7 Best Places in the U.S. to Buy a Ski Vacation Home

Love to ski? These seven towns will allow you to stay close to your favorite mountain.

Everyone is heading to the mountains. And we mean that literally. 

According to the National Ski Areas Association, ski resorts reported 61 million total visits in the 2021-22 season, noting, “This record visitation signals that the U.S. ski industry is healthy, and that the demand for outdoor recreation remains strong.”

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But what if you go to the mountains and never want to leave? Or, at the very least, what if you want to have a place to call your own when you visit your favorite snowy spot? Here are seven of the best U.S. towns to buy a ski vacation home.

Newry, Maine

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In 2021, Vacasa named Newry the number one place to buy a winter vacation home, thanks to its cap rate, or its return on investment. The website explained, “Though the northeastern part of the country may not come to mind as the best place to hit the slopes, the powder at the Sunday River Resort helps boost the town’s 12.3% cap rate.” We’ll ignore the dig at northeast skiing, but we can still agree that Sunday River is certainly worth exploring. Home to nearly 900 acres of skiable terrain, with a mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs, this is a spot skiers and riders of all abilities will love.

Lake Tahoe, California

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Searching for variety? Look no further than Lake Tahoe, home to more than a dozen ski resorts, including Heavenly, with its 4,800 skiable acres, and Palisades Tahoe, which has six mountain peaks to explore. The area is split between North Lake and South Lake, but you can’t go wrong with either. (However, it’s worth noting North Lake Tahoe is

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America’s Best Ski Hotels For Your Ultimate Winter Vacation

When it comes to ski vacations, one size does not fit all.

Some travelers care most about the mountain itself, the snow and terrain, and could care less where they sleep if the skiing and snowboarding is great. Others love a ski town experience and want it all, a breadth of shops and bars and restaurants and non-ski activities. Some people care about the hotel above all else, and for this kind of luxury traveler, that tends to be true of most vacations, whether they are going to a beach, a city or the mountains. If you are one of these, and really care about your hotel, my column today is for you.

But let’s be clear – the best luxury ski hotels are not the same thing as the best ski resorts, and there are some great resorts that simply do not have anything that qualifies as a standout luxury lodging (or have this option only in the form of rental villas or homes). Great examples of this include Alta, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and many others that just don’t have the 4 or 5-Star luxury property some skiers want, but are still great places to ski. Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are huge Utah resorts, among the nation’s biggest, and this duo takes it a step further – neither has a single hotel of any kind. Many Lake Tahoe resorts enjoy prodigious snowfall but lack upscale lodging options. I have gone on record here at Forbes that Telluride is probably my favorite ski destination in the entire country for its stunning combination of

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