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December 15, 2010 09:40 ET

Cheapflights.com Hits the Slopes With Its List of Top 10 Ski Destinations

With Practical Tips on How to Pack for a Ski Vacation

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - With reports of major snow falls rolling in from around the country and the world, Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, is looking on the bright side of what all this winter weather means -- a great ski season. The editors at Cheapflights.com have compiled a list of the Top 10 Ski Destinations along with a helpful guide on How To Pack for a Ski Vacation. Equipped with practical tips and know-how on traveling stress free, the guide ensures you are ready to enjoy the slopes, other winter activities and après-ski fun at snowlicious destinations around the world.

The Top 10 Ski Destinations list features ski resorts in Europe, Canada and the US. Here are five to make the list:

  • Val d'Isere, France - In southeastern France, on the border of the Vanoise National Park, sits Val d'Isere. Diverse in its level of difficulty, this ski haven welcomes visitors from all over the world with its world class skiing and alpine culture. Its lively slopes are a perfect way to warm up for its even livelier nightlife, and making the transition between the two is made easy. A free shuttle between the towns of Val d'Isere and La Daille runs every five minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes at night. Search and compare cheap flights to Val d'Isere.
  • Park City, Utah - Just south of Salt Lake City, Park City is no little sibling when it comes to drawing tourists. Famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival each year, it's also home to serious alpine skiing. Six mountains and 114 trails give keen skiers plenty of slopes to roam, and other mountain activities like tubing and an alpine coaster won't disappoint either. Park City's dining and après ski options aren't half bad, either. Search and compare cheap flights to Park City.
  • Whistler, Canada - Alpine skiing and mountain biking are big at Whistler Blackcomb, which is consistently voted a top ski destination each year. Whistler hosted most of the 2010 Winter Olympics' Alpine, Nordic, skeleton and bobsled events, so if you're ready to go for glory on the snow or ice, head to the world-renowned resort. Watch out for the bears though –- the furry friends in Whistler have been known to open even locked car doors for a snack. Search and compare cheap flights to Whistler.
  • Chamonix, France - Sitting right under Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, has a wide range of intermediate and advanced skiing options. Known as the extreme skiing and free-riding capital of Europe, it's also a hot spot for snowboarders as well. Once the day of downhill fun comes to a close, gear up for its dynamic town filled with more than 100 restaurants and bars. Search and compare cheap flights to Chamonix.
  • St. Anton, Austria - Holding its head high with a glamorous reputation, St. Anton is no one-trick pony. Beyond its glitzy façade is world-class on piste skiing, fantastic powder and lots of unmarked trails. Experts enjoy steep drops like that of Zura and the challenging powder bowls of the Valluga. Beginners find their own excitement on the many less demanding slopes. Search and compare cheap flights to St. Anton.

To see the full list of top ski spots, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/2010/12/top-10-ski-destinations/.

In order to have a smooth holiday, it's important to learn the tips and tricks of ski holiday travel ahead of time. With Cheapflights.com's How To Pack for a Ski Vacation guide, get advice on the best way to pack and key things to remember before jetting off to hit the slopes. Key tips in the guide include:

  • Pack with purpose: Tuck small items, such as ski socks and gloves, inside your ski boots to maximize space. Wrap your goggles inside a ski hat and make sure they're well cushioned in case of bumps. If you are bringing your skis or snowboard, pack clothes around them in the ski bag -- provided that's not expressly forbidden by your carrier. Cram as much as you can into your hand luggage.
  • Consider renting equipment: Do you really need to haul your skies on the flight or can you rent your skis there? Some airlines will throw in free ski carriage but other carriers will charge extra. If your prospective airline charges, weigh up the costs of carrying skis compared to renting. As a guide, Cheapflights.com has created an easy table outlining the Costs of Carrying Skis on Flights for various airlines. 
  • Consider renting clothes: If you are really trying to keep baggage costs down you could rent some clothes for your stay at the resort. A growing number of resorts provide this service.
  • Wear as much on the flight as you can: Some hard-core bargain flyers suggest wearing your ski boots too. Wearing a helmet in the cabin might be pushing the bounds of acceptability but it's an item that many slope-bound travelers will pack in their hand luggage.
  • Don't forget your paperwork: Pack your printouts for booked lift tickets, rentals, lessons, and, most importantly, your travel insurance policy.

The complete How-to Guide with additional tips is available at http://news.cheapflights.com/2010/12/how-to-pack-for-a-ski-vacation/.

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