Airbnb hosts in Colorado's ski towns made $32 million this past season

DENVER – Vacation rental site Airbnb is big business in Colorado’s mountain towns – to the tune of $32 million in host income this past season.

According to a report from Airbnb, 2,800 hosts welcomed 121,000 guests into their homes between Nov. 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017. The report looked specifically at Avon, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Steamboat Springs, Telluride and Vail.

Compared to last season, hosts welcomed 90 percent more guests and made double the amount of money, according to the report.

The biggest percentage of guests – 27 percent – were from elsewhere in Colorado. Texas saw the second biggest percentage, followed by Florida, California and Illinois.

The lion’s share of earnings went to hosts in Breckenridge, where Airbnb reported a total of $12.6 million in host income.

Here’s the Airbnb earnings breakdown for some of the cities included in the report:

  • Breckenridge: $12.6 million
  • Vail: $5 million
  • Steamboat Springs: $2.9 million
  • Keystone: $2.8 million
  • Frisco: $1.9 million
  • Dillon: $1.6 million
  • Telluride: $1.4 million
  • Crested Butte: $1 million

Airbnb reports the average price for a rental during the ski reason ranged from $220 a night in Dillon to $440 per night in Vail. The vast majority of listings were for entire homes and 45 percent were booked during the week.


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