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Colorado’s First Members-Only Resort Opens For Skiing

This month, crazy rich alpinists will get the chance to ski endless fresh lines at Cimarron Mountain Club.

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It’s every skier’s fantasy: a soaring peak with untracked powder, personal snowcats, and a glorious sense of solitude. In reality, all of this can be had for a cool $2.85 million—plus annual dues of $62,000—at Colorado’s first members-only ski resort, which opens for schussing this month. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Cimarron Mountain Club will be shared by only 13 families, with seven memberships still available at press time for all you super rich alpinists out there. The cover charge nets you a 35-acre lot, but those who opt not to build can bunk in the property’s lodge, cabin, or yurts. Features abound at the 1,750-acre property: 60 named runs, including Watchtower, a testament to founder Jim Aronstein’s love of Jimi Hendrix; 15 trout-stocked ponds plus a 20-acre lake for summertime exploits; and six staffers to guide patrons on adventures. Yet Cimarron promises a light footprint, with no paved roads or chairlifts and a ban on gaudy mansions. Aronstein, a retired natural resources lawyer from Denver, says he wants to create an environment where older generations can pass on a love of powder (and nature) to their kids. Our bet? He just wants to ski endless fresh lines. We don’t blame him at all.

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