New private ski areas like Montana's Yellowstone Club and Vermont's Hermitage Club don't come along too often, and a recently-debuted ski club in Colorado just might be the most exclusive one yet. According to the Denver Post, the brand new Cimarron Mountain Club is a "powder paradise" in Southwest Colorado and skiers and snowboarders who buy into the development will get unlimited cat and guided skiing. That's right, Cimarron Mountain Club residents will be able to ski more than 1,000 acres and 60 ski runs of unlimited powder with literally no one around them. But here's the catch (and it's a big one): the private ski area will only be available to 12 owners and their guests.
The Cimarron Mountain Club is developing only 12 parcel sites (averaging more than 100 acres each) to ensure that the powder remains untracked and there is plenty of wilderness to enjoy. That means that only 12 wealthy buyers can get in on the action, and homesites range from $2.7 million to $3.85 million. All owners pay annual dues of at least $50,000 each year, but that cash pays for plenty of top-notch amenities like unlimited snowcat and guided skiing, groomed cross country skiing, and a planned clubhouse with a restaurant, bar, spa, pool, and gym.
This "small club on a big mountain" is also only accessible in the winter by snow machine, meaning that there will be no road access once the snow falls. Instead, cabin owners will access their properties in snowcats or snowmobiles.
Now to the skiing: Planned by Mike Larson of International Alpine Design, former chief mountain planner for Vail Resorts, and by Johnnie Stevens, our own General Manager and formerly the COO at Telluride Ski Resort, the Cimarron Mountain Club isn't messing around when it comes to powder. There are more than 60 beginner, intermediate, and advanced trail on over 1,000 acres. Most of the skiing takes place above 11,000 feet with over 1,600 feet of vertical and more than 300 inches of snow each year. And although there isn't a chairlift, snow cats provide access to wooded glades, chutes, an alpine cirque, open bowls, and even groomed runs for beginners. This place is a skiers' paradise.
In the summer, the club will allow access to hiking trails, horseback riding, fly fishing, rock climbing, and single-track mountain biking trails created by Colorado's legendary Dave Wiens.
As of now, all 12 homesites are available for purchase, and you can check out videos of them here.
· Cimarron Mountain Club [Official Site]
· Private powder paradise for wealthy skiers takes shape in Colorado [The Denver Post]