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Hotels.com Features Savings on Hotels in Top Winter Destinations

DALLAS, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Why try to escape the winter? Embrace it! The slopes are opening in top ski destinations and Hotels.com is encouraging travel planners to book now for the best deals. The company that knows hotels inside and out is featuring top resorts from Whistler to Vail at prices that will have snow enthusiasts ready for another trip up the lift.

“We know that people like to wait until the last minute to make travel plans, but I’m here to tell you that that is not the way to get the best deals,” said Carl Minto-Sparks, senior vice president of marketing and retail operations for Hotels.com. “The 2006 ski season is set to be full and fun, so book now to get the best deals and to have a wider selection of accommodations. Also, consider alternative lodging options like vacation rentals to accommodate your family, friends and ski gear.”

Hotels.com Tips for Planning Lodging for a Snow Vacation
* By booking before the New Year, you’ll get the best deals. If you
prefer to enjoy the slopes after the holidays, you will find the best
rates by booking dates prior to President’s weekend.
* Location! Location! Generally, the closer your rooms are to the
slopes, the higher the cost of the lodging. But, if you stay close
enough to the slopes, you may be able to avoid car rental costs.
* Vacation Rental accommodations are a great lodging alternative for
groups and families. Try a condo with kitchenette facilities. The
cost per person is often less than the price of a traditional hotel.
(hotels.com has more than 2,000 vacation rental properties).
* Make plans to arrive in the late afternoon or early evening to give
time to acclimate to the altitude and to prepare for hitting the
slopes the next morning.
* Plan on arriving to the mountain about 30 minutes before the lifts
open to get your equipment squared away and beat the crowds.
* Reserve your equipment in advance, especially around peak season.
* Ski schools are often booked well in advance, you’ll want to take care
of this as soon as you’ve determined where and when you’ll be skiing
or snow boarding.

Here are just a few of the ski deals only available on http://www.hotels.com/ :

BOOK for January 3 – February 16, 2006
Save 20% on three nights, 25% on four or more
BOOK for February 21 – March 31, 2006
Save 15% on four nights, 20% on five or more

Whistler, BC – Coast Whistler Hotel – from $176.00; Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – Les Suites Tremblant – from $121.00; Big Sky, MT – Summit at Big Sky – from $122.00; Jackson Hole, WY – The Wort Hotel – from $225.00; Park City, UT – PowderWood Resort – from $132.00; Salt Lake City, UT – The Cliff Lodge & Spa – from $339.00; Steamboat Springs, CO – The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center – from $194.00; Vail, CO – Landmar Condominiums (Vacation Rental) – from $345 – deluxe 2bed/2bath

*Rates are subject to change and availability

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering reservation services through its own websites (including http://www.hotels.com/ and others), its interactive affiliate network (http://www.ian.com/ ), and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). Hotels.com gives travelers one of the widest selections of lodging accommodations from traditional hotels to vacation rentals at more than 20,000 properties worldwide. Hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) . CST: 2059975-40

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