Yes, there is now a home exchange agency focusing on those lucky folks with cabins, chalets, or condos in ski country. Snowswappers.com is an attractive option for winter sports enthusiasts who would like to explore the world.

This kind of specialized site might appeal because it is a quick and easy way to trade your winter hideaway with a similar property. The listing format includes specific information for skiers—proximity to the lifts and often a detailed description. One assumes almost all Snowswapper places are second homes. This means members are available for non-simultaneous swaps, so finding compatible dates is much easier.

You could use a traditional home exchange agency to find a ski holiday swap, but it wouldn’t be quick and easy. My house is only 90 minutes from a large ski resort but you would have to work hard to discover this fact. Offering us your winter palace would be a waste of time because snow and holiday are mutually exclusive concepts in our worldview. You can be assured that every member of Snowswappers loves winter and cold weather. At the moment most of their listings are in the French Alps.

Here is a promotional blurb from Laura Willing on behalf of Snowswappers:

Snow Swappers are a home swapping club specifically for ski-home owners in ski resorts. It all began when two home-owning sisters from Chamonix, France, were looking for cost effective ways to ski in other areas. Skiing holidays no longer need to be so expensive – they are offering you the chance to stay in amazing places, for free. For the first time, homeowners in ski resorts can expand their ski obsession in a most unique way.

They offer a huge variety of beautiful homes in 11 different countries from New Zealand to Chile, Switzerland, Russia and Japan. Each listing includes photographs, essential ski knowledge, resort information and a property description along with a special section specifically for owner’s swapping wishes. If you like what you see, Snow Swappers will connect you with a fellow home owner and you can start the swap conversation from there. What’s more, it is currently free to join!

So whether you live in a resort year round or just use it as a 2nd home, you’re sure to want the chance to ski elsewhere once in a while. Perhaps you’re curious about the huge mountains, endless motorway pistes and limitless powder fields of British Columbia or maybe you fancy skiing in Japan? American home swappers may love the idea of traditional

wooden chalets, Alpine hospitality and the infamous European après ski culture. As with other home exchanges, Snow Swapping allows you to live like a local in your chosen destination. Get all the insider information from the homeowners and share all you know with your swap partner – this means you won’t waste any time skiing like a tourist. You’ll know the best slopes and the best restaurants to try before you even get there.

So expand your ski obsession and join the home swap phenomenon, there is a whole world of opportunities on your doorstep.

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Home Swapping for points instead of with people

November 11, 2013
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The creative folks at Love Home Swap have come up with a new way to exchange your home. You pledge that your home will be available for a family to use for a specified two week period or long weekend. You are awarded with “swap points” which you can use to book a home that [...]

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Our French Extended Home Exchange Family in Brittany

October 23, 2013
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One advantage of trading your home is the support of your partner’s friends and family. These folks can help solve problems, recommend events and activities, and show you local culture. On the day we arrived in France the parents of our home exchange partners came by to say hello, show us the home, and give [...]

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Cheap food and drink, free music at festivals in Brittany

September 22, 2013
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We spent three weeks in Brittany in July and August on a home exchange. We had done our research and knew there were many large events we could visit such as the Festival of Cornouaille or the Celtic Festival . I wrote about these in an earlier post. What we didn’t know is that every [...]

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A Home Exchange Fable from the Wall Street Journal

July 16, 2013
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The Wall Street Journal of June 29, 2013 had a well written home exchange story. Emma Staub is a novelist; she swapped her Brooklyn home for a place in Los Angeles. She was working on a novel set in Hollywood and thought being there would help—which it did. She arranged the swap quickly and casually, [...]

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Home Exchange and Travel Insurance

June 30, 2013
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Insurance is a complicated subject because laws and policies vary by country. Everybody’s situation is unique. Certain home exchange agencies, for example Knok, offer insurance to their members. Knok’s policy provides cover for damage to an exchange home, but they also recommend that their customers consider travel insurance. Many home exchange travelers wonder if it’s [...]

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The Yin and Yang of Home Exchange Advice

June 15, 2013
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My last recommendation for home swap advice was Lauren Kahn, also known as the Alte Cocker. For something completely different try Shelly Miller, the Home Exchange Expert, who has a degree in Journalism and is enthusiastic and positive about her favorite way to travel. Her website is beautiful and impeccably linked with Facebook and Twitter. [...]

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Home Exchange Wisdom from your Jewish Grandmother

June 4, 2013
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Lauren Kahn is an experienced and opinionated house swapper. She has completed 51 exchanges on three different continents and has three more planned this summer. Her blog on home exchange can be found at altecockertravels.weebly.com. I think alte means old and travels is self-explanatory. I will pass on figuring out the rest. Lauren is feisty [...]

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More on Love Home Swap

May 20, 2013
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The best way to understand how a home exchange website works is to use it to find a trade. I had this opportunity with Love Home Swap. As mentioned in a previous review, this is a well-supported and financed business. The graphic look is reminiscent of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. Most of the tools [...]

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Hospitality Exchange—the luxurious and old fashioned alternative to couch surfing

May 1, 2013
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Home Exchange was invented in the 1950’s by visionary idealists that wanted to explore and experience other countries and cultures on the cheap and in comfort. Swapping homes was the solution but they had another good idea. You could offer to host visitors at your home and they would reciprocate and host you in the [...]

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