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Cimarron Mountain Club — Colorado’s first and only private ski resort — officially launched July 2, after six families each paid $2.65 million to secure memberships and reserve a 35-acre cabin site. Members and their guests will enjoy exclusive access to the 1,750-acre wilderness refuge located about 35 miles east of Montrose in the Cimarron Range.

Cimarron Mountain Club’s (CMC) terrain has more skiable terrain than Aspen Mountain and boasts a 1,610-foot vertical drop. In summer, members can fish from 15 stocked on-property ponds and float on a 20-acre lake. No more than 13 families will occupy CMC; the remaining seven memberships, which cost $2.82 million each, are represented by the O’Neill Stetina Group at Telluride Properties.

CMC is the brainchild of Jim and Patsy Aronstein of Denver. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the Aronsteins searched the mountain ranges of the West for terrain that could one day become a private wilderness club with world-class skiing. The Aronsteins eventually identified more than a dozen potential sites in the Rocky Mountains of America and Canada, and visited every one. In the end, only one site met all their criteria: the CMC zone in the Cimarrons.

While skiing is far from the whole story, it’s a big part, with slopes accessible from 15 drop-in points along 2.5-mile-long Cimar-ron Ridge. From the high point at 11,430 feet, runs drop to Upper Club Meadows at 9,820 feet. The West Face (150 acres and 1,070 feet of vertical) opened for the first time in 2018 and offers some of the finest tree skiing in the Rockies. Washboard Ski Territory (250 acres and 450 vertical) will be made into a family ski zone in time. Telluride Helitrax is available to pick-up and drop-off at CMC’s ridge or Upper Club and fly to 200 square miles of high alpine basins, cirques and summits.

CMC’s facilities currently include:

• 1,750 acres of privately owned land, surrounded by thousands of acres of undevelopable public and National Forest lands.

• A 2,800 square-foot, three-bedroom cabin at the entrance to CMC.

• A 4,500 square-foot, six-bedroom custom log cabin in Eagles Rest, approximately 1.5 miles from the entrance to CMC, which is proposed to be sold by the club in time, as approved by the members.

• A small cabin below Washboard Rock, which will be used as staff housing.

• A 3,600 square-foot equipment barn adjacent to the Club Cabin.

• 60-plus ski runs planned by Mike Larson, the founder of International Alpine Design who oversaw the layout of 200 runs at Vail and its 500-acre Blue Sky Basin.

By the start of the 2018-19 winter season, weather permitting, the club will also feature:

• Two “glamping” yurts with inspiring views just a short walk from the future location of a main lodge location. Each yurt will feature two bedrooms, a sleeping loft, bathroom, living and dining area, and entry deck.

• Two additional Yurts connected by a breezeway that will house CMC’s kitchen, dining and lounge areas until the main lodge is built.

Immediately after the club welcomes its eighth member, it will begin work on a warming hut on the shores of High Park Lake and the 5,000-square-foot main lodge and its four guestrooms. The lodge will be located at the confluence of ski runs and will feature grand views of the surrounding wilderness.


CMC is tucked away in southern Colorado between Telluride and Crested Butte, just south of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  CMC is located a 45-minute drive (35.3 miles) east of Montrose, two hours (82.1 miles) southwest of Crested Butte, and two hours and 20 minutes (98.9 miles) northeast of Telluride. By helicopter, CMC is 10 minutes from the Montrose
Regional Airport, 16 minutes from Telluride Regional Airport and 25 minutes from Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport.

For more detailed information, contact Marty Stetina with Telluride Properties at (970) 708.4504 or

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