Itching to get to the slopes early in winter? Then check out the value season at The Village Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Value season at The Village Lodge in Mammoth reduces rates on early season lodging packages. The lifts start turning Nov. 11, and value season at The Village Lodge runs Nov. 10-23 and Nov. 28-Dec. 16.

Ski and stay packages start at $109 per person per night. The rate, which is based on double occupancy, includes one day of lift tickets and one night of lodging in a Village studio. The rate adds up to $435.30 total for two people for two nights of lodging and two days of skiing.

Rooms at the Village Lodge range from studios to three-bedroom condos. Underground parking gets the car protected indoors, where you can leave it sit for the duration of your trip. Those arriving by air don't need to rent a car as lodging packages include complimentary transfers to and from Yosemite Mammoth Airport. Five hot tubs and a heated pool provide places for the après ski soak, and those with energy to burn can hit one of three fitness centers.

A complimentary in-town shuttle service is available, but with the location of the Village Lodge in Mammoth Village, you can walk to shops, restaurants, and bars. Those looking for nightlife will find the Hyde Lounge a five-minute walk from the lodge through the village.

Access to the lifts requires a short walk, but no drive or bus ride. The rental shop sits adjacent to the Village Gondola that takes you to the base of Canyon Express and other lifts. You can finish the day by skiing directly back to the lodge on the Village Ski Back Trail.

More information. Or call 800-MAMMOTH.