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Airbnb says these are the best ski destinations for GCC, UAE

On a yearly basis, UAE locals and GCC residents look for destinations during the winter season to enjoy nature and skiing. As inspiration, Airbnb has revealed its top ski destinations for winter holiday travelers.

Airbnb also shared data and insight that the average host can earn over $3,500 by opening up their home during the 2019 ski season on Airbnb, and cumulatively, hosts in top ski markets are on track to earn over $315 million by April.

As guests pack on the winter gear, Airbnb is uncovering the trending destinations, the most wish-listed ski abodes to stay in, and the most booked Experiences found in ski destinations around the globe which UAE and GCC residents can look for and consider to fulfill their skiing passion and enjoy their winter holidays.

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Ideal backcountry ski areas and border towns are experiencing more guest arrivals this year, including one of Airbnb’s top trending destinations for 2019— the Great Smoky Mountains. Below are some of the top trending ski destinations for Airbnb travelers this season:

  1. Karuizawa, Japan (444%)
  2. Zhangjiakou, China (217%)
  3. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee – UAE (207%)
  4. Lombardy Mountains, Italy (186%)
  5. San Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina (186%)
  6. Poconos, Pennsylvania – USA (179%)
  7. Whitefish, Montana – USA (171%)
  8. Apennine Mountains, Italy (170%)
  9. Eastern Townships, Canada (166%)
  10. Snowy Mountains, Australia (165%)


As far as accommodations go, both off-the-grid miniature cabins and sprawling chalets are inspiring those looking to plan their next ski-cation. Below are the most wish-listed ski Homes around the world:

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When guests are putting down their skis and boards, we’re finding they’re not necessarily getting off the mountain. With Airbnb Experiences, guests are exploring the slopes in new ways with locals that are passionate about the snowy mountain ranges they call home. Here are some of the most booked Airbnb Experiences in ski destinations globally:


*Based on internal Airbnb data for hosts expected earnings in ski destinations (as defined by having the most listings with ski in the description) from January-April 2019.

**Based on internal Airbnb data for year over year growth for bookings made for 2019 as of January 4, 2019, versus 2018 as of January 4, 2018, in ski destinations (as defined by having the most listings with ski in the description).

***Based on internal Airbnb data of the most wish-listed cabins, chalets, and nature lodges in ski destinations.

****Based on internal Airbnb data of the most booked Experiences all-time in ski destinations.