With a move to Colorado or Utah, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding year-round, and at a good price. Many ski resorts are open beyond winter, and, surprisingly, residents in these towns spend less than 30 percent of income on housing.
SmartAsset found the 25 best ski towns in the nation. The site examined 128 cities and towns located near ski resorts, factoring in summer and winter unemployment rates, housing affordability, median household incomes, and the quality of the ski resorts.
Given that mountains are essential for skiing, all towns in the rankings are located in the Rockies, with most in Colorado. Aspen led the list, as it has a 3,132-acre ski resort and a low unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Other Colorado towns on the list include Crested Butte, Vail, Telluride, Breckenridge, and Steamboat Springs.
Anyone who loves skiing might want to consider moving to Colorado and living in Steamboat Springs. In addition to having a low unemployment rate, the town is the home of the Steamboat Ski Resort, which stretches across an entire mountain range. The median household income in Steamboat Springs is $54,218 and the typical resident spends 28% of their annual income on housing expenses.