Ski Vacation Rentals

No two ski resorts are totally alike, so it doesn’t make much sense to randomly pick your ski vacation destination out of a hat. Many factors deserve your attention as you sort through the thousands of ski vacation rentals listed on Vacation, so let us point you in the right direction with this handy guide to ski vacation rentals.

Family Ski Vacation Rentals


For an overarching look at the best ski vacation rentals for you and your family, see Vacation’s picks for the top 10 family ski destinations. To recap, ideal family-fun ski accommodations include Smuggler’s Notch and Okemo rentals in Vermont, Copper Mountain and Winter Park rentals in Colorado, Bretton Woods rentals in New Hampshire, and several others. But whether you invest in Okemo or Bretton Woods ski vacation rentals, lodging details are crucial.

The main appeal of the ski rental is that it can affordably accommodate big and small groups, couples, and solo adventure seekers, no matter what mountains are nearby. So choose the ski resort, determine the size and amenities you and your family crave, and finally, narrow down your options for family ski vacation rentals. Tahoe, Breckenridge, and even expert-ridden Taos can be a solid fit for your family, as long as you’ve got a sizable, low-cost ski cabin or condo as your home base.

Beginner and Intermediate Picks

Many family favorites double as playgrounds for non-pros, which seem to make up the majority of skiers out there. Let’s run down the ski condos that cater to the average and awful skiers of the world.

If you hope to make it down the slopes without falling every 30 seconds, then Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Timberline, Buttermilk, and Sunday River ski vacation rentals will make a mountain of difference for you on your first ski trip. These resorts offer up plenty of intermediate and advanced runs to work your way up to, so fast learners will be rewarded for their efforts.

A Breckenridge, Deer Valley, Park City, or Killington rental house is a great choice for skilled skiers who want a reasonable challenge, but aren’t quite ready for stomach-churning drops, dangerous black diamond runs, and intimidating moguls.

Expert Ski Vacation Rentals

Experts Only

For big air and big savings, try a Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Kirkwood, or Taos rental, or perhaps a Squaw Valley or Aspen condo rental. Make no mistake; these resorts are made for hardcore skiers, born with a special “risk-taking” gene.

The powder here delivers pulse-pounding adventures in spades; whether you’re into braving the bumps, conquering the chutes, dodging the trees, or taming some of the wildest trails around, we’ve got a ski cabin rental or two with your name, and middle name (Danger), on it.

The ski vacation rentals in these often celebrated mountain towns are as eclectic as they are exciting, so you can swiftly find the lodging that suits your group, even if you’re on a tight budget!

Don’t Forget the Snowboarders

Snowboarders aren’t welcome everywhere, and even when they are, they’re often fearful of getting run over by a speedy skier as they struggle to get up from their hundredth wreck. But more than a handful of resorts won’t scare away or bore snowboarders.

Rentals in Big Sky, Mammoth Mountain, Crested Butte, Snowbird, Squaw Valley, Stevens Pass, and Stowe are where snowboarders can leisurely cruise the backcountry, go to town on well-designed half pipes, or learn the basics on a bunny hill.

Resorts with a Nightlife

Sometimes the fun doesn’t begin until sundown. After some casual mingling and a little drinking, you’ll be ready to share (and brag about) the triumphs and tragedies of your day on the slopes.

Live music, casinos, boisterous bars, laid-back pubs; whatever your style, you’ll find plenty do at night with a Tahoe, Aspen, Hunter Mountain, Park City, Killington, Breckenridge, or Vail condo rental. (New York City’s vibrant nightlife has rubbed off on Hunter Mountain rentals, found in a resort that’s known more for its clubs than its runs.)

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