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‘Tenants for Turns’ offers season pass, other incentives to some homeowners who rent to Skico employees

Offer only available on leases that take effect after Nov. 11

Aspen Skiing Co. is hoping that homeowners might consider leasing their spare bedrooms, mother-in-law units and guest houses to Aspen Snowmass employees to help address the housing crisis impacting staffing in the valley.

How about a free season pass to sweeten the deal?

The offer is part of a new program, “Tenants for Turns,” that offers incentives to some homeowners who rent a room or unit to a Skico employee for the season. Skico announced the initiative in a news release Thursday. Chief Human Resources Officer Jim Laing mentioned the program Tuesday night during a Basalt Town Council meeting.

Homeowners can choose a season pass, 10 single-day lift ticket vouchers or a $1,200 gift certificate good for just about anything at local Skico-owned-and-managed businesses — think lunch at the Sundeck, equipment at Four Mountain Sports, lessons on the mountain or a stay at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen or Snowmass Village.

The incentive is only available to homeowners offering new leases that take effect after Nov. 11 to Skico employees, so folks who already signed off on a lease before the program was announced aren’t currently eligible.

Skico has 1,013 beds in its inventory that it owns or manages, including 150 recent additions at the Hub at Willits.

But the company is “still getting outpaced by the problem,” according to a statement from Laing included in the news release.

“Skiers and business owners the whole length of the valley — and, of course, guests to our resort community — all benefit when our ski areas are operating with optimal staffing,” Laing said. “We’re hoping this program will entice people with a bedroom that has gone unrented in the past to rent it for a few months to an employee.”

Those interested in participating can contact Skico’s human resources department at 970-300-7700 for more information. The department has a list of employees seeking a room and the terms of the program; the landlord and the employee will decide on the terms but must meet certain Skico parameters for homeowners to get the incentive.