Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Are Utah Ski Resorts Offering Incentives to Real Estate Shoppers?

Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market. This data is organized by ski resort area.

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THE NEWS

The move by ski resorts in Utah to offer season passes that include multiple free days at numerous, quality ski resorts in other states, should make it easier to decide to purchase ski property in Utah.

One of the potential drawbacks to owning a second home at a ski resort is that you will feel compelled to spend all of your ski or boarding days at the  same hill, or hills in close proximity to your property.  For those accustomed to visiting different resorts in different states, or countries, this can be a significant consideration.  The current trend to offer multiple free days at a number of resorts with the same season pass should go a long way to overcoming this objection - by making it highly appealing to buy a season pass at your home area that will also make it cheaper than ever to visit other resorts for some variety.

Vail Resorts was an early leader in offering multiple resorts on one pass, and now that Canyons Resort in Utah is being operated by Vail, a Canyons pass allows you to ski free at the following resorts:

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado; Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood in California; Verbier, Switzerland; Alberg, Austria; Les 3 Vallees, France.

Snowbasin, Utah, has added what they term their "Powder Alliance", which entitles you to free skiing days at the following resorts:

Sierra, Mountain High and China Bowl in California; Stevens Pass in Washington; Angel Fire in New Mexico; Snowbowl in Arizona; Crested Butte in Colorado; Timberline and SkiBowl in Oregon; Schweitzer and Sun Valley in Idaho; Bridger Bowl in Montana.

Powder Mountain's season pass offers free days at Taos in New Mexico; Durango Mountain Resort/Purgatory in Colorado; Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia.

These are just a few of the Utah's resorts that offer free or discounted days at multiple resorts.  Each resort's website offers details.

More News

Real estate sales in the ski resort and mountain communities of Utah, as well as areas in close proximity to the resorts, continue to improve in terms of units sold and sales price.  There are still some great deals, but they are becoming scarce.