July 7, 2011

Just Because It’s 90 Degrees Out, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Go Skiing

DALLAS, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the humid Northern Hemisphere sizzling like an ant under a magnifying glass, the summer season can be dreadful for travelers who dream of snow, not surf, as their ideal vacation. While snow skiing is traditionally a winter pastime, there's no reason your inner ski bum needs to wait until the winter solstice to enjoy a week of racing down powdery slopes. Although many travelers opt to take advantage of the hotels.com summer sale by booking a sandy, tropical "beachcation," below are summer ski destinations if you like the other kind of wet stuff. As an added bonus, hotels.com® is offering deep discounts, gas cards, and Amazon Kindles to travelers who book at select hotels through the summer sale by August 30 for travel through September 6.

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"Packing your ski gear and heading to the slopes in the summer may be counter intuitive, yet we know our customers like the unexpected and surprising vacation option especially when they get to save some money along the way," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for hotels.com. "Our summer sale helps travelers brainstorm new ways to create magical life-long memories, whether enjoying a winter sport with a significant other or heading to Florida with the whole family in August."

Staying Local: Within the United States

There's no need to leave the country to enjoy summer skiing -- resorts in Colorado, Oregon and California are open throughout the summer months and feature 'spring skiing-like' conditions. Mammoth Lakes Ski Area, California is home to gorgeous terrain as well as year-round skiing conditions. One hotel, highlighted in the hotels.com summer sale includes Mammoth Mountain Inn - Mammoth Lakes. This hotel is located slope side at the ski resort for those who want to jump right onto the snow. For anyone who prefers pools in the summer, the year-round heated outdoor pool and spa tub will leave you sighing, "ahhhhh."

Far Away: The Southern Hemisphere

At the La Parva Ski Resort in Valle Nevado, Chile, current temperatures are hovering around 48 degrees Fahrenheit, making conditions the perfect "spring skiing" feel. For vacationers who want to both lounge at the outdoor pool and whiz down the mountain juxtaposed against it, the Hotel Puerta Del Sol is the resort to consider. Not only do its 121 guest rooms have sweeping mountain views, but the resort is just miles away from three ski resorts: Valle Nevado Ski Resort, El Colorado Ski Resort, and La Parva Ski Resort. Did someone say summertime apres ski?

Far Far Away: Down Under

Thredbo Snow Resort, nestled in the alpine town of Thredbo Village, one of Australia's highest mountain towns is the ideal location for a year-round ski resort. Because Australia is in the southern hemisphere, it is currently the winter season there which means mountain conditions are optimal. The rich history, the beauty of Australia, and the escape of nature places it as one of the world's secret ski destinations. While making memories in the mountains, The Denman Hotel is the mountain-view hotel to stay in. Balconies adorn each room as well as spa services, valet parking, and ski storage.

For other hotel deals and discounts, see the summer sale page or the deals page at hotels.com

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