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Early Ski Destinations

Top 10 early ski destinations unveiled

Nov 01, 2010

CHICAGO - With the official start of winter now on the horizon, Orbitz is giving skiers and snowboarders an early downhill rush this year. Orbitz today unveiled its top 10 early ski destinations, offering pre-season snow-seekers the insight they need to book the best destinations before peak season begins.

In addition to ski and snowboard enthusiasts, the Top 10 Early Ski Destinations deliver something unique for everyone – from world-class ski resorts to luxurious spas, upscale shopping, eclectic boutiques, a vibrant nightlife and other athletic pursuits such as mountain biking and trail blazing.

The once and current king of the early ski season is Lake Tahoe, which also topped last year's in-season list of top ski destinations. Colorado again makes the most appearances of any state with five destinations, led by Breckenridge at number three overall. We bent the rules a bit for our only non-U.S. entrant – Whistler, in British Columbia, Canada – due to its size, scope and popularity as a top destination for the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Noticeably absent are destinations in the U.S. Northeast, where first snows typically happen much later in the season.

Orbitz Index - Top 2010 Ski Destinations

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV

Park City, UT

Breckenridge, CO

Vail, CO

Whistler, BC

Aspen, CO

Mammoth, CA

Jackson Hole, WY (tied for 8th)

Snowmass, CO (tied for 8th)

Steamboat, CO

Top 10 early ski destinations unveiled
Snowboarding in Lake Tahoe / Image via

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