Bellevue, Wash. Oct. 9, 2001 (from expedia.com)--Expedia.com® (www.expedia.com), the award winning online travel service, today introduced Expedia® Ski Vacations. With a click of the mouse, travelers will find everything they need to create the perfect ski vacation including accommodations from hotels and lodges to condos and townhouses, lift tickets, equipment rentals, and the latest snow reports. Expedia makes it easy to plan complete vacations to the top North American ski destinations, allowing travelers to customize their trip to meet their individual travel preferences and generally save more than they would purchasing each component of their trip separately. "We're providing travelers with all the travel choices and information they need to plan a winter getaway, from transportation and lodging to gear rentals and lift tickets," said Erik Blachford, senior vice president of marketing and programming at Expedia, Inc. "Skiers and snowboarders will find great ski travel deals, plus the latest ski reports and detailed resort guides all on Expedia.com."
To celebrate the launch of Expedia Ski Vacations, Expedia is offering travelers to Lake Tahoe (Heavenly and Squaw Valley), Steamboat, Vail, and Whistler one free day of skiing with a minimum purchase of a three night ski vacation package that includes a lift ticket for four or more days during that ski vacation. Ski package reservations must be made on Expedia.com between October 8-22, 2001, for travel completed by April 30, 2002 (or the individual resort's closing day — whichever is later). Travelers should visit Expedia.com for more details regarding this special offer.
To access ski vacation information on Expedia.com, travelers simply click on the vacations packages tab and select "ski trips" or go directly to www.expedia.com/ski to begin creating their customized ski vacation. Using its ESP (Expert Searching and Pricing) platform, Expedia displays real-time availability and pricing information to customers as they shop for their ski vacation, so they can easily compare options and prices. Once travelers choose their lodging, airfare and/or car rental, they can enhance their trip by reserving options such as ground transfers, equipment rentals, lift tickets, and sleigh rides.
Expedia Ski Vacation customers who purchase lift tickets will be requested to print a voucher to present upon arrival in exchange for a lift ticket. Lift ticket vouchers are not valid until signed by one of the travelers listed on the voucher.About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) operates Expedia.com, an independent leading online travel service in the United States with localized versions in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands. To help customers travel right, Expedia.com provides the best combination of air, car and hotel booking, vacation package and cruise offers, destination information and mapping. Industry experts agree. Expedia's quality and leadership was recognized through several awards, including both PC Magazine's "Readers' Choice" and "Editors' Choice" Awards, Forbes' "Favorite General Travel Site," Smart Business' MVP Award, PC World's "Best Bet" and IFITT's "Best Web site in the Travel Agency, Tour Operator and Cruise Category." Expedia is ranked the seventh largest travel agency in the U.S. according to Travel Weekly Magazine.