European tourist offices can provide you with general information, as well as specific information about individual resorts. Contact them at:

Austrian tourist offices: 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110,

(212) 944-6880; 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 644-5556; 11601 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025,

(213) 477-3332; 2 Bloor Street East, No. 3330, Toronto CANADA, (416) 967-3381.

French tourist offices: 610 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10020, (212) 757-1125; 645 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 337- 6301; 9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, (213) 271-6665;

1 Dundas Street, West, Toronto M4W 1A8, CANADA, (416) 593-4717.

German tourist offices: 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168, (212) 661-7200; 1176 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 575-9799.

Italian tourist offices: 630 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10111, (212) 245-4822; 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 644- 0990; 12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 820-0098; Place Ville Marie, Montreal, CANADA, (514) 868-7667.

Swiss tourist offices: 608 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10020, (212) 757-5944; 150 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 630- 5840; 260 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, (415) 362-2260; 222 North Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segunda, CA 90245, (310) 335- 5980; 926 East Mall, Etobicoke, Ontario M9B 6K1, CANADA, (416) 971-6425.

Another excellent source of information on skiing Europe are European airlines. Air France, Swissair, Lufthansa, KLM, and Finnair usually offer special ski packages every winter. Ski packages to Europe and South America are offered by a number of commercial tour operators. Unless you know the tour operator, however, itís wise to check on its reputation before signing up. And, naturally, many travel agencies offer European ski packages. The agencies generally have a better reputation for providing precisely what they advertise than do some of the commercial tours.

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