Dreaming Of Your First Powder Day?
Orbitz's New Ski Site Can Tell You Where the Snow Is and Take You There
CHICAGO - October 28, 2004 - Just in time for ski season, Orbitz, the site with more low fares, more hotels and more cars, today announced a new Orbitz Ski Site complete with expert commentary, insider information and exclusive deals to help travelers research and book a customized ski vacation at more than a hundred resorts in North America and worldwide.
Designed to please the two primary types of ski vacationers - those who are looking for ski vacation ideas and deals and those who already know where they want to go and are ready to make a reservation - Orbitz's ski site offers the convenience of booking your ski vacation on every page along with in-depth, award-winning content from a veteran team of outdoor and travel writers at Outside magazine, away.com and other online publishers.
"Until now, no travel web site offered skiers detailed information on popular ski mountains and resorts along with the convenience of booking a reservation online," said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at Orbitz. "From live Web cams on the mountains to editorial from ski and snowboard obsessed writers, Orbitz brings skiers the most up-to-date information on everything they need to book a great vacation."
Whether novice skiers are looking for a family-friendly resort like Keystone, or expert snowboarders are looking to ride the best bowls in the Canadian Rockies, Orbitz's ski site gives travelers more specialty ski information than any other travel website. And with recommended resort picks in 14 categories -- including Family, Powder or Nightlife -- travelers can easily find and book a ski trip that best fits their needs.
The site is packed with everything a skier needs to know to plan the perfect ski getaway:
- 130 resort profiles within North America and across the globe, organized by state and region
- Expert reviews of every mountain and resort with side-by-side comparisons to help undecided travelers easily evaluate their options
- Trail maps, daily snow reports, web cams and event calendars updated daily to give consumers up-to-the-minute details on their preferred destination
- Gear reviews and how-to feature articles from ski professionals so anyone, from the most experienced skier to beginners, can come well prepared to hit the slopes.
Special package deals exclusive to Orbitz.com users, such as the following, are also available:
- Banff from $799 per person includes 5 nights at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with the 5th night free and roundtrip airfare from New York.
- Park City from $378 per person includes 3 Nights at Holiday Inn Express Park City and nonstop roundtrip air from Los Angeles.
- Steamboat Springs from $422 per person includes 3 nights at the Fairfield Inn with complimentary continental breakfast and nonstop roundtrip air from Chicago.
Orbitz's ski site is accessible at www.ski.orbitz.com < font="">or travelers can go to Orbitz.com and choose the "Ski" link under the Featured Deals section.
Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On www.orbitz.com, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, as well as rates at tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and at 22 car rental companies. For more information on the company, visit www.orbitz.com.
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