As the winter holiday season approaches, ski resorts across the country are gearing up for opening day (with several Colorado area ski resorts like Arapahoe Basin and Loveland already up and running). These resorts will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s epic snowfall, which brought record-breaking amounts to many of the premier resorts in Utah, Colorado and California. Indeed, Utah’s Snowbird only finally closed its lifts in early June, while nearby Brighton Resort was pounded with over 56 feet of snow throughout the season.
To get you in the mood for this season’s turns, here’s a look at some of the finest property for sale near some of the country’s best ski resorts. With stunning mountain views, access to a variety of terrain, proximity to the best mountain-resort amenities and après-ski action, and accommodations that range from luxurious to downright decadent, we’re confident these pads will fulfill your wildest powderhound fantasies.
Park City, Utah
Park City offers access to two world-class resorts—Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley—that consistently rank at the top of skiing magazines’ best-of as well as readers’ choice lists. Deer Valley is an upscale, skier-only experience with beautifully groomed trails and on-slope service that has to be experienced to be believed, while Park City offers a more hard-charging terrain-park vibe. Let’s just say that the $15 million, seven-acre estate featured above leaves no stone unturned in terms of mountain-lodge luxury, from handcrafted ski lockers, heated outdoor pool and exquisite interior design.
Featuring some of the Colorado Rockies’ best mountain terrain and scenery, the behemoth Aspen Snowmass resort actually comprises four separate mountains (Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk) that cover all abilities and on- and off-piste ambitions. Combine that with a base village area packed with things to do, places to eat and a year-round roster of top-class entertainment and events. Given Aspen’s A-list reputation and accessibility, real estate here doesn’t come cheap, but if you can afford somewhere like this featured $5.5 million seven-acre retreat near Snowmass Village, we’re guessing you’ll be able to cover Aspen’s pricey lift-ticket prices, some of the highest in the country.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The regular backdrop for some of the world’s gnarliest ski-porn compilations, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is capped by Corbet’s Couloir, one of the country’s most feared double-black diamond slopes. Wannabe hucksters drop in right beneath the iconic Jackson Hole aerial tram, giving tram passengers a front row view of their heroics—or bone-crushing demise. Framed by the razor-toothed Grand Tetons and Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the $9 million home featured here occupies a parcel on a 460-acre Nature Conservancy easement known as Lake Creek Ranch.
A favorite among Coloradoans, 2,908-acre “Breck” may lack the big-name recognition of its state cousins like Aspen or Vail but not in terms of the quality of its terrain and snow. The town itself retains a cowboy-cool vibe from its days as a 19th-century Gold Rush town, while the nearby resorts of Copper Mountain and Keystone amp up the on-slope action. This six-bedroom lodge might meld with its Rocky Mountains setting, but make no mistake, this place exudes full-on modern luxury. The perfect spot in which to relax those muscles after a hard day shredding Breck’s slopes.
Big Sky, Montana
North of Yellowstone National Park in the scenic southeastern corner of Montana, Big Sky Resort is big on views and terrain and short on crowds and attitude. Intrepid skiers make for the summit of 11,168-foot Lone Mountain, where a number of double-black diamond trails spill off the ridgeline like breadcrumbs for daredevil groms. For a seriously special perspective on this fiercely independent-minded mountain resort, look no further than 484-acre Big Sky North Fork Ranch, lodged like a recreational gem between Big Sky and the sprawling Greater Yellowstone backcountry.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Straddling the California-Nevada line, the Lake Tahoe area boasts over 22,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain across an impressive nine resorts, among them Squaw Valley, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. However, looking at this palatial pleasure palace clinging to the cliffside along the north side of the lake, you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave to click into those skis. A whimsical beach house connects to the main home by way of a glass funicular, where guests can gaze at all those snow-capped peaks on their way down to play among gardens, waterfalls or on the property’s lake barge. There’s even a 1,687-bottle wine cellar should you happen to need something to fuel your après-ski festivities.