If you’ve ever dreamt about owning your own piece of land to build trails on, a recent home listing two hours north of Toronto, Canada could be your dream come true. The 2,640 square foot house comes with five ski slopes, a t-bar lift system, and lights for night skiing (or riding) for $1.5 Million CAD (roughly $1.1 Million USD). There are five bedrooms, three baths, and 123 acres to work with.
The catch? At just 250 feet high, your runs would be short and sweet.
The property also includes:
– Hot tub
– 50 foot swimming pool
– Large pond for ice skating
– Large outbuilding
– Warming hut with washroom
– Covered gazebo with a fire pit
– Snow groomer
A bit of history:
Rob Birch and Francine Goulet were dating when Mr. Birch took Ms. Goulet to see the place—about two hours from Toronto, Canada—where he’d learned to ski as a child. The overgrown 123-acre property in Huntsville, Ont. was no longer an operating ski mountain. ‘We walked to the top of the hill and the views were outstanding. … We were starting our life together and we thought, ”Wouldn’t this be neat to have a chalet here,’’ says Ms. Goulet. They walked back to their car, which was parked on the old dirt road, and as they pulled away they saw the ‘for sale’ sign.
‘We purchased it and thought, ”Oh my god, we now own a ski hill,”’ says Mr. Birch, who, with Ms. Goulet, owns and runs a logistics company. The couple says they paid approximately $90,000 Canadian dollars for the property in 1997 (US$65,534 in today’s dollars) and then set about restoring the ski facilities. They recut the five runs and the two back-country trails and restored the T-bar lift. One run, named Nancy Greene after the Canadian Olympic skier, has lights for night skiing. They also built two large shops to store equipment.
It’s certainly out of my budget, but I’ll keep dreaming… What would you build if you owned it?
Visit www.fiddleheadmountain.ca for more details.