If watching Chloe Kim hit the slopes at the Winter Olympics has you dreaming of a ski house, we have good news for you. While ski homes can easily run into the millions in some swanky Colorado towns (ahem, Aspen), we’ve identified five cool ski towns where you can buy a home for $350,000 or less (additional benefit: although they ticked off a bit, mortgage rates are still close to their historic lows).
If you are an advanced skier: Ogden, Utah
The gateway to some of the country’s greatest ski resorts, including Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley, Ogden offers a wide variety of runs. Powder Mountain, which offers the most skiable acres (8,464) in the United States, is just over 20 miles northeast of town. Snowbasin Resort, 30 km by car, has 3,000 skiable acres and 104 trails. Ogden itself is a bustling town just a 35 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. First developed during the railroad boom at the end of the 19and century, Ogden now offers its visitors art galleries, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, including Tona Sushi and Warrens Craft Burger. For $350,000 you can buy a remodeled three-bedroom house on the east side of town with mountain views, an outdoor patio, and plenty of room to store your skis and snowboards.
Median house value: $370,829
Cost of life: 3.9% below the US average
For Cultivated Grinder: Taos, New Mexico
Taos is an artist’s retreat renowned for its pueblo-like architecture, as well as the diversity of its natural landscape. Although the town itself is located in the high desert, it is surrounded by the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountains), one of which is home to Taos Ski Valley, a resort with 110 tracks and a summit elevation of 12,481 feet. A stop on the world pro ski circuit – this year’s World Pro Ski Championships will be held in Taos Ski Valley – the mountain can provide copious amounts of powder well into late spring. Although the area has million dollar homes, there are also many smaller cottages and townhouses with desert views that sell for less than $350,000. Taos offers more than enough things to do when you’re not on the mountain, including visiting the contemporary art collection at the Harwood Museum or the 7,000 works of Southwestern art at the Millicent Rogers Museum, doing shopping at Taos Plaza and enjoying high source, local cuisine at restaurants like Aceq.
Median house value: $363,444
Cost of life: 4.3% above the US average
If you like the vibe of a small town in the Northeast: Conway, New Hampshire
Cranmore Mountain Resort became a well-known ski resort in the 1930s and now offers dining on the mountain, as well as ski racing, snow tubing, night skiing and lessons. Conway itself is a town made up of small villages that has a scenic railroad, as well as the New England Ski Museum. It offers hiking trails and waterfalls at places such as Cathedral Ledge State Park, and is also close to the Attitash Mountain Resort, which has 68 ski and snowboard runs, and is located a short less than 13 km north of the city center. There’s plenty of pub fare at places like Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, and dining on the mountain, too (the Red Sled Mac and Cheese Bar in the Main Base Lodge in Cranmore is popular). There’s plenty of real estate to be had for under $350,000, including a woodside condominium that epitomizes an après-ski lodge.
Median house value: $370,233
Cost of life: 8.1% below the US average
If you want to feel like in the Swiss Alps: Londonderry, Vermont
A small town at the southern tip of Vermont, Londonderry is home to Magic Mountain, a ski resort founded in 1962 by legendary Swiss instructor Hans Thorner. Named after Thomas Mann’s novel, the resort was designed to give the impression of being in the Swiss Alps, with narrow, winding paths and numerous routes through the forest. If your knees are tired of the descent, you can try cross-country skiing at the nearby Viking Nordic Center, which offers hundreds of acres of cross-country trails, as well as a takeaway cafe specializing in soups. homemade and grilled cheese sandwiches. Houses in Londonderry can cost millions of dollars, but condominiums can be had for less than $350,000. Dining options are surprisingly varied for such a small town, and include eateries like Revival Kitchen, which serves comfort food, and the Garden Cafe Restaurant and Deli Market, which offer plenty of vegan options.
Median house value: $328,103
Cost of life: 5.8% below the US average
Canandaigua, New York State
Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, just 25 miles southeast of Rochester, Canandaigua is home to Bristol Mountain, a resort that has 39 trails spread over 138 acres of skiable terrain. Bristol Mountain is also home to a ski school that specializes in training young skiers to race and navigate moguls. In the winter, enjoy the trails and in the summer, enjoy swimming and fishing at Lake Canandaigua, or stroll through the gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. For less than $350,000, you can buy a newly built two-bedroom home with a covered porch or a three-bedroom townhouse. Sample locally produced food, wine, cider and beer at New York Kitchen, or stock up on carbs at Casa De Pasta.
Median house value: $273,156
Cost of life: 5.9% below the US average
Sources: Median Zillow Home Values; cost of living from Sperling’s Best Places; Census Bureau population
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