Ditch the Slopeside Condo in Favor of Airbnb
Airbnb's filtering options are now so refined that you can search for a five-bedroom located less than a mile from the slopes, with a pool table, a fireplace, and a hot tub. What's more, many of its ski-town properties are Instant Book, meaning your reservation is confirmed immediately, just like at a hotel. So it's easier than ever to save money by splitting a house rental. Case in point: A three- or four-bedroom chalet that sleeps eight to 10 people in a place like Park City, Utah, will run you about $1,000 per night; a standard Queen Guestroom at the resort's slopeside Grand Summit is $440.
The caveat: Airbnb makes sense only in towns that have homes or condos near the mountain, or in communities with decent public bus systems. So stay away from Northstar, Vail, or Jackson Hole, where lodgings tend to be purpose-built for skiers. Instead, try Park City, Mammoth, Aspen, or Steamboat Springs. In both Breckenridge and California's Big Bear Lake, we found about 400 properties that could accommodate 10 or more people. The bottom line: Wrangle your closest friends and you can cut the cost of your next trip in half — or ski for twice as long.
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