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The snow is starting to fall and ski resorts around the country are opening up, as early birds take to the slopes. If you’re itching to schuss with style, take a look at these 10 gorgeous ski retreats where après-ski means returning to decadent living in which heated indoor pools, home theaters, and wine cellars are the norm after you’ve navigated bone-jarring double-black diamond runs.


1. Montana MansionWhitefish, MT
For Sale: $20 million

No, that’s not a ski lodge — that’s a $20 million home for sale (above). Located along the Chair 3 Tenderfoot Lift of the Whitefish Ski Resort in Montana, this massive stone-and-timbered mountain getaway on 1.34 acres offers warm elegance with 14,958 sq ft of living space, and includes 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Watch movies in the family theater on rich, plush-red lounges, or take in views of the Whitefish slopes and Bad Rock Canyon, plus peaks of the Great Bear Wilderness and Glacier National Park from the multiple decks. Additional features: elevator, humidity controlled ski locker room (right), and remote access to security system.

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2. Deer Valley Masterpiece Park City, UT
For Sale: $21,900,000

No need to lug your ski gear to the lodge if you own this 13,536-sq ft beauty that offers direct ski-in/ski-out access onto Deer Valley’s Mountaineer ski run, which connects to the four-person Deer Crest mountain chair lift. Take in panoramic mountain views from 4,500 sq ft of heated decks and a patio. Amenities include outdoor pool, spa and waterfall, elevator, golf simulator, theater (right), DJ booth, native trout aquarium, steam room, sauna, and day spa. House sold furnished with some art exclusions.

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3. Aspen ContemporaryAspen, CO
For Sale: $19,990,000

Aspen’s Silver Queen Gondola glides quietly overhead as you ski out the door to start the day on one of the world’s most glamorous and exciting ski mountains. Return to this three-story contemporary ski estate and enjoy a private massage or the steam room. The 9,056 sq ft home has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and even a separate caretaker’s apartment. And one will never go cold with six gas fireplaces scattered about. Other features include an outdoor kitchen, library, exercise room, theater, wine room, ski room, large entertainment area with wet bar and room for billiards and poker tables, elevator, and snowmelt decks, driveway and walkways.

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4. Park City CribPark City, UT
For Sale: $7,995,000

Snow not to your liking today? Then, attack your own massive indoor rock-climbing wall (right) that has several “cracks” modeled after rock faces found on Yosemite, Joshua Tree and climbing spots around the world. Located within the Canyons Ski Resort, this home was featured in an episode of MTV’s Teen Cribs, which follows an entrepreneurial dad and an adventuresome family who have every amusement imaginable at their fingertips. Inside are open spaces with curved walls and floating staircases and the entryway is filled with 19th century pre-Impressionism art. Other play areas include a spacious game room with pool and foosball tables, a home theater, and a family room with central control panel for the home’s electronics. Furnishings are negotiable.

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5. Tuscan-style Estate Aspen, CO
For Sale: $35,750,000

Tuscany comes to Aspen in this 18th-century inspired estate built from 40,000 sq ft of hand-cut limestone. Featured on VH1’s “Fabulous Life Celebrity Real Estate Splurges,” this 16,000 sq ft estate sits on 2 acres of land. Views of the surrounding meadows and Mt. Sopris and Mt. Daley can be enjoyed from the 5,000 sq ft of patios and decks — 5,000 sq ft! In addition to 7 en suite bedrooms and 7 full baths are a massive great room, large kitchen with two islands, plush home theater, exercise room with steam room, library with bar, wine cellar, spa, fire pit, and a stream that runs though the back of the property and into a large pond with a 15-foot waterfall (right). The only thing missing is an indoor pool. Maybe that’s why the original price of $43.8 million in 2008 has been lowered to $35,750,000.

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6. Ketchum EleganceKetchum, ID
For Sale: $10,950,000

Yes, there are some of the requisite timber-and-beam touches, but this Sun Valley area estate is more reminiscent of an estate in southern Italy. Choose to entertain on the terrace by the infinity edge pool (right) or in the Italian wine cafe designed like a grotto with a contoured brick ceiling. This 12,057 sq ft family estate contains 7 bedrooms and 8 baths and was designed for large groups, but can be scaled down for smaller gatherings. Located in close proximity to Sun Valley and the Warm Springs section of Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain.

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7. Gated Teton EstateTeton Village, WY
For Sale: $29,500,000

Located at the base of Wyoming’s challenging Jackson Hole Ski Resort, this grand rock-and-timber masterpiece sits on 10.63 private acres overlooking streams and gardens. The home fits in with its rugged surroundings in Grand Teton National Park and contains more than 23,000 sq ft, including 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, guest quarters, a 12-seat theater, two offices, an extensive 4,000-bottle wine cellar, 1,200-sq ft professional gym, elevator and koi ponds. Located minutes from the gondola.

