I sure could have used SkiResorts.com when I was trying to plan a birthday ski trip with 15 of my closest friends last month. I’m not a die-hard skier, the glut of information on the web—resorts, hotels, packages, etc.—left me completely overwhelmed, and I wound up scrapping the ski trip plan for a birthday celebration of a more indoor variety: karaoke.
So while this discovery came a little too late to help me out, hopefully SkiResorts.com can come in handy for many of you this season. The site, which bills itself as a “mecca” for everything snow-related, both on and off the slopes, helps you build packages at prime skiing attractions across the continent, tailored to your needs. Trying to find a good deal on a flight and condo for a long weekend in Jackson Hole? Done. Hungry in Stowe? Dig in. Looking for a spa to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes in Tahoe? Look no further.
But now this great resource for all things snowy is ramping up for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with tons of great features. Scour the site for some stellar last-minute Whistler/Blackcomb packages (rooms from $871 with the fourth night free, plus a $300 credit, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler—score!), and when the games begin on February 12, tune in for acclaimed travel journalist Crai Bower’s exclusive Olympic Blog.
His daily reports promise to highlight much more than the competition alone: “I’m really interested in the surrounding culture that goes on around the games,” he says. What’s he looking forward to the most? Following speed-skater Apolo Ohno’s quest to become the most decorated Olympian of all time; the cultural events (including Whistler Live, nightly free concerts featuring Usher and The Fray); and, well, the food at the different nation houses: “Chefs not only prepare meals for team members and provide a familiar environment for people from their country, but they’re a wonderful opportunity for others to experience cultures.” For example? “The Irish house will have Guinness unlike any other that we experience in North America.”
For those of us not quite as lucky as Bower, looks like the next best thing to being there will be logging on.
Sarah Khan is a copy editor at Travel + Leisure.