Lead Photo Credit: Moving Mountains
When it comes to traveling with a group, especially on a ski vacation, more and more people are opting for a short term rental over a traditional hotel. You may not always get the luxury of a hotel, but the AirBnb, VRBO model offers benefits that the average hotel cannot.
This is especially true since the pandemic hit and more people are opting out of staying in hotels due to crowds. Add in the comforts of home at a lower cost when it is split among the group and a rental house is really tough to pass up. Not to mention that there is the added benefit of being together in a house after a long ski day. A group always makes après ski that much better.
The Pioneer of European Ski Chalets in the U.S.
There are plenty of vacation rental companies out there to choose from, however, when it comes to the ski vacation model, Moving Mountains is at the peak. Having been around since 1998, Moving Mountains has been a pioneer in offering the European tradition of catered ski chalets to the United States.
With its portfolio of 120 ultra-luxury homes and residences in famed ski resort destinations like Steamboat Springs, Vail, Beaver Creek and, new for this winter, Breckenridge, Moving Mountains is the premier full-service catered vacation destination experience.
Moving Mountains Sees Increased Demand Since the Pandemic
In response to the pandemic, Moving Mountains is seeing increased demand for family gatherings/reunions and travel from those wanting to reconnect with family and friends in a safe, private way. Moving Mountains’ luxury properties are perfect for this current scenario. With the ability to house 20-30 people all with separate bedrooms, they have lots of space to stay comfortably without having to deal with the common spaces of hotels.
The company has even started doing prepackaged meal kits similar to HelloFresh. With a QR code for video instructions for guests and the ingredients right there for you, you won’t have to worry about buying or prepping for your next post pow meal.
What Moving Mountains has to Offer
Beyond being an excellent choice to gather with friends safely as we navigate the pandemic, Moving Mountains has so much more to offer. Unlike other platforms out there, they combine a luxury experience with a local approach. Their concierge service can handle any and all that you throw at them and can plan your whole trip for you.
Looking to pre-book lift tickets, ski school and equipment? They’ll do it for you. Want your house stocked with all the food and drinks you’ll need to après ski all week? Consider it done. They’ll even arrange your activities, restaurant reservations and nightlife complete with a private vehicle to get you to and from each location.
With a hands-on approach like this, Moving Mountains removes all the guess work from your next ski trip. The only thing you and your friends will have to worry about is how long your going to ski that day and where your going après ski.
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après and the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres