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Ski In Style: Chooses the Finest in Affordable Winter Getaways & Gear

PHILADELPHIA, PA - January 31, 2008 - The nation's top online retailer of luggage, handbags, business cases, backpacks and accessories, has chosen their favorite affordable winter getaways and gear for 2008.

1. Ski Bum Getaway at TimberMist Bed & Breakfast

Ski bums unite! For all skiing fanatics, TimberMist offers an excellent 2- night stay package, providing the tickets, locations and a hearty breakfast before you depart for your day in the snow. Step off the trails to warm up and enjoy dinner at Wilderness Lodge Ski Trails. Finish off with an outdoor hot tub spa when you return to TimberMist.

Package start date: January 8, 2008 Package end date: April 30, 2008. Package Price: $320.00 Contact Information: 11050 Backus Road Wattsburg, PA 16442 Phone: 814.739.9004

When it comes to packing up for the weekend getaway, recommends using High Sierra's, "Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffel Bag," from their Level Collection.

Packing comes easy with this multi-functional piece, which is constructed of High Sierra's 1680D Ballistic Nylon with Teflon(R) Coating, and comes equip with a recessed handle. Additional external features include: grab handles, which have durable, custom-molded bridges with a soft, comfortable bottom grip; Inline skate-style wheels with corner protectors; two zippered pockets, providing easy-access to magazines and plane tickets; and their special built- in, EVA foam structure, helping to maintain the bag's form while minimizing weight.

Also included in this fabulous piece is the duffel bag feature, with a fully lined interior. The large upper compartment holds folded clothes, and the zippered divider panel, between upper compartment and drop-bottom compartment, can be rolled up and secured to create one large compartment. Also included is a drop-bottom compartment, with hold-down straps, which is ideal for shoes or gear.

Available in a variety of vibrant colors, the Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffel Bag is now available at for $182.66.

While gearing up for the slopes, recommends suiting up in a cozy, yet chic "Alliance Jacket" in Chute Green, by The North Face. The Alliance Jacket is a ruggedly durable soft shell, ideal as a standalone or layering piece during colder weather. Features include:

-- Ruggedly durable, waterproof, breathable shell, ideal as a standalone or layered during colder weather. -- Standard fit -- Fully adjustable, removable drop hood with lower face protection -- Brushed neck and chin guard lining -- Two core vent Alpine pockets -- Pit-zips with two-way zippers & Left internal zip pocket -- Elastic and Velcro(R) adjustable cuffs -- Hem cinch cord

The North Face "Alliance Jacket" is available in Sizes: S-XXL, and in a variety of colors for $149. For ordering information, visit:

2. SpringHill Suites Erie Ski Package

Package includes: -- 2 adult lift passes at nearby Peek N' Peak Ski Resort -- Overnight accommodations at the newly opened SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Additional passes available at discount.

Package Start Date: January 5, 2008 Package End Date: March 31, 2008 Package Price: $159 Sunday through Thursday and $179 Friday and Saturday Contact Information: 2087 Interchange Rd Erie 16509 Phone: 814-864-5000

In addition to your weekend luggage, it's always important to include a lightweight carry-on -- even if it's used as lunch-on-the-go bag. suggests including Built NY's, "Gourmet Getaway," a signature piece in their Neoprene Tote Collection.

Constructed of Built NY's neoprene, this practical tote features top carry handles, and is extremely lightweight and comfortable. Stain resistant and machine washable, the Gourmet Getaway insulates contents from temperature and impact, and conveniently lays flat when not in use.

Available in several brightly colored options, the Gourmet Getaway is available at for $27.

Insulates contents from temperature and impact.

While soaring down the slopes, always recommends the strapping on a pair of protective ski goggles. Try: Oakley's "Wisdom" Goggle's in Jet Black. Quite possibly the most prominent, top of the line goggle on the market, the Oakley "Wisdom" is a stylish, yet affordable goggle, offering the quality that you need when tearing the mountain up.

Expect superior clarity and impact resistance of optically precise dual lens architecture along with the comfort of triple-layer polar fleece face foam with moisture wicking. In addition, the Wisdom goggles offer fog reduction of vented dual lens design with F-3 Series anti-fog treatment and wide field of downward and side vision plus clarity at all angles of view with XYZ optics(R).

For additional information or to purchase a pair of Oakley "Wisdom" Goggles for a discounted price of $104, visit

3. French Manor -- "Ski Tote" Package @ The Pocono Mountains

Discover the Pocono Mountains from the best vantage point -- on skis!! The French Manor is proud to offer a Ski Package that you cannot miss. This unique "Ski Tote" package includes all of the following:

-- All-Day VIP Lift Tickets at the Pocono Mountain's Best Ski Area -- Camelback -- A Custom French Manor Tote Bag filled with all the necessities you need to hit the slopes including: two bottles of water, two packs of Trail Mix, a French Manor Lip Balm, Fresh Fruit all inside a wonderful French Manor Canvas Tote bag to carry all your gear. -- Midweek Rate is only $79.00 per couple -- Weekend/Holiday Rate is only $99.00 per couple French Manor -- Contact Information: Innkeepers: Ron and Mary Kay Logan Huckleberry Road, South Sterling, Pennsylvania 18460 Phone: 570.676.3244 Fax: 570-676-8573 Toll free: 877-720-6095 Email:

For the ultimate romantic inclusion, what could be better than packing for a little picnic while resting off the slopes? That is why we recommend Picnic at Ascot's, "Weekend Two Bottle Carrier" from their Picnic Collection.

Constructed of Picnic At Ascot's cotton canvas, this piece features a top carry handle, custom antique brass accents, and an internal bottle divider.

Available in a warm cream color, with a rich chocolate lining, the Weekend Two Bottle Carrier is available at for $38.70.

After a long day on the slopes, its time to cozy up by the fire -- so lose the boots and warm up with a pair of UGG "Coquette" slippers in Chestnut. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, The "Coquette" embraces the essence of a slipper with the radiant style UGG Australia is known for. Fully lined in the highest quality plush, luxurious sheepskin for comfort and warmth and detailed with a furry collar for added style.

UGG sheepskin is naturally thermostatic and therefore will keep bare feet comfy in temperatures as low as -30 1/2 degrees to as high as 80 1/2 degrees. Designed to be worn barefoot to maximize the benefits of sheepskin. Ugg fleece wicks moisture away and allows air to circulate, keeping feet dry. These slippers are available for $83.95, at

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