In mountain towns around the world, having a ski-in/ski-out home of your own is the ultimate dream. And the ultimate destination for finding the most stunning slopeside listings? Aspen Snowmass.
While its most common moniker only refers to two of Aspen Skiing Company’s expansive ski areas, it’s comprised of four individual resorts: Aspen Mountain (aka Ajax), Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass — each offering a unique air of authentic alpine charm.
A variety of properties dot the lower trails on all four, making your commute from your backyard to the chairlift or gondola mere minutes to ensure first tracks on every powder day. Beyond the exclusive access and convenience, these luxury estates and condos often boast expansive patios and epic vistas. And when summertime comes, some may argue the offerings are even better with hiking and mountain biking trails along with plenty of wildlife right outside your door.
We’ve rounded up five of our must-see ski-in/ski-out listings on the market right now to swoon over:
Ski area: Aspen
Offered by: Tory Thomas, Craig Morris
Highlights: Located in the legendary Aspen Alps complex and directly on the Little Nell Trail, this four bedroom, 2,609 sq ft condominium is as close to the Silver Queen Gondola as it gets. Remodeled by the owners in 2012, the timeless traditional design features Dornbracht plumbing fixtures, Rocky Mountain custom hardware, Platte Valley custom cabinets, a Viking stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, antique Jerusalem stone floors and more. Amenities include concierge and shuttle service, tennis courts, hot tub, health club and covered garage space available for separate purchase.
Professional point of view: “Of the probably only 20 properties on Aspen Mountain that are truly ski-in/ski-out, there are only a handful that can take you to Ajax Tavern or the [Silver Queen] Gondola within three minutes. On top of that, four bedrooms — all en suite— with an interior fully remodeled to the nines is offered at a price that won’t break the bank. A property like this rarely comes on the market and is sure to be a sound investment.”
Ski area: Aspen Highlands
Offered by: Craig Ward
Highlights: While not technically right on the slopes of Aspen Highlands, this timeless mountain estate offers ski-out access to the private Five Trees chairlift and its own backcountry trail to ski straight home after a day on the slopes. From grand staircases and soaring beam trusses to black walnut floors and copper exterior detailing, every element of this five bedroom, six-and-one-half bath home will withstand the test of time. Completely furnished with a combination of custom pieces, carefully chosen shopped items and western inspired antiques, the 7,856 sq ft residence also features a home theater, wine room, billiards room, gym and expansive outdoor terraces with a spa. The property spans 2.1 acres with a water feature and is directly adjacent to 92 acres of protected open space with picture-perfect views of Baldy Peak and the Willow Creek Valley.
Professional point of view: “There are very few ski-in/ski-out homes on Aspen Highlands — roughly 24 with a few more being developed. The greatest thing about this property is that because of its indirect skiing access, it has tremendous privacy versus having to deal with a very busy base area. The finishes are just exquisite and the private theater is one of Paragon Systems Integration’s most impressive projects to date. It was built like a fortress and it feels that way inside. Plus, it’s the highest lot in the subdivision and was deliberately designed to take advantage of its sweeping southwest views. The owner actually relocated the road where the driveway was to be placed in order to put the home in this specific direction.”
Ski area: Buttermilk
Offered by: Eric Cohen, Craig Morris
Highlights: With a recent, drastic price reduction, the only ski-in/ski-out property on West Buttermilk offers the utmost privacy and exclusivity, which makes Owl Mountain Ranch an opportunity of a lifetime. Located at the end of the gated West Buttermilk Road, 60-plus acres of adjoining BLM and forestland includes a private ski trail and surrounds 20,000 sq ft of livable space. Impeccably designed and appointed by David Johnston Architects, the main house features seven bedrooms, ten full bathrooms, and a three-car garage. The heated outdoor deck space includes a built-in spa, outdoor kitchen, dining area and wood burning fireplace. A 2,000 sq ft caretaker’s residence and 7,000 sq ft versatile utility barn are also included.
Professional point of view: “In this market, demand for ski-in/ski-out properties is increasing while the supply remains the same. This is the ‘crown jewel’ of the West Buttermilk area and one of the finest ski-in/ski-out properties in North America. The ability to ski right from your back door to the West Buttermilk high-speed quad chairlift and be at the top of the mountain in minutes is literally one-of-a-kind and the convenience of dropping back into the house for lunch or to change your gear is invaluable.”
Ski area: Snowmass
Offered by: Garrett Reuss
Highlights: Built in 1998, but fresh off of a remodel and addition in 2017 — both done by Manchester Architects, Inc. — this 6,281 sq ft home is located at the very end of Divide Drive offering the utmost privacy past the gatehouse. With five bedroom suites, seven baths, a media room, home office and ski room, it’s also an entertainer’s dream with a gourmet kitchen and expansive patio with a fire pit showcasing unobstructed views of Mount Daly. An intricate water feature provides ambient, soothing sounds throughout the house.
Professional point of view: “When you look at the competition in this price range, it’s not only that there are only a handful of ski-in/ski-out options, but there isn’t anything of this caliber that’s so well-located with mature, extensive landscaping. It offers direct access via the Dawdler Trail to Snowmass Base Village, which is the main ventricle of the mountain, along with panoramic western vistas and framed views of Mount Daly. Plus, it’s even more livable and enjoyable in the summer months.”
Ski area: Snowmass
Offered by: Chris Klug
Highlights: This just-completed, new build by KA Designworks in collaboration with Whitecap Development and Janckila Construction is a mountain modern masterpiece perched on an expansive, terraced lot with endless views and all-day sunshine. The 5,275 sq ft home features white oak wood floors and South African decorative lighting throughout its five en suite bedrooms, office, gym and game room with a custom ping pong table and bar. Outside, a photovoltaic solar array on the roof offsets the patio and driveway snowmelt systems with a three-car garage, wraparound deck, double-sided fireplace, fire pit, spa and private lawn area. The ski room, outfitted with custom Italian cabinetry, opens directly to the Guggenheim Trail, which will take you straight to the Village Express chairlift or Elk Camp Gondola within minutes.
Professional point of view: Snowmass is considered the premier family resort in the state and one of the top family destinations in North America. A turnkey, cutting-edge contemporary like this rarely comes to market in the ski-in/ski-out category and is just an ideal family home. Matched with the quality of the construction, thoughtful design elements, 180-degree views and access to all of the exciting happenings in the new Snowmass Base Village, this property truly checks all of the boxes.”