[R180R, Hoodoo Mountain Resort] may be short in stature - just 1,035 vertical feet - and size - only 806 acres - but it is long on giving skiers and snowboarders a financial break.

Check out the resort's Tightwad Tuesdays, when anyone regardless of age can ride any or all of the five lifts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $19 (the regular adult price for these marathon sessions is $42).

Or you can get 2-for-1 deals - i.e., one person pays, the other gets a free ride - on Thursdays through participating Shell service stations.

Another great way to savor the essence of Hoodoo is by attending its 28th annual Winter Carnival which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7.

The festivities, many of which are free and/or are included with the purchase of your lift ticket, consist of such diversions as face painting, an axe-throwing booth, musical chairs for kids, Frisbee golf, a three-legged obstacle race, a pie-eating contest, and a dummy downhill.

You can also go skiing or snowboarding, if you'd like.

A BBQ pork dinner will be available at 5 p.m. When the lifts close at 8:30 p.m. there will be a torchlight parade (open to skiing and snowboarding guests of advanced ability) and fireworks extravaganza.