8 winter wonderland homes with a wow factor

Ahhhh, winter. If you’re daydreaming about gliding through a snowy landscape or ice-skating under twinkling stars, we have you covered. All of these luxury homes are located in places that come alive during the winter, from swank ski towns to remote mountaintops. But these homes offer much more than just a place to warm up. Their interiors are just as stunning as the snow-covered vistas outside their windows, and amenities like hot tubs and wood-burning fireplaces guarantee you’ll be sufficiently thawed out before the next day’s snowy adventure.

Beautiful days in Big Sky, MT


Whoever named this area Big Sky wasn’t kidding. The blue skies seem to stretch forever, and it’s even more beautiful under a dusting of snow. Big Sky is a winter wonderland for anyone who loves to be outside on a crisp winter day. There are more than 5,000 skiable acres here, and this ski-in, ski-out condo guarantees you’ll spend more time on the slopes than driving to them. Get ready for a big day of skiing by cooking up a hearty breakfast in the cozy kitchen—with a view! Après ski, enjoy a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace while taking in the mountain view.

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Peak views in Park City, UT


Think of Park City as a ski town on cuteness steroids. It’s packed with stylish boutiques and restaurants, but cute factor aside, Park City’s world-class skiing is what draws the crowds. This luxe mountain home is as equally awesome as Park City’s endless powder. With eight bedrooms, it can accommodate a crowd in opulent style. It’s all about the mountain views here. Watch the snow fall while snuggling into a couch in the great room. Even the bathtubs have picture-window views. And forget karaoke: Sing it old-school style around the baby grand.

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Après ski at Alpine Meadows, CA


Lake Tahoe is the biggest alpine lake in the US, and that translates into huge dumps of powder every winter. After a day of skiing—or ice-skating—warm up by the stone fireplace in this classic A-frame chalet tucked into the mountains. The open floor plan ensures plenty of family bonding as well as killer views from the huge windows. A soak in the hot tub under the stars is the perfect cap to a day of snowy adventures.

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Welcome winter in Winhall, VT


Who doesn’t adore Vermont, with its postcard-perfect little towns, laid-back attitude, and maple syrup everything? If you love all that, plus snowy activities like skiing and sleigh rides, gather friends and family at this spacious chalet. In true Vermont style, this home has wow factor but it’s hardly flashy. The centerpiece of the home is a three-story stone fireplace, ensuring that everyone stays toasty. Stratton Mountain is just minutes away, so after a day of skiing, you can gather ’round the dining table (under the antler chandelier) in no time and recap your adventures on the slopes.

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Serene snowy nights in Stateline, NV


Find magic on a moonlit snowshoe walk through the woods, and find serenity in this custom-built luxury home located on a private acre lot with lake views. This seven-bedroom house has an open plan main floor, and the design is mountain-cabin chic. Think plenty of stone, wood, and leather. Pour yourself a glass of wine in the gourmet kitchen or challenge your friends to a game of pool, all set against the backdrop of the lake and pine trees. Even the master suite comes with its own deck and stone fireplace.

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Bask in the glow of Breckenridge, CO


Just three miles from downtown Breckenridge and the slopes, this family-friendly mountain cabin is big on style with its wood-clad ceilings and rustic rugs. Tuck into a hearty breakfast in the light-filled dining room, kept extra cozy thanks to the adjacent cast-iron stove. At night, kids might look forward to bedtime in the bunk room with beds made of logs while adults venture outside for stargazing around the custom fire pit or while soaking in the hot tub.

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Take in the charm of Mont-Tremblant, QC


With its cobblestoned streets and red-roofed buildings, Mont-Tremblant will make you feel like you’ve been whisked to a French ski village. Another way to feel transported is by staying at this luxurious six-bedroom chalet. This storybook home is perfect for large-scale entertaining. With cathedral ceilings, a massive dining table, and a stone fireplace, the vibe is grand but cozy. After a day on the slopes, watch a film in the home theater or challenge the kids to a game of pool.

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Make family memories in Newry, ME


Maine’s official slogan is “the way life should be,” and we think this luxurious chalet is the way a rental home should be. This six-bedroom home has everything your group needs for a wonderful winter getaway. Grown-ups will love the gourmet kitchen with an island that can easily seat eight, as well as the keg-orator and the wet bar. Kids will love drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace and in the kid cave in the basement. Everyone will love the sauna and hot tub for soothing sore muscles. Sunday River and the village are walking distance away.

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