Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.
The editors at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have entertainment for cozy après-ski times, like game rooms and hot tubs and theaters. But that doesn’t mean they’re all the same.
This tour of fabulous ski homes jumps around from New York to Colorado, to Montana and Utah. Although they don’t vary too greatly in styles, there are at least two distinct varieties: as the editors from TopTenRealEstateDeals put it:
“Excite your deepest remaining primal urge to be surrounded by logs, natural stone, fire and invisible walls of glass through which your view of alpine woods and mountain peaks are seamless. Or maybe you would prefer the pleasure of sleek contemporary with wood, stone, glass and fire portrayed in crisp cool lines; ideal to show off your Wassily chairs and your authentic Noguchi table.”
Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from the least expensive to the most, many which are ski-in/ski-out and have ski locker rooms to prep for the slopes, and one that used to belong to an iconic fashion model from the early 1980s.
By Colleen Kane
Posted 16 December 2011
Price: $4.9 million
Square Footage: 7,102
Ski-in/ski-out single family homes are not available in Sun Valley, but Brooke Shields’ former home is, and it’s none too shabby. Set on 2.4 beautifully landscaped acres, this year-round property features panoramic views of rugged mountains, appearing as snow-capped peaks in summer and all-white in winter.
The house is partially constructed from reclaimed beams. It has two master suites, elevator and four stone fireplaces, one of which is floor to ceiling.
Price: $7.995 million
Bathrooms: 7 full 1 half
Square Footage: 10,037
This property is situated in a prime spot: Occupants can ski out the door onto the Right-O-Way ski run and the Thunderhead high-speed chair lift. The mansion has two master suites with Infinity tubs and fireplaces. The rooftop has two warm outdoor options — a hot tub and an elegant fireplace.
The TopTenRealEstateDeals site describes the many indoor gaming options: “The basketball gym can be converted into a tennis or racquetball court, or you can enjoy a hand of poker in the game room in front of the fireplace or watch the game at the full bar. For even more action, try the pool table or shuffle board table.” In addition, the family room has a 52 inch LCD flat screen hooked up to an Xbox 360 and Wii video games.
Price: $8.4 million
Bathrooms: 6 full, 1 partial
Square Footage: 6,091
The Chateau at Beaver Creek offers mountain views and proximity to the village with all its charming shops, entertainment and restaurants.
While this penthouse might technically count as an apartment, it is easily the size of a large single-family house, encompassing the top-floor west end facing the ski runs, with several private viewing areas.
Price: $10.5 million
Square Footage: 15,000
While the more westerly mountains tend to dominate in the ski consciousness, here is one ski-in/ski-out property for East Coast enthusiasts, just 2.5 hours from New York on Windham Mountain.
Furnishings can potentially come with the house at a negotiable cost. The lower level contains recreation galore, with a pool table, shuffleboard and championship pingpong table. There are multiple 50 inch flat screen TVs throughout the house and a state-of-the-art theater. Out on the decks are a large hot tub and outdoor fireplace.
Price: $12.75 million
Bathrooms: 5 full 2 partial
Square Footage: 6,884
This year-round estate on the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has multiple fireplaces, a three-car garage, a library and a home theater. Furnishings are included in the price.
The master suite with its large fireplace also boasts its own balcony overlooking the mountainscape, allowing the owners to feel like master of their mountain domain.
Price: $12.9 million
Square Footage: 4,057
The house overlooks Gore Creek and Gore Range. Although the estate is one of the only ones on the list that is not an instant ski-in/ski-out, the Vail Mountain Club is 100 yards away and membership is included.
Architects and the builder have struck an appealing balance of wood, copper, stone and glass. The TopTenRealEstateDeals editors highlight three elements in this house: “the in-floor lighting beneath the stone entryway, the jaw-dropping, back-lit green onyx walls in the main-level powder room and the spectacular book-matched lava granite kitchen counter backsplash.” It also features an elevator between the garage and the main level, and outdoor space with kitchen fire pit and plunge pool.
Price: $14.995 million
Bathrooms: 9 full, 3 partial
Square Footage: 13,699
This furnished luxury ski property is situated on 8 acres with ski-in/ski-out access to Buttermilk Mountain. The master suite has its own gas fireplace and large walk-in closet.
It has soaring ceilings and walls of windows almost reaching the tree tops, and in the great room is a stone fireplace that reaches the ceiling. This mansion also comes with a bar and a large dining area with enough space to host lots of friends.
Price: $16 million
Square Footage: 14,958
This mansion is situated on 1.34 mountainous acres. Multiple decks feature unusual furnishings crafted from hewn stone, the better to take in the views overlooking Bad Rock Canyon, ski slopes, the Great Bear Wilderness and Glacier National Park.
For the skiers, there’s a humidity-controlled locker room with flagstone flooring. Furnishings are included in the price, and some of the features are wood-slab table tops and elegant wrought-iron lighting fixtures.
Price: $16 million
Square Footage: 9,600
For five years running, Deer Valley Resort has been ranked the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine. Newly completed in 2009, this stunning home sits atop Deer Valley at 9,100 feet in the exclusive and privately gated ski-in/ski-out community of Red Cloud. It offers the privilege of skiing directly onto the Blue Bell trail.
The house is offered furnished with a kids’ bunk room. Entertainment amenities include a home theater, bar, gym, wine cellar and a ski prep room with glove, helmet and boot warmers.
Price: $19.6 million
Bathrooms: 5 full, 4 partial
Square Footage: 13,000
This Park City mansion allows its occupants to ski out down Hawkeye run to the Northside express lift.
The construction incorporates lots of shiny timbers, as well as stone and iron, a grand spiral staircase and elevator. There is a fully equipped game room, bar, wine room, steam room, theater, state-of-the-art virtual golf room, a butler’s kitchen and an exercise/massage room.
Special features include custom automatic window coverings in the two-story heart room, custom furnishings of leather, brass and wood, including rustic seating that looks like it’s made from cowhide. Even the kitchen has hand-carved refrigerator and freezer panels and a custom-hammered copper hood.
A ski prep room has post and beam trusses, a large fireplace, custom bronze chandelier and bronze panels encased in slate, and includes boot and glove driers, ski storage and ski pins for everyone, a refrigerator, powder room and a concealed washer and drier.