- Oct 22, 2007
Wasa6ch Peaks, not exactly a secret. Guy sounds like douche.
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Thanks. A new private ski enclave for 1%ers somehow slipped under my radarWasa6ch Peaks, not exactly a secret. Guy sounds like douche.
Wasatch Peaks Ranch?Skied some outstanding spring snow at Snowbird yesterday! One of my favorite non-powder days of the season! Weather was gorgeous, no people, amazing snow.
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But I had a memorable chairlift ride that reminded me of this thread. About 1015 AM I got on the Mineral Basin chair with a hardcore-looking 45yr old guy wearing ear buds. As always, I ask to pull down the safety bar/foot rest. He got pissed. Seriously, and said he wished I didn't ride with him. Then I offered to keep the bar up, then he said go ahead and pull it down. Sounds funny now, but awkward exchange then. The bar comes down. I like foot rests.
Eventually he softens-up and pulls out his ear buds because he realizes he's riding with an old blabbermouth and we have a good conversation. Turns out he was a groomer at Snowbird for 20+ years and still works in ski operations at another location. I gush about how good the corn snow is today. He agrees, but then corrects me. It's not corn, hasn't had enough freeze/thaw/refreeze cycles to be corn. Tells me it's just good, soft supportable snow. All I know is that every square inch of Mineral Basin was covered in two inches of dreamy-creamy goodness for about 2 glorious hours before the sun got it.
But then the conversation got even more interesting. The guy tells me he now works at a stealth ski area with 3600' of vertical. It's owned by a handful of speculators/investors. I say, "Yellowstone Club?" He says no, closer to SLC. But he won't tell me anymore, says the owners want to keep it to themselves? Does @thetrailboss know what the guy is talking about? I wonder if it could be over by Powder Mtn? The hardcore guy says he hopes I have a good day, puts his ear buds back in and we end the chairlift ride on a friendly note.
Have any of these "top 1% only" ski resorts ever remained successful for long?
Seems to me they all fall apart, usually because someone in a position of power comes along and defrauds the members. Or they collect money and never get off the ground and the investments are lost.
Guess that doesn't matter much to the elite. What's a couple of million anyway? They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Douchebags too?
All I know is that would be a place I'd never want to ski anyway. Generally speaking elites are douchebags.