Sure, the quality of the skiing is important when deciding where to vacation—and, especially so when considering a home in a ski resort area. But, let’s face it: Where you spend your time once you’re done on the slopes is every bit as important—especially if you’re looking for a place where you can parlez-vous après-ski (or après-hike or après-swim, as the case may be) all year round. If you’re looking for a slope-side getaway to call your own, you have options, from the well-heeled celebrity-laden playground of Aspen to the New England charm of Stowe, VT.
1011 Ute Avenue
Aspen is the ski paradise to see and, certainly, to be seen. Perhaps nothing says luxurious attitude at altitude like this winter haven. An environment this rich deserves a home of equal allure, like this seven-bedroom, nine-bath, 18,943-square-foot manse. Listed for sale for $39,000,000 by Bob Bowden of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, this Rocky Mountain jewel epitomizes state-of-the-art meets spectacular setting meets architectural wonder, in the best Aspen location. Every imaginable amenity, from gorgeous gathering spaces, to a state-of-the-art kitchen, to a fitness room and indoor lap pool, to a wine cellar, to great outdoor areas and picture widows from which to enjoy postcard views of Red Mountain—and even a hair salon—make this a dream come true for ski lovers and entertainers. The property also boasts three tennis courts, a movie theater, a bowling alley, and two elevators.
11362 N Snowtop Road
Park City, UT
Is Park City home to some of the best snow on Earth or the site of the annual Sundance Film Festival? It is both, not to mention a glorious place to live year round—which many a Sundance-goer and chionophile has come to know. Wrap up a day on the slopes and head for this exquisite, gated mountain home, currently listed by Kevin Crockett and Marny Schlopy of Coldwell Banker Park City Newpark for $4,990,000. Extensive use of natural materials throughout including a striking wall of stone that houses the high-end appliances in the gourmet kitchen imparts a true rustic, mountain feel. Vast entertainment spaces include a theatre room and wet bar, while numerous luxurious conveniences abound, such as an enormous gym with steam room and sauna, and a paver driveway and oversized three-car garage, both of which are heated. Multiple fireplaces, gorgeous guest rooms, and postcard views that span the Park City Mountain Resort and the Jordanelle Reservoir are a few more reasons this four-bedroom, 10,755-square-foot Park City home just a three-minute drive from the St. Regis is so coveted.
19145 Glades Place
Lake Tahoe offers a natural landscape like no other, with superior skiing, unsurpassed lake activities, and luxury residences that take beautiful advantage of both. The finest homes in the area, like this custom five-bedroom, six-bath, 6,299-square-foot estate in the exclusive Truckee Mountainside at Northstar community of M25, also boast a wooded landscape, ample square footage with room for large families and guests, top-of-the-line materials, and stellar views out over snow-covered hills dotted with pine trees. Additionally, this exceptional modern mountain retreat offers one feature that is in high demand but not easily found: immediate ski access right out the back door to Lake Tahoe’s Timberline chairlift. When you’re not on the slopes, entertain guests in the great room, with its massive wall of stone surrounding a crackling fireplace and double-height windows wrapping around the back to drink in the views of Sierra Crest and Castle Peak, or retire to the wine cellar or ski cave. The home, listed for $5,400,000 by Jane Sheppard of Coldwell Banker Taho-Truckee, is also just a short walk to the Tree House, the community’s centerpiece amenity, and to the Ritz Spa.
71 Sterling Ridge Road
With two world-class ski mountains, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, nearby, and a setting within a charming New England Village, it’s not hard to figure out why a luxury home in Stowe, VT is so sought-after. This private estate, listed by McKee Macdonald of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate for $1,495,000, is nestled in the woods with a private yet convenient setting and a babbling brook on the property. Privacy and views are paramount, but this six-bedroom, 5,442-square-foot home also offers a long list of desirable amenities including extensive stone and wood, a screened-in porch, a large living living room with fireplace, a contemporary corner bar, and a swimming pool and tennis court. With all that rich, warm wood, you’ll always be comfortable inside, even when it’s freezing outside. Additional architectural detail is found throughout, with hand-placed stones, rich moldings, and perfectly placed windows that frame the nature views.