The timely winter storms have resulted in a significant increase in last minute vacation rental bookings for Thanksgiving
Mountain View, CA (Vocus) November 24, 2010
Perfect Places, operator of a network of leading vacation rental websites, reported a surge in last minute ski vacation rentals for the Thanksgiving Holiday versus a year ago. Recent storms have delivered significant snow to ski resorts in California, Colorado, and Utah just in time for the holiday season. Snow base levels at these resorts are well above those recorded a year ago. Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area is reporting a 44 inch base compared with 10 inches a year ago. Breckenridge, in Summit County in Colorado, is reporting a 42 inch base versus 22 inches a year ago.
“The timely winter storms have resulted in a significant increase in last minute vacation rental bookings for Thanksgiving”, said Rick Haggart, founder and President of Perfect Places. The last minute booking increase was most pronounced for Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, where storms have dumped 3 to 6 feet of snow on the ski areas within the last week. Many Lake Tahoe ski resorts have already opened, including Heavenly, Boreal Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley. Many others are opening in time for the holiday weekend including Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs and Tahoe Donner (11/25), and Alpine Meadows (11/26).
Even with the increase in last minute bookings, overall the inquiries on ski area vacation rentals were made 80 days in advance of the desired arrival date, which is 5% earlier than inquiries made during the same period in 2009. The average requested length of stay of 4.6 days was the same as in 2009. “The solid overall level of inquiries and the early surge in bookings is a great sign for the upcoming ski season and the vacation rental industry as a whole. Ski vacation rentals provide the perfect accommodation for family vacations over the holidays. Once families have experienced the advantages vacation rentals provide over hotels, they often choose a vacation rental condo or home again for their next beach or lake vacation,” noted Haggart.
About Perfect Places, Inc.
Perfect Places is a leading vacation rental website offering over 55,000 properties worldwide and receiving millions of annual visitors seeking vacation rentals. Other sites in the Perfect Places Vacation Rental Network include forGetaway.com, LakeRentals.com, CoastRentals.com, and MountainSkiRentals.com. Perfect Places is at the forefront of offering online booking for vacation rentals. Perfect Places, Inc., is a Mountain View, California-based, privately held company.