How great an address is Alpen(tal) Strasse for a dedicated alpine skier? Top it off with the sweet house number of 1 and guess that this Bavarian Chalet was there at the beginning of Alpental in Snoqualmie Pass. Fifty years since it was built in 1967, it is listed at $420,000.
Ski chalets today emphasize lodge style, so you don’t have to sit in the lodge; suburban luxuries, so you don’t have to do without the comforts of your other home; and lots of bathrooms to accommodate lots of skiers.
Bavarian was in style back then, so the outside looks like it could sit in Leavenworth, too. Inside, however, it is more like an American cabin: a living room where the focus is the wood stove, broad wood paneling for wainscoting to absorb the inevitable bumps from boots, and not too much volume so the heat is easier to tend.
Kitchen appliances have been upgraded, and fitted into cabinetry that is probably more period. The important part is the food, not the flash. A settee sits beside it, as well as a counter. They may suffice, but at least the settee looks like it could be swapped out if you wanted something a bit bigger.
A variety of three bedrooms and one and three-quarter bathrooms are spread out in the 1,450 square foot space. Distribute that across three floors and privacy is a bit easier to find, also each floor is effectively the size of a tiny house.
At the lowest level is something that shows the true luxury of the house, the ski room, the place where the tools, equipment, and clothes live because that’s what this chalet is dedicated to.
A simple, useful, and valuable touch is outside. It looks like an outside wall has been devoted to a map of the ski runs. You want luxury? There’s your luxury.
- 1 Alpental Strasse, Snoqualmie Pass [Windermere]