It's often thought that the Winter Olympics graces its host city with a long-lasting legacy, drawing visitors for years after the Olympians say their farewells and return home. Visit a place that has been home to the Olympic Games, and you'll experience for yourself the special touch that the Olympics has on a city.
After all, cities have to bid to host the Olympic Games, and the International Olympic Commission takes many factors into account - a positive atmosphere and image, the city's size, its ability to handle huge crowds, and, of course, its location - when selecting a host city.
If a city wins a bid, it's worth keeping in mind that it just might be able to win your visit, too. Here are the top 5 Winter Olympic host cities for a ski vacation.
Innsbruck, Austria, Home of the 1964 and 1976 Olympics, Copyright Darryl Leniuk / Getty Images