The mountains aren’t the only views to admire in ski resort towns throughout Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. The mountain homes dotting these mountainous regions have their respective styles, each with distinctive features stemming from factors like the weather and the popular trend during their inception.
It’s a whole other world of architecture that borrows influences from Europe and reinterprets them to produce something distinctly American. Below are the most common styles you’ll find:
Once a humble symbol of austere frontier life, the log cabin has transformed from a simple structure of stacked, interlocked logs into extravagant and spacious homes that exude luxury. While the modern log cabin has strayed far from its origins, evidence of the original style is still present today in the generous use of wood and whole logs, the presence of a stone fireplace, and the use of traditional construction methods.
Popular during the ski boom of the 1950s and 1960s because of low construction costs, the A-frame is a style for cold, snowy regions. Tracing its roots back to old homes in parts of Europe and China, it’s easy to spot from a mile away. The roof plummets to the ground at a steep angle, sometimes stopping only short of a few feet. The front and back walls of the home are mostly glass panels that let in natural light. The result is an exaggeratedly geometric home that spoke to the cultural trends of the 1960s and 1970s.
More commonly associated with the nomadic groups of Central Asia, the yurt is currently rising in popularity, thanks to the tiny house movement and their ease of maintenance. Yurts are defined by their easily assembled lattice walls, circular design, small footprint, and portable frames. Skiers and snowboarders typically populate these in ski towns but they’re now also getting attention from regular vacationers who want to cozy up.
Vaguely conjuring images of the snowy and picturesque Swiss Alps, the alpine ski home styles found in parts of Colorado and Vermont are a patchwork construction, lightly influenced by their Swiss and Austrian counterparts. Tiered facades, painted shutters, and wooden balconies are some of the visual cues lifted. Combined with an era (the 1960s) that saw these lodgings as mini versions of Europe, looking at them sometimes feels like being in an amusement park.
Mining towns cropped up in mineral-rich parts of Utah and Colorado before people got to the idea of building ski resorts. Back in the 1850s up to the early 1900s, the population in mining towns like Park City was permanent rather than transient.
Victorian homes are some of the most luxurious houses found in the ski towns of Western states. In these ski towns, a typical Victorian home has two levels, wraparound porches, steep and intricate roofs, pediments over outside doors and windows, and towers. Another upside of these Victorian homes is their central locations, the primary advantage of standing the test of time.
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