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Winter Travel
Making an offer we can't refuse.
Still skittish about making a long trip right now? Hey, that's why God invented Vermont. Burlington is just over an hour by plane — or a six-hour road trip — from New York. To cement the deal, ski areas are putting together some irresistible discount packages for the coming season.

Stowe, which is about 45 minutes from the Burlington airport, is offering New York skiers a phenomenal deal that includes three nights' lodging in any of 30 or so hotels — from budget to luxury — a rental car for four days, various ski-pass options, and a round-trip ticket from JFK to Burlington on JetBlue (800-24-stowe; prices are still being finalized, but expect starting packages to be very close to $275).

Another option is Stowe's "Ski and Stay" package, which includes a slopeside room at the Inn at the Mountain and a free night-skiing pass with the purchase of a multi-day lift ticket for $99 a day. Finally, buy a ski pass for four or more days, and Stowe will toss in a group skiing or snowboarding lesson (800-253-4754).

At nearby Sugarbush, the "Ski the Valley" lift-lodge package includes accommodations at any of thirteen local B&Bs, condos, and inns plus flex passes that give skiers access to all three of the area's mountains: Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, plus Mad River Glen. Free transportation is provided between resorts, and rates start at $65 per person per day (877-877-4496).

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    From the November 5, 2001 issue of New York Magazine.