Market homes at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club include this new mountain-modern home with neighboring Steamboat ski resort in the background

Are you the buyer who wants a luxury, ski-in/ski-out residence right in the middle of the action, or do you prefer a private ranch in the mountains where you can spread your wings and take in wide open vistas? Perhaps the ability to keep a horse or two of your own, or simply ride the property steeds sounds appealing? How about private access to some of Colorado’s renowned Gold Medal fly fishing waters paired with an unbeatable locale close to downtown Steamboat? Throw in exclusive membership to a ski-in/ski-out lodge with valet parking, ski valet, daily breakfast and après ski, plus a spa, fitness, pool, and hot tubs mere steps from the gondola at Steamboat Ski Resort, and you have a recipe for pure mountain bliss! Sound too good to be true? It’s not! This and more can be yours at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

Members of Alpine Mountain Summit Club enjoy personal lockers and ski concierge only a short stroll away from the Steamboat ski resort gondola.

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A new home at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, located adjacent to Steamboat Ski Resort and Catamount golf club in Steamboat Springs, is up for grabs and you won’t believe the VIEWS! The five-acre property beautifully integrates indoor-outdoor living with multiple decks, patios, and generous floor-to-ceiling windows framing unbelievable mountain vistas.

Aptly named Moonlight Run and built by esteemed local architect Rick Hodges, the lower level walkout home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 5,700 square feet complete with a three-car garage for storing all your toys. The best part?It was just listed by the Paoli Group of Colorado Group Realty with price tag of $4.495 million, putting you an offer away from move-in-ready, Alpine Mountain paradise.

“The Steamboat market is evolving to a more complete experience,” says listing agent, Chris Paoli. “From the restaurant experience to the more finished streetscapes downtown, we are appealing to a more affluent demographic. These buyers own more on-trend homes in their primary markets and prefer a similar experience here in the mountains. The modern style of Moonlight Run allows the home’s focus to be on its natural surroundings with large walls of windows bringing the exterior in, while the clean lines and softer interior surfaces are ideal for showcasing art.”

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When you get to a certain stage in life, there is really only one thing left to gift your family: a place where the entire clan can enjoy layers of generations under one roof, basking in the tranquility of nature.

In other words, a home on the range where memories can be created between generations, and then passed down to future generations.

For many North Texans, that dream is a ranch, one perhaps offering equestrian experiences and certainly, if in neighboring Colorado, relief from the Texas summer heat as well as a full ski season.

However, let’s face it: real life on a ranch is never anything but hard work. As you hike or ride, you notice the fence that needs repairing, the barn that was bashed during the October storms, and oh yes, the horses that need constant tending. Add that to the rest of the inevitable days’ worth of sun-up to sun-down chores, and despite the romantic allure, you begin to wonder, ‘is Ranch ownership a realistic option for our family?’

Pondering this very question inspired our recent visit west to Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, located in picturesque, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which we knew for awesome skiing.

But ranch life?

We’d heard that this property was different, that it was the perfect solution to mountain ranch ownership: a beautiful mountain property in the northwest corner of the state, acres of breathtaking forest and soaring mountain views that lower your blood pressure every time you open your eyes. There is horseback riding, fly-fishing, golf, ski-in/ski-out mountain access to fresh powder, fresh water swims, critters and cattle, and the best gift of all: a luxurious home on the range without the maintenance.

In other words, you own this ranch: it doesn’t own you.

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Executive Editor Joanna England, Founder and Publisher Candace Evans, and Columnist Jon Anderson

When searching for a ranch property as a second home, there’s often a laundry list of “must haves” that buyers prioritize. While they may rank in different order, they usually include luxury amenities, nearby recreation, and incredible views. As attendees at the recent SecondShelters.com preview of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club found out, this fantastic development in Colorado has everything — and then some!

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Majestic views from the back deck of the aptly named Sunset Retreat at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club with views across the community’s Equestrian Center and Lake.

In a creative design that blends elements of traditional mountain homes with contemporary splashes, Sunset Retreat, a stunning custom market home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, puts the best of alpine living at your doorstep.

The lake at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a great place to paddleboard or kayak, practice fly casting or sit on the dock and take in the scenery.

A secluded stretch of the aptly named Panorama Drive leads to the 5,600-square-foot Colorado mountain transitional home, which sits on a five-acre parcel of land inside Steamboat’s exclusive Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

Architectural rendering of the front entry of the newly completed custom market home at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

“The centerpiece as you approach the home is the barreled roofs,” says Ralph Walton, who along with Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, are listing the property. “That contemporary design complements the traditional pitched gables and gives the home a remarkable look that mimics the Colorado mountain landscape.”

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181 Bull Bugle Bend, Fraser, Colorado, is currently listed by Melinda Lee of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,500,000.

When a Texan builds a second home in Colorado, you know it’s going to be good. Such is the case with 181 Bull Bugle Bend in Fraser.

“We get great sunrise views and sunset alpenglow,” say the owners Jeff and Lori Pray of Texas, who built the property as a mountain retreat for their family. Jeff flies his private plane into the Kremmling airport when he visits. It’s also just a short two-hour drive from Denver International Airport (DIA) and minutes from world class resorts.

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Steamboat Springs (Photo: Larry Pierce)

Ambassadors from the Colorado Ski Country marketing association visited Dallas this past week, bringing news of the 24 ski resorts in their consortium, which includes famed resorts such as Telluride, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Purgatory, and Aspen SnowMass. Believe it or not, ski patrollers have already hit the slopes in some areas, sampling the first snow of the season. Colorado Ski Country reps are touring major cities to spread the word of Olympic qualifying events, expansions in their member resorts, and thrilling new attractions.

Read on for a roundup of news of activities and improvements to look forward to this year. And, among the resorts affiliated with Colorado Ski Country are ten properties the association points out as hidden gems: smaller, under-the-radar venues that offer less expensive pricing and draw fewer crowds than mega-resorts. Those looking for a down-to-earth, approachable vacation home areas might want to make a special point to check these out. We include the list. Here’s the link.

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Mountainside at Northstar is an exclusive ski-in, ski-out residential community perched aside Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe. At this location, over 40 miles of trails spread through 3,000 acres await resident skiers, hikers, and bikers just steps out the door. The Truckee, Calif., project is 15 minutes away from the famed lake, which affords boating and water sports. There’s plenty of golf in the area, too. And Mountainside at Northstar homeowners have nearby access to the amenities of the local Ritz-Carlton hotel, such as its spa and fine restaurants.

It’s amazing to see the facilities luxury developers come up with to make the most of environs. Mountainside at Northstar caters to outdoor adventure and nature lovers. Posh huts for campers join the standard pool, lounge, and workout facilities you’d expect to find at any luxury spot. Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will find dedicated buildings for indoor activities and outdoor platforms to practice asanas and reflection out of doors. Borrowing from collaborative business work spaces, a “Zen Cube” is in the works, a place where groups can gather to brainstorm collective ideas. The aesthetic of the project is alpine-village-gone-thoroughly-modern, incorporating natural wood and stone elements in contemporary industrial design that suits the setting with aplomb.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vacation home or remodeling one you already own, you’ll find inspiration in photos of a luxe home for sale which showcases outstanding modern mountain design. More here:  (more…)