January 13, 2014

Alex Brunkhorst

Winter Wonderland: Ten Swoon-Worthy Chalets

Real Estate

When DOMAINE HOME asked me to swing on by and pick a few of my favorite ski places on the market ... well, let's just say it was my version of a winter fairytale. Though there's something fun about "beach," I admit with X Games, Sundance, and the Olympics in the near past and future the slopes are feeling much more appealing than ever.

So, if you're looking for a place to ski, snowboard, or just plain apres-ski (no coordination necessary for that .. well maybe a little ...), take a peek at ten great spots to do just that. So from Gstaad to Aspen, let the Snow Games begin.

  1. Historic Grandeur in Gstaad (price upon request)

    Location: Gstaad, Switzerland
    Price: upon request
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 19/6
    Year Built: 1920
    Bragging Rights: The home stands in 15,000 square meters of forest, gardens and meadows.
    Amazing Amenity: 19 bedrooms make this house the perfect large-group getaway.
    Professional Opinion: There’s nothing quite like a Gstaad ski chalet to say you’ve made it. So, the elevation’s a little low and ski can be hit-or-miss, it’s Gstaad so we excuse all of it.

  2. Vail Village Architectural ($20,000,000)

    Location: Vail, Colorado
    Price: $20,000,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 5/5
    Year Built: 1963
    Bragging Rights: Built by Vail’s original town architect, Fitzhugh Scott. Named one of America’s Most Architecturally Significant Homes by Barron’s Magazine.
    Amazing Amenity: Ski-in/ski-out access at the base of Vail’s Gondola One ski lift.
    Professional Opinion: I love this original charmer in Vail. And with Vail’s glorious back bowls at your fingertips I guarantee you you won’t be spending a lot of time at home anyways.

  3. Rose Spur Retreat ($7,500,000)

    Location: Snowmass, Colorado
    Price: $7,500,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 4/4.5
    Year Built: 1997
    Bragging Rights: Picturesque horseback, hiking and cross country skiing trails right at your doorstep.
    Amazing Amenity: Separate artist studio.
    Professional Opinion: I liked this one because it felt traditional and not trying too hard to be a ski lodge. For those of you who want to hit Aspen and have kids, Snowmass is probably the way to go.

  4. Modern Mountain Living ($3,100,000)

    Location: Truckee, California
    Price: $3,100,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 4/4.5
    Year Built: 2013
    Bragging Rights: One mile from Northstar California ski resort, with door-to-door shuttle service available.
    Amazing Amenity: Bedrooms are separated from the great room by a wall of burnt Japanese cedar.
    Professional Opinion: I’m going to admit that Tahoe is one of the few ski resorts I haven’t been to - but I loved this house as soon as I read about it in the Wall Street Journal. Ski lodges need not look old to be cool.

  5. Robert Stern Aspen ($17,500,000)

    Location: Aspen, Colorado
    Price: $17,500,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 5/8
    Year Built: 1994
    Bragging Rights: Designed by Robert Stern.
    Amazing Amenity: Cocktail bar with mountain views.
    Professional Opinion: One of my favorite houses in Aspen’s glitzy Starwood area.

  6. Modern Rustic Ski-house ($4,950,000)

    Location: Big Sky, Montana
    Price: $4,950,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 3/3.5
    Year Built:
    Bragging Rights: Staggering views from inside the natural light filled home.
    Amazing Amenity: Access to Yellowstone Club’s famous Private Power.
    Professional Opinion: Yellowstone Club. Enough said.

  7. Eagle Creek Log Estate ($7,500,000)

    Location: Ketchum, Idaho
    Price: $7,500,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 8/8.5
    Year Built: 1989
    Bragging Rights: Amazing mountain and water views.
    Amazing Amenity: Private barn and horse facilities.
    Professional Opinion: Sun Valley is a gorgeous place in winter and summer … this house screamed cozy ski cabin to me.

  8. Saint Moritz Villa (price upon request)

    Location: Saint Moritz, Switzerland
    Price: upon request
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 6/7
    Year Built:
    Bragging Rights: Skiing is as equally as excellent as the nightlife in Saint Moritz.
    Amazing Amenity: Custom-made wine cellar.
    Professional Opinion: St. Moritz is one of Europe’s most fashionable places to play. I picked this one because of the swimming pool.

  9. Deer Valley Retreat ($12,250,000)

    Location: Park City, Utah
    Price: $12,250,000
    Listing Type: Single Family
    Beds/Baths: 5/8
    Year Built: 2009
    Bragging Rights: Direct ski access on the longest ski frontage in Upper Deer Valley and the Empire Pass.
    Amazing Amenity: Snow melted driveway, decks and walkways.
    Professional Opinion: It’s almost Sundance, folks. Time to up the ante.

  10. Four Seasons at Jackson Hole ($4,950,000)

    Location: Teton Village, Wyoming
    Price: $4,950,000
    Listing Type: Condo
    Beds/Baths: 3/4.5
    Year Built: 2004
    Bragging Rights: One of the most coveted Four Season Residences at Jackson Hole for the best resort access and mountain views.
    Amazing Amenity: Two private underground parking places.
    Professional Opinion: The Four Seasons Jackson is ski-in-ski-out and the hub of everything social in this perfect little ski town. And, for those of you expert skiers out there, Jackson is known for its superb and challenging trails.



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