Mountain resort home sales rise from recession's ashes

Some developments across West reporting nearly $100 million in transactions

There you are standing at the top of the ski hill with snow flurries softly whipping about your face. You peer through your ski goggles at the calm, translucent world and ponder, "Wouldn’t it be great if I owned a home out here and I could ski all winter?"

Apparently, the fellow with the snowboard next to you is already thinking the same thing, as is that woman who just came off the lift and earlier in the day raced you to the bottom of the mountain.