The Best Ski Towns to Retire In

Winter Park, Colorado

Retire Winter Park Colorado

  • Population: 1,029
  • Average Age: 36
  • Average Home Sale Price: $328,100
  • Average Rental Price: $1,700

Winter Park is a small town nestled strategically in the Fraser valley, a short thirty minute drive from Denver. Folks looking for a comfortable town to live in should look no further than Winter Park. True to its namesake, Winter Park offers plenty to do in the winter, from skiing, sledding, and adventurous hikes through the snow. Due to it’s relatively quaint size, the town isn’t burdened with a bustling number of tourists either, leaving you and your family the space needed to fully enjoy the mountains.

Snoqualmie, Washington

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  • Population: 13,190
  • Average Age: 34
  • Average Home Sale Price: $646,900
  • Average Rental Price: $2,792

Folks looking for a larger town will find that Snoqualmie is a safe and respectable community worth becoming a part of. Snoqualmie is a fantastic down to live in if you’re looking to ski every now and then, without the large burden of snow and ice constantly affecting your daily routines. However, when it snows in Snoqualmie, the quality is beyond perfection.

Snoqualmie also has one of the lowest crime rates, at 17 on a scale to 100.

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Retire Revelstoke British Columbia

  • Population: 7,139
  • Average Age: 40
  • Average Home Sale Price: $417,000
  • Average Rental Price: $857

Those looking for a nice place to settle down, but aren’t afraid to travel over the border should look into Revelstoke. The town’s local slopes offer various difficulties on their trails to please everyone. If your body needs a calmer trail to ski on, then Revelstoke has multiple options and paths for you. However, if you like to push yourself with challenge after challenge, there’s also harder slopes for you too.

When you’re not skiing, the town offers plenty of shopping and fine dining that provide you with the relaxing end to your day, and an enjoyable trip for any visiting family.

Leavenworth, Washington

Retire Leavenworth Washington

  • Population: 1,979
  • Average Age: 45
  • Average Home Sale Price: $251,838
  • Average Rental Price: $892

This town’s architectural style will leave you feeling like you’re in a different world. The Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth is barely 35 miles from Stevens Pass Ski Resort. The town is quaint and cozy and offers a fantastic mountain landscape for an affordable price should you choose to rent or buy.

The town is also well known for it’s legendary celebration of Oktoberfest and various holiday festivals that would make any family visitors excited to come over for a visit. Becoming part of the local community means being close to backcountry skiing and paddling. You’re never short of things to do in this fairy-tale town.

“The community in Leavenworth is very tight. People say hi walking down the street and my kids can ride their bikes wherever they need to go in town. The things I love most about living here are the people, the community, location, and access to everything that we want in the outdoors.”

Tremblant, Quebec

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  • Population: 1,029
  • Average Age: 36
  • Average Home Sale Price: $328,100
  • Average Rental Price: $1,700

Tremblant is another small town with an affordable cost of living. While the population is quite tight-knit and cozy, the winters do bring larger crowds of visitors to the mountains. Mont Tremblant is a long-time ski destination within the Mon-Tremblant National Park, offering 100 downhill trails. When the family is visiting, there’s plenty to do from skiing, ice climbing, shopping and dining. The summer months are a bit emptier in the valley, but still offer no shortage of activities such as boating, canoe trips and fishing trips.