The highest average sales price for ski properties in North America in 2016 was recorded in the US winter sports resort of Vail. This is accordingly to an Engel & Völkers ranking of the top 10 ski destinations in North America. These regions draw skiers and snowboarders from around the world every year, including a host of well-known personalities. The data used in the ranking is based on property brokered by Engel & Völkers and transactions recorded on the market.
1. Vail, Colorado (USA)
With an average sale price of around 16,200 US dollars per square metre (approx. 15,200 euros), Vail was North America’s most expensive location for ski properties in 2016. Visitors of the winter sports resort in the US state of Colorado include the former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who owns a prestigious apartment there. Vail boasts both an air of exclusivity and a host of diverse events. These include concerts and the annual ski race of the FIS Audi Birds of Prey World Cup, where renowned ski racers such as Lindsey Vonn compete. The area surrounding Vail also boasts splendid scenery with picturesque hiking trails and impressive mountain panoramas.
2. Aspen, Colorado (USA)
Second homes in Aspen cost an average of around 14,500 US dollars per square metre (approx. 13,600 euros). This puts the Colorado ski resort second in the ranking. Aspen is the high-profile retreat of choice of many stars. Actors such as Goldie Hawn, Kevin Costner and Antonio Banderas, and the singer Mariah Carey, frequently spend time here in the winter. They head to the Aspen Art Museum, dine at one of the more than 60 restaurants, or attend one of the many events like the X-Games and the FIS Alpine World Cup.
3. Park City, Utah (USA)
Park City in Utah can lay claim to having the largest ski region in North America. With an average price per square metre of around 11,000 US dollars (approx. 10,300 euros) for second homes, the town is ranked in third place. Actor Will Smith and the former basketball star Michael Jordan are among Park City’s celebrity visitors. Anyone looking to spend time away from the slopes will discover a diverse arts scene here, as well as first-class restaurants and shopping amenities. Set in the heart of Utah’s countryside is the ski estate owned by “DreamWorks” CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. This property is currently on the market through Engel & Völkers for 12.9 million US dollars (approx. 12.15 million euros).
4. Lake Tahoe, California/ Nevada (USA)
In fourth place is the popular winter sports region Lake Tahoe, which stretches across California and Nevada. In 2016, a ski property in one of the various resorts close to the lake cost an average of 9,500 US dollars per square metre (approx. 8,900 euros). These resorts include Donner Lake, Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley. “Oracle” Founder Larry Ellison is among those to have already spent a vacation here. The region is especially remarkable for its breathtaking scenery, with picturesque hiking trails and cycle paths. A lively cultural scene including the SnowGlobe Music Festival and the SnowFest! complete the attractions on offer.
5. Whistler, British Columbia (Canada)
Ever since the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, the ski resort of Whistler in the Canadian province of British Columbia has secured its place on the international stage. In 2016, the average price per square metre for a second home lay at around 7,700 Canadian dollars (approx. 5,500 euros). This puts Whistler at fifth in the ranking. The resort offers access to one of the largest ski regions in North America, and excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders. Celebrities such as the actress Reese Witherspoon have already spent their skiing holiday here.
6. Sun Valley, Idaho (USA)
With an average sale price of around 4,400 US dollars per square metre (approx. 4,100 euros), Sun Valley in the US state of Idaho comes in sixth place. The resort already came to prominence in the late 1930s, when the first stars began travelling to the ski region of Bald Mountain. Nowadays, famous names in this resort include the actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Demi Moore and Clint Eastwood. One exceptional property currently being brokered here by Engel & Völkers is a home of Hollywood actor Bruce Willis. The asking price is 6.5 million US dollars (approx. 5.8 million euros).
7. Banff/Canmore, Alberta (Canada)
Ski properties in Banff and Canmore in the Canadian province of Alberta cost on average around 5,700 Canadian dollars per square metre (approx. 4,100 euros) last year. This puts this winter sports region in seventh place in the ranking. Thanks to its location in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these resorts act as gateways to a breathtaking natural scenery and outstanding slopes. Banff and Canmore are also notable for their vibrant cultural scene, with a number of museums and galleries. Stars including the actors Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan and Glenn Close are drawn here again and again.
8. Tremblant, Quebec (Canada)
Tremblant in the Canadian province of Quebec has been one of the most desirable ski resorts in eastern North America for many years now. The average price for a second home here was around 5,000 Canadian dollars per square metre (approx. 3,600 euros) in 2016. This puts the venue of internationally known sporting events like the Ironman Mont-Tremblant, the Snow Polo Tremblant and the Canadian Alpine Championships in eighth place in the ranking. Additionally, this winter sports destination offers a spectacular panorama over the Laurentian Mountains, as well as being close to the Mont-Tremblant National Park. Hollywood actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have also spent their ski vacation here.
9. Bromont, Quebec (Canada)
Bromont in the Canadian province of Quebec is the largest winter sports region in North America with floodlit ski slopes. For a classic ski property in this resort, buyers in 2016 paid on average around 3,800 Canadian dollars per square metre (approx. 2,700 euros), putting Bromont in the ninth place. Canada’s business elite, politicians, stars and top athletes own residences in this region. They are drawn by the resort’s idyllic centre with its shops and restaurants, as well as the picturesque countryside.
10. Lake Placid, New York (USA)
In Lake Placid in the US state of New York, the average price for second homes last year was 2,800 US dollars per square metre (approx. 2,600 euros). The venue of the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 makes the final place in the ranking of the top 10 ski destinations in North America. Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Park, a nature reserve with several small communities surrounded by mountains and lakes. Well-known personalities such as the singer Bruce Springsteen and the actor Kevin Bacon value Lake Placid as a tranquil refuge and retreat.