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The Allure Of Après Ski

The Allure Of Après Ski

Properties That Offer Immediate Access To The Slopes, As Well As Cozy Escapes From The Mountain, Provide The Best Of Both Worlds
By Iyna Bort Caruso

Today’s ski homes aren’t so much vacation spots to get away from it all but, rather, to have it all. Home gyms, game rooms, indoor pools, wine cellars–even bowling alleys–are now a part of the après-ski lifestyle.

As ski home amenities have evolved, so has the architecture. According to Rebecca Stone, managing principal with Denver-based OZ Architecture, mountain homes are incorporating modern detailing. “We’re seeing more glass, more steel accents and less complicated, more simplistic forms. There’s still a lot of warmth, but people are looking for more refinement.”

Skiers are an active, affluent, and influential demographic. They want easy access from the airport to their resort homes (breakfast in New York, carving turns in Aspen by lunchtime) and easy access from their homes to the slopes. Ski-in, ski-out residences are the shortest distance from front door to fresh powder. No shuttles, no digging out the car, no driving in dicey conditions. Slope-side access maximizes time on the trails. “That’s big,” says Stone, a skier herself.

Ski-in, ski-out homes transform the sport. Their connection to the landscape is strong and the ability of homeowners to engage with nature is immediate. Not surprisingly, slope-side real estate commands a “significant premium,” says Thomas Wright, president and principal broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Park City, Utah.

One of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s premier ski-in, ski-out listings is a six-bedroom residence in Park City, 30 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. The home is situated on a precipice in Deer Valley, nestled in the Rocky Mountain Wasatch Range. The home’s unique location offers views across Bald Mountain, the most prominent of the six mountains that make up Deer Valley Resort. “It’s just a fantastic location,” Wright says. “Skiers of all abilities would feel comfortable skiing in or out of this property. It’s in the sweet spot, which makes this home even more desirable.”

And it’s not only a matter of accessibility. Ski-in, ski-out homes and condominium developments amp up the enjoyment of the sport by offering powder hounds maximum flexibility. One skier in the home can get up early for first tracks, another can cruise with friends in the afternoon and still another can spend the whole day on the slopes trying to get as much vertical as possible. “Everyone can go at their own pace,” Wright says. “Everyone gets to enjoy the ‘greatest snow on earth’ exactly how they’d like, and that, to me, is the biggest appeal of a ski-in, ski-out property.”

Iyna Bort Caruso is a journalist based in New York.

Park City, Utah

On a precipice adjacent to Deer Valley’s Kimberley Ski Trail, this property provides direct ski-in, ski-out access and dramatic views across Bald Mountain, the waters of the Jordanelle Reservoir, and the majestic Uinta Mountains. The home has a modern aesthetic with a timeless European warmth, centering on a spacious kitchen, an intimate living room, and dining area. Find impeccable views from the heated stone patio with a grill, hot tub, and lawn from this Bald Eagle homesite.

Property ID: X6EKEP

$7,750,000

Property ID: X6EKEP | sothebysrealty.com

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Bill Ligety 435 647 6700

Abbi Lathrop Martz 435 659 0611

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Vail Mountain
Colorado

A homesite chosen by the original investors in Vail Mountain for its unparalleled access to the ski slopes, unobstructed views of the Gore Range, and pristine natural surroundings, 375 Mill Creek Circle combines modern luxury with impeccable craftsmanship while absorbing the incredible history of this ski-in, ski-out location. This European-style chalet was constructed with family in mind, suitable to sleep up to 18 comfortably, and is only steps to the Riva Bahn high-speed quad, which leads to chair 10 and chair 14: long-considered by locals to be the quickest, most efficient route to Vail’s Back Bowls.

$26,000,000

375millcreekcircle.com

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Tye Stockton +1 970 471 2557

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375 Mill Creek Circle

El Tarter
Principality of Andorra

Found in one of the most prized mountain tourism areas of the Pyrenees is an elegant and luxurious newly built chalet, just in front of access to Grandvalira, with spectacular views over the ski slopes and mountains. Spread over five spacious floors, the home’s large windows give a special brightness to all rooms. The house is designed with finishes of the highest quality and the latest technology in home automation to improve the welfare of those who live in it.

Property ID: E7X2DD

€2,200,000

Property ID: E7X2DD | sothebysrealty.com

Andorra Sotheby’s International Realty

Andreu Cañadas +376 872 222

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Snowmass Village
Colorado

Located right off Adams Avenue ski run, this ski-in, ski-out home is meticulously maintained and features five bedrooms, a dedicated office, and a media/games room. The spacious master suite includes a gas fireplace, a large walk-in closet, a master bath steam shower, and a jetted tub. In summer there is easy access to hiking and mountain biking right outside.

$6,950,000

Property ID: FXPT54 | sothebysrealty.com

Aspen Snowmass

Sotheby’s International Realty

Will McCollough +1 970 922 8067

Andrew Ernemann +1 970 379 8125

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Property ID: FXPT54

Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées
Savoie, France

This is a luxury 1,350-square-meter chalet located in the prestigious area of the Jardin Alpin. At the foot of the ski slopes, this incredible chalet with modern design features eight en-suite bedrooms, including two master bedrooms, a living room with stunning panoramic views of Les Trois Vallées ski area, and access to a large terrace. There’s also an amazing spa area with a pool, a steam room, a sauna, Jacuzzi, showers, and a massage room. For your entertainment after a day of skiing, enjoy the cinema, fitness room, or the game room for children.

Property ID: DXNNE7

€45,000,000

Property ID: DXNNE7 | sothebysrealty.com

Propriétés de Courchevel

Sotheby’s International Realty

Olivier Roche +33 608 227 307

Sun Peaks
British Columbia, Canada

A luxurious, truly Canadian, artistically crafted log home with quality yellow cedar logs. It’s set next to main chairlifts and ski runs in Canada’s second-largest ski area, and just a short walk from village shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. There’s privacy, panoramic views, and abundant sunshine, as well as a gourmet kitchen, sunken living room, a spacious family room, plus a converted garage area with a practical bunkroom, gear storage and a bootroom. Sun Peaks Resort is a vibrant year-round resort municipality with 4,270 acres of skiable terrain, reliable snow, abundant sunshine, and minimal lift lines. Summer offers an 18-hole golf course, lift-accessed hiking and biking, and several nearby lakes.

C$2,995,000

Property ID: 5X4JE4| sothebysrealty.com

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Sun Peaks

Liz Forster +1 250 578 7773 or +1 250 682 2289

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Property ID: 5X4JE4

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