To some of us, a ski-in, ski-out condo at the base of the mountain, with a heated outdoor swimming pool and a private jacuzzi, is what skiing is all about. Others may choose an elegant hotel, a cheerful singles-only chalet, or an inexpensive house with four bedrooms that can sleep as many as are able to crowd into the beds and on the floor.

Virtually every ski resort has its own housing bureau whose staff will attempt to find precisely the facilities you’re looking for. However, if they can’t fulfill your needs, whether for quality or price, another excellent way to locate housing in the resort area of your choice is to make a telephone call to the nearest chamber of commerce. The local folks know where the housing bargains really are.

Remember, the price of housing is usually inversely proportional to its distance from the base lodge, so you may have to find your own transportation from that great, inexpensive home you rented for the 15-mile trip to the nearest lift.

Both ski tour operators and ski areas offer total packages, including lessons, rentals, bedrooms, and meals, priced well below what you’d pay for each item separately. However, do your homework. You may turn up even better bargains if you have the time to do the digging.

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