SKI Dream Home premiers at Deer Valley |

SKI Dream Home premiers at Deer Valley

Kelly Evertsen, Of the Record Staff

It’s a condominium complex, it’s a house, it’s a lodge No! It’s the first ever SKI Dream Home!

Four years ago, SKI magazine approached Deer Valley and Resorts West about constructing the "ultimate" SKI dream home in Park City.

This month, Resorts West completed the $18.95 million, 14,000-square-foot dream home at an 8,000-foot elevation atop Deer Valley’s Little Baldy Peak.

President of Resorts West Joe Ballstaedt said the new SKI Dream Home is one of a kind.

The SKI Dream Home idea originated four years ago from SKI magazine, whose readers were expressing a strong interest in resort real estate.

The magazine started asking its ski-enthusiast readers what they thought made the perfect ski dream home. Since Deer Valley had been rated multiple times as one of the top resorts in America, SKI magazine nominated it as the spot to build the first home. It contacted Resorts West to see if the Utah property management company would design and construct the home.

After meeting with multiple realtors and staff members from resort lodging properties, Resorts West made plans and started building two years ago.

"We drew information directly from skiers. We really opened ourselves up to skiers’ [ideas]," Ballstaedt said. "Along with that, we created a committee of housekeepers, guest-services managers and realtors and went through what skiers are looking for and things they’ve requested."

Ballstaedt says he believes the SKI Dream Home contains all the amenities and features that make a true ski dream home.

The 3.5-floor six-bedroom, 10-bathroom home features a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry and multiple Sub Zero refrigerators and freezers, Wolf dual ranges, ovens, microwaves, warming draws and three Asko dishwashers. Each level of the house contains its own laundry with washer and dryer.

But the party amenities far outweigh the everyday living appliances.

The home contains a "Chill Room" with a dee-jay booth, dance floor, wet bar, plasma screen, pool table and a 550-gallon native trout aquarium. There is also a grand theatre with surround sound, stadium seating, an HD projector with a 124-inch screen and a Full Swing golf simulator.

There are 15 interior and exterior fireplaces and two exterior fire pits, with 4,500 extra square feet of heated wrap-around deck and patio space with panoramic views of the mountains.

There is also an outdoor pool with a cascading waterfall and large hot tub.

The home also contains a Day Spa Suite with a sauna, steam room and treatment room.

Sitting on the slopes of Deer Valley, the home is ski-in, ski-out. It has a bar that can be converted into an outdoor bar with accordion doors and a grill for afternoon relaxation sessions after a long day of skiing, Ballstaedt said.

The home finishes include Venetian plaster, African mahogany stairs and Brazilian walnut floors. Salt Lake-based Adaptive Design Group installed custom-designed lighting throughout the home and illuminating several pieces of fine art. There are Onyx marble, brunello, granite and glass tiles and countertops. The home contains handmade rugs from Iran, India and Pakistan, as well as a hand-painted mural and faux painting in the theatre. The two wine cellars hold more than 1,000 bottles of wine.

Basically, Ballstaedt said, it could be the coolest party house in Utah.

"There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in the house from high-profile celebrities and some [politicians]," Ballstaedt said. "The feedback has been amazing. We’ve heard things like it’s the best home in Park City and in Utah."

Ballstaedt explained that the SKI Dream Home is sponsored by Deer Valley Resort and SKI magazine, but is primarily owned by Resorts West owners.

This won’t be the last SKI Dream Home the local property management company builds in Deer Valley and at other major resorts in the United States in the near future.

"We’re in the process of determining where the next homes will be. We’ll have two going on at once, one finishing every year," Ballstaedt said. "Every year, we’ll release a new home."

Many local contractors and companies worked on the home, including Casa Bella interior designs in Salt Lake City, Adaptive Design Group, Lifestyle Electronics in Park City, Upwall Design architects in Salt Lake, Mountain Land Design and Eyre Electric.

For now, those interested in renting out the SKI Dream Home in Deer Valley can do so at an average rate of $10,500 per night. Ballstaedt said Resorts West has already received several requests from Sundance Film Festival organizations interested in renting the space.

He said it’s the perfect home for not only the "ultimate ski experience," but also for hosting social gatherings, high-end parties, business meetings, weddings and more. For purchase and pricing information, contact Jeff Spencer, Resorts West Real Estate, at (435) 640-4770. For more information about Resorts West, visit or call 655-7006.

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