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Best Winter Olympics Vacation Destinations

By January 6, 2013

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nullIt'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.

Read More: Skiing Highlights in the History of the Olympic Games | History of Skiing: A Visual Guide

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Innsbruck, Austria, Home of the 1964 and 1976 Olympics, Copyright Darryl Leniuk / Getty Images

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