Ski in, ski out accommodation isn't really a concept the Americans have conquered yet, but more options are gradually creeping in to Colorado's repertoire. Most Europeans by contrast have grown up with ski in, ski out lodging as the norm. Alpine villages, and the ski areas they were associated with, grew alongside one another and developed into the large ski areas we know today. The ski resorts began as part of the centre of the town and naturally as new ski lifts and runs were added and more people wanted to ski, the towns expanded around them to accommodate their needs. Ski in, ski out properties just became a normal part of the expansion and although often commanding a premium prices are relatively easy to find. So where in the US can you find ski in ski out?
Have a look at the ski resort's history to see if there are even properties near the slopes:
Several US ski towns such as Breckenridge, Telluride and Aspen started life as mining towns, before they grew into the world famous ski areas they are today. Steamboat Springs was originally a ranching town and still retains much of its Old West character. Many of these ski towns in the US were already established before the ski areas were developed, so the ski lifts are a mile or two from the town associated with them.
Winter Park was originally home to railway workers and gradually developed into a small town. The town is about 3 miles from the ski area, but an easy 5-10 minute free bus ride. The vast majority of accommodation is still in the town of Winter Park and the small towns of Fraser and Tabernash, a little further along US Highway 40.
Have a look at areas which are rapidly developing. At Winter Park the base area is now being developed to include more lodging options closer to the lifts in addition to the one true ski in, ski out accommodation already completed - Zephyr Mountain Lodge. Restaurants and shops are now also being added at the base area to give ski in ski out residents more dining options near their accommodation
Have a look at residential neighbourhoods that are gradually being connected to the lift system:
In Steamboat Springs, the prestigious Burgess Creek neighbourhood has a lift running to it. Chalets USA have one ski in, ski out catered chalet, due to the very limited properties available near the mountain. Thunderhead chalet is in Steamboat Springs, sleeps up to 14 in 6 ensuite bedrooms and is literally ski to the door.
It's still rare, but ski in ski out properties are now popping up in the USA if you look closely.