Lake Houses are the New Ski Houses

If you love skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, the Adirondacks is a great place for a second home. And while the obvious plan would be to find a home as close as possible to the ski mountain, a new trend is emerging in Adirondack real estate. Rather than paying a premium for vacation homes close to the slopes, many snow bunnies are opting for lake houses within an hour’s drive of smaller ski resorts. Here’s why.

Why Skiers are Opting for Lake Houses

By opting for lakefront properties within a reasonable drive of smaller ski centers, vacation homeowners realize they can enjoy their home year-round, in a quieter setting, and for a better value, than if they bought a home located in the heart of a world-class ski resort town.

Spend Your Winters and Summers Skiing

When you opt for a lake home in the Adirondacks, not only can you can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but you can take advantage of swimming, fishing, waterskiing and paddle boarding in the warmer months. A lake home located near a ski resort truly offers second home buyers the best of both worlds. There is no off-season. You can spend time at your home all year long.

Enjoy More Peace & Quiet

Ski towns get very busy on weekends, and, in an effort to maximize space, developers tend to build more condos and townhouses near the mountain than single family homes. As a result, there’s not a lot of privacy or quiet. On the other hand, a lake house located 30 minutes or more away from the mountain may mean a slightly longer drive to the lift lines, shopping and restaurants, but it’s also more likely to offer square footage, acreage and seclusion.

Get More for Your Money

Why pay a premium for a home you only use part of the year, when you can buy a second home that’s desirable in all seasons? A ski-in, ski-out property sounds amazing, but it gets little to no use in the summer, while a home on Fire Island might be idyllic from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but then it sits vacant all winter.

In addition, your dollar goes much further in the Adirondacks, where lake homes near ski mountains sell for a fraction of the cost of ski chalets near Vail, or beach houses in the Hamptons.   

Why Choose the Adirondacks

One of the great things about buying a home in the Southern Adirondacks is that you don’t have to choose between lake and snow. Here you’ll find plenty of properties in charming mountain towns close to lakes and lifts, including Lake George, Lake Luzerne, Great Lake Sacandaga, Saranac Lake, Fourth Lake, Paradox Lake and literally dozens of other smaller bodies of water. And all are located within a reasonable drive of a handful of relatively small, family-friendly ski mountains.

Nearby Ski Mountains

There’s Gore Mountain in North Creek with over 2500 vertical feet, and the smaller Oak Mountain Ski Center in Speculator with a 650 foot drop. West Mountain in Queensbury offers night skiing, while McCauley Mountain in Old Forge boasts big fun in a small package. And of course, for the most advanced terrain in the east, you can always head north to Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid.

Lakefront Homes for Sale

If you’re looking for a lake house near the mountains, give me a call at (518) 321-1870 or contact me online. As a real estate agent for Lake George, Bolton Landing and the Southern Adirondacks, I have several homes for sale on lakes, near ski centers and within a few hours’ drive of Boston and New York City.