I grew up skiing every weekend with my parents. Up at dawn, we’d load the car and I would try and sleep most of the way to Sunday River. Then we would ski all day, pack up, and drive home. We followed this routine every Saturday and Sunday and would repeat it the following weekend. What went missing from this equation? Any hope of après.
How I wish my parents had bought a condo so we could have skied longer and hung out with friends after skiing instead of this back and forth routine. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those weekends, they were magical times with my family, but I often think of how much more we could have enjoyed ourselves—especially my parents who did all the driving.
The choice to purchase a ski home on-mountain or off- can be the first step to freedom. You get to finally embrace the winter mountain lifestyle, kick back on a sunny Saturday to après instead of packing up for the long drive home.
Condo or Ski House?
With ski houses, as with typical houses, you’re in charge of all the upkeep, including what’s beyond the home’s four walls: maintenance, snow removal, yard work, and trash removal (unless dumpsters are provided in your subdivision), all of which add to the usual expenses.
Ski condominiums, on the other hand, are part of what’s known as associations. Property owners are charged condo association fees, which typically cover external upkeep. Often, condos—which can be multi-floor townhouses or one-floor apartments—come with shared amenities such as a pool, hot tub, and common areas.
There are plenty of options when it comes to on-mountain condos. 10 slopeside condominiums at Sunday River.
One floor apartment style condos:
Brookside – studios, one bedroom (bi-level), two bedrooms
Cascades – Studios, one bedroom (bi-level)
Fall Line – One bedroom (bi-level)
Merrill Brook – One bedroom, two bedrooms (bi-level)
North Peak – Two bedroom
Sunrise – One bedroom (bi-level)
White Cap – One bedroom
South Ridge – One bedroom (bi-level), two bedrooms (bi-level), two bedrooms (tri-level), three bedrooms (tri-level)
Locke Mountain – Three to four bedroom (tri-level)
Tempest Ridge – Three to four bedroom (tri-level), with potential for additional bedrooms
There are also plenty of off-mountain condos that the Mountain Explorer Shuttle services, making for a hassle-free commute. Many off-mountain property owners purchase a parking pass for South Ridge or Barker. When combined with a seasonal ski locker, it makes slopeside off-mountain living access simple and convenient.
Finding your next ski home or condo could be as easy as a call to one of our agents!
Written by Julia Young