Steamboat Springs Hot Springs

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office

Every ski town seems to have its own appeal. It’s easy to get to, or it’s isolated and exclusive.  It’s snowboarder heaven, or it’s snowboard-free. It a great place for beginners, or  it’s dominated by advanced-level runs and black diamond-lovers don’t have to navigate around skiers like me.

Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado is known as an exceptionally family-friendly town. It’s known for lots of programs for children, kids-only lifts, and play areas and parks designed with juveniles in mind.  But,  the area has a unique natural feature with special appeal for adults: mystical natural hot springs where skiers, snowboarders, and hikers can relax and soak away tired muscles and aches and pains.  Click here for a look at these therapeutic wonders and a gorgeous new vacation home listing in Steamboat Springs:

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72 White Pine Canyon Road | Park City, UT | Luxury Real Estate

72 White Pine Canyon Road | Park City, UT | Luxury Real Estate

It’s ski season!

You know about the real estate auction business, yes? I have tried to educate my readers (and myself) about this growing and phenomenally great way to pick up extreme real estate for a great price. I am told that Dallas pipeline magnate Kelcy Warren LOVES to buy real estate through auctions and in fact, the mega rich do constantly comb auction sites for deals in land, homes, yachts, planes and cars.

72 White Pine Canyon Road | Park City, UT | Luxury Real Estate

Well, tomorrow — yes, tomorrow! — you can bid on the home where the stars love to ski in Utah: 72 White Pine Canyon Road, a stunning 17,000 square foot plus mega ski house built in 2001, designed by one of Park City, Utah’s most famous architects, Jack Thomas, now the Mayor of Park City. Thomas has built some of the most iconic Park City homes, and is best known for creating Main Street’s “Egyptian Theatre”.

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Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Ah, Aspen, a SecondShelters.com paradise of stunning ski homes owned by some of the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous travelers who desire the pleasure of a winter retreat in the snow.

This dramatic vacation home was previously owned by newscaster Paula Zahn and real estate magnate Richard Cohen who sold in 2007 for $14.5 million as part of their divorce but bought the property for just $3.8 million in 2000. The transaction was one of the 10 biggest deals in Aspen in 2007.

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Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

I know we’re all dreaming of the slopes and yummy apres ski cocktails, and if you don’t already have your winter getaway planned, well, we have some fodder for your ski vacation dreams! News just broke that Vail Resorts, which purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182 million back in September, is planning more than $50 million in upgrades to this mountain destination.

It’s all part of Vail Resorts’ ambitious capital plan to transform the guest experience at Park City, connecting the resort to the Canyons, and thereby creating more than 7,300 skiable acres. Infrastructure upgrades will be tremendous, and the impact will be felt throughout the valley. Vail Resorts is known for great skiing, and we can’t wait to see what they do!

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River Ranch (3)

We told you that Anteks, that fabulous rustic home furnishings store in the Dallas Design District, has spun a sibling. It’s called Anteks Curated, a home accessories, furniture, and gift shop in the Plaza at Preston Center. Oh the main store is still on Dragon Street in the Design District, but this location sure beats a 15 minute drive on the tollway!

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Jane McGarry SkiJane McGarry Horseback

The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

But the true advantage of the property was that it’s not only gorgeous in winter, but this sweet vacation home is on the Gallatin River, where that lovely Brad Pitt drama “A River Runs Through It” was filmed, so it’s downright phenomenal in the summer, too. Her cabin is “just down the road from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park,” McGarry added.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

“I wanted a ‘vintage cabin’ — something that felt like one of the original ones, but with the modern conveniences of comfortable bathroom and wi-fi,” she said. “We built around two things: the beautiful view looking down the Gallatin River toward Yellowstone, and the wonderful native Montana stone fireplace. The fireplace gets a lot of use all year round in Montana because even in summer the temperature dips into the 20s in the early mornings.”

Find out more about the cozy, charming second home where McGarry escapes the hustle and bustle of life in North Texas after the jump!

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201 Silver Load Drive Aspen Colorado

You know what’s exhausting? Shuffling to a million different homes throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to visit with relatives both close and distant. It gets tiring and old, and the environment rarely changes.

This year, though, my family is considering running off to Colorado to take advantage of a friend’s vacation rental that fell victim to an unexpected cancellation. It’s a lovely cabin near great skiing, so of course we’re at least considering it.

It made me wonder who else forgoes the holiday shuffle for a more serene and relaxing Christmas vacation. Where do you go?

Turns out we had relatives who were on the chair lift — but not injured (thank God) — at Sugarloaf this week when that chair lift de-railed and sent skiers flying. I shuddered at the news for several reason: one, I am a skier and HATE IT when the lift stops, leaving you swinging, dangling over a cliff of snow-topped trees — who doesn’t? Secondly, my son is heading to Vermont to ski in a few weeks. I skied in the northeast when I was in college, but prefer skiing in the west — Big Sky, Spanish Peaks, Snowbird, Park City and Alta. Apparently, one of my relatives on the lift (un-injured) was pregnant and says she will not get on a chairlift again. EVER!

What will the fall-out be from this accident? (The lift was due to be replaced this summer.) If it was windy, why did they not shut down the lift? Will there be lawsuits? Will people stop skiing and buying ski condos as second homes? Will they buy homes in areas with newer equipment? What do you think?