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Consumers are in for some amazing vacation deals from vendors locally. Check out a few of these bargains to see if they fit your pocketbook.

TAHOE REGION


DIAMOND PEAK RESORT- Learn to ski and ride for only $29 from March 9 to 13, at the Diamond Peak ski resort. In an effort to encourage everyone to get better at skiing or snowboarding, folks at Diamond Peak created another week dedicated to teaching you a new sport or improving your skills. The $29 Learn to Ski & Ride Week is available for ages 7 and up and includes a beginner lift ticket, group lesson and rental. Lessons start at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Repeat as many times as you want during the week! The first-time beginner package usually costs $81 for a 1 hr 45 min lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket but during Learn to Ski and Ride Week get all of this for only $29. Save over $50 during this week!

Reservations are not required and there will be plenty of room for everyone. Come to Diamond Peak during the week of March 9-13, 2009 and ask for the first-time beginner package at any ticket window. Learn to ski or ride for only $29!

Diamond Peak is located on 1210 Ski Way in Incline Village, Nevada. For more information and current conditions, call  775-832-1177  .

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ‘KIDS ARE FREE’ PROGRAM: For moms and dads visiting South Lake Tahoe (http://www.BlueLakeTahoe.com), a new promotion, "Kids Are Free" through March 31. More than 20 South Lake Tahoe lodging properties, six recreational outlets and two restaurants have combined to help cut family travel costs through March 31, with savings exceeding $250 per child. For a complete list of participating hotels, motels and vacation rental properties, as well as dining and activities, visit www.BlueLakeTahoe.com.
A few highlights of the kids’ program include:

*Skiing for free at Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
* Snowmobiling for free at Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center
* Riding for free on the M.S. Dixie II with Lake Tahoe Cruises
* Bowling for free Tahoe Bowl
*Flying for free at Soaring NV SkyRide
* Skating for free at South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Ice Arena

For free skiing, accommodations must be booked through participating Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe lodging partners. Each child under 12 will ski free with each paying adult. Kids can dine for free at Zephyr Cove Restaurant and Murphy’s Irish Pub/Rockwater Restaurant when parents purchase an adult meal.

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE: Learn To Ski/Ride for just $25
From March 8 through 13, would-be skiers and snowboarders can get a heck of a deal with Sierra Resort's Learn to Ski/Ride special . The package includes a 2.5 hour beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment for the day and a lift ticket that accesses the beginner chair lifts. Package must be reserved online in advance.

Backcountry Lessons go for as low as $33. With the incorporation of Huckleberry Canyon inside the Sierra Resort boundary this winter, expert skiers and snowboarders jonesing to experience extreme terrain but cautious enough to want to do so with a guide can take advantage of the new Backcountry Lesson . This 2.5 hour lesson covers both technique for skiing/riding extreme terrain and route finding skills. All necessary equipment, including avalanche beacon, probe & shovel, are included in the lesson price, which is $49 or $33 with a 3-Pak!

Spring Ahead and get $10 off your lift ticket.To celebrate the long days of California-style skiing and snowboarding as Daylight Savings Time begins, Sierra has teamed up with Snowbomb to offer a coupon for $10 off an adult or young adult coupon. The coupon is valid March 8 through 15, while supplies last.

Kids Ski Free. Book an overnight ski package with one of our partners in South Lake Tahoe and you'll receive a free child's lift ticket with each adult lift ticket. Packages represent an average savings of nearly $80 per person per night and are valid through March 31.

The closest major resort to Sacramento, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is located just 12 miles west of Lake Tahoe and receives an annual average of 480 inches of snowfall. For more information, visit www.SierraAtTahoe.com or call 530.659.7453.

SAN FRANCISCO

HYATT FISHERSMAN’S WHARF: Escape to San Francisco and save The Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf offers deluxe amenities and an ideal setting in the center of San Francisco's #1 destination, just minutes from downtown. With rates as low as $129-145, the value add offer from Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf includes complimentary daily self parking between now through April 15, 2009.

Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Package includes daily self-parking for one car only. Tax is not included. Rate is per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

BERKELEY


CLAREMONT RESORT AND SPA: The "Family Getaway" package is a steal, starting at $369 per night with a two-night minimum. This includes: classic room accommodations, breakfast for two adults and two children
Full access to The Club at The Claremont, three-hour membership in the Claremont Kids Club, and a welcome amenity of cookies, milk and old-fashioned checkers game. Families also get their choice of trip to Chabot Space and Science Center, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory or Oakland Zoo.

This Berkeley icon is a four-diamond resort, an ideal destination for a family getaway, offering services and conveniences to ensure both parents and kids enjoy their stay. Exactly 279 guest rooms (many with adjoining rooms for larger families) are equipped with wireless Internet access, cable TV with pay movies and video game consuls, room service and more.

Adults can enjoy relaxing spa treatments at Spa Claremont, fitness activities such as yoga, Pilates, hiking, swimming or just lounging pool side, in addition to fine dinning at Jordan’s or a casual cocktail at the lively Paragon Bar & Café. Meanwhile, the kids can partake in various activities with or without their parents including tennis and swimming, plus they will have a blast at the Kid’s Club while the adults are enjoying spa treatments, dinner or just some alone time.

The Kid’s Club at The Claremont is open to Spa and Resort guests, featuring both indoor and outdoor facilities with a wide range of games and activities, along with snacks and beverages. Resort guests receive a total of 3 complimentary hours of childcare, per room for each room night and can enjoy a relaxing evening or a dinner at Jordan’s restaurant by dropping the children off at the Kid’s Club. See www.claremontresort.com .

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