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.