The right ski accommodations can turn a pleasant time on the slopes into an unforgettable family experience, filled with meals around a big dining room table, cozying by the fire or gathering in the home theater. A private home gives families the space to keep everyone happy with the privacy to share quality time together.
Finding the right property can become a daunting task with so many options available, from professionally managed condos to properties rented by owners. Asking a few important questions, however, can help you determine the best lodging for a safe and seamless experience.
For those looking to avoid unnecessary hassle, these four tips can help you find the perfect ski home for your family:
A good vacation rental should provide the same safety features as a hotel. Ask to see a certificate of occupancy and inquire about essential items such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Renters should also provide pre-arrival safety inspections and maintenance support.
Staying in a private home shouldn’t mean compromising your cleanliness standards. Look for a home with industrially cleaned linens and a professional housekeeping staff. If the property has a hot tub, ensure that it has been drained and refilled upon your arrival. Some property management companies even offer daily housekeeping to ensure your home stays fresh and clean. If you choose a home rented by an individual owner, ask about the cleaning policy and whether housekeeping is available.
Build a relationship
Choose a property management company with a trusted reputation and verifiable contact information. If renting from an owner, request references. Always establish a reliable point of contact who can address questions throughout your stay, from tricky TV remotes to burned-out light bulbs or more serious maintenance issues.
Research the value
For a truly hassle-free ski experience, research everything your accommodations entail when comparing nightly rates. Ski access, transportation services and home amenities can make a significant difference in the time you spend relaxing versus planning your vacation. Consider how close you’d like to be to the slopes, whether you will need transportation around town, and what amenities you don’t want to sacrifice.
For guests seeking the least inconvenience, some property management companies, such as Resorts West in Park City, Utah, offer complimentary transportation throughout town and a Private Concierge who assists guests with pre-arrival needs, such as grocery delivery or luggage shipment, then greets them when they arrive for personalized on-site check-in and a home tour. East West Resorts, a property manager for six ski towns from Tahoe to Vail, greet guests at the airport. Wholesalers like VacationRoost, meanwhile, offer great value options backed by professional management.
No matter what you’re looking for in a ski vacation, considering safety and convenience before selecting your rental home can help to keep your family time fun and hassle free.