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Friday, December 21, 2012
Pack your bags

By ESPN Action Sports

Planning your next ski trip? Add La Parva, Chile, to your list.

Ski resorts around the country are reporting major snowfalls already, and there's not a better time than now to plan a ski trip for this winter.

But planning a visit to a snowy locale -- especially in advance, when you don't know the weather forecast -- can be tricky. Plus, the options of where to ski are endless: Utah or Colorado? Tahoe or the Northwest? France or Switzerland? Canada or Alaska? And once you pick a place, when should you go? Where should you stay? And where's the best place to eat and drink once you're there?

To help answer these questions, we recruited some help from people who spend all year traveling the world in search of good snow and for freeskiing contests: pro skiers.

Athletes such as X Games halfpipe skier Tucker Perkins, Freeride World Tour competitor Chopo Diaz, big-mountain film star Ian McIntosh, ski mountaineer Chris Davenport and others weigh in on their favorite places to ski and what to do once you're there.