As Featured On Sotheby’s International Realty® — The Magnetism Of The Chalet | 7 Awe-Inspiring Chalets In The United States

By Amanda Lybeck |

There is something to be said for the magnetism of the chalet. From its rich Swiss heritage of wooden materials, gently sloping rooftops and wide eaves, to its more current interpretation as a cabin or vacation retreat, chalets are a favorite for those that want the sparking snowflakes of a skier’s lifestyle, hiking and other recreational opportunities, or just a quiet getaway to recharge amidst the mountains. Below we’ve curated a collection of alluring chalet opportunities from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado.

North Bend, Washington   |   Vlad Popach, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty 

Situated at the face of Mount Si in the majestic Moon Valley, Chateau at the Mountain is a true haven set deep in the woods. Sprawling across 2.5 acres, live amongst the splendor of Pacific Northwest nature, from the quiet snow-laden winter landscape, to the chirping birds and sunshine of warmer months, an on to the turning of the leaves come autumn. The A-Frame style at the front of the 4,240 square foot home floods the main living area with natural light to complement a cozy stone fireplace. An open and inviting plan flawlessly meet daily needs and accommodate guests. Though the home feels as though it is world’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Chateau at the Mountain is close to it, with easy access to I-90 and a 40-minute drive to the heart of downtown Seattle.

Crested Butte, Colorado   |   Cathy Benson, Crested Butte Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed to maximize the views, this well-built home enjoys an abundance of natural light throughout open living spaces. The great room features a massive stone fireplace, breathtaking views of Mt. Crested Butte and easy access to the wraparound deck. Hardwood flooring throughout the main level complements custom logs and cabinetry. The large kitchen offers granite counters, gas cooking and plenty of storage. Built with entertaining in mind, guests can easily flow from the kitchen through to the dining and great rooms. This is a must-see property in the coveted Silver Sage neighborhood. Enjoy tremendous views, private fishing rights, and easy access to the Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Country Club.

Truckee, California   |   Jeff Hamilton & Breck Overall, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty 

Taspen Ranch is a world-class estate on 60 pristine acres set in a magnificent forested bowl with miles of mountain views, a year-round aspen-lined stream, and hard to find serenity reminiscent of days gone by. The spectacular setting is enhanced by an antebellum log barn main house and two additional period barns, one the garage and guest house, the other a pool house and gym, that inhabit the site as if they’ve belonged there for over one hundred and fifty years. Inside, the luxurious handcrafted and period accommodations for the most discerning tastes offer the perfect getaway for entertaining family and friends, or just escaping the city for a weekend. Best of all, Taspen Ranch offers exceptional recreation during every season for all abilities. Ideally located at 7,000 feet elevation in the back country on the outskirts of Truckee on Tahoe’s North Shore, you can ski, hike, bike, swim and paddle to your heart’s content on your own private property and the surrounding national forest.

Snowmass Village, Colorado   |   Craig Morris, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the exclusive upscale residential community of Two Creeks in Snowmass Village, a true skiing/boarding enthusiast will love the easy click-in/click-out location of this home as they walk out their back door and ride down to the high-speed quad lift. Summer offers its own advantages with easy access to hiking and mountain biking right outside, with golf, tennis and more just minutes away. In any season, the panoramic views are endless and relaxing on the spacious decks, serving as a nice contrast to a day exploring the many outdoor activities. Designed and built by a developer for his own use, the luxurious home offers exceptional value, wonderful privacy, a convenient floor plan, quality finishes, and the allure of the quiet side of Snowmass Village.

Park City, Utah   |   Kelly Rogers & Maggie Vessey, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

Located in the exclusive neighborhood of Sandstone Cove, this spectacular estate sits on a premier property atop Park Meadows with 270-degree views of the mountains and ski resorts. The long, gated and tree-lined driveway creates an elegant approach to this stately residence, with heated motor court and 4-car garage. Beamed, vaulted ceilings and bold stone archways create a grand yet cozy interior ambiance, and the picture windows frame the views from every angle. Entertain friends in the great room while listening to the player piano or enjoy quiet, family time in the hearth room with wood-burning fireplace. Downstairs is the family room with wet bar, game room, temperature-controlled wine cellar, and large workout room. There are outdoor living spaces on every level, with a hot tub outside the master suite and wood burning fireplace outside the family room, a private elevator, radiant heat throughout, and air conditioning. This is a one-of-a-kind legacy property in the heart of Park City.

Ketchum, Idaho   |   Tom Heinrich & Sue Englemann, Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty 

This stunning Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Ketchum is perched on a hillside taking in views of Bald Mountain and the dramatic panoramas to the west. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the waterfall from the terraces while experiencing exceptional backyard privacy. Exquisite woodwork both inside and out includes an abundance of mahogany and dramatic beam work. The kitchen is the heart of the home with space for family and friends to gather, cook together, and socialize. East and west facing decks can be enjoyed year-round with outdoor access to patios from every room. Additional features include two offices, wine cellar, and butler’s pantry, a separate bedroom suite with private access, main level living and master with elevator access from the entry-level, radiant floor heat and garage space for four cars plus additional storage/shop. Hike out your back door, enjoy the on-site pool and tennis facility, or hop on your bike for a ride north. Afterward, soak in the hot tub, perched above the backyard waterfall and take in the vibrant Idaho sunsets. This architectural masterpiece is just a mile from downtown Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Mountain Village, Colorado   |   John Burchmore, Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty 

Once you’ve ascended to The Ridge, get ready to experience the new standard in ski-in/ski-out living. Guaranteed first powder, awe-inspiring views, and the ultimate private property for maximum peace and quiet. When you’re not laughing and clinking glasses in the outdoor hot tub, enjoy the state-of-the-art sound system from your very own media/theater room. You can get a workout off the slopes in your heavily windowed exercise room overlooking the mountain, and then take a soothing steam shower to get out any remaining kinks. And don’t worry about any neighbors—you don’t have any. You’ve got all the company you need, right under your roof. The home provides oxygen in all bedrooms to offer the owner a sleeping experience at a 6,000-foot elevation.

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