[R430R, Stratton Mountain Resort] has quite the deal with its X2 Express Card, which pays for itself right out of the box.

One could be excused for calling this deal a no-brainer.

The card costs $69 until Nov. 23, yields discounts on lift tickets right through the season, and comes pre-loaded with a free day of skiing.

X2 works like a debit card. No trips to the lift ticket window, just direct-to-lift access with your credit card charged the first time the X2 is scanned at the lift each day.

Holders get $30 off midweek, non-holiday lift tickets; $20 off non-holiday weekends; and $10 off holiday lift tickets.

X2 also includes one free equipment rental.

Stratton's operators say do the math. The X2 costs the same as a one-day lift ticket, and saves every time it's used.

Caveats: The free lift ticket and free equipment rental can't be redeemed on holidays. Daily savings apply to full day tickets only; no half days. Holidays are Dec. 26 to Jan. 2; Jan. 15-17; and Feb. 19-25. X2 Cards and the included free day and free rental are non-transferable. Card expires at the end of the current winter season.

More information. Or call 800-787-2886.