Waking up to fresh snow is always a wonderful sensation and motivator to get our ski gear ready and head out to the slopes. The feeling of gliding on fresh powder is always special and certainly brings a tingle to our legs and a smile to our face. Whether you are a down-hill or cross-country skier or even a snowboarder, the magic of a snowy winter playground excites our passion for the sport. Of course the time spent on the snow is only part of the attraction; après-ski attracts everyone to a fun social scene. Happy hours, fondues and curling up near an open fire with friends and family creates special moments in a holiday or vacation.
Combine skiing with home exchange and your vacation becomes even better. Take advantage of staying in spacious homes, exclusive ski lodges or luxury chalets and benefit by having your own kitchen, lounge area and many more conveniences of visiting a home. International Vacation Home Exchange (IVHE.com) members enjoy winter sports in major destinations like Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA, to more unique ski countries like Bulgaria, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and even Turkey. The most popular ski destinations are in the USA, with properties in over a dozen different states. Below you can search for your next snow vacation by country, number of bedroom and many more options.
With IVHE.com home swaps you enjoy all of the convenience of staying in a home while saving money on accommodation costs, leaving you more travel money for other activities, like après-ski! Find out more about how IVHE membership works and all of the benefits. Are you new to home exchange? Find our more and receive a free home exchange guide full of helpful information to get you started.
3 | 8 | 1.5 | 2 | 129 to 160 credits
7 | 16 | 7 | 3 half | 90 to 140 credits
7 | 12 | 5.5 | 70 to 100 credits
4 | 10 | 4 | 60 to 265 credits
5 | 8 | 5.5 | 1 | 56 to 74 credits
5 | 10 | 4 | 50 to 60 credits
5 | 10 | 3 | 46 to 53 credits
4 | 9 | 2.5 | 45 to 39 credits
5 | 12 | 1.5 | 4 | 45 to 200 credits
Boutique hotel, Resort, B&B
4 unit(s) | up to 16 | from 42 credits
3 | 9 | 2 | 2 half | 41 to 48 credits
8 | 13 | 4 | 2 half | 35 to 50 credits
2 | 6 | 1.5 | 30 credits
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3 | 8 | 3 | 26 to 45 credits
House/Villa (multi unit)
Prime Time: 02 Sep 2017 to 09 Sep 2017 (25 credits)
19 Aug 2017 to 26 Aug 2017 (25 credits)
09 Sep 2017 to 16 Sep 2017 (30 credits)
2 unit(s) | up to 14 | from 26 credits
4 | 12 | 4.5 | 25 to 80 credits
5 | 10 | 3.5 | 25 to 32 credits
3 | 6 | 2 | 25 to 91 credits
4 | 5 | 2 | 21 credits
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Prime Time: 19 Aug 2017 to 26 Aug 2017 (15 credits)
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Boutique hotel, Resort, B&B
Prime Time: 01 Sep 2017 to 08 Sep 2017 (20 credits)
18 Aug 2017 to 25 Aug 2017 (20 credits)
1 | 2 | 1.5 | 12 to 25 credits
5 | 12 | 2.5 | 11 to 26 credits
3 | 6 | 1.5 | 1 | 9 to 13 credits
8 unit(s) | up to 40 | from 7 credits
3 | 6 | 2.5 | 7 credits
1 | 2 | 1 | 7 to 10 credits
2 | 4 | 2.5 | 7 to 14 credits
studio | 2 | 1 | 4 to 9 credits
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Your Whistler mountain playground! Enjoy the pleasures of a winter wonderland in this lovely home swap Condo that has a 1 bedroom with King bed and a sofa bed. Featuring an open floor plan living room /dining area with 1 bathroom plus vanity. LCD TV, temperature controlled gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with a great selection of cooking utensils and service for 8 guests. WIFI Internet and all utilities are included.
All linens are provided and there are washers and dryers in building as well as secure underground parking.
You have access to the resort's year round outdoor heated pool and glass dome covered hot tub, dry sauna, fitness room, game room and locked bike room Two trail bikes are included in summer home exchanges.
The resort is situated in the Upper Village of Blackcomb Mountain in a quiet and private area with ski in/out access 20 meters away. The Spearhead Trail takes you to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking including Lost Lake Park Bike Trail. There is a free shuttle bus every 10 minutes to Whistler Village with its numerous restaurants and shops. The location with ski-in/out access means minimal walking and carrying gear to the slopes. A short walk or downhill ski puts you in the middle of shops, restaurants, and spas.
The ski school, equipment rentals, and lift tickets can be found at the Blackcomb Daylodge. The Wizard Express takes you up to Blackcomb Mountain, where you can then use the Peak 2 Peak gondola to access Whistler Mountain. Non-skiers can hop on the free shuttle to Whistler Village and experience its myriad of shops, restaurants, events, and activities.
Some of the great winter activities include:
Experience the excitement of gliding across Ziptrek’s network of ziplines suspended high above the Fitzsimmons Creek that divides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Ziptrek offers an entertaining combination of high-wire adventure.
Not enough excitement and want to go to the next level of adrenaline rush? With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain including 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing has what it takes to go the next level. A variety of packages are available for everyone from upper intermediates to seasoned experts.
2 PEAK Gondola Winter Sightseeing, the gondola ride between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into the awsome alpine environment, its surrounding peaks.
