These High-End Chalets Aren’t for the Average Ski Bum
Sometimes, even the rich and famous need a break from their city penthouses, country estates or beach-front manses. And for those occasions, when it’s time for a little snowy diversion, there’s always the chalet.
Celebrities spend major dough for the kind of prime real estate that will put them within a ski’s length of the slopes. Of course, it helps when those homes come equipped with indoor pools and spas, lodge-like details and easy-ski access. These are the kinds of places for people who can more than afford the price of a season lift pass.
Jon Huntsman Sr.
50000 Royal St., Park City UT
For sale: $49,500,000
Tucked away in Utah’s ski haven of Upper Deer Valley, spread across 60 acres of prime land, sits the ultra-private Huntsman estate. It belongs to Jon Huntsman, Sr., father of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The 20,000-square foot home, currently listed on the Park City real estate market, was built in 1989 out of reclaimed logs from the forest surrounding Yellowstone Park. It features 12 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a dining room that seats 20, not to mention a gym, library, 2-car garage and massive, lodge-like indoor pool.
> See more photos of Jon Huntsman Sr. home (below)
157 Aspen Lakes Dr, Hailey ID
For sale: $15,000,000
Bruce Willis’ home is set on 20 acres of land just outside of “downtown” Hailey — a place where Willis invested in several businesses. Now, his 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home is for sale.
With four fireplaces, the resort-style home has rustic stone and wood details, a massive foyer entry and two stone fireplaces in the living area. An expansive kitchen has two dishwashers, dual ovens and two refrigerators, as well as an eat-in breakfast nook. An extensive security system, heated balconies and decks round out Willis’ estate.
> See more photos of Bruce Willis’ home (below)
(undisclosed address) Telluride, CO
For sale: $13,000,000
Longtime NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol pursued outdoor winter sports from his hideout in Winter Village. Ebersol and his wife, Susan St. James, purchased the impressive 12,962-square-foot home in 2004 for $10.4 million. Built in 2001, the stone estate sits on a 1.7-acre lot surrounded by lush greenery, evergreen trees and picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. The estate’s alpine-style is emphasized by thick wool rugs, lodge-like peaked ceilings and rustic furniture.
> See more photos of Dick Ebersol’s home (below)
65 Elk Trak, Avon CO
For sale: $9,850,000
Gerald Ford’s Vail home, pictured below, is a testament to his love of skiing and the outdoors. The estate, currently listed for $9.85 million, has been on and off the market since 2008, starting with a price tag of $14.9 million. The ski-in/ski-out home is more than 9,500 square feet and has 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and features a great room, gourmet kitchen, movie room, wine cellar, and pool building with fitness center.
228 Tall Timber Rd, Avon CO
For sale: $7,300,000
If you’re a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” buff, you may recognize this gorgeous ski chalet from a Season 2 episode in which the cast headed off for a farewell visit to Camille’s home. The 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom estate boasts a whopping 8,500-square feet of living space including two master suites, nannies quarters, and a private outdoor spa.
3853 Rising Star Ln, Park City UT
Sold for: $5,250,000
In 1999, while Romney was working as CEO and President of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, his family decided to pick up this mountain ski home in Park City, UT. More chalet than cabin, Romney’s 7-bedroom, 9.5-bath home sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on nearly 11 acres. A premier destination for snow-sport enthusiasts, Park City real estate doesn’t come cheap. Romney’s 9,514-square-foot home sold in 2009 for a little under the $5.25 million asking price.
> See more photos of Mitt Romney’s home (below)
6415 Silver Lake Dr, Park City UT
For sale: $2,700,000
Danza’s home was built in 1988 and true to ski-estate style, it features stone and cedar throughout the interior and exterior. The great room includes floor-to-ceiling windows and a large stone fireplace. The 4,800-sq ft home sits on a nearly half-acre lot and has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Other amenities include a heated driveway, elevator to all four stories, and in-ground spa with views of the surrounding mountains.
> See more photos of Tony Danza’s home (below)