The sun comes in and out from behind the clouds. The snow cracks underfoot. White ribbons of ski slopes decorate the mountain range dotted with pine trees in the distance.
It is the Vail Valley in winter.
Long known for its ski and snowboard slopes, the year-round seaside resort is a fashionable second home and getaway destination for the well-to-do.
Claiming a place among the remarkable estates of Vail, this contemporary mountain dweller listed at $ 32 million. Located on over three-quarters of an acre along Gore Creek, the architectural showcase features a striking exterior combining oak siding, black copper and zinc panels, and buff-colored limestone.
The voluminous interiors have the feel of a modern three-story lodge with stone elements, white walls the size of an art gallery, and vaulted wood ceilings. Large expanses of windows frame towering pines and views of the woods.
On the main level, a large cantilevered terrace sits next to the great room and extends the living space to the outside. The seats surround a foyer.
The great room and the dining room have gas fireplaces.
The sleek kitchen, with a huge dining island and dark cabinetry, opens to an informal dining area. The gallery-style butler’s pantry continues the kitchen decor.
Double-sided fireplaces can be seen from the living and sleeping areas of two of the en-suite bedrooms.
A spiral staircase leads to the lower level gym, which opens onto a stone patio with an outdoor hot tub. A wet bar, games room and wine cellar are also located on this ground floor.
On the upper level, a wide footbridge spans a stream. The glazed room contains a sitting area and connects to a wing of the house.
The 11,007 square feet of living space includes six bedrooms, seven full baths, and three half baths.
Among the amenities for dealing with the elements is a heated cobblestone driveway that leads to the heated three-car garage.
The property backs onto open space and wetlands. Gore Creek, which runs through the town of Vail, is a popular spot for fly fishing.
In summer, snowboarders and downhill skiers give way to golfers and hikers. Shops, restaurants and cultural festivals keep locals and visitors entertained.
Vail is approximately two hours or 100 miles from Denver International Airport. A closer alternative is the Eagle County Airport, approximately 30 miles away.