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February 24, 2011 09:10 ET

See and Be Seen at Cheapflights.ca's Top 10 Apres Ski Destinations

TORONTO--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, knows that activities off the piste are almost as important as what happens on them. So Cheapflights.ca's has put together a list of the Top 10 Après Ski Destinations, which offer nightlife and entertainment for skiers and snowboarders looking for some after-ski fun. You may even spot celebrities like Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood and Uma Thurman enjoying the scene at many of these hotspots.

Cheapflights.ca is also your source on how to cut costs on a ski vacation so you can enjoy the slopes and still have some cash for après ski fun too. Our budget-stretching advice includes how to pack smart and how to make the most of a package holiday. The full set of tips is available at www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/how-to-plan-a-budget-friendly-ski-or-snowboarding-trip/.

Below are five of the top après ski destinations to make the list:

Aspen, Colorado -- In Aspen, a day's worth of rugged skiing prompts a night's worth of posh après ski glitz. At the Sky Hotel's 39 Degrees Bar, turn up the heat in its 104-degree hot tub and watch ladies and gentlemen in designer duds strut their stuff around mingling. There is also a waterfall, so just consider this a winter pool party with martinis. Search and compare cheap flights to Aspen.

Banff, Alberta -- The crystal blue lake is just one of the perfect attributes around the ski region of Banff. Once you're done glorifying the frigid sweeps, take to Banff's upper hot springs, which usually stay around 100 degrees F. Once your hunger sets in, try an upscale meal at the Maple Leaf, or a more traditional eatery like the Saltlick or the Grizzly House. Search and compare cheap flights to Calgary.

St. Moritz, Switzerland -- Its dry-air "Champagne Climate" makes St. Mortiz a go-to for skiers and snowboarders. The area shares trails with Silvaplana, Celerina, and Pontresina, so the diversity of slopes, lounges and social scenes make it attractive and fun. Ski fondue, lobster, sun decks and terraces make its après ski atmosphere a decadent blast, well into the night. Search and compare cheap flights to St. Moritz.

St. Anton, Austria -- The skiing is extreme here, and so are the activities afterward. Once 3pm hits, skiers flood the bars, like Senn Hutte, which has a German show that encourages guests to dance on tables, or Krazy Kanguruh -- right on the piste, which is known for a party atmosphere. Plenty of late-night discos and karaoke bars make perfect excuses to miss the slopes the next morning. Search and compare cheap flights to St. Anton.

Whistler, BC -- Talk about patience. The chef at Wildflower Restaurant at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler starts preparing the aged maple glaze for the cedar planked salmon months before he uses it. It's a must-eat in this après ski haven, where the process involves 200-litre oak barrels, whiskey and maple syrup, which must be stirred four times each day. Work up an appetite on the slopes, and head straight to the Fairmont (after you've cleaned up, of course). Search and compare cheap flights to Whistler.

The other five destinations to make Cheapflights.ca's Top 10 Après Ski Destinations include hotspots where the likes of Oprah, Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford and other celebrities have been spotted in après ski gear. The list includes Vail, Colorado; Chamonix, France; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Cortina, Italy. To see all the details, visit www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/top-10-apres-ski-destinations/.

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