If you can believe it, people have started booking their vacation homes for ski excursions, with Colorado, California, Idaho and Vermont seeing lots of action already.
Instead of traveling to a European rental, people are being sensible and sticking closer to home, nixing airplanes for road trips, according to The New York Times. And why not? Gas prices are down. Here are four winter wonderland chalets, lodges and townhomes that will have you wishing it was already January.
Winter Park vacation home (pictured)
The Moose Tracks Lodge sits 400 yards away from the base of Winter Park, close to the ski slopes and near the Southern Pacific Railroad. Other pluses: A two-car garage with storage for your ski gear, a hot tub that fits eight people and a loft space with two queen beds and a queen futon.
Sun Valley vacation rental
This one’s a given. Guests will be attracted to the 60s- and 70s-inspired furnishings like the globe lights over the dining room table, the mod master suite with horseshoe chair and glass-topped table and the gleaming indoor pool. Yes, some people swim on their ski vacations, too–especially after a challenging day on the slopes.
South Lake Tahoe vacation chalet
This massive chalet (And when we say massive, we mean room-for-16-guests-massive) near Heavenly Mountain Resort takes it up a notch. Not only does it have an indoor swimming pool, but also a huge wraparound breakfast bar, two jacuzzis, pool table, home theater, wine tasting room, three fireplaces, three decks, three living rooms, all comprising 7,000 square feet in total space. While all those extras our impressive, it’s the little things that matter most. One word: sauna.
Stowe vacation cabin
This has to be the sweetest little cabin in Stowe, home to some of the best skiing on the East Coast. It’s true to its Goldilocks name, a place where the fictional character might have eaten her porridge in the kitchen stocked with antique dishware, tested out the stuffed armchairs next to the wood stove and fallen asleep in that poster bed. Goldie girl, we wouldn’t fault you for staying all day in that house. We wouldn’t want to leave either.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.