What to Know about Ski-in, Ski-out Homes

What to Know about Ski-in, Ski-out Homes

  • Maureen Lathrop
  • 09/4/23

A ski resort may seem appealing for occasional vacations, but there are alternative options worth considering. Among the top choices for avid skiers is a luxurious ski-in, ski-out home. These homes are strategically located on the mountainside, allowing you to effortlessly wake up, unwind, put on your skis, and step right outside into a winter wonderland.

However, before you buckle up your ski boots, you must discover all there is to know regarding ski-in, ski-out homes. We're here to help you understand the ins and outs of making this fantasy your reality.

Pros and cons of a ski-in, ski-out home

As with all properties, there are pros and cons to living on a mountaintop. Often, the pros outweigh the cons. However, each buyer needs to ensure it's what they want. Therefore, we want to tackle the good and the bad first.


With a ski-in, ski-out style home, you will be in a space that allows you to:
  • Create memories: When you own a part of your favorite ski slopes, you can create memories with those you care about who also enjoy your passion. It can be a wonderful place to take friends and family, whether you invite them to visit on the weekends or take a family trip.

  • Have easy access to ski slopes: When you own a home on your favorite ski slope, you can avoid packing up your gear and taking vacation days to travel. You can avoid the hot tourist spots that can make parking and traffic a burden. Instead, you simply walk outside. Imagine being the first person on a fresh layer of snow!

  • Ski on your terms: Whether you enjoy taking breaks during the day or simply want access to ski slopes whenever the mood strikes, you can do it if you own a ski-in, ski-out property. For instance, you can ski in the morning and then avoid long waits for food at a restaurant by making your own warm meals at home. In the afternoon, you can go inside to relax without having to stuff your gear in the car and, within minutes, go back to the slopes if you choose to.

  • Have year-round adventures: The snow will melt eventually. These homes provide easy access to other outdoor endeavors. Swimming pools, fishing, hiking, and golfing are often amenities that you'll find nearby. No matter what you enjoy, these homes are the perfect spaces for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Maximize your assets: Ski-in, ski-out homes are constantly evolving to keep up with the needs of those who want them. Some are environmentally friendly homes, and others are impressive because of their other extraordinary amenities. Therefore, this home style is in high demand for those who love skiing and luxurious surroundings. In the future, if you choose to sell, it will allow you to gain a higher return on your investment.

  • Savor fantastic views: Imagine waking up each morning to enjoy the view of glistening mountains and freshly fallen snow. That is what you'll find in a remote mountain ski home. Although you may have neighbors nearby, everyone wants the same thing from these homes: skiing, outdoor living, and peaceful respites.

  • Gain additional income potential: If you turn your ski-in, ski-out property into a rental property during the off-season or when you cannot hit the slopes yourself, you can make money.


Ski-in, ski-out homes can cause some problems for the people who love them.
  • Higher up-front cost: These homes do come with a higher cost to own.
  • Seasonal usage: Not all ski-in, ski-out condominiums have access to amenities outside of winter.
  • Natural concerns: Heavy snow and other natural elements can cause unforeseen damage.
  • Not always quiet: Choosing a home in a popular skiing area could mean abundant skiers when you're there to relax.

Now that you know the pros and cons of owning your own slice of ski slope heaven, you need to consider what makes a property great for you and your family.

Not all ski-in, ski-outs are created equal

Often, these luxurious homes cater to people seeking spacious accommodations and convenient access to the slopes. They are usually cabins, condominiums, or townhouses nestled in the mountains, allowing guests to enjoy skiing at their convenience. However, since they are usually part of a resort, you must carefully consider your options before selecting a specific home.

A ski-in, ski-out home may have a short walk to a lift, or you may have to hike to get there. Both qualify if you can get there easily and at your convenience. To avoid the long walk, you must check the area thoroughly to see where the closest lifts and ski trails are to the property you want.

Other considerations may vary based on your individual needs. For instance:
  • Do you need quality internet? Not all remote mountain areas offer high-quality internet services.
    Are roads maintained? You wouldn't want to have a property you cannot access or leave if necessary.

  • Do you prefer a gated community? Gated communities with resident-only access to the slopes could mean you have fewer outsiders sharing your space on the mountains.

  • When you own a property, are you restricted by rules or regulations? Is it a property you can do what you want with, such as rent it out, or do you have to pay fees for doing it?

  • Will it be easy for you to get home? Living on a mountain can be disorienting, so it is important you know the area well enough to get home.

  • Do you have ski friends or a willingness to make new friends? During the off-season, it can be lonely to live on a mountain. Although it may be good for a little while, making friends can help you long term.

Your realtor will be able to answer these questions and address other concerns you may have. You're encouraged to talk over your options with them before you decide to purchase any property.

Who should consider a ski-in, ski-out property?

Anyone who loves skiing can enjoy easy access to the slopes with a ski-in, ski-out property. However, if you want to make it your full-time home, you will have things to consider. These homes are great for people who work from home because they won't have to deal with long commutes and other issues.

They are also great for people who want a second home. One in the city and one that offers a remote reprieve from the everyday stress of city living.

No matter what your goals may be, Maureen Lathrop and Joe Alvine at Colorado Mountain Living can help you choose the ski-in, ski-out property that will meet your needs. Simply contact us to start your search.

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