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Make Your Ski Vacation More Affordable: Try a Home Swap

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If you're not going to stay in one of Curbed Ski's 38 Essential Hotels (and let's face it, some of them can be pricey), consider swapping your home with another travel-loving family. There are dozens of home-swapping companies (HomeLink and Intervac to name a few), but our friends at HomeExchange have over 2,800 ski properties from which hopeful powderhounds can choose. They also offer different kinds of swaps (simultaneous exchange, non-simultaneous exchange) to meet all sorts of vacation needs. Live in NYC but want a weekend getaway to Jackson Hole? Hoping to swap your beach home for a ski-in/ski-out chateau in the Alps? We've chosen three HomeExchange properties in Aspen, Jackson Hole, and Whistler to give you a taste of the home swapping life, so do take a look.

Whistler Blackcomb: This 3 bedroom, 2 bath lakeside cabin in Whistler boasts awesome views and has been recently renovated. We love the large deck and easy-access to skiing and to town.

Jackson Hole: Situated on 3.5 acres with views of the Grand Tetons from every window, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath estate may not be ski-in/ski-out, but we don't think you'll mind too much. Fire pits, hot tubs, and wildlife await in a serene location on 9 miles from town.

Aspen: Swap for this 2 bedroom, 2 bath Colorado penthouse and you'll be staying in style. Located in the historic Brand Building in downtown Aspen, you can expect high-quality amenities and a rooftop deck that's got views galore. The proximity to the Aspen Mountain gondola isn't half bad, either.

· HomeExchange [Official Site]
· The 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels, March '14 [Curbed Ski]
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· NYC Apartment Goes Wild With 200 Taxidermied Animals [Curbed Ski]