There are few things as comforting as coming home after a long day of shredding, moguling, carving, jumping, and yes…falling more than we care to admit! Skiing is all about the challenge, but discovering a perfect mountain home, life-long friends, and a one-of-a-kind ski holiday is easy with HomeExchange. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what you are saying about your spectacular ski swaps:
We were so excited when a family from Switzerland was happy to exchange their fabulous home in the mountains for our village home in Oxfordshire, England. We are all keen skiers so we couldn’t believe our luck! One of our most treasured memories was an evening spent with our exchange partner’s in-laws. They stopped by to make sure we had snow chains (there had been a huge dumping of snow the night we arrived) and invited us to join them for an après-ski. What was even more incredible was that though they spoke very little English and our French/German was ‘poor’ at best, we thoroughly enjoyed our time together and “sampled” some fantastic local wine! I find it hard to imagine experiencing such a heartfelt, local welcome at any hotel. Our children still laugh about it to this day!
Owning a home in Whistler BC, a world renowned ski resort appeals to skiers from around the globe. Over the years we have gotten a multitude of inquiries, and several have resulted in exchanges. My wife and I are happily retired and though our skiing days are behind us we are very active and LOVE to travel. We love to discover hidden gems and local flavour, so the precise destination of our next exchange adventure is of secondary import; if it sounds interesting, we’ll go! Whether it’s Europe, Australia, North America or anywhere in the world, we simply love to connect with fellow exchangers who are interested in a ski vacation.
John, BC, Canada
Last year we went on a ski holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees thanks to HomeExchange. We exchanged with a family who owns a second home in Panticosa – a really nice ski town, close to the ski runs making it easy not to drive in the whole week! Skiing in Spain was like skiing off-season as there were no crowds and zero queues to the cable cars. We got along very well with our exchange partners and met up with them again in the summer. Since then, my exchange partner, Ana Cristina, started to learn French and I started Spanish so we practice together via Whatsapp! Long live Skiing, HomeExchange and Whatsapp!
Without HomeExchange, we would not be able to travel nearly as often as we do. We feel so fortunate to have found so many wonderful exchange partners! Because everyone has always been so considerate and generous, we have always had wonderful experiences. Skiing can be an expensive hobby – especially if you have young children and need care or lessons on the mountains. Saving money on where we stayed allowed us to spend our money on experiences and skill building.
Alise, CO, USA
In December we did a weekend exchange with a family from Lillehammer, Norway. They wanted to go on a Christmas shopping trip but didn’t want to get an expensive hotel in Oslo. We were all too happy to exchange and go skiing without having to rent a cabin. We stayed at their lovely penthouse apartment right in the center of town, enjoyed cross country skiing and charming Lillehammer, while they had a successful shopping trip and visiting friends in Oslo.
Each year we welcome many guests, along with their friends and family, who come in search of the dizzying heights of Courchevel and the “3 Valleys” for world-class winter sports. Thanks to HomeExchange, our guests can ski on a budget because they don’t have to rent, and we homeowners in the mountains, appreciate the change of scenery! So don’t hesitate to contact us!
Caroline, French Alps
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