Ski Vacation Home Rental Data Reveals Avalanche of Early Fall Bookings

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October starts a freestyle frenzy for chalets, cabins and slope-slide retreats as travelers rush to book limited ski getaway accommodations according to vacation rental booking data released by HomeAway.com.

October starts a freestyle frenzy for chalets, cabins and slope-slide retreats as travelers rush to book limited ski getaway accommodations. According to vacation rental booking data released by Homeaway.com, Oct. 3 and 26 were among the busiest ski getaway booking days on the site last year. What’s more, 50 percent of all in-season ski rentals booked on HomeAway were snapped up by December.

Among the findings from HomeAway’s ski destination data:

  • The bigger they come, the faster they book. Larger homes book at the briskest pace early on; 50 percent of homes with four or more bedrooms reserve by mid-October.
  • Value. Average price data revealed the revered Steamboat Springs as the surprise value leader among major US resorts, at an average of $83/night/person.
  • What’s hot? Vacation rentals are hardest to come by in Whistler, Beaver Creek and Park City, with most HomeAway.com bookings happening by mid-November.
  • Ski-in, ski-out: slim pickings. Hard-core skiers and snowboarders seeking to stretch their slope time have a “black-diamond” challenge, with only 10 percent of ski destination inventory billed as ski-in, ski-out.

“Ski properties have historically been among the strongest vacation home rental categories, offering a potent combination of convenience, spaciousness, flexibility and value especially for groups and families,” said Melanie Fish, family travel expert at HomeAway. “The challenge for travelers is that there's a limited number of ski homes to rent, so planning ahead is necessary. With snow already falling and forecasters predicting normal to above normal snowfall for the season, every indication is that last year’s preseason booking performance is poised to repeat, if not pick up steam.”

For more information, go to HomeAway.com/skiseason.

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HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry with sites representing more than two million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia family of brands. For more information about HomeAway, please visit http://www.homeaway.com.
 
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Date of bookings between September 2016 and February 2017 for stays at ski destinations between December 2016 and February 2017
Bookings in ski destinations for stays between December and March
A sample of 10 of the largest North America ski destinations for stays between December and February
A sample of vacation rental prices for March in the top North America ski destinations that sleep 4–8 people
Bookings in ski destinations for stays between December and March

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