One of the great advantages of living in California is that we've got beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, all within a relatively short drive. It's entirely possible to achieve the outdoor adventurer's ultimate day plan: surf in the morning and ski or snowboard that same afternoon.
A really fun way to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding is to get a group of friends together on a ski lease. Usually the San Francisco Bay Area snow playground of choice is Lake Tahoe, while it's often Mammoth Mountain for greater Los Angeles.
While it's true that Homesuite's target audience is primarily business travelers on short-term assignment in a new city, we also are a pretty great site for finding a ski lease. With that in mind, we put together a few tips to make finding the perfect ski house for your group.
#1: The early bird gets the worm
A lot of mountain real estate brokers have a window for ski leases. It tends to be October through November. If you're too early and are trying to secure a lease before October, you might not get a lot of traction. If however you're trying to lease last minute, after Thanksgiving, a lot of the best inventory will be booked already.
If you'd prefer to deal directly with the homeowner or property manager, you can always search a marketplace for furnished home rentals. Especially one that specializes in monthly leases like Homesuite. See what's available here. If you'd like to read more about the advantages of Homesuite furnished rentals, check out this post.
#2: Get the group committed to one mountain if possible
If you're in Lake Tahoe, the big decision to make is North Lake Tahoe versus South Lake Tahoe. The major north side mountains are Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl and Boreal.
Heavenly is the staple of the south shore. A bit further south are Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood. Kirkwood is a favorite of hard core skiers who prefer an old-school, no-frills mountain.
Don't overlook the west shore or east shore however. You've got Homewood on the west shore. It's right on Route 89, so it hugs the lake and provides some gorgeous views.
For folks in Southern California, Mammoth is often the go-to, although you can get pretty good skiing and boarding a lot closer to downtown LA with Mt. Baldy or Big Bear. Thrillist has a good post on the The Best Ski Mountains Within Driving Distance of LA.
For season passes, savvy skiers and boarders can get more value by thinking about the group of mountains that your pass gives you access to. There's been a lot of consolidation in the ski resort industry over the past 15 years.
For example, Mammoth and Squaw/Alpine are part of the Mountain Collective, which boasts other gems like Telluride, Jackson Hole, Taos and Alta. Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar are all part of the Vail Resorts family. Boreal is the only resort in the Sierra Nevada range on the relatively new MAX Pass and Mountain High is the only SoCal resort on MAX Pass.
#3: Stand out from the crowd of ruffians
Since Homesuite vets all of our tenants, our property managers know they can trust them. On the flip side, we also vet our property managers, so you know you can trust them. No more shady landlords that never give your security deposit back and never explain why.
If you're not going to use Homesuite (or even if you are), make sure you take photos and videos of the place as soon as you get the keys. If you carefully document the condition of the place upon handover, you have proof to justify the return of your security deposit. Email the initial documents to the property manager/landlord right away, just like you would point out any dents in a rental car before you drive off the lot.
So what are you waiting for? Get the conversation started with some friends and start browsing some great ski lease places. We'll see you on the snow. Not sure you're in yet but want to see our most attractive places monthly? Sign up and we'll send you just one monthly digest (no spam guarantee).
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