Family Ski Vacation Guide

family ski vacation guideThe snow is falling, the weather is frosty, and the mountains are calling your name. Finding an immaculate and memorable place to spend your next family ski vacation can seem like a daunting task, unless you know how to find the best place. At, we have thousands of vacation homes just waiting to be stayed in. Here's how to find the best one for you.

Before you start looking, it's best you know what does. Our top priority is making sure your vacation is the best it can be. That means ensuring that you don't spend it in a hotel. If you've got the whole family in tow, you know much space you all take up even without the skis, snowboards, poles, jackets, and bags upon bags of equipment you need. Hotels are already crowded enough. By now you're probably sick of tripping over each other's luggage, waiting in line to use the shower each morning and then coming home to a tiny, cramped space at the end of an exhausting day. Returning from a day at the slopes should be something you look forward to, instead of something you dread.

That's why it's best to come back to an actual home—even if it isn't yours. There are tons of beautiful cabins, lodges, and chalets that are perfect for families of all sizes. To find the right one for you, here are a few helpful hints.

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Sort by "Sleeps"

Finding the right cabin depends on what your main priority is. If you're organizing a massive family reunion-size ski trip, then you'll want to make sure that you've got enough room to house everybody. In that case, once you've found a city you want to start looking in—say, Park City, Utah or Breckenridge, Colorado—you'll see a horizontal menu above the first listings with options on how to sort all the listings. Click on Sleeps. This number indicates how many people can stay in any given home. It may seem inconsistent with the amount rooms. For example, there are plenty of two-bedroom homes that sleep six people, including all couches, cots, and fold-aways. If some of your family members don't mind sharing rooms or beds, this is an important number to consider. When you sort it by "sleeps," you'll see the homes with the smallest capacity at the top and the more expansive listings at the bottom. It'll definitely save you a lot of time on your search.

Sort by "Rates"

If you're just looking for the cheapest option, click on Rates. This will put the homes with the lowest cost at the top of the page so you can easily see what the minimum cost would be to stay in that city. If you only want to look at one particular type of lodging, cabins for example, select Cabins from the pulldown menu to the left under Property Type. This way you can see how many cabins are available, and the cheapest will be at the top if you still have the listings sorted by rate.

Be Flexible

Also, be flexible with your plans. You'll save money if you book your family ski vacation in the off-season (late March instead of January or February). You'll save even more money if you find a place a little further away from the mountain, as those closest tend to be the most expensive. Also, keep an eye on the place you want that's just a little outside your price range. Sometimes owners will drop the price if no one's made any good offers.

Start browsing our listings today, and you'll be sitting back, sipping cocoa from a hot fire and dreaming of the next day's rides in no time.