Ski Bargains in Peak Season? They Do Exist Offers Tips on Where and How to Find Those Elusive Savings on Ski Trips

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Ski season shows no sign of cooling down, and discount travel site reports that contrary to popular belief, more snow does not have to mean fewer bargains — if travelers know where to look.

“Several locations stand out this year, both as places receiving a lot of snow, and also as destinations with significant hotel savings, even on the weekends,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Hotwire’s consumer travel expert. “Top picks for better hotel deals this year include Lake Tahoe, Park City, Vail and Whistler. Prices go down even further if you stay mid-week or drive a little further, and stay in Salt Lake City instead of Park City, or Reno instead of Lake Tahoe.”

For the best deals, Hotwire recommends avoiding weekend dates and traveling mid-week; hotel rates for stays Sunday through Thursday can offer substantial savings. Mid-week ski trips also offer the added benefit of fewer people in chair lift lines, more pristine runs and many resorts offer lower mid-week lift ticket pricing.

Hotwire guarantees the lowest hotel rates available at resort destinations, as well as nearby major cities, with savings of up to 60 percent off hotel rooms, including rates found on hotel web sites or other online travel agencies.

Hotel rates offered on Hotwire for travel in the next two weeks include:

— $49 / night 4-Star hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah — Downtown Salt Lake
— $59 / night 3-Star hotel, Breckenridge, Colorado — Silverthorne –
— $82 / night 4-Star hotel, Reno — Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
— $100 / night 3-Star hotel, Park City, Utah — Park City
— $115 / night 3-Star hotel, Whistler, Canada — Whistler Main Village
and Village North
— $141 / night 4-Star condo, Reno – Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe

Below are round-trip air and hotel package deals offered on Hotwire for travel in the next two weeks.

— $340 Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel (3-Star) Salt Lake City,
Utah — 3 nights hotel and flight from New York City
— $354 Hilton Salt Lake City Center (4-Star) Salt Lake City, Utah –
3 nights hotel and flight from Los Angeles
— $428 Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort (4-Star) Lake Tahoe, Calif. –
5 nights hotel and flight from Portland, Oregon
— $497 Keystone Lodge (4-Star) Breckenridge, Colorado — 2 nights hotel
and flight from Chicago
— $537 Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (4.5-Star) Whistler, Canada –
3 nights hotel and flight from Seattle
— $624 Sheraton’s Mountain Vista (3.5-Star), Vail, Colorado — 4 nights
hotel and flight from Pensacola

When booking hotel stays on Hotwire, customers can search many different neighborhoods and star ratings simultaneously, enabling price-driven travelers to choose and compare among Hotwire’s deeply discounted rates. Hotwire’s hotel rates are so low; they’re backed by the industry’s most aggressive guarantee. Find a lower rate within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference.

All prices shown are based on hotel and vacation packages offered on Hotwire between February 4 — February 17, 2005 for travel between February 22 and March 8, 2005. Vacation packages are per-person with double occupancy and roundtrip air. Packages shown include all taxes and fees, while hotel rates do not. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Because prices change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves.

About Hotwire is a leading discount travel site with consistently lower prices on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help distribute their excess inventory. Hotwire is a wholly owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) . For more information, visit

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