I'm probably a couple years away from it, but considering buying a vacation home/condo in ski country. Anybody care to weigh-in on the pros and cons of buying a place at Steamboat or Avon? I might consider other areas, but that's probably better for another thread.
Steamboat: for a good sized, renowned area Steamboat seems to have more affordable prices in numerous oldish condos almost walkable to the base of the mtn. Something like a two bdrm condo in the low $200k range is probably what I'm in the market for. I've skied Steamboat only three days a couple years ago, but have a basic feel for the terrain. Not the most radical stuff, but I'm not a rad skier and as older guy I like the fact that it's not super high elevation. This would be for retirement living in winter and possibly summer months. I like the feel of the town of Steamboat Springs, but recognize the area is somewhat isolated and 4+ hours from affordable flights into Denver's airport. However there is the pricier convenience of Yampa Valley airport.
Avon: it looks like you might be able to get a similar condo for about the same around Avon, CO or towards Edwards, although possibly not as much selection at that price and less convenient access to ski trails, but there is shuttle bus and Avon gondola. Have also skied Beaver Creek, but for only two days. It's an amazingly well-run place, if a bit vanilla. Similar to Steamboat for ski terrain, but a little higher elevation range. I like that Avon would be closer to Denver with many other ski areas nearby. The I70 corridor has a bit more standard exo-suburbia feel and can be very busy at peak times. My wife is mostly phasing out of downhill skiing, but might get more into cross country skiing in retirement years. I would hope that she'd spend a considerable amount of time with me at this vacation home. She liked the upscale ambiance of Beaver Creek/Vail for après ski strolls, dining, and shopping. However, she also liked some aspects of the small town friendliness of Steamboat Springs particularly the Holy Name Catholic Church community. She's an artsy/craftsy type and we're middle class and somewhat conservative.