Thunderhead Chalet, Steamboat, Colo.

Technically, Steamboat’s high-speed Thunderhead Express quad doesn’t belong to this luxury home—but it sure feels like it. The luxury, six-bedroom Thunderhead Chalet is located on Burgess Creek Road, which dead-ends at a lift that’s set apart from Steamboat’s main base area. At the primary thoroughfare, crowds line up at the Silver Bullet gondola (the main transport onto the slopes). But at Thunderhead—which unloads at the same place the gondola does—the only traffic includes residents living along Burgess Creek, skiers and riders who descended from other parts of the resort, and locals who cajoled a pal into dropping them off at the lift (Thunderhead Express is a secret backdoor on powder days).

Thunderhead Chalet places guests at the head of that diminutive pack. From the home’s back door, skiers and riders walk 10 steps up to the lift’s loading zone, for a total commute of less than 100 yards—and zero wait. Need to get to the base area for lessons or child care? The chalet borders the Right-O-Way run, a gentle, low-angle trail that leads to Gondola Square. And at the end of the day, chalet guests glide right up to their hot tub.

“But in the evening, after resort operations shut down, everything’s still and quiet. You can look up from your hot tub at a silent ski mountain,” said Robin Craigen, President of Moving Mountain Chalets (which manages the property). The slope access is as convenient as it gets—but Thunderhead Chalet sits apart from base-area hubbub. “Families really like that privacy,” Craigen said.

They like the home’s comforts as well. Five bathrooms give occupants plenty of sink and shower space, a pool table in the family room provides evening entertainment, and luxury finishes (such as hardwood floors and a stone fireplace) create an upscale ambiance. Want to sweat away your ski-day fatigue? There’s even a private sauna.