Have fun feeling the crisp wind in your face as you slide down the exhilarating tubing hill. Situated in the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain, the Coca-Cola ®/™ Tube Park is great fun for all ages, the young and the young at heart. There's no skill or equipment needed - just a sense of fun, adventure and a desire for some excitement. The Tube Park is open to extend your fun well into the evening.
A fun adventure for the children to explore is at The Magic Castle and Tree Fort area. The Magic Castle is situated on Blackcomb Mountain in the Children's Adventure Park, which is accessible via Easy Out, just above the base of the Catskinner Chair. These outdoor play areas provide a little magic for families to find and explore while taking a break from skiing or snowboarding. On Whistler Mountain, children can play in the Tree Fort, located just off of Bear Cub trail near the Big Red Express chairlift.
Experience some or all of the above on your next home exchange with IVHE!
Majestic mountains, lush green valleys, meandering fishing rivers, and an 18-hold Jack Niklaus golf course right outside your door. This luxurious IVHE holiday swap home is in the Chapelco Golf Club and Resort at the foot of the Andes in the spectacular Argentine Patagonia. The resort is within the Lanin National Park, which seeminly was made just for outdoor recreation.
In the winter (May – August), skiing and snow sports draw visitors from around the world. Chapelco Resort has 29 runs of various levels of difficulty. In the Spring and Summer (September -- April), any activity that involves mountains, forests, lakes or rivers and, of course, emerald green fairways, finds its devotees here in droves.
For just four extra credits, your host will make a 1997 Land Rover Discovery available, making the many exciting excursion opportunities as easy as turning the ignition key just outside of your vacation exchange home.
San Martin de los Andes, a charming mountain village with a population of some 24,000, is just a few kilometers away. Browse for handcrafted arts and crafts, pastries, organic jams and preserves. Dine on famous Patagonian steaks and sweet delicacies such as Dulce de Leche tortes.
For a look at some of the most stunning Patagonian landscapes, take a drive on the Seven Lakes Route from San Martin to Villa la Angostura. It is a 68-mile stretch that covers the south sector of Lanín National Park and the north of Nahuel Huapi National Park. The route is one of the most popular tourist circuits in the “Lake District.”
Panquipulli, Chile, is only 28 miles away through the Hua-Hum international pass, one of the few passes between Chile and Argentina that is open most of the year. Again, the scenery is spectacular.
Your host is an interior designer who has fused the look of local antique barns with an elegant white, modern style in wood and stone with crystal chandeliers. The bedrooms and bathrooms feature luxury linens and towels. The house can comfortably sleep six. The fully-equipped kitchen, living room and dining room are open and inviting. A playroom comes with dvd, tv, internet and phone.
Since the property is within the Chapelco Resort, you get 24 hour security and access to the clubhouse, the Jack Niklaus golf course, and the Quilqihue River for catch and release fishing. Maid service and daily cooking can be requested.
For more information on this wonderful Argentine retreat, click the property # above. To find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.
Some vacations are passive – taking in the sights and sounds and smells and flavors of a place without requiring any special skills, physical exertion or risk. Other vacations are active or adventurous – requiring participation, physical activity, or engaging with nature in some way. In the spectacularly beautiful Queenstown area of New Zealand’s South Island, you can have it either way or a little of each.
Queenstown is a Mecca for adventure tourists. Set on a lake with magnificent mountains in the background, Queenstown draws people from around the world for mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, snowboarding, year ‘round fishing, or just about any activity that will produce an adrenalin rush. Between 25 June and 20 September, the most popular activity is, of course, downhill skiing.
The Remarkables, a mountain range clearly visible from Queenstown, has a ski field with three mountain bowls covering 540 acres. The Coronet Peak ski area is in the Remarkables range and is just 18 kilometers from Queenstown.
Treble Cone, the largest ski area on the South Island, boasts the longest vertical rise in the district. It offers exciting intermediate and advanced runs along with spectacular views. Treble Cone is a 90 minute drive from Queenstown.
The population of Queenstown is around 17,000, yet it offers vacationers more than they would expect in larger towns. It has two casinos with restaurants, bars, live music and other events. It has art galleries, museums and a weekly crafts market; restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining; lively clubs and pubs, and cozy wine bars featuring excellent locally-produced wines. Queenstown also boasts an interntional airport with excellent service to the rest of New Zealand and Australia.
For more information on things to do and see in Queenstown, go to www.queenstownnz.co.nz/
Your International Vacation Home Exchange accommodation in Queenstown is called Belfast Retreat -- a modern four bedroom, two and a half bath house with 220 meters of living space. The house sits on a hill overlooking Queenstown, which is a short 15-minute down-hill walk away. Unless you’re the active, physical type of vacationer, you may want to consider taking a cab to get back home. The vertical rise is about 130 meters.
The views are incredible from your terrace, looking down the lake and across the water to the mountains on the other side. The terrace also has a four-person spa with wooden decking and an open fireplace.
There is another fireplace in the main living room, and a spa bath in the en-suite bathroom of the master. The house is well appointed yet family friendly. With a bunk bed and trundle for the kids, it can comfortably sleep 7-9 people.
The kitchen is fully-equipped and the house also comes with a clothes washer and dryer.
See pictures and learn more about this wonderful house swap with lake and mountain views in Queenstown. Click the property # above. To find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.