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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Oct. 13

This week: News about Lassen Volcanic NP’s new visitor center, a fare sale for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and ski package deals at three Colorado snow resorts

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Visitor Center Opens

Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California opened its first year-round visitor center on October 2. The new Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak which means "Snow Mountain."

The new center includes a staffed information desk, exhibit hall, auditorium for the new park film, bookstore, gift sales, food services, first aid room, restrooms, amphitheater, and an after-hours backcountry registration and orientation vestibule.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the most rugged and temperamental of the nation's national parks.

Located roughly 50 miles east of Redding, California, nestled within Lassen's peaceful forests and untouched wilderness, visitors find hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots that still shape and change the land, evidence of Mount Lassen's long fiery and active volcanic past.

Weather plays a dramatic role at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Winter, especially, shapes the landscape; snow generally begins to accumulate each year in October, doesn't melt in most places until July, and can remain in isolated areas year round.

Summer weather is more predictable, with warm, dry days, blue skies, and cool nights. Visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park should be prepared for any kind of weather, any time of the year.

Due to the high elevation and influence of the Pacific Ocean, the park receives upwards of 40 feet of snow per year. Access to the interior of the park is dependent upon the winter's total snowfall which influences the spring/summer road opening dates.

For more information about the park, call (530) 595-4480.

Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Offer Fall Fare Sale

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have launched a fall sale featuring low fares to many of the carriers' destinations in the Lower 48. The one-way fares start as low as $49 for Horizon Air flights in Washington and Oregon and $69 for Alaska Airlines flights to the San Francisco Bay area.

"Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air cover the West with more flights to more destinations on the West Coast than any other airline," said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. "We're hoping that customers will take advantage of these low fares and our great schedules to plan a fall getaway before the holidays."

Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 23 for travel from Oct. 24 through Dec. 17, 2008. Fare Rules: Seats are limited and subject to availability.

Sample one-way fares are: $49 between Portland and Redmond/Bend, Ore.; $69 between Seattle and San Francisco; $99 between Portland and Phoenix; $109 between Seattle and Orange County, Calif.; $129 between Seattle and Palm Springs, Calif.; and $130 between Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul. (The carrier begins twice-daily, nonstop service between Seattle and the Twin Cities on Oct. 26.)

A complete list of fares is available at alaskaair.com and horizonair.com or by calling (800) ALASKAAIR.

Special Deals at Three of Colorado's Ski Resorts

Intrawest announced early season travel packages at its Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park Colorado resort destinations.

Copper Mountain is offering Tucker Mountain Snowcat runs, free tips from Ski and Ride School pros, and the long anticipated Woodward at Copper, a winter-focused actions sports training facility.

Guests can save up to 20 percent on lift and lodging packages when booking at least four nights of lodging and four days of lift tickets, starting from $114 per person, per night. Kids 12 and under ski and stay free and the package includes Copper's Beeline Advantage allowing early lift access for those famous Colorado powder days.

Steamboat Springs - Ski Town U.S.A. is offering an early rewards package that features a minimum four nights lodging and a three-day lift ticket for as low as $302 if purchased by November 3, 2008 - a 20 percent savings. All Early Rewards packages must be booked by the deadline and paid in full at the time of booking through Steamboat's Central Reservations. Steamboat is also offering to offset airline baggage fees; guests who book an Early Rewards air-inclusive package through Central Reservations by November 3 will receive a $25 American Express prepaid card per booked air seat.

Entering into its 69th season of continual operation Winter Park is Colorado's oldest resort but the recent capital improvements make Winter Park up to date. Featuring the new Village at Winter Park, a state of the art Village Cabriolet and $40 million in on-mountain improvements over the past five years, Winter Park Resort is helping to change this once sleepy ski area into a true destination resort.

Winter Park's Free 4 All package provides guests booking three nights lodging and three days on the slopes plus a fourth day compliments of Winter Park. This limited time offer is a great way for families and friends to experience, first hand, Winter Park's authentic skiing and riding experience.

For more information about Intrawest's Colorado resorts, or other company resorts, go to