DEEP POCKETS CAN GET YOU DEEP POWDER AT THE EXCLUSIVE NEW YELLOWSTONE CLUB.
Allow yourself a few moments to indulge in a fantasy. A fantasy, mind you, that has nothing to do with Rebecca Romijn or Carmen Electra. This is a skiing fantasy. Imagine that you, and perhaps a few of your best ski buddies, are standing atop a cornice on a mountain in southern Montana, the stark beauty of Big Sky’s Lone Peak rising imposingly a few miles away. It’s a bluebird day, but there’s nobody else around, and there are no tracks in sight. After a moment’s hesitation, you launch off the cornice, landing in a big, soft pillow of fluff. Shaking the snow from your goggles, you ski a series of perfect S turns down the pitch in front of you. At the base of the chair, you catch your breath and wait for your friends. This scenario repeats itself over and over throughout the morning. With an expanse of terrain comparable to Vail’s, there’s little chance you’ll cross tracks with the 50 or so other skiers who are out exploring this day. It’s just you, your friends, and an inexhaustible supply of freshies.
If you have $750,000 or so to spare for the initiation fee, this fantasy can become reality at Montana’s exclusive Yellowstone Club, a private ski area in the making. The Club, which will include residences and year-round activities, is being developed by former timber mogul Tim Blixseth on 13,000 acres adjacent to Big Sky Resort. The ski terrain on Pioneer Mountain is at the heart of approximately 4,000 acres slated for ski development. Last spring, about 12 miles of trails had been cut, mostly wide cruisers.