A new way to enjoy ski resort homes

Alternative lodging options for ski season

KUSA – Tech Tuesday is back as Gary Shapiro and Scott Yates sat down to discuss InvitedHome, a Boulder-based resort lodging service that aims to set itself apart from its competition by integrating traditional and digital guest services.

If you have ever rented a vacation home for your ski vacation in Colorado, you know how difficult it can be to find – not to mention book – the perfect one for your needs.

You either book through a large listing site or with a private owner, which means that by the time to start your vacation, you're on your own and have to just hope the home matches the listing. InvitedHome aims to change that approach.

The company offers 24/7 guest services that blend what the company says is the best parts of hotel experience and staying in a home. And that experience begins before you ever step foot in your home: an online booking experience ensures an easy planning process to jumpstart your vacation and give you peace of mind that you'll get just what you are hoping for.

Of course, such service comes with a high price. But you can save money by booking during off seasons, such making a decision to take your ski vacation during Thanksgiving rather than Christmas. (The company issued a press release with stats about that, but didn't post that release on its site, so we posted it here.)

And for homeowners in resort towns, the HomeAway listing service offers an opportunity to link owners and renters. InvitedHomes helps market vacation homes for rent to potential vacationers in its nine locations.

Thanks in large part to taking its hospitality approach to the vacation rental industry, InvitedHome has been growing fast since its founding in 2013. In fact, the company recently ranked No. 28 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies.

InvitedHome is just one of many Colorado high tech travel companies, which include NextGreatTrip, Adventure Central, and many others.

All of them, and really all tech companies, are using technology to grow their companies, and they all are always looking for new coding talent to join their ranks. One of the the things they are trying to do is grow the numbers of girls going into careers in coding. If you are or know a female high school student who is thinking about a technology-related career, let her know about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing!

The deadline for this unique scholarship is Nov. 4, so you still have an opportunity to apply for one of the prizes which include recognition, scholarships, networking opportunities and a $500 cash award.

Each Tech Tuesday, Scott Yates showcases new and emerging companies that are doing great things in Colorado, along with tech events. This post was written by one of the freelance writers working with Scott's company, BlogMutt. Do you want to see your business featured in a future Tech Tuesday segment? The best way is to attend a tech event to pitch your business.

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