There's ski-in/ski-out lodging, and then there's roll-out-of-bed-onto-your-skis lodging: You know, those gargantuan trailside homes that could be mistaken for midmountain day-lodges, the places with which you find yourself eye-level as you ride a lift along the edge of a trail. That's the kind of ski-in/ski-out we're talking here. These six dream homes will redefine your notion of staying "slopeside. Drool away.
2 Northside Court
- Deer Valley, Utah
Nearest Slope: Hawkeye trail, right out the front door
Square Footage: 6,500
Perks: More space than you'll ever need. This custom home has a great room on the second floor with a wood-burning fireplace, another great room downstairs with a wet bar, plus a game room. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, and the two master suites have fireplaces and jetted tubs. Your personal concierge is available by private cell phone 24/7.
Nightly Rate: $3,679—$5,499
Book: eastwestresorts.com; 866-282-7056
Tempter House - Telluride, Colo.
Nearest Slope: Gold Hill, directly below
Square Footage: 2,052
Perks: Perched in the clouds, this property is truly unique. Ski patrol drops you off via snowmobile, and you'll have the place - and the mountaintop - to yourselves. (Patrol is available by radio.) The five-story house has a pool table, log fireplace, steam shower, gourmet kitchen and jaw-dropping views of the knife-edged San Juans from every room.
Nightly Rate: $1,500—$5,000
Book: kickinghorseresort.com; 866-754-5425
Solitude Private Home - Okemo, Vt.
Nearest Slope: Sidewinder trail, behind the house
Square Footage: 3,500
Perks: A place made for a family ski vacation, the three-story house has an oversized family room with a big-screen TV and foosball table, a separate den and living room for adults, a jacuzzi tub in the master suite, a pool, an indoor half-size basketball court and boot dryers in the mudroom. And the Sidewinder trail is right in the backyard.
Nightly Rate: $1,150—$3,465
Book: okemo.com; 800-786-5366