The Best Ski Towns to Retire In

The Best Ski Towns to Retire In

Attention all rippers with a penchant to ply the pow-pow. Or in less gnar, more formal terms, if you’re an active adult closing in on retirement who enjoys skiing, you may be looking for advice on some of the best ski communities to call home. Read on! Here, we’ll get waist deep and explore a few of the best ski towns to retire in. 


Steamboat Springs, CO

If you’re a sucker for the slopes looking to live in a friendly ski community, how could it get any better than “Ski Town, USA”? Steamboat Springs sits about 160 miles northwest of Denver, in the heart of the American West. A genuine Colorado mountain town, the Steamboat range features 6 peaks, 18 lifts, and 165 trails over nearly 3,000 acres. Steamboat’s active adult communities showcase some of the world’s most impressive luxury ski resort homes.

Top ski community: The Porches of Steamboat


Heber City, UT

Located in the picturesque Heber Valley, the charming little Swiss-themed community of Heber City was recently voted as Utah’s favorite town. Just a hop, skip, and ski jump from the world-class skiing of Park City’s Deer Valley and Robert Redford’s iconic Sundance Ski Resort, retiring in Heber City offers a quintessential ski town without the crowded atmosphere. And beyond just skiing, you’ll indulge in four-season mountain living with plenty of golf and other warm weather outdoor activities. 

Top ski community: Red Ledges 


McCall, ID 

Two hours north of Boise, McCall, ID, epitomizes high country wilderness. This vibrant central Idaho resort town comes to life in the winter, when the renowned Winter Carnival takes over to showcase stunning snow sculptures while the siren call of Brundage Mountain beckons skiers and boarders. Set above Payette Lake in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains, here’s a gated retirement community with an abundance of ski real estate for retirees seeking fresh powder. 

Top ski community: Whitetail Club


Pocono Pines, PA

The jewel of the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Pines, PA, is home to some of the countries top-rated recreational communities. Among the best ski towns to live year round, ski resorts near Pocono Pines include Camelback Mountain, Jack Frost, and Big Boulder Park...all within a 30-minute drive. Attractive and affordable ski homes are nestled in this most scenic part of northeastern Pennsylvania, less than two hours from Philadelphia, North Jersey, and New York City. 

Top ski community: Lake Naomi Club


Grantham, NH 

It’s a matter of preference. Perhaps even an acquired taste...but some like East Coast New England skiing better than anything the West has to offer. For both alpine and cross-country enthusiasts, New Hampshire is spotted with resorts that make the state— and the city of Grantham in particular—among the best ski towns to retire in. Eastman is a thriving retirement community in the area that features an onsite Nordic ski center, and plenty of mountain lifts for all experience levels within just a few miles. 

Top ski community: Eastman 


Finding Ski Real Estate

These are just a few of the glorious ski towns you’ll find throughout the country. For more, check out PCR’s extensive listing of skiing communities that feature luxury homes, condos, and townhomes with skiing.