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8. Adirondack CampLake Placid, NY
For Sale: $10,500,000

Surprise, surprise! New York state breaks the stranglehold of glitzy ski homes in the West with this rustic Lake Placid, NY offering. While this home is not glitzy in the traditional sense, it does demand some notice. Known as Camp Balsam, this 13,500 sq ft multi-building compound on four acres is on a peninsula jutting into Lake Placid and combines elements of feng shui and green technology. The three-story main residence contains an elevator, four suites, plus a two-bedroom apartment. Also on the property is a restored log cabin-style, antique guest house with four bedrooms. Other features include a media room, gym, spa, wine cellar, winterized boathouse, lakeside bath house and an indoor pool.  Whiteface ski area, which has the greatest vertical drop in the East and where the Olympics were held in 1980 and 1932, is just 12 miles away.

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9. Norwegian Lodge - Vail, CO
For Sale: $15,900,000

Traverse down the slopes and right onto the doorstep of this cheery yellow, Norwegian Lodge-style home that sits at the base of Vail, the largest ski resort in the U.S. This home contains 8,308 sq ft, 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths on one-half acre of prime Vail real estate. Heavy woods are pervasive inside the home with walls, floors, box-beamed ceilings wrapping the surroundings. The home’s great room contains a magnificent fireplace and stairs lead up to an exposed balcony and bookshelves. Tasteful stone patios surround the home and inside is a heated lap pool (right).

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10. TranquilityZephyr Cove, NV
For Sale: $100 million

Yes, we saved the best for last because let’s face it: All others pale in comparison to this incredible property that is one of the most expensive homes for sale on Zillow. Owned by Joel Horowitz, the co-founder of Tommy Hilfiger, this northern European-inspired mountain estate sits on 210 acres overlooking Lake Tahoe, plus it has its own private lake. The main residence comprises 20,000 sq ft., plus there are seven other buildings: conservatory, guest residence, art studio, boat house pavilion, gymnasium with indoor basketball court, stable, and additional residence for guest and staff. Additionally, there are two par-3 golf holes, 16-car garage, and a gatehouse. Minutes to the Tahoe ski resorts.

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  • Paul Pauper

    Last ski season, I spent a month crashing at friends cribs in and around Vail. The shame about houses like these is not the extravagance, but instead, the fact that they stand empty most of the season…at least the guys who shovel’em out after every major storm get paid.

  • http://www.ontimeservicepros.com AC

    I would love to see these places in person!

  • Anne

    Would you like to see the government decide how much each person can own and/or spend? Who should control this? Universal truth teaches us that these answers must come from within ourselves. Once we abdicate this control to others, we have lost our souls. Laziness seems to be putting many of us asleep. It seems simple (and therefore desirable) to have a central governing force deciding how we hoard or spend. This is a big lie. Stay awake. You were created to stay vigilant and active about your own spirit and actions. Even if others’ actions don’t seem just, you need to attend to your own.

  • Peter

    I sell high end homes. Personally, my philosophy is to remember that “We are all going to die someday, some sooner than others.”

  • Ed

    While it appears these house may be considered excess in terms of size, finishes or number of weeks/months used; it was the financial resources of these owners to build them in the first place. The homes contributes to the economy particularly at the local level, creating direct and indirect construction and ongoing maintenance support jobs in these communities.

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  • Robert England

    The point many bloggers have missed is that you have worldwide TV property programmes which show USA homes like these, the commentaries is somewhat anti-American based on the fact that the buyers of these homes are seen as numbskulls. Dunces. This is unfair but ‘what did you expect’? For me these homes are seen in the same light as chrome fins on cars, meaning Edsel Homes for Edsel people, aka “Elmars”.

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  • Filthy rich

    Dear druet understand the fact that smart, educated people achieve GREAT things in this country! If you
    are unhappy with unemployment in this country as many of us are vent your anger at much of the root cause…………..GOVT.! Our elected officals “social engineering” programs should be your focus along wiht the WORST Preident ever,,,,,,,,,,President NObama is a tragic failure as his economic policys confirm!

    Merry Christmas

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  • JohnDoe

    Shame! No wonder the world is disgusted at this opulence!

  • Jozie

    According to NetAid, over a billion people, or roughly one in six, live in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than US$1 a day.

    The World Bank goes on to define moderate poverty as basic subsistence living, on $1 to $2 a day. All told, nearly half the world’s population lives in poverty — that’s 2.8 billion people living on less than two dollars a day.

    Some other facts to keep in mind:

    Each year over 8 million people die because they are simply too poor to stay alive.

    More than 800 million people go hungry every day.

    The gross domestic product of the poorest 48 nations is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people.

    Thirty-thousand children die every day due to hunger and treatable illnesses.

    6 million children die every year before their fifth birthday, as a result of malnutrition.

    point: too whom much is given, much is required…what have the owners of these houses done to help others?? oh yeah they have started “charitable organizations” from which they receive percentages from…celebrity charity

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