Looking for first tracks all week? Want to ski down to a secluded home in spectacular back country with a few dozen neighbors spread over a few thousand acres?
You can, but bring your check book. For $2 to $3 million per building site and up to $20 million for a home, there are a small number of these highly exclusive private mountain clubs in the West.
Cimarron Mountain Club near Gunnison, the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky Montana, the Hermitage in Vermont, Shadow Mountain Ranch in Grand County and more in the West, Canada and back East offer a luxurious private world for well-heeled members.
You can buy into clubs that have ski lifts, snow cats, lodges with restaurants, yurts, warming huts with food and drink on the runs.
Some have designer golf courses, some offer heli-skiing, guided fishing, stocked lakes, rafting, and working cattle operations with drives that owners can participate in.
And you thought Aspen, Telluride and Beaver Creek were the top of the line.
Before the turn of the 20th century, wealthy Europeans bought huge swaths of the West for cattle ranches and hunting lodges.
The selling of the West is happening again.