The 5 Most Livable Ski Towns in the USA:

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Durango, CO.
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***Originally published in May 2016

This is where you wanna move if you’re a ski bum.

Outside Magazine released what they are calling the 5 most livable ski towns in the USA.  These are the easiest places to live like a local due to low home prices, low rent, high amounts of rental units available, and low cost of living.

There is also the other side of this equation:

The 5 Least Livable Ski Towns in the USA:

It’s fun to watch as locals get priced into great ski towns.

These ski towns are ready for you to move in right now.

The 5 Most Livable Ski Towns in the USA:

according to Outside Magazine

 

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, WA.
Leavenworth, WA.

Ski Resorts:  Stevens Pass
Population: 1,979
Median age: 45
Median home sale price: $251,838
Median household income: $33,913
Average rental price: $892

Ogden, UT

Ogden, UT.
Ogden, UT.

Ski Resorts: Powder Mountain, Snowbasin
Population: 84,316
Median age: 29
Median home sale price: $122,800
Median household income: $71,500
Average rental price: $758
Cost of living: 12.8 percent lower than U.S. average

South Lake Tahoe, CA

South Lake Tahoe, CA.
South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Ski Resorts:  Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe
Population: 21,529
Median age: 39
Median home sale price: $313,929
Median household income: $36,311
Average rental price: $841

Durango, CO

Durango, CO.
Durango, CO.

Ski Resorts:  Durango, Silverton
Population: 17,834
Median age: 33
Median home sale price: $368,590
Median household income:  $55,014
Average rental price: $1,068

Ludlow, VT

Ludlow, VT.
Ludlow, VT.

Ski Resorts: Okemo
Population: 1,900
Median age: 48
Median home sale price: $211,352
Median household income: $35,780
Average rental price: $683


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11 thoughts on “The 5 Most Livable Ski Towns in the USA:

  1. Paying to get hauled up the frozen mountain. To slide back down, and will get a day or 3 in this 61st season. Dazed new season big ol’ smile. South shore doesn’t have to be pricey. Wager some, use coupons for as much as you can, cook your meals and bring a lunch to the hill. Lol, then have 3 x 15.00 draft beers and laugh. Midweek has 2fers at smaller hills and no lines. Good food deals, appetizer dinners, and find some comp tix. Wednesday is good time to find out how week or 2 week folks enjoyed their visit. Chat with them and politely find out how many tix left. Especially when weather has been blizzard/white out you’ll find tickets and meet interesting people who have just enjoyed the most beautiful place on the planet. Peace and out.

  2. Steven’s Pass is a 40min drive (35mi) from Leavenworth. The extent of the bavarian style buildings are limited to what you see in the picture, the rest of the town is very bleak.
    South Lake Tahoe is increasingly over-crowded and over-priced.

  3. ldb
    Heavenly Ski Resort — Love South Lake Tahoe. Snowboarded there for the last 20 years. My grandkids love it.

  4. Right…. because an average of 800$ a month for JUST RENT is totally livable for employees of mountains that make minimum wage…. y’all hi

  5. The title should be “Most Affordable” not “Most Livable” which implies quality of living, two different things.

    1. Come live in Ogden and experience “Life Elevated and Greatest Snow on Earth”. I could have retired anywhere. Why did I chose Ogden? Quality of Life year round and the epicenter of the western USA with easy access to anywhere!!!!

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