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Picks from U.S. Freeskiing Team Athlete and 2014 Winter Games Hopeful

Here at FlipKey, we’re looking forward to watching some on-snow action during the 2013 Winter X Games taking place in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. We had the pleasure of catching up with U.S. Freeskiing Team Athlete and 2014 Winter Olympic Games hopeful, Keri Herman, to get the inside scoop on Keri’s top 10 ski destination picks around the world. Based on ski towns and resorts Keri has visited between competitions, practice and just for fun, she gave us the skinny on where FlipKey travelers should head next time they want the ultimate ski vacation.

Check out Keri’s top 10 picks below, along with links to excellent vacation rentals in the area. Plus make sure you tune into the X Games this weekend to see how Keri and the rest of the U.S. Freeskiing team does at the games.

Breckenridge, CO 650111. Breckenridge, CO
Not only is Breckenridge Keri’s “home mountain,” where she has lived the past ten years, but she also touts this Colorado ski town for exceptional nightlife and awesome restaurants. Travelers can expect big mountain skiing for all levels and a lively après scene.

2. Wanaka, New Zealand
Keri explains that in this area of New Zealand, “everything is an adventure.” Travelers can expect a town full of folks looking to explore the outdoors, and during the winter, local ski mountains Treble Cone and Snow Park offe phenomenal big mountain skiing and a ski park.

Whistler, BC 3569753. Whistler, B.C.
Beyond being an exciting ski town with miles of mountain to explore during the day, Keri emphasizes that everyone who hangs in this area is super welcoming, so if you’re making a solo trip skiing, Whistler is the spot for making fast ski buddies.

4. Laax, Switzerland
“Cozy” is the word that keeps popping up when Keri describes this ski destination nestled in the mountains of Switzerland. If travelers are looking for a more secluded, off-the-beaten track spot for their next ski vacation, Laax should fill that need.

5. Serfaus, Austria 
If you’re looking to be surrounded by “jolly people” during your next ski adventure, Keri says that being around the people of Serfaus just made her feel happy because of their good nature. You’ll also experience minimal lines for the chairlifts and great skiing.

Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, has it all for those who enjoy vacations near the slopes. Here at FlipKey, we figured out skiers really like to travel to this winter wonderland in big groups; more than 1/3 of all reservations were made for parties of eight or more. Planning a wedding? Doing a family reunion? Or just getting away with friends for a week? Lake Tahoe is your best bet. And since planning time averages just 4-6 weeks, we highly suggest you take a look at some of our research below…