Your skis are strapped to your car roof. Your ski pass is in hand (well, glove) and your shiniest most water-proof ski gear is packed in your suitcase. But before you head off to you ski house for a week of adventure, tree-dodging, and copious amounts of hot cocoa, take along a copy of the 10 Commandments of Renting a Ski House:
1. Thou Shall Pay a Fair Price for Room Choice
Look for a ski house rental and find that they come in all all sizes and room configurations. Too bad, but it’s rare to find one that offers a king size bedroom for each guest. You’ll often find instead that they offer 1 king, 1 queen and 1 room with 2 twins. We suggest a coin toss, a game of beer pong or a gentlemanly darts duel to decide who gets which room. But remember, the king room costs more and if you win it, you’d better pay up accordingly.
Being on the slopes all day can work up quite a appetite. Who will have dinner ready when the day is through? Either decide to eat at a restaurant where each guest pays for their own meal (email email@example.com for a quick way to split the tab) or ask for members of your party to each cook one meal. Stock up on provisions and plan a menu or don’t be surprised to find pork and beans on your plate.
3. Thou Shall Not Steal Thy House Mate’s Adult Beverages
Bring enough beverages to last your stay or beg and borrow, but don’t think for a second that people don’t keep track.
4. Thou Shall Not Commit and Then Cancel
Plan on paying your fair share even if you need to cancel due to a better offer. If your WePay account administrator deems it so, everyone in the group will see that the ne’er-do-well who caused everybody to have to pony up an extra $50 was you.
5. Thou Shall Rent a Ski-in, Ski-Out Ski House
Rent a ski house where the trails are just outside the door. Suit up and ski out in synchronized fashion at least once. It will impress your neighbors (and yourselves.)
6. Thou Shall Not Play Loud Music Into the Wee Hours of the Morning
Yes it’s vacation, but unless your ski house is in the middle of nowhere others will complain and you will be skiing in and out of your SUV after eviction from your more luxurious accommodations.
7. Thou Shall Not Attract Freeloaders
Don’t assume that visitors who drop in can just take the couch for the night. Never ever bring an unpaid guest and try to explain to the group that he’s “not skiing anyway and will be happy to sleep on the floor. Promise!”
8. Thou Shall Chip in for Housekeeping
Either help pay for housekeeping or plan on doing it yourself. You rented a ski house, not a ski sty.
9. Thou Shall Not Hog the Jacuzzi
Most ski house rentals have jacuzzis but keep in mind that some are in the master bedroom! Unless this is your room, try not to soak while others are slumbering.
10. Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Housemate’s Awesome New Skis
Seriously. Be happy that you are skiing at a wonderful place with wonderful friends and stop looking down at your feet.
Ready to go? Don’t forget to “like” WePay on Facebook by Tuesday, January 25th at midnight for $500 toward your ski trip!