There’s near the mountain and then there’s on the mountain, and ski-in/ski-out homes put you as close as you can go. “You can take your skis for a very short walk or click them on and you go out and you ski into the house,” says Carol Dopkin, an agent with Engel & Völkers Aspen.
The homes are a commodity among skiers. “I think ski in/ski out impacts value hugely, everywhere,” said Ms. Dopkin.
Most such homes are found in high-end condo developments or within resorts. “Typically that land adjacent to ski runs isn’t up for private sale,” said Ray Calabro, an architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. “Usually that’s part of a resort development that allows a certain number of single-family homes, a certain number of multi-family like condominiums and townhomes.”
Mr. Calabro designed a ski-in/ski-out home at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia.
The entrance, he said, is key in a ski-in/ski-out home and three things are important to include there: A place to set down your gear, quick access to the restroom and direct access to laundry, said Mr. Calabro. He also emphasized storage space for equipment either just inside or just outside the home.
When he designed the Kicking Horse home, Mr. Calabro put steel plates on the stairs leading out of the ski in area, knowing the family would likely be climbing them with ski boots on. “Really durable robust materials can also be very beautiful so exposing them in the home is something we did there,” he said.
His ultimate inspiration?
“We take a lot of design inspiration from not only our clients and the particular piece of property but also from the mountains and places of great natural beauty where people tend to ski.”
On The Market: Four Ski-In/Ski-Out Homes
A Stowe, Vermont home is located within the Spruce Peak Resort, which offers both skiing and golf, as well as a spa, horseback riding and hiking.
The five-bedroom house spans 5,909 square feet and is done in a Craftsman design and has a Cathedral ceiling in the great room, three patios and a porch with a fireplace. It is listed for $5.25 million with Jana Granzella and Kathy O’Brien of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Teton Village, Wyoming
In Wyoming’s Teton Village, a five-bedroom single-family home sits on the ski run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, with the aerial tram visible from the deck.
The house, which has a Western décor scheme, is also adjacent to the national forest, which can be seen from the expansive great room. The lower level has a room for ski equipment. It’s listed for $8.25 million with Rob DesLauriers of Sotheby’s International Realty.
A Breckenridge home built in 2008 is being sold for the first time. It has four bedrooms and six bathrooms over 6,211 square feet.
The 1.87-acre property offers access to both Nordic trail and a private gondola. The home has a lodge-like feel and features include a screening room and fire pit. It is listed for $6,399 million with Bo J. Palazola with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.
Park City, Utah
A Park City home sits on the Deer Valley Resort slopes, with views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uinta Mountains. The home has six en-suite bedrooms over 8,747 square feet, as well as a four-car garage and heated decks.
The property offers access to the Jordanelle and the Mountaineer ski lifts. It is located within a five-minute walk to Park City’s historic Main Street. The home is listed for $7.9 million with Marcus Wood of Engel & Völkers.
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