Private Ski Clubs

In the world of luxury travel, the magic word has long been “private,” whether dining in an exclusive private dining room, flying private, or making a safari a trip just for family and friends. Now add to that the private ski club.

The concept of the private ski club has been around for a few decades at U.S. ski resorts, arguably pioneered by The Aspen Mountain Club. Other clubs include the Vail Mountain Club, the Bachelor Gulch Club at Beaver Creek, and the Snowmass Mountain Club. Utah has the Deer Valley Club, while back East, there’s Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont. Outside of Steamboat Springs is Marabou Ranch. The Cimarron Club, restricted to just 13 homeowners, lies between Telluride and Crested Butte in Colorado. It’s now sold out but has a waiting list for future buyers hoping for a resale. The most exclusive, expensive and extreme example is The Yellowstone Club, whose members include Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Tom Brady.

Many clubs offer on-mountain concierge services, ski valets, and clubhouses. Others take it to another level, pairing the perks of membership with a gated community of multi-million dollar homes where privacy reigns, requiring potential members to buy an existing home or build one.

As ski resorts become increasingly crowded, it’s easy to see the private powder appeal for those who can afford to join. These clubs combine natural beauty, unique homes, and an array of alpine adventures outside your door. Then factor in privacy and exclusivity. If you’re in the market for these rarefied perks of membership, here are a few other clubs to consider.

Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Big Sky, Montana

Spanish Peaks Mountain Club is a 3,530-acre private ski community in Big Sky, Montana. Member amenities include direct access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,850 acres of terrain and a Spanish Peaks’ private Clubhouse with a dining room, bar, ski lockers, bag storage, swimming pool and concierge services. There are private Nordic ski and snowshoe trails and an intimate mid-mountain dining venue for snowcat dinners. Spanish Peaks Mountain Club currently offers home sites from $1.25 million and new homes from $4.85 million.

Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, Montana

Moonlight Basin is an 8,000-acre private community in Big Sky, Montana. Those who join have direct access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,850 acres of terrain and Moonlight Basin’s private ski lodges, including the new LakeLodge. The club offers concierge services, ski and boot storage, and access to après ski drinks and dining. There are fitness centers, pools, hot tubs, a private ice rink, and a snow tubing hill; Moonlight Outfitters gear rental and guided trips; and social events like full moon snowshoe treks and Wine and Glide Nordic skiing. Moonlight Basin offers home sites from $13.95 million and new homes from $7.5 million.

Alpine Mountain Summit Club, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is set on 1,200 acres outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’s a community of homesteads and a handful of newly built homes, five minutes from town and the ski area. Owners have the exclusive option to join the on-mountain, ski-in/ski-out, private social club, the Alpine Mountain Summit Club. Membership perks include covered valet parking; private ski lockers with boot warmers; ski valets; daily breakfast and après ski; spa; fitness; pools; as well as members-only social events such as winemaker dinners, culinary classes, guided family-friendly activities, and adventure tours. Entry into the Club requires buying a home or homesite at the Ranch. The Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club offers 5-acre homesites from $2 million and custom market homes from $5.5 million. The membership deposit at Alpine Mountain Summit Club is $100K.

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