10 Great U.S. Ski Towns
Can Actually Afford to Buy a Home, Forget Aspen! Winter, as you've surely heard, is coming—hard and fast. So why not ride it out in your very own home in the mountains, in a sweet place where the slopes are groomed, the air is clean, and après-ski bars are buzzing?
While you're at it, maybe chill for the summer too! Truth be told, you don’t have to be a second-generation reality TV star, tech titan, or trust-fund kid to live large in a great American ski town. And no, we're not schussing you. You just need to know where to set your sights.
Hint: It's not on Aspen, Jackson, or any of the other snowy playgrounds of the 1%, where median home prices rival or even exceed the most expensive neighborhoods of San Fransisco or New York.
But there are plenty of lower-key, way more inexpensive options around. In fact, just about half of America's ski towns, as defined by realtor.com®, have a median home price under $300,000. So our data team set out to find the most affordable of the bunch, towns where you can keep the dream of owning a home near the slopes alive, and maybe even have some cash left over for a new snowmobile. Or heck, an SUV!
While you’d be forgoing some of the glam scenes, upper-end nightspots, and world-class powder of the best-known resort towns, these lower-priced mountain meccas are still undisputed winter and summer wonderlands. Some are old mining towns, or small remote cities that built resorts as a means to replace fading industries. They have fewer tourists, and miles of untrammeled nature.
Brian Head, UT realtor.com
Median list price: $152,900
There's no shortage of great ski resorts in Utah. But the best known of them sure ain't cheap.
This is where Brian Head stands out. A full-day adult ticket at Snowbird in Salt Lake City costs around $125, compared with around $79 at Brian Head Resort, which covers 650 acres and offers 71 runs and eight chair lifts.
“Our biggest claim is that it’s a nice family resort, great for the kids,” says Mike Carr, a real estate agent at High Country Realty. “It’s really affordable compared to other ski destinations in the area.”
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Brian Head Resort offers The Greatest Snow on Earth®, with annual snowfall of over 360 inches, and Utah’s highest base elevation. Covering over 650 acres, the Resort has two connected mountains, Giant Steps and Navajo, offering 71 runs and 8 chair lifts.
Around a four-hour drive from downtown Salt Lake City and three hours from Las Vegas, Brian Head becomes a hiker's dream once the snow clears. At the edges of the city are Dixie National Forest, known for its wildlife and beautiful red rock formations.
To create our rankings, we started with a list of around 450 ski resorts, as compiled by onthesnow.com, a website that creates snow reports for the ski industry. We then looked at median list prices in the nearest towns or cities to those resorts to figure out which had the least expensive real estate. Only places with at least 50 homes for sale in October were included, and for geographic diversity, we included just one place per state.
So pull on that discount Uniqlo parka, grab a hot toddy or three, and let's check out the best bargain ski towns in America.
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