Rent prices in Denver have been rising of late after leveling off in many locations. But costs in the Mile High City seem reasonable in comparison with those in the priciest Colorado ski towns.
Fortunately, though, better deals can be found in resort areas a little farther off the beaten path.
Turbo Tenant has come up with average rents for two-bedroom apartments in seven communities that cater to skiers and boarders. We've ranked the data from least to most expensive and illustrated it with photos and information about current listings in each locale. Also included are excerpts from Turbo Tenant's original post.
The results may cause you to pause next time you consider grumbling about the cost of rent in Denver. Check out the prices below.
7. Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs is known for its hot springs, and it's also about twenty miles from Wolf Creek ski area. Wolf Creek is located in the San Juan mountains, and lift tickets are less expensive than those at many of the other Colorado ski areas. There is also some excellent cross country skiing available....
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,315
6. Crested Butte
Crested Butte is known as "the last great Colorado ski town" for good reason. At 8,909 feet, the town has the highest elevation on our list. It's home to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, located on Mount Crested Butte, and the surrounding mountains have some of the greatest back country skiing in the state. It's also known as the "Nordic ski capital of Colorado" with miles of groomed trails and spectacular views.
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,377
5. Steamboat Springs
Steamboat has two major ski areas: Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelson Ski Area. Steamboat has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America, which has earned it the nickname "Ski Town USA."
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,774
Continue for average rent prices at four more Colorado ski towns.
Breck is nestled in the Tenmile Range of the Rocky Mountains. Breckenridge Ski Resort is consistently one of the most visited ski resorts in the country, which may have to do with the fact that it's just a little over two hours from Denver International Airport. It also made winter sports history when it became the first resort in Colorado to allow snowboarding.
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,987
Vail boasts the third largest ski resort in the country, with more than 5,200 acres of ski and snowboard area. The picturesque village is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike, making it one of the most visited ski areas.
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,200
The former mining town is now known for its skiing and music festivals. Telluride Ski Resort is nestled into the San Juan mountains, which are in southwest Colorado. Visitors can stay in town or in Mountain Village, which are connected by a gondola that serves as a unique form of free transportation.
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,445
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With four large ski areas close by, there's plenty of variety. Skiers can choose from Snowmass Ski Resort, Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, Aspen Highlands Ski Resort and Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area....
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,660