Aug 1, 2001
Outside Magazine

Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia

Caribbean resorts traditionally slash their rates during hurricane season, from late June to November. But we'd risk a little wind for this bargain-priced land-and-sea vacation in Grenada. Through December 15, the Blue Horizons Cottage Hotel in Saint George's offers an eight-day, seven-night package that includes two guided hikes in the rainforests of Grand Etang National Park and unlimited use of snorkeling, sailing, and sea-kayaking equipment on nearby Grand Anse Beach—all for just $535 per person (based on double occupancy), a $325 savings off the high- season price. Call 800-223-9815;

On this fat-tire getaway in Fernie, British Columbia, you can take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar and pleasantly cool temperatures in the Canadian Rockies. For US$87 per person in August or September, you get two nights at the Wolf's Den Lodge, one day of mountain-bike rentals, and two all-day lift tickets at Fernie Alpine Resort, which opens its 2,800 vertical feet to downhillers. For reservations, call Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, 800-258-7669;
Winter in New Zealand means 50- to 60-degree days, plenty of high-elevation snow, and unbeatable travel deals. Through September 2, you and a friend can fly round-trip from Los Angeles to Auckland on Air New Zealand and spend eight days exploring the North Island in a 15-foot Spirit 2 motor home for just $969 per person ($1,149 if you travel alone). You'll love the freedom—once you get used to driving on the wrong side of the road. Call Newmans South Pacific Vacations, 800-421-3326;

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