The [R31R, Balsams Wilderness Ski Area] is offering two-for-one lift tickets on non-holiday weekdays, which means two adults ski for $40, and two juniors ski for $30.

The resort also is outfitting its rental shop with new Elan skis through a partnership with Golf and Ski Warehouse. Golf and Ski also is running the retail shop at The Balsams.

The Balsams Wilderness Ski Area opened in 1966. It was run almost from the beginning by Balsams managing partner Warren Pearson. His son, Andy Pearson, runs it today.

The ski area has a base lodge, 16 trails, five glades, a terrain park, and a ski-play area for kids.

Snowmaking covers 80 percent of the terrain.

Weekend and holiday lift tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for juniors. Midweek tickets are $40 and $30.

The resort also has 95 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides.

The Balsams Wilderness is one of the few grand resort hotels still in operation in North America, and offers an experience available at few other places.

Some guests refer to it as a dining room with a hotel attached, since the meals are among the best available anywhere.

The hotel rambles over many floors and many sitting areas, sprinkled with couches, easy chairs, and fireplaces.

Rates include lodging and meals and, for example, start at $99 per person per night Dec. 22 and 23. Rates range up to $309 per person per night during holidays. Taxes and tips are extra. Rates are based on double occupancy.

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