Ski areas have a strong impact on the local economy. They draw crowds to the local hotels, restaurants and shopping outlets; create seasonal employment opportunities and of course, pay high taxes. When it comes to the guests, good ski resorts like Winterplace for example, find ways to give back to the skiers and riders who frequent their slopes, in order to thank them for their business. This season, West Virginia skiers and riders can earn free lift tickets at Winterplace, just by staying the night with one of the resort's local lodging partners.

The top choice for skiers and riders is the Resort at Glade Springs, located just 10 minutes from the slopes of Winterplace -- accessible by complimentary shuttle. The Resort at Glade Springs offers multiple choices in affordable, first-class lodging (suites all the way to 12-person villas), fine or casual dining and Leisure Center, which hosts a long list of high-end amenities including a full-service spa, hot tub, indoor pool, indoor sports and exercise facility, indoor laser tag arena, arcade, movie theater and even a 10-lane bowling alley. It's as if you've died and gone to vacation heaven. 

Midweek Packags at Glade Springs start at $136 per room and includes 2 free all-day adult lift tickets for skiing the next day at Winterplace (a $96 savings).

Weekend/Holiday Packages start at $165 per room and include 1 free all-day adult lift ticket for skiing the next day at Winterplace (a $62 savings).

Both packages include full buffet breakfast for your entire party (kids stay and eat breakfast free when staying in the same room as adults). Access to the Leisure Center, and complimentary shuttle to and from the mountain.

Guests can stay at The Resort at Glade Springs or other fine participating lodging facilities for one night (any Sunday through Thursday night excluding holidays) and ski free any day Monday through Friday, excluding these holidays periods: Dec. 22, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, Jan. 19 through 21, and Feb. 16 through 18, 2013. This offer expires March 31, 2013.

Rooms must be booked through Winterplace Central Reservations or directly with the participating lodging facility. Offer expires March 31, 2013.

More info at winterplace.com