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Real Estate Envy: 10 Fairy-Tale Ski Cabins

Real estate expert Alex Brunkhorst gives us the lowdown on the finest 10 ski cabins on the market around the world.

We love to ski, but it’s exhausting. Who would want to drive to and from the nearest mountain town when you could just ski right up to your chalet? Not us. To that end, we asked Alex Brunkorst, LA-based real estate agent and founder of Bungalux, to give us the scoop on the most fairy-tale ski cabins on the market around the world. From a historic Vail home with ski-in/ski-out access to a Saint Moritz villa with a custom wine cellar to a Park City retreat with a snow-melting driveway, these are the tip top of high-altitude homes.

This article was published on Domaine on January 24, 2014.

1. SWISS CHALET
Location: Gstaad, Switzerland
Price: Upon Request
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 19/6
Year Built: 1920
Bragging Rights: The home stands in 15,000 square meters of forest, gardens, and meadows.
Amazing Amenity: 19 bedrooms make this house the perfect large-group getaway.
Professional Opinion: There’s nothing quite like a Gstaad ski chalet to say you’ve made it. So, the elevation’s a little low and ski can be hit-or-miss; it’s Gstaad so we excuse all of it.

THE LISTINGS

2. HISTORIC VAIL VILLAGE HOME
Location: Vail, Colorado
Price: $20,000,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 5/5
Year Built: 1963
Bragging Rights: Built by Vail's original town architect, Fitzhugh Scott. Named one of America's Most Architecturally Signifigant homes by Barron's Magazine.
Amazing Amenity: Ski-in/ski-out access at the base of Vail's Gondola One ski lift.
Professional Opinion: I love this original charmer in Vail. And with Vail's glorious back bowls at your fingertips I gurantee you won't be spending a lot of time at home anyways. 

3. ROSE SPUR RETREAT
Location: Snowmass, Colorado
Price: $7,500,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 4/4.5
Year Built: 1997
Bragging Rights: Picturesque horseback, hiking, and cross-country kiing trails right at your doorstep.
Amazing Amenity: Separate artist studio.
Professional Opinion: I like this one because it feels traditional and not trying too hard to be a ski lodge. For those of you who have kids and want to hit Aspen, Snowmass is probably the way to go.

4. MARTIS CAMP TAHOE
Location: Truckee, California

Price: $3,100,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 4/4.5
Year Built: 2013
Bragging Rights: One mile from Northstar California ski resort, with door-to-door shuttle service available.
Amazing Amenity: Bedrooms are separated form the great room by a wall of burnt Japanese cedar.
Professional Opinion: I'm going to admit that Tahoe is one of the few ski resorts I haven't been to, but I loved this house as soon as I read about it in the Wall Street Journal. Ski lodges need not look old to be cool.

5. ROBERT STERN DESIGN
Location: Aspen, Colorado

Price: $17,500,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 5/8
Year Built: 1994
Bragging Rights: Designed by Robert Stern.
Amazing Amenity: Cocktail bar with mountain views.
Professional Opinion: One of my favorite houses in Aspen's glitzy Starwood area.

6. MODERN RUSTIC SKI HOUSE
Location: Big Sky, Montana

Price: $4,950,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 3/3.5
Year Built: 2012
Bragging Rights: Staggering views from inside the natural light filled home.
Amazing Amenity: Access to Yellowstone Club's famous Private Power.
Professional Opinion: Yellowstone Club. Enough said.

7. EAGLE CREEK LOG ESTATE
Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Price: $7,500,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 8/8.5
Year Built: 1989
Bragging Rights: Amazing mountain and water views.
Amazing Amenity: Private barn and horse facilities.
Professional Opinion: Sun Valley is a gorgeous place in winter and summer ... this house screamed cozy ski cabin to me.

8. SAINT MORITZ VILLA
Location: Saint Motiz, Switzerland

Price: Upon Request
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 6/7
Year Built: N/A
Bragging Rights: Skiing is as equally excellent as the nightlife in Saint Moritz.
Amazing Amenity: Custom-made wine cellar.
Professional Opinion: St. Moritz is one of Europe's most fashionable places to play. I picked this one because of the swimming pool.

9. DEER VALLEY RETREAT
Location: Park City, Utah

Price: $12,250,000
Listing Type: Single Family
Beds/Baths: 5/8
Year Built: 2009
Bragging Rights: Direct ski access on the longest ski frontage in Upper Deer Valley and the Empire Pass.
Amazing Amenity: Snow-melting driveway, decks, and walkways.
Professional Opinion: It's almost Sundance, folks. Time to up the ante. 

10. FOUR SEASONS AT JACKSON HOLE
Location: Teton Village, Wyoming

Price: $4,950,000
Listing Type: Condo
Beds/Baths: 3/4.5
Year Built: 2004
Bragging Rights: One of the most coveted Four Season Residences at Jackson Hole for the best resort access and mountain views.
Amazing Amenity: Two private underground parking places.
Professional Opinion: The Four Seasons Jackson is ski-in-ski-out and the hub of everything social in this perfect little ski town. And, for those of you expert skiers out there, Jackson is known for its superb and challenging trails.