Orbitz: Lake Tahoe the most popular ski destination for 2008-2009

OrbitzLast year marked a record-setting ski season for U.S. resorts with 60.5 million skier visits, according to the National Ski Areas Association. As travelers begin thinking about where to find the best deals and the most snow for the upcoming season, Orbitz predicts Lake Tahoe will be this year’s most popular destination.

“While ski vacations are more popular than ever before, the current economy presents new challenges for travelers on tighter budgets than in past years,” said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandizing for Orbitz. “Travelers looking for ski season savings need only a bit of expert advice on when and where to travel, and Orbitz has the insider knowledge to help them hit the slopes.”

2008-2009 Orbitz Insider Ski Index (Ranking* and average daily hotel rate**)

  1. Lake Tahoe, CA/NEV    $116
  2. Breckenridge, CO    $225
  3. Park City, UT    $239
  4. Vail, CO    $286
  5. Aspen, CO    $227
  6. Keystone, CO    $149
  7. Winter Park, CO    $193
  8. Whistler, BC    $292
  9. Banff, Canada    $189
  10. Steamboat Springs, CO    $204

*Based on hotel and vacation package bookings from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08
** Based on average daily hotel rates from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08