Remember when Oregon’s Spout Springs Ski Area, went on sale for a cool $1.25 million this summer? And then Montana’s Marshall Mountain got listed for $3 million, and your dreams of maybe, actually, possibly, someday, almost owning your own ski hill seem attainable?
Well, get off those groomers, it’s time to hit the big jump. The nearly 13,000-acre Wasatch Peaks Ranch near Ogden, Utah, is on the market for $46 million.
The 12,740-acre property offers about 5,500 acres of skiable terrain with 4,600 feet of vertical. For comparison, Vail, Colorado, offers 5,289 skiable acres with a vertical rise of 3,450 feet.
When combined with the adjacent national forest land, the ranch up for grabs has a continuous 11-mile ridgeline including 24 peaks and 15 bowls that sees about 400 inches of snow annually, according to the property listing. The 25 miles of boundary within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest provides additional recreational opportunities including heli skiing.
The ranch which has sat unused for the last 20 years, until the late July death of one of the property’s current owners, 85-year-old Snowbird co-founder Dick Bass, prompted the sale. Bass co-owned the property with the Holding family, the current owner of Snowbasin Resort.
Currently zoned for one home per 160 acres, quick math reveals that’s about 80 homes—aka the 80 friends you’re going to share this fat bill with. Split $46 million 80 ways and you’re only on the hook for a smidge over a half million. Um, can you do separate checks? Who had the extra guac?
The real estate listing totes the property as having stunning scenery including alpine forests, woodlands, sagebrush, and meadows. (Read: black, blue, green.)
The property’s broker, Ken Mirr, is pushing the property as a potential private ski resort akin to Montana’s Yellowstone Club, telling the Denver Post, “I’m not sure how many more mountains there are out there left to own.”
You said it Ken. And if this is going to be our private club, we’re making the rules this time. Here’s a start:
1. Free parking!
2. Double chairs! With beer coozies!
3. Helicopters for everyone!
4. PBR in the drinking fountains!
5. Sack lunches only!
6. All lifties are former CEOs!
7. All CEOs are former lifties!
8. Personal massages from Tom Brady and Giselle! (When they aren’t skiing at the Yellowstone Club).
9. Overnight camping allowed!
10. Casual Friday! Everyday!