Originally Posted by Powdr
My brother is a longtime ski house organizer and member in the Tahoe area. I've used his house a few times as a guest when my wife & I visit that area. From what I've seen it seems to work out. Yes, you have more members than beds for any given night, especially weekends, but rarely do that many show up. I think there is even a sign up sheet for each bedroom. If it's too crowded, generally members choose another weekend instead or sleep on a couch. Squating is discouraged, with rules in place that prevent members from reserving the same room weekend after weekend. Big Holiday weekends are a mixed bag, since quite a few members try to avoid the crowds and don't go anyway. If you are looking for the same room and expect to store your stuff there and have it the same every weekend, that might not work for you.
That house sounds like it's run more along the lines of a ski club. Some ski clubs here in the east own houses in the mountains, and thier rules run along those lines. As I said, rules vary from house to house, from what you describe, to a first come, first gets a bed, to shares are guaranteed a bed on thier weekend, but are free to crash on the floor on other weekends, all the way down to 8 people rent a 4 bedroom house and everyone gets the same bed every weekend. Some years that same house could have 3 full share couples, and 2 half share couples sharing the fourth bedroom, each couple allowed every other weekend, and paying half what the full share couple pay.
The situation I'm most familiar with is the last example, and year to year, a couple may drop out, and that house would look for people who would fit in and fill that vacated spot.
As Stormday said, Talk to the people renting out space in thier lease and find out the details. Most importantly, find out what kind of group they are (20-something partiers or 40ish hardcore skiers). Also find out the rules of the house.
The converation with the leasor, if he's like me and only cares about the skiing, can go something like this... "We rent the house for $10,000 for the season, it's a 6 bedroom house, I get my room free for running the house so initial cost is $2,000 per bedroom. a full share will cost you 1,000, which entitles you to a bed in a (2)twin bed room every weekend. If you have a partner, you can rent that room for $2000 total, and that room is yours for the season. You can also rent a half share for $550, which entitles you to the same bed every other weekend. We rent the house Monday to Friday to pay utilities, and if it's not rented, you are welcome to stay. Any Utilities not paid for by our midweek rentals will be equally divided among the shares equally and our utilities average $2000 a season so that could potentially cost you an additional $200. 4 guests are allowed per weekend for the house but must be scheduled to avoid conflict. These guests will occupy the pullout couch/floor space unless an unused bed by a shareholder has previously been granted it can be used for said guest.