When Wisconsin’s Whitecap Mountain opens for the season — right now scheduled for Dec. 21 — skiers and snowboarders have a boggling selection of packages to save time and money.

With 36 runs across more than 400 acres and a 400-foot vertical drop, Whitecap is located minutes from Hurley, Wis./Ironwood, site of the biggest resorts in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. It therefore presents an opportunity to not only ski or board there, but several other areas on the same trip.

What's new this year? One run plus new terrain park features. 

Whitecap’s deals include these: For families staying over weeknights, step into the “Comfort Zone”. You and your progeny will be greeted in your room by a pan of fresh-baked brownies or a plate of cookies, microwave popcorn or other snacks, and hot chocolate, and you keep the commemorative Whitecap glasses.

Rates starts at $155 per person for four, or if you want to hog on your treats, $218 per person for two occupants, for two nights in Whitecap’s Premier Lodge units in the Whitecap Lodge. Your lift tickets will be waiting in your room so there are no lines to stand in.

Other Sunday-Thursday family packages for two parents with two kids up to age 11 including lodging, breakfast and 50 percent off rentals start at just $287 for EVERYBODY. Have more kids or some aged 12-18? Another $25 each gets them in the door.

A three-day, Sunday-Thursday "slalom package" includes three nights' lodging, three lift tickets, three breakfasts, two dinners, three lessons and free rentals, starting at a paltry $179 per person.

Coming up for one night only? Get one overnight, with your lift ticket and after a complimentary breakfast, for just $59 midweek. Adult tickets purchased alone are $45 each. That price is based on quad occupancy, so you’d be roomies for basically $14 a night each, with breakfast.