Halloween is over, so it’s time to take off the trick-or-treating masks in favor of ski masks and goggles. As major ski resorts across North America begin preparations for opening their slopes, Orbitz has released its top 10 list of the best mountains for skiing, offering pre-season snow-seekers the insight they need to book the best destinations before peak season begins.

1. Lake Tahoe, CA/NV

2. Park City, UT

3. Breckenridge, CO

4. Vail, CO

5. Whistler, BC

6. Aspen, CO

7. Mammoth, CA

8. Jackson Hole, WY (tied for 8th)

8. Snowmass, CO (tied for 8th)

10. Steamboat, CO

Orbitz Insider Top Picks

To help give you a lift during the early and peak ski seasons, Orbitz and its hotel and attractions partners are teaming up to give you the most savings on the coolest destinations.

With the latest Orbitz Ski Sale (http://ski.orbitz.com), travelers that book a ski vacation by 12/5/10 can save up to 40 percent and get free night stays at the best ski resorts across the country.  You can also take advantage of amazing deals before you hit the slopes, including 20% off on lift tickets and 25% off ski rentals when you purchase the Salt Lake Super Pass, good at any of Salt Lake’s four world-class resorts – Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude.

The Orbitz Ski Sale is now available at 10 amazing destinations on Orbitz.com, including:

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV

Lake Tahoe is one of the top annual ski destinations for good reason – it’s beautiful, the air is crisp and clear, and the sun shines most of the time.  During winter, with an average snowfall topping 400 inches, Lake Tahoe is one of the nation’s premier ski destinations, offering 15 downhill resorts and 10 cross-country ski centers.

Biggest savings:  Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort – Save 35% on your stay**.

Check out the 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Suite: The 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Suite includes a King bed, a Double/Full bed, and a sleeper sofa, as well as fireplace, balcony/terrace, full kitchen, bathroom and whirlpool jet tub. Also includes air conditioning, telephone and voicemail answering service, and TV with cable. Max occupancy: Sleeps 6 people

Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge is a quaint Victorian town in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with a truly old-fashioned holiday celebration that gets everyone in the spirit. Historic buildings are decorated with twinkling lights, the town tree is trimmed and carolers will soon be singing on the street corners. Breckenridge embodies the holiday season with a story book atmosphere, festive events, winter activities and lodging packages that provide a memorable vacation option.

Biggest savings:  The Village Hotel – save 45% on your stay**.

Steamboat, CO

Located in the Park Range—where Pacific-born storms usually hit first in Colorado—Steamboat soaks up heavy snow dumps that often skip peaks to the south and east. And many of the aspens are perfectly spaced, as if a gift from God. From the mountain, take a free shuttle the three miles to tiny, colorful Steamboat Springs, where you’ll find a surprising slew of kick-back bars and upscale eats.

Biggest savings:  EagleRidge Lodge & Townhomes by Steamboat Resorts – save 55% on your stay**.

Park City, UT

At 7,000 feet, Park City, Utah takes you beyond your highest expectations—whether your idea of heaven is skiing or boarding at one of Park City’s three world-class resorts (The Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley Resort), an indulgent spa retreat, or a sneak peek at the next big thing in cinema.

Biggest savings:  Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons – save 30% on your stay**.

Check out the STANDARD – SUITE. The Grand Summit Hotel Two Bedroom Suite features 2 king beds or 1 king and 2 queen beds. Full sized kitchen, dining room, living room with gas fireplace and sofa sleeper. Two full baths.

For more details about the Orbitz Ski Sale, including the latest deals on lift tickets at each destination, visit: http://ski.orbitz.com.

**To qualify, all travel must be booked by 12/5/10.

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