America’s Most Affordable—and Least Affordable—Ski Towns

December 14, 2018

The United States of America is home to dozens of ski towns. Many of these towns cater to the top 1% of its citizens while others fall below national averages when it comes to median home prices. brings us this look at the most affordable—and least affordable—ski towns in America. 

“Using information from, our fleece-clad data analysts examined more than 300 ski resorts and the housing markets in their nearest towns. We filtered out resorts with fewer than 500 acres and ranked each town by its median list price.” –

Top 10 most affordable ski towns


 No. 1 Kellogg, Idaho

“This is a town founded by a jackass and inhabited by its descendants,” says a sign at the town limits of Kellogg. Don’t be put off: It just means hello!

Spanning two mountains, the Silver Mountain resort in Kellogg offers 1,600 acres of skiable terrain with a 2,200-foot vertical rise, which is accessible by the world’s longest single-cabin gondola ride (3.1 miles). With a median list of only $99,000, Kellogg fits nicely into the budget of many a ski bum-turned-home buyer.”

No. 2 Brian Head, Utah No. 3 Lead, South Dakota No. 4 Killington, Vermont No. 5 Ruidoso, New Mexico No. 6 West Dover, Vermont No. 7 Chewelah, Washington No. 8 Ludlow, Vermont No. 9 Angel Fire, New Mexico No. 10 McCall, Idaho Top 10 least affordable ski towns

Gore Creek Drive, with Gore Range in the background

No. 1 Vail, Colorado

“Our No. 1 most expensive ski town, Vail,  is not, by any stretch, a surprise. Nor are the other three world-famous Colorado destinations at the top of the list. They pretty much define “apres-ski glamour” in the U.S. And the skiing ain’t bad either.”

No. 2 Park City, Utah No. 3 Telluride, Colorado No. 4 Aspen, Colorado No. 5 Ketchum, Idaho No. 6 Incline, Nevada No. 7 Breckenridge, Colorado No. 8 Teton Village, Wyoming No. 9 Sun Valley, Idaho No. 10 Olympic Valley, California


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