Vail Village in Colorado and steps from the Vista Bahn chair lift, offers up to 33% off a stay if you book by October 31, 2010. In Breckenridge, Colorado you can visit the Beaver Run Resort and save up to 33% when you book by November 1, 2010.

I think fall is a great time to visit your favorite resort, or even discover a new one. With prices so low, it’s also the best time to book your winter trip. But, book early, because these deals only last until the snow starts to fall!

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David De Lalio is the Senior Market Manager for the Mountain Region and 5 year veteran for Orbitz Worldwide. A world traveler by the time he was 13, and an avid skier by the age of 7, travel has been his passion almost his entire life.

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Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn is a travel writer and Chicago journalist whose work appears in Chicago magazine, HuffPost Travel and Condé Nast’s HotelChatter. Globetrotting since infancy, she’s the daughter of a travel agent and considers thrill seeking part of the DNA. Find her on Twitter at @ninakhahn.

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