5 Cool Cities Across America Where You Can Buy A Ski House For $ 300,000 Or Less


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Thinking of buying a ski house, whether for a vacation home or to live there so you can hit the slopes all winter? While house prices in some popular areas have skyrocketed, you can still find ski houses for $ 300,000 or less in some cities, even though mortgage rates remain near all-time lows (some 15 year rates are around 2% and some 30 year rates are around 3%, as you can see here). Here are five places you can buy a home near the slopes for around $ 300,000 or less.

Tannersville, New York

Hunter Mountain, New York

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This quaint mountain town – its main street is lined with small restaurants and shops – is a few miles from Hunter Mountain Ski Resort, known as the ‘Snowmaking Capital of the World’, and has 67 trails, a 3,200 foot elevation and a nationally recognized ski and snowboard school. You can enjoy the trails in winter and the countless waterfalls, lakes (hidden gems like Colgate Lake are worth a visit) and hiking trails whenever the snow stops. And while in many parts of the Catskills, which are often a 2-3 hour drive from New York City, real estate has become unaffordable for many (ahem, Woodstock), there is still some bargain to be had in this area.

Median house price: $ 289,000
Population: 513
Cost of life: 8.9% less than the American average
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Boone, Iowa

Boone, Iowa

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Located less than an hour from Des Moines, Boone is a great place to buy if you want a place to retreat with your kids to ski and hang out even when there’s no snow on the ground. Home to Seven Oaks Recreation, which features 11 ski trails as well as kayaking, snow tubing and paintballing, Boone is just four miles from Ledges State Park, a popular spot for hiking and camping with a large sandstone gorge. The mountain itself is small – its elevation is only 975 feet – but the resort’s ski patrol has won the National Ski Patrol’s 2020 National Outstanding Small Alpine Ski Patrol award. Once a mining town, Boone also has a racetrack and numerous breweries, and receives an average of 33 inches of snow each year.

Median house price: $ 122,000
Population: 12,407
Cost of life: 19.2% lower than the US average

Wilmington, Vermont

Mount Snow, Vermont

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Wilmington offers easy access to the slopes, as well as a relaxed and charming little town atmosphere. Just nine miles south of Snow Mountain, a ski resort with four mountain faces, 20 ski lifts and a summit height of 3,600 feet, the area receives, on average, 156 inches of snow each year. The mountain is also home to the Mount Snow Academy, an elite alpine, freestyle and snowboarding school and owned by Vail Resorts, one of the world’s premier hill resort companies. When you’re not on the slopes, take advantage of the resort’s plethora of dining and entertainment options, or visit one of the area’s many breweries. Summers in Wilmington are almost as beautiful as winter, offering plenty of hiking, fishing and boating opportunities on nearby Whitingham Lake.

Median house price: $ 299,400
Population: 1786
Cost of life: 4.6% less than the American average

Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado

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Colorado has some of the most exclusive and expensive ski towns in the country, including Vail, Aspen, and Telluride. There are still cities where there is business to be done, however, including Leadville, which was once the center of the Colorado Gold Rush. Today the town is adjacent to Ski Cooper, a public nonprofit resort that was built in 1942 to train soldiers for the 10th Mountain Division, and recently opened a $ 1.8 million extension on his land. Boasting 480 acres and 39 trails, the mountain is located just 10 miles north of Leadville. Expect an average of 260 inches of fresh snow per year and plenty to do, including shopping, biking, and going to the theater, during the thaw months. Leadville is located at least a two hour drive from Denver, which means it will be difficult to spend the weekend in your home unless you live in Colorado.

Median house price: $ 290,800
Population: 2,773
Cost of life: 0.1% less than the American average

Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Montana

Anaconda, Montana

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Granted, this one is a bit far from the ski mountain (it might take 45 minutes to get there), but the Discovery Ski Area is something to see: it offers 67 ski runs, a maximum elevation of 8,158. feet and a world-class ski school that trains young athletes. Originally a mining outpost, Anaconda is now a charming little town nestled in a valley and surrounded by 15 different mountain lakes that provide plenty of opportunities for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking and fishing – when you are not on the mountains, with their top snow, of course. When you’re not outside, enjoy a beer at the Foundry Town Brewers Club or an exhibition at the Cooper Village Museum & Art Center. The city is located just over 100 miles from Missoula, which has an international airport.

Median house price: $ 137,500
Population: 9 204
Cost of life: 22.6% lower than the US average


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