In a world with hundreds of niche TV channels and every doctor seems to be a specialist in specializing, it would be refreshing to find a place wanting to offer it all. Planning a ski vacation can be daunting, trying to find lodging that is close enough to a resort or two to make it convenient, but far enough away to save a few bucks. Park City is well-known for being a great ski town, but the Salt Lake Valley is often overlooked. However, those in the know are able to find the night life (yes, night life), quality, affordable convenience just 35-45 minutes to seven ski resorts.
Some say VRBO should stand for Vacation Rental Betting Online. While some VRBO sites might be better than others at policing the quality of the properties they list, industry experts say from the condition of the property to it even being a real rental home, you are betting on a lot of variables when picking lodging from a picture or two online.
Managers at Utah Vacation Homes offer some tips to consider when shopping for a rental home for your next ski vacation:
- Shop around for a property management company that stays in business by keeping rental homes they do not own in tip-top shape for their rental clients and their guests.
- Property managers are near enough the homes they service to send photos showing the current condition of a property if nee-be.
- A well-recommended property management company will not only keep the rental homes in great condition, they will tend to any special needs you might have as well.
- And, go against the grain: If you’re looking for a quiet, crowd free, mountain vacation it’s best to steer away from something in Park City where skiers from all over the world want to visit. Something like the Solitude or Brighton area may be a better fit.
Twenty-five years ago this season Ski ‘N See opened its doors in Sandy, UT, set up with ski rentals and sunglasses only. Remember the Rossignol Quantum 707? The “See” part of Ski ‘N See now stands for sunglasses and goggles, but in 1987 Vuarnet and Ray-Ban sunglasses could only be found in specialty shops, like Ski ‘N See (SNS). In fact, SNS was the first Oakley sunglasses dealer in Utah.
“All we had were ski rentals in a tiny shop,” says Ski ‘N See General Manager Ryan Larsen. “But, people used to line up along the sidewalk and around the corner in the snow on busy weekends and holidays to get their rentals from us.”
The first SNS shop was about 200 square feet, a far cry from the current 5,000 square feet of the current shop in Sandy. Over the years, the owners took more and more space in the Sandy Mall and added accessories and clothing. In 1995, SNS started selling ski equipment and eventually began offering snowboards for sale and rent.
The current ownership took over in 1999 with just three shops and has grown SNS to 12 shops; five in Park City and Deer Valley and seven in the Greater Salt Lake Valley. Ski ‘N See Delivery began as Skis On Wheels in 2007, bringing the gear right to your door in the Greater Park City area and shuttle service is now offered to select hotels in parts of the Salt Lake Valley.
“Customer service truly is number one with us. It’s something we talk about in every meeting we have, how to make any experience at Ski ‘N See smooth, easy, and enjoyable,” adds Client Relations Manager Kerry Phillips. “I think people would be surprised how service plays a role in every decision we make about what we offer in the shops.”
SNS bought ARCS as the company left after the 2002 Olympics. Then in 2011, SNS opened a third ARCS shop in Cottonwood Heights and a fourth in Sandy. The family is growing and proudly serving more and more Utah and visiting skiers and snowboarders every season.
Ski ‘N See is also growing on the web, launching a new, more functional site just in time for the 25th anniversary.
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