AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28, 2020 – Families who want to hit the slopes this ski season are choosing resorts closer to home. Powder-fresh Vrbo® data reveals that vacation rentals near less popular ski locales are increasing in demand this year.
Why the surge toward resorts nearby? While Vrbo demand shows that vacation rentals near major mountain destinations like Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Vail, Colo. are still high, this may be the very reason others are seeking their ski thrills elsewhere. With many families looking to avoid crowds and drive instead of fly, they’re heading to regional resorts to get their ski fix.
Vrbo’s Top Trending Destinations for the 2020 Ski Season based on Vrbo travel demand:
The White Mountains: Just two hours from Boston, New Hampshire’s premier mountain range offers some of the top skiing in the Northeast
The Pocono Mountains: The Poconos offer multiple mountain destinations with ski trails, tubing and other family-friendly winter activities, all just 90 minutes from New York and Philadelphia
Flagstaff, Ariz: While many people think sun and heat when they think of Arizona, it also offers excellent downhill skiing near Mount Humphreys – just two hours from Phoenix
Bend, Ore.: Three hours from Portland, Ore. and home to world-class skiing, Bend offers skiing options ideal for newbies and die-hards alike
“Families may be swapping their flip flops for ski boots, but rather than everyone heading to Breckenridge or Tahoe, they’re choosing nearby resorts that are less than a tank of gas away,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo’s travel expert. “It’s hard to beat booking a Vrbo in these trending ski locales – families get privacy, space and room to relax after a long day on the slopes. As added bonuses, snow bunnies can also take advantage of smaller crowds and cost savings from driving and visiting less popular resorts.”
Before booking, families should check whether ski resorts will be open and see what safety standards, restrictions or operational changes are in place due to COVID-19.
For vacation rental inspiration in each of these top trending destinations, visit Vrbo’s Trip Board of Sweet Ski Stays.
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