April 5, 2015 / Property Spotlight

Elevated Escapes: The World's Best Mountain Resort Homes

The allure of spectacular natural landscapes, wide-open spaces, abundant flora and fauna, and thrilling recreational pursuits draw those who seek mountain living


Wherever the destination, the world’s magnificent mountain ranges, from the Alps to the Rockies, the Pyrenees to the Cascades, and the Andes to the Sierra Nevada, all share one thing—a lifestyle of privacy, tranquility, and adventure.

With myriad recreational options right on the doorstep, adventure seekers, and those in search of a serene escape, can choose from a variety of four-season activities such as hiking and snowshoeing on back-country trails, cross-country and off-piste Alpine skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing, snowmobiling and 4x4 off-road driving, fly-fishing and boating on pristine rivers and lakes, or horse riding through mountain passes and meadows.

The real estate options are no less impressive. Topflight architectural offerings include luxurious lodges, classic log cabins, traditional Alpine chalets, and contemporary aeries built into the surrounding topography. These regal yet rustic retreats, featuring beautiful architecture and interior design, state-of-the-art amenities, and living areas designed to capture majestic panoramic vistas, provide all the comforts and luxuries of urban living, but are worlds away.

From a breathtaking high-country ranch in Yellowstone National Park to an ultra-luxury mountain lodge in Idaho’s Sun Valley, and a traditional chalet high in the Swiss Alps to a 6,000-acre eco-luxury preserve in Patagonia, set your sights on the worlds’ best mountain homes.

The Four Bear Ranch
Cody, WyomingOn the market for the first time in 25 years, this high county ranch has exceptional panoramic views, prolific wildlife, borders National Forest, and offers end of the road privacy. The main residence of approximately 6,800 square feet is perched below Jim Mountain and has a modern floor plan with Jim creek flowing nearby.

Sunny Ridge Retreat
Telluride, ColoradoBreathtaking - The only word that appropriately describes the first impression upon entry to this stunning residence. Anchored on a ridge overlooking the Telluride Valley 800 feet below, floor-to-ceiling glass envelops the entire great room, living, kitchen, entertaining and dining areas with perfectly framed views of the San Sophia Range.

Big E Z Ski Country Compound
Big Sky, MontanaThe mountain top setting for the 60-acre Big E Z family estate exceeds expectations. With breathtaking 360 degree views of three mountain ranges and wide open meadows this property is striking and peaceful.

Alpine Retreat
Villars-sur-Ollon, Vaud, SwitzerlandThis luxurious chalet is located in the heart of the Swiss Alps close to the picturesque village of Villars-sur-Ollon, at a height of 1,300 meters on a natural balcony facing south. Ideally located in a private area, the five-bedroom property is located within walking distance to the Barboleuse/Gryon ski resort.

Serenity Lodge
Sun Valley, IdahoLocated in the hills just north of Ketchum this elevated property boasts 360 degree mountain views. Constructed with an unrivaled level of luxury, the residence features intimate spaces with beamed ceilings; custom millwork and cabinetry; reclaimed oak floors; a Schindler elevator and Loewen windows and doors.

High Country Chateau
Telluride, ColoradoHigh Country Chateau captures the essence of the rugged American West combined with Colorado mountain luxury. The great room features a massive stone fireplace and 25 foot vaulted ceilings with handcrafted, Douglas Fir beams and trusses.

Magnificent Patagonian Property
Esquel, ArgentinaThis gem of a property is located 25 kilometers from Esquel city and 45 kilometers from Esquel Airport, nestled amid the natural beauty of Patagonia. Spanning 2,444 hectares, or approximately 6,040 acres, this rare and incredibly rich estate includes a lakeside main house and separate guest house complemented by a ­marina, three caretaker's cabins, and a chapel.



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