Three Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Mountain Retreat

Choices that make the difference between simply owning a vacation home and owning a luxury lifestyle

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When looking for a mountain retreat, especially when considering a home in a resort setting, there are several important factors to consider.

Do you just want to use your home for two weeks at the peak of ski season, or year round? Do you want access to a variety of experiences and activities? And most importantly, do you want to make the most of your investment?

Here are three considerations to help you make the best choice. 

Year-Round Access and Activities

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A dramatic stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling are the perfect complement to the woods and mountains that surround this estate home at Tamarack Resort.

A mountain retreat is great for ski season, but what about the other seasons of the year? When you’re considering committing a significant amount of money for a vacation home, you want to know you’ll be optimizing your value. Look for a resort setting that offers year-round activities, events, and adventures.

In addition to Nordic and Alpine skiing and snowshoeing in winter, resorts that offer biking and hiking trails, golf, and a lake or other water component are able to offer a range of activities all year round. True luxury resorts also often include pools, ziplines, special events, guided tours, and more.

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The condominium residences at The Village at Tamarack offer ski-in/ski-out access and come completely turnkey including furniture, housewares, and linens.

Amenities and Services


The Lodge at Tamarack Resort offers homeowners a pool, hot tub, steam rooms, spa, fitness center and dining, all overlooking the golf course and Lake Cascade.

Many resorts offer homeowners unique benefits that add to the value of the homes, such as a spa and fitness center, pools, onsite dining and shopping. If you will be traveling to and from your mountain retreat frequently, it’s nice to know you don’t have to bring all of your toys and equipment back and forth with you. There’s added value when complimentary use of sport and adventure equipment is available to you (fat tire bikes, golf clubs, snow shoes, Nordic skis, paddleboards, kayaks, etc.).

Other perks such as exclusive homeowner lift lines for ski season, free access to resort events, and  complimentary transportation around the resort add intangible value that make the difference between simply owning a vacation home and owning a luxury lifestyle.  

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For cocktails on the the patio on hot summer nights and aprés ski winter afternoon lunches, The Village at Tamarack’s many dining options offer homeowners a home away from home.

Rental Management Program

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Ski cottages at Tamarack Resort are a study in contextual architecture, reflecting the surrounding natural landscape in their design.

If you know you aren’t going to use your property all of the time and are able to predict weeks or months when you won’t be there, putting your property to work for you to generate rental income is an added perk.

If this is of importance to you, look for a community that offers a strong rental management program.

A community with a strong lodging program will offer you peace of mind and allow you to generate income from your property without you having to lift a finger. 

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Many estate homes at Tamarack Resort offer direct access to groomed skiing, hiking, and biking trails.

Dawn Beckman is the Director of Real Estate Sales for Tamarack Realty, the exclusive on-site brokerage firm for Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Idaho. View their profile, or contact Dawn at 208 325 1001.

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