By John Di RIenzo
August 18, 2015
While we may still be in the balmy days of August, enjoying the beach, for those of us who look forward to an annual ski vacation with friends, it’s time to start thinking about locking in our mountain house or condo.
When to Book
The booking period for North America’s ski towns kicks into high gear after Labor Day, though there is already ample booking activity at this time.
If you are thinking about a weekend ski trip during a non-holiday period, and you are flexible as to the kind of property you rent, you should be able to find a home or condo with relative ease if you book in the early fall. Of course, if there is a specific property that you are interested in, you should try and secure it as early as possible.
However, keep in mind that if you are interested in booking a ski condo or home in Utah or Colorado, or anywhere else for that matter, during a holiday period, or during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, you will want to plan well ahead. There is no set rule, but start looking eight months out to ensure you can find a property that will fit your needs. There is simply a lot of competition for those peak periods.
Sample Homes and Prices
Exotic Estates has homes in Utah and Colorado in its collection, with the bulk of properties located in and around Park City, Utah. The properties range from comfortable, slopeside condos to epic mountain houses with every comfort and luxury one could want in a vacation home, including heated garages, saunas and steam rooms, and grand fireplaces to name just a few.
Here are a few examples of condos and homes in the ever popular Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons ski areas, along with pricing and minimum stay requirements, so you can get a sense of what your money will get you when planning a ski vacation at one of America's top mountain resorts.
Juniper Landing - 2 Bedroom - The Canyons
Juniper Landing is a more afforadable option, located near the Canyons Village. A two-bedroom and two and a half bath ski condo with 1,622 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to eight guests. Juniper Landing offers ski-in/ski-out access via the nearby Frostwood Gondola. There's also a shuttle to destination throughout Park City. They rent for $635 during non-peak winter periods, with three night minimum stays, to $980 during the Christmas/New Year’s period.
Black Bear Lodge-2 Bedroom – Deer Valley, Utah
Black Bear Lodge is located in the heart of Silver Lake at Deer Valley Resort, and is within an easy walk to the slopes, boutiques, award-winning restaurants and Silver Lake Village. Standard Black Bear Lodge two bedroom units accommodate up to six guests, offer en-suite baths and around 1,600 sq. ft. of living space. They rent for $816 during non-peak winter periods, with three night minimum stays, to $1,285 during the Christmas/New Year’s period.
Arrowleaf 3 Bedroom Condo – Deer Valley, Utah
This condo has 2,000 sq. ft. of living space, three cozy bedrooms, 3.5 baths, can accommodate nine guests, and offers ski-in/ski-out access. The price ranges from $1500 during non-peak winter periods, with three night minimum stays, to $2,530 during the Christmas/New Year’s period. Lots of mountain charm.
6 Bellemont Home – Park City, Utah
This is a top-notch ski-in/ski-out mountain home that has six bedrooms and six baths and room for 12. It’s an example of a home that has it all. There is a vaulted great room with a fireplace and classic mountain design, a private outdoor hot tub, incredible scenes out of each window and sliding glass door, and a tremendous kitchen and dining area. The home rents for $4,900 during non-peak winter periods, with three night minimum stays to $6,455 during the Christmas/New Year’s period.
Happy skiing and start thinking snow while you’re enjoying the last weeks of the summer beach season!