Are ski condos a good investment?

Keys to reaching your peak rental income


Morning runs on freshly groomed slopes. Quiet, snowy landscapes. Swapping stories around the firepit, hot chocolate in hand. This is what vacations at a ski condo are made of.

Here’s the good news: Ski condos aren’t just for winter warriors. Many mountain destinations offer fun and adventure across all four seasons. With attractions like ziplines and alpine coasters and activities like fishing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, and boating, several ski towns across the country have become year-round hotspots. Depending on where you buy your ski condo, hitting your occupancy and revenue goals beyond winter may be easier than you think.

Before purchasing that ski property you’ve always wanted, here are tips to help you choose the right property.

Perks of buying a ski condo

1. Amenities that attract guests

Unlike stand-alone mountain cabins or ski chalets, condo owners aren’t responsible for investing in big amenities that tend to entice guests. That’s because most mountain condo buildings already have them. When searching for a ski condo, first look at properties that offer the top 7 vacation rental amenities that guests look for. Then, focus on additional perks that give you an advantage over the competition. Some ski condo amenities to look for:

  • Ski-in/ski-out access
  • Heated pools
  • Hot tub
  • Outdoor fireplaces and firepits
  • Game rooms
  • On-site concierge
  • Heated garage
  • Seasonal bike rentals
  • On-site snack shops
  • Fitness center
  • Resort shuttles to town and ski lifts
Riverfront cabin living area in Colorado

2. A leg up on mountain cabins

According to Vacasa’s Top Ski Travel Spots in Winter 2022, condos emerged as the accommodation of choice across the board, representing 55% of bookings this past winter (and a jump of 15 percentage points from summer).

Only a few ski destinations show standalone homes and cabins capturing the majority of bookings all year round, namely Lake Tahoe, CA; McCall/Valley County, ID; and Mt. Hood, OR.

3. A turnkey vacation spot

Planning your own getaway to your ski condo will be a cinch. Simply check in and unpack. No need to winterize your vacation rental, as you would for a stand alone mountain cabin or chalet. No shutting down of gas lines, insulating pipes, or clearing your gutters. Your condo’s HOA will handle those responsibilities on your behalf.

Plus, if you rent out your vacation home with Vacasa, there are no limits to how often you can book your condo for personal use.

4. Guests who book longer stays

According to Vacasa’s 2022 Ski & Winter Search Report, bookings in our 15 most popular North America ski destinations—from California to Vermont—were significantly longer in winter than in summer. Last year, we averaged about twice as many 4- to 7-day trips during ski season.

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How to maximize your ski condo investment

1. Buy at the right time

Prices for ski condos and mountain homes tend to be at their peak in late fall and winter, when the market is in highest demand and there are more travelers clamoring for winter accommodations. Want to get a better deal and an opportunity to negotiate? Consider searching in spring and summer instead, when ski season has ended.

2. Invest in areas with profit potential

Every year, Vacasa ranks the top 10 U.S. destinations to purchase a winter vacation rental based on average cap rate—or yearly rate of return—showing which markets have the most investment potential. In our Best Places to Buy a Winter Vacation Home 2022-2023 report, the top destinations included:

  1. Wallowa Lake, Oregon
  2. Poconos, Pennsylvania
  3. Bear Lake, Utah
  4. South Fork, Colorado
  5. Banner Elk, North Carolina
  6. Ludlow, Vermont
  7. Warren, Vermont
  8. Girdwood, Alaska
  9. Teton Village, Wyoming
  10. Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho
Skiers on a ski lift passing by Borders Lodge

3. Work with a real estate agent skilled in ski destination vacation rentals

It’s wise to work with a real estate agent who understands the business of vacation rentals in ski destinations. Their expertise can help you decide if buying a ski condo is a good investment for you and your goals. The right partner should be able to provide you with pricing trends and statistics, plus have a pulse on the market and where it’s headed. At Vacasa, our network of local and national real estate experts do all this and more—including giving you income projections and vacation rental trends.

Looking for an expert to help you buy a cabin? Reach out to our network of local and national real estate experts.

And, once you’ve purchased your vacation home, a reliable full-service property manager like Vacasa can make renting it out feel like a vacation, too.

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*Data collected from reservations July 1, 2021—June 20, 2022. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

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