There’s no doubt that active adults who love to ski will adore living within close proximity of the Rocky Mountains. This majestic mountain range offers some of America’s best ski resorts. Most of the active adult communities near the Rocky Mountains are found in Colorado, but ski lovers may be surprised to learn that they could also ski the Rockies from a home in New Mexico, Utah, or Nevada. Take a look at these five active adult communities that offer prime access to skiing opportunities so you can hit the slopes close to home.
1. Anthem Ranch — Broomfield, Colorado
Those who love to ski the Rockies will love Anthem Ranch, one of Colorado’s most popular active adult communities. Anthem Ranch is located in Broomfield, a city between Boulder and Denver. The community enjoys a close proximity to many ski resorts, including Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, and Winter Park Resort. Less than two hours away, residents can also enjoy skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, and Keystone Resort.
2. Sierra Canyon — Reno, Nevada
The Rockies aren't the only place to find great skiing out west. Sierra Canyon by Del Webb is ideally situated about 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe where ski lovers will relish the astonishing 400+ inches of snow that falls every year on nearly a dozen world-class resorts. These popular resorts include names like Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar California, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
3. SunRiver at St. George — St. George, Utah
Tucked away in a quiet desert area of southwest Utah, you wouldn't think of ski resorts when you enter the gates of SunRiver at St. George. But within 90 minutes, there are some great intermediate ski areas such as Brian Head Resort. For more serious skiers, a four-to-five hour drive up I-15 will land you in the heart of prime Utah ski country where popular resorts await including Sundance Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and Park City.
4. Parkview Villas — Golden, Colorado
Although Parkview Villas at Golden does not have any on-site amenities, this charming age-restricted community can be a great home for active adults who love to ski. Located about 30 minutes west of Denver and southwest of Broomfield, Parkview Villas at Golden is less than two hours from the world-famous Vail Ski Resort, as well as popular ski areas such as Keystone Resort, Copper Mountain, and Granby Ranch. About an hour away, residents can also ski at Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin, and Winter Park Resort.
5. Alegria — Bernalillo, New Mexico
Set in Bernalillo, the Del Webb community Alegria lies just north of Albuquerque. The community is within easy driving distance of Ski Santa Fe, which is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to Ski Santa Fe, residents can also enjoy visiting the nearby Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Sandia Peak, which is only about 20 minutes away. At all three resorts, active adults over 62 can purchase discounted half-day and full-day lift tickets. Active adults over 72 (over 75 at Pajarito) ski for free.