The Sharing Economy Hits the Slopes with with a 36% Rise in Mountainside Properties, Home Exchanges Are a New Trend for Ski Holidays on a Budget

The sharing economy hits the slopes with

  • Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail a friend is already popular among families traveling on a budget in the summer months. But did you know it’s just as good for winter skiing holidays too? It’s yet another example of how the collaborative economy is reaching the mainstream.

Owners of second homes, chalets, cabins and apartments at the mountain are realizing they’re sitting on underused assets. Home exchanging opens numerous exciting opportunities to travel for free, as an alternative or additional option to hotels or holiday rentals. Non-simultaneous exchanges allow flexibility on dates: like this home exchanger who swaps to Sun Valley in January, so his counterpart can enjoy the spectacular spring in Santa Barbara. “Off season” visitors like this are greatly appreciated by local businesses too.

“Our first exchange was to Hong Kong for 3 weeks and we exchanged over the Christmas holiday where the other family came to our home and skied until their hearts content.” Says Molly, a mother of 4 based in Utah. “We have kept in touch with that family and have plans to possibly exchange with them again, as they moved back to Australia. We had the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City!!! We have the “Best Snow on Earth”, which is the state slogan on all our license plates”.

“The number of mountain homes has grown by 36% in two years,” says Keghan Hurst, Director of Global Community, “more than half of these families live at the mountain all year round. They don’t necessarily consider renting out their homes, but home exchange is a fantastic way for them to exchange with other families for winter breaks in comfortable conditions without spending a dime.”

Sleds, snowboards, skis, snowbikes often come as part of the exchange, further reducing the hassle and expense of a typical winter holiday. “These freebie extras are the secret ingredients to many a happy home exchange. Our members love the flexibility this brings: the freedom of no rental paperwork and both parties willing and able to avoid peak travel times, tailoring the duration of the stay to their mutual convenience. When you’ve got young children in tow, having a couple of sleds in the house can be the key to a successful and relaxing holiday.” adds Hurst.

About was named one of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2013 on the Inc. 500 / 5000 list for a third consecutive year. Started in 1992 by Ed Kushins, has evolved into the largest and fastest growing online home exchange travel company in the world. This year their 55,000+ Members will make over 130,000 home swaps across more than 150 countries. makes it easy to plan and enjoy a home exchange vacation in almost any country, city or area of interest and offers travelers a memorable, authentic ‘live like a local’ experience. The site is now available in 16 different languages and offers 14 days free trial. For more information:

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