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Last time on Top Ten, we explored the 10 most expensive log cabins. Now, with the help of Realtor.com, we've rounded up the ten most architecturally surprising ski homes currently on the market. Forget the standard ski chalet full of stone and timber, we've got fairytale castles, renovated gold mines, and unique, impeccably styled contemporaries. Everything goes in the high country these days, whether you're in Stowe or Aspen.


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1. 319 Ridge Road

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319 Ridge Road
Aspen, CO 81611

Designed by architect Frank D. Welch, this Aspen contemporary asking $17,500,000 looks more South Beach than it does Pitkin County, but it still satisfies the ski lifestyle with big fireplaces and big views. A huge pool and an abundance of white round out this unique listing.

2. 506 North Hill Road

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506 North Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672

Vermont's priciest home in Stowe (asking $12,500,000) takes the shape of a red-painted silo situated between two wings. Packed full with tons of tacky amenities ("car wash building," shooting range, giant chess set, and weird mailbox), this behemoth may have a bit of architectural schizophrenia, but there's no doubt it's unique.

3. 1457 Wood Road

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1457 Woods Road
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

This ski-in/ski-out home in Snowmass asking $9.5 million has a curved wall of windows showcasing views of the surrounding forest and ski slope. And while the interior of the 6 bedroom, 6 bath home may look like most any modern ski chalet, the multi-level rooftop patios really set this listing apart.

4. 200 Prospector Road

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200 Prospector Road
Hailey, ID 83333

A few weeks ago, Curbed Ski featured this $8 million Sun Valley ski home as an example of the modern aesthetic. Spread over three levels, the 7-bedroom, 6.5-bath house features a 4-suite guest wing, a personal gym, a peaceful Zen garden, and a media/rec room.

5. 454 Mountain Road

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Located a short 8 minute drive from Stratton Mountain Resort, at $4,900,000 the aptly named Mountain House is a contemporary ski chalet with nary an antler in sight. Built in 2002, the 8,720 square-foot curved home embraces the steep landscape with a multi-level structure that uses lots of timber, feels like a tree house, and boasts 18-foot floor to ceiling windows.

6. 228 Altman Lane

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This custom home asking $4,625,000 in Big Sky was built to replicate an old Montana gold mine. The builder purchased the Gold Coin Mine from Anaconda Montana and salvaged the materials to create the 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home.

7. 29150 Buffalo Trail Road

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29150 Buffalo Trail Road
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

It's all about the details in this $3,590,000 Steamboat Springs home with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Sure, there's plenty of timber in the wooden walls and vaulted wood ceilings, but plenty of light and an innovative loft design make this ski chalet stand out from the crowd.

8. 1100 Beeler Place

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Built into the hill at Copper Mountain, this 5 bedroom, 6 bath home asking $3,300,000 looks nothing like a traditional ski home. Sloping lines, a mix of industrial and natural materials, and plenty of stainless steel accents provide an updated take on the classic chalet.

9. 2687 Stewart Road

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A ski castle just doesn't come along that often, so we're pretty enchanted with this 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath storybook home near Utah's Sundance Ski Resort. Designed by the late architect Albert Leon Christensen it's asking a healthy $3,195,000, for turrets, regal chandeliers, arched Colorado moss rock walls, and custom wood work.

10. 367 Hidden Hills Lane

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Asking only $1,500,000 in Whitefish, Montana, this impeccably designed 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath contemporary looks right at home in its natural surroundings. Tons of light, a turquoise kitchen, and a warm color palette make for a cozy ski getaway.

1. 319 Ridge Road

319 Ridge Road, Aspen, CO 81611

Designed by architect Frank D. Welch, this Aspen contemporary asking $17,500,000 looks more South Beach than it does Pitkin County, but it still satisfies the ski lifestyle with big fireplaces and big views. A huge pool and an abundance of white round out this unique listing.

319 Ridge Road
Aspen, CO 81611

2. 506 North Hill Road

506 North Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672

Vermont's priciest home in Stowe (asking $12,500,000) takes the shape of a red-painted silo situated between two wings. Packed full with tons of tacky amenities ("car wash building," shooting range, giant chess set, and weird mailbox), this behemoth may have a bit of architectural schizophrenia, but there's no doubt it's unique.

506 North Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672

3. 1457 Wood Road

1457 Woods Road, Snowmass Village, CO 81615

This ski-in/ski-out home in Snowmass asking $9.5 million has a curved wall of windows showcasing views of the surrounding forest and ski slope. And while the interior of the 6 bedroom, 6 bath home may look like most any modern ski chalet, the multi-level rooftop patios really set this listing apart.

1457 Woods Road
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

4. 200 Prospector Road

200 Prospector Road, Hailey, ID 83333

A few weeks ago, Curbed Ski featured this $8 million Sun Valley ski home as an example of the modern aesthetic. Spread over three levels, the 7-bedroom, 6.5-bath house features a 4-suite guest wing, a personal gym, a peaceful Zen garden, and a media/rec room.

200 Prospector Road
Hailey, ID 83333

5. 454 Mountain Road

454 Mountain Road Stratton, VT 05155

Located a short 8 minute drive from Stratton Mountain Resort, at $4,900,000 the aptly named Mountain House is a contemporary ski chalet with nary an antler in sight. Built in 2002, the 8,720 square-foot curved home embraces the steep landscape with a multi-level structure that uses lots of timber, feels like a tree house, and boasts 18-foot floor to ceiling windows.

6. 228 Altman Lane

228 Altman Lane Big Sky, MT 59716

This custom home asking $4,625,000 in Big Sky was built to replicate an old Montana gold mine. The builder purchased the Gold Coin Mine from Anaconda Montana and salvaged the materials to create the 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home.

7. 29150 Buffalo Trail Road

29150 Buffalo Trail Road, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

It's all about the details in this $3,590,000 Steamboat Springs home with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Sure, there's plenty of timber in the wooden walls and vaulted wood ceilings, but plenty of light and an innovative loft design make this ski chalet stand out from the crowd.

29150 Buffalo Trail Road
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

8. 1100 Beeler Place

1100 Beeler Place Copper Mountain, CO 80443

Built into the hill at Copper Mountain, this 5 bedroom, 6 bath home asking $3,300,000 looks nothing like a traditional ski home. Sloping lines, a mix of industrial and natural materials, and plenty of stainless steel accents provide an updated take on the classic chalet.

9. 2687 Stewart Road

2687 Stewart Road Sundance, UT 84604

A ski castle just doesn't come along that often, so we're pretty enchanted with this 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath storybook home near Utah's Sundance Ski Resort. Designed by the late architect Albert Leon Christensen it's asking a healthy $3,195,000, for turrets, regal chandeliers, arched Colorado moss rock walls, and custom wood work.

10. 367 Hidden Hills Lane

367 Hidden Hills Lane Whitefish, MT 59937

Asking only $1,500,000 in Whitefish, Montana, this impeccably designed 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath contemporary looks right at home in its natural surroundings. Tons of light, a turquoise kitchen, and a warm color palette make for a cozy ski getaway.