Vacationers booking trips early instead of waiting for winter to arrive can sometimes get better deals. Skiers and snowboarders heading to Lake Louise can get a discount for lodging at Lake Louise Inn and add on an extra day of free skiing when booking trips by Nov. 30.

Ski Big3 is offering a 20 percent discount on lodging at Lake Louise Inn and adds on a fifth day of lift tickets free with the early booking package. Reservations with the discount and free ski day are available for stays anytime between Nov. 1 and April 30, with no blackout dates.

Five nights of lodging at Lake Louise Inn is required to get the 20 percent discount, and four days of lift tickets are required to get the fifth day free. The lift tickets are Ski Big3's tri-area lift tickets that are valid for skiing or snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Area, Sunshine Village, or Mount Norquay.

The Lake Louise Inn is located in downtown Lake Louise within a five-minute walk to a small mall that houses restaurants, the visitor center, groceries, and shopping. Complimentary shuttles are available to Lake Louise Ski Area, a five-minute drive across the narrow valley. Shuttle to Sunshine from Lake Louise runs on Mondays and Thursdays only.

The smoke-free inn has 247 rooms in nine styles-from economy to two-bedroom suites. The inn, which allows children 17 years old and younger to stay free, features a large indoor pool with a hot tub and sauna adjacent to the lobby. Several restaurants, including a espresso bar, pizzeria, pub, and dining room, are available on site for those who don't want to stroll far. Plug-in parking keeps vehicles ready to operate should temperatures drop to frigid levels.

The early booking discount is offered through Ski Big3, which also books airfare, transfers, rental cars, accommodations, lift tickets, rentals, lessons. The package can be booked online or by phone. Ski Big3 also offers discounted ski and stay packages at other lodges for those booking early.

More information. Or call 877-754-7080.