If you're looking for good deals on lodging for your ski or snowboard vacation, it pays to book early. Whitefish Mountain Resort is running an early booking lodging deal for those who make trip reservations by mid-November.

The early booking program, called Experience The Freedom, rewards early planners with a night of free lodging added on to their ski vacation. The resort also added an incentive for families this year with free lift tickets for kids.

Experience The Freedom requires that all reservations be made by Nov. 15, 2012. Reservations are available for anytime during this winter season excluding Dec. 21, 2012 through Jan. 3, 2013 and Feb. 15-21, 2013.

Here’s how the program works. During value seasons this winter, you can buy three nights of lodging and get the fourth night free or buy four nights of lodging and get a fifth night added on free. Three value season options are available,  Dec. 8 - 20, Jan. 4 - 31, and March 22 - April 6.

During the regular season this winter, you can buy four nights of lodging and get the fifth night free or buy five nights of lodging and receive the sixth and seventh nights free. Regular season options include Feb. 1 – 14 and Feb. 22 - March 21.

The bonus for families this year is the addition of free lift tickets for kids in the Experience The Freedom program. Families can get one free lift ticket for kids ages 7 to 18 years old with each paid adult lift ticket. To receive the free tickets for kids, an adult must purchase at least a four-day ticket and the child's ticket will match the number of days on the adult lift ticket.

Reservations for Experience The Freedom early booking deals can be made by calling 800-858-4152. Be sure to refer to the promotion code “EXP.” You can also find more lodging information here.