Skiing or riding at South Lake Tahoe is easy with ski and stay packages through Heavenly Mountain Resort. Early December packages can get you on the slopes before the crowds clog runs while a holiday package can set you up for Christmas and New Year's.

Heavenly offers two early December lodging and lift packages with cheapest rates offered midweek. The packages, which are based on double occupancy, are available Nov. 28 through Dec. 16. Starting rates are for lodging at Big Pines Mountain House, but other lodging options are available at higher rates.

The Buy-One-Get-One package requires a minimum stay of two nights. Rates start at $55 per person per night.

The Heavenly for Half Off package requires a four-night stay that combines with four days of skiing or riding. Rates start at $52 per person per night.

An additional package that starts at $135 per person bundles up three nights of lodging with two days of lift tickets. It is available Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, with the starting rate based on double occupancy at the Big Pines Mountain House during midweek. The package includes a third night free and 50 percent off lift tickets.

Those looking to tag a ski vacation into the Christmas holidays can get the Heavenly Holidays package Dec. 16 through Jan. 2. Rates start at $485 per person for a studio at Aston Lakeland Village for stays through Dec. 26; rates increase for later stays. A three-night minimum is required.

More information. Or call 800-HEAVENLY.