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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Nov. 17

This week: Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort ski season starts Nov. 28, Greyhound offering advance purchase fare discounts, and Alaska Airlines readies new Portland-Long Beach flights

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Ski Season Begins Nov. 28 at Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort

Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort starts its ski season the day after Thanksgiving, and skiers can hit the slopes for as little as $10 when they stay at Mountain Star Lodge.

Located in the Kellogg area in the panhandle, the upcoming ski season forecast includes fresh powder and affordable deals for skiers eager to hit the slopes at this Northern Rockies hideaway.

For example, snow enthusiasts who book a weekday stay at the resort's Mountain Star Lodge can purchase lift tickets for as low as $10 a day.

To kick off ski season, the resort is currently offering the following special discount packages:

Ski for as low as $10: Guests who stay at the Mountain Star Lodge during the week (Monday through Friday) can purchase ski lift tickets for as low as $10. Offer valid through Dec. 20, excluding holidays.

Stay 3 Nights, Get 4th Free: During November, book three nights' lodging and get a fourth night free. Offer valid for any room.

Winter Water Fun: When not on the slopes, lodge guests looking for a little taste of summer fun receive free admission to Silver Rapids, the West's only indoor waterpark located at a ski resort. The latest aquatic attractions give guests a chance to ski and surf all in the same day.

Chairlifts at Silver Mountain Resort start running daily at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For daily updates on new snowfall, snow conditions, weather and a lift and trail report, visit the Silver Mountain Resort snow report site at

Located right off northern Idaho's I-90, the resort's Gondola Base Lodge is only one-quarter mile off the highway, an hour's drive east from downtown Spokane, Wash. Offering 1,600 acres and 73 trails of varying terrain, more than 300 inches of snowfall annually and more than 2,200 vertical feet of the region's finest skiing and snowboarding. For more information about Silver Mountain Resort and upcoming events, visit
www.silvermt.com or call (800) 204-6428.

Greyhound Offering Advance Purchase Fare Discounts

Greyhound Lines said customers can now save 20 percent by purchasing tickets seven days in advance. This nationwide discount is available on any trip length, and tickets can be purchased online or from a ticket agent.

"Greyhound has a long history of providing affordable travel," said Dave Leach, president and CEO, Greyhound. "We recognize customers are looking for ways to save money, especially with the holidays approaching, and we are continuing our tradition of low-cost, convenient transportation."

Limited exceptions and restrictions may apply. For more information, visit
www.Greyhound.com or call (800) 231-2222.

Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 2,300 destinations with more than 10,500 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound PackageXpress and charters.

Alaska Airlines Readies New Portland-Long Beach Flights

Alaska Airlines will offer new twice-daily nonstop service between Portland, Ore., and Long Beach, Calif., starting Feb. 8, 2009.

The airline also said it would add a second nonstop flight between Anchorage and Chicago, operating June 7 through Aug. 22, 2009.

"The addition of Portland-Long Beach gives our customers another convenient alternative for traveling between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California," said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience.

Jarvis said the new Portland-Long Beach route and the second Anchorage-Chicago nonstop are part of the airline's strategy to redeploy flights in markets that strengthen its Pacific Northwest and Alaska route structure.

From Portland, flights will depart at 7:05 a.m. and 2 p.m. and arrive in Long Beach at 9:25 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., respectively. Flights from Long Beach will depart at 10:05 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. and arrive in Portland at 12:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m., respectively.

From Anchorage, the new flight will depart at 11:15 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 8:13 a.m. the following day. The flight from Chicago will depart at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Anchorage at 1:06 p.m.

To celebrate Alaska's new service to Long Beach, Mileage Plan members can earn double miles on nonstop flights between Portland and Long Beach from Feb. 8, 2009, through March 8, 2009. To earn double miles, customers must register at alaskaair.com before they travel. Registration will be available beginning Dec. 1, 2008.

Alaska Airlines will operate the new routes with Boeing 737 aircraft, providing first class and main-cabin seating.