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The best offseason deals in the mountains—and the local gear you need to take with you when you go.

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An offseason weekend getaway requires two things: snagging a bargain at one of Colorado’s resorts and a packing strategy that skips snow boots in lieu of (local) apparel that’s cute, comfortable, and versatile. We can help you with both.


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Steamboat Grand, Steamboat Springs

The Deal: Through November 22, get one night free when you book a stay of two nights or longer (and get a 15 percent discount on spa services).

Why You Should Go: Post-spa, extend your relaxation with a visit to the Old Town Hot Springs. For more of an adrenaline rush, catch a 1,500-foot view of the Park Range and the Yampa Valley on a hot air balloon ride.

The Little Nell, Aspen

The Deal: A townside room—usually upward of $650 per night—can run as low as $189 during October.

Why You Should Go: One of only two five-star, five-diamond hotels in Colorado, the Little Nell offers mountaintop yoga sessions, Jeep stargazing trips, and special discounts on gondola tickets and bike rentals.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa

The Deal: Standard rooms are $199 per night in October (down from $249).

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Why You Should Go: Use the dough you saved on a seasonal activity package, like the “Hunter’s Table” ($95): After an afternoon spent skeet shooting, relish a dinner of fresh Colorado game paired with international wines at the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail

The Deal: Mountain-view rooms come with a free third night in October or November. Or book more than four days in advance and get 40 percent off your entire stay.

Why You Should Go: The resort’s bike-rental service lets you take a spin around the aspen-dotted valley. Alternately, enjoy the same views in the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz SUV, complimentary for guests.

Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards

The Deal: Special October rates start as low as $149 per night (about $100 off the standard rate).

Why You Should Go: The lodge’s concierge can set you up to go fly-fishing, golfing, horseback riding, biking, or hiking (fees apply). If the weather is still warm, hang out around the hotel’s indoor-outdoor pool for free.

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—Photography by Paul Miller

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