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What You Need to Know Before Moving to a Ski Town

You’ve dreamed of living in the mountains, where life is simple and quiet, and winter sports rule. You won’t be the first to want to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. However, before you decide this is the right move for you, there are a few things to know.

  1. Real estate in ski towns is increasing in value
  2. Our beautiful town of Telluride and the rest of San Miguel County in Colorado boasts wonderful homes with stunning architecture, topnotch amenities, and gorgeous views. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ralph Lauren, and Tom Cruise have homes here. You’ll find a wide array of property types – from gorgeous estates and spacious cabins to condos and townhomes.

    As more and more people are discovering the unparalleled beauty and serenity of the area, as well as the great skiing, of course, Telluride, CO real estate values have been continuously rising. The same trend is observed in many other ski towns like Aspen and Vail.

    However, if you’re looking for something more affordable, there are still quite a few options available for you particularly just outside the town or city limits. Around Telluride, for example, communities like Placerville         , Norwood, and Sawpit include homes priced in the lower hundred-thousands.

    To find the right home, ask a local real estate expert for help.

  3. There are plenty of job opportunities
  4. If you’re moving to a ski town with the intention of finding a job there, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in the hospitality industry. In Telluride and Mountain Village, accommodation and food services are the top employers.

    In some ski towns, employment may be seasonal – after winter, you may find it hard to find a job. Fortunately, in Telluride, visitors also flock during the warmer months, especially during the summer when the town hosts numerous prestigious festivals.

    Real estate and construction are also top employers in Telluride. If you want a steady income throughout the year, you might want to consider investing in rental property here. Look for great options for an investment property with the help of your Realtor.

    Other opportunities to look into are the arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. In Telluride, there’s an active community of artists who keeps the art and culture scene vibrant throughout the year. You can also find employment in neighboring communities within San Miguel County, or perhaps start a business catering to the needs of residents and the many tourists who come to the area.

  5. Know how you’ll get around
  6. Many ski towns offer excellent transportation options. For example, in Aspen, Whitefish, and Telluride, there are free bus and shuttle services to take you around. Public transport is also widely available in these communities.

    Ski-in, ski-out resorts provide chair lifts that can take you to and from your home or lodging and the ski area. Telluride boasts a unique mode of transport – the free gondola that shuttles residents and visitors between the town and Mountain Village, where the ski resorts are found.

    In other ski towns where public transportation is not as accessible, it’s a good idea to purchase a vehicle with all-wheel-drive and great snow tires. If you’re fortunate to live in a community like Mountain Village, where almost everything is within walking distance, you won’t even find great need for a car to get around.

If you want to learn more about living in ski towns, particularly in Telluride, Mountain Village, and the surrounding communities, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at 970.728.0213 or leave a note here.