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If you're willing to take that chance, and you're enough of a dedicated skier to purchase a season pass, doing so before Halloween (or at least before Thanksgiving), can often yield savings of as much as 50% off the regular rates.
Early season discounts are listed at the individual sites of the ski resorts, obviously. But a good shortcut to the best downhill deals can be found at the website BestSkiSales.com.
In addition, Starwood Hotels (which includes Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, aloft, W, and a number of other brands) is offering a package that couples free lift tickets with hotel stays at a number of their near-the-slopes properties (including the Westin that's in Mammoth Lakes). Most details vary by property, but there is one commonality: an Oct 7 deadline on all these deals. If you're interested in staying at Starwood property for your next ski vacation, go quickly to the site of that specific hotel to see if its participating in this offer (some are, some aren't).