Steamboat Springs, Colo.
When you bring together two businessmen, a four-time Olympic alpine skier and 1,063 acres of untouched land, an unusual type of mountain experience emerges. At least that's what's happening in Steamboat, Colo., at Storm Mountain Ranch. Located 4 miles from Steamboat Springs, this working ranch offers property owners a combination of world-class skiing and unlimited outdoor activities¿all in private, preserved wilderness surroundings.
Case Logic founder Jamie Temple originally acquired Storm Mountain Ranch and in 1997 donated a 793-acre conservation easement to the Yampa Valley Land Trust. His brother Jeff, co-founder of Spyder Skiwear, implemented the conservation plan by ensuring that construction remains environmentally sensitive. Property owners must build at least a 4,000-square-foot home in materials such as stone, timber and logs to blend in with the ranch's surroundings.
Only 14 families will reside at Storm Mountain Ranch, and each 70-acre homestead parcel costs $2.5 million. Ranch homeowners will share common amenities, including a horse-barn and the Awapa Lodge, which will serve as a gathering spot for all of the Ranch's families. There won't be a lack of activities either: With numerous ponds, lakes and streams out the back door, unlimited cross-country and horseback trails to explore and skiing at Steamboat Ski Area just 10 minutes away, homeowners will find the true spirit of the adventurous West. And with former Olympian AJ Kitt as the director of skiing they'll even be able to get some pointers on the hill.
PROS Even though there are building guidelines, there is ample room for individual expression of craftsmanship: Homeowners can use the architect and builder of their choice.
CONS The $2.5 million price (for the lot alone) puts Storm Mountain Ranch out of reach for most people, with up to $30,000 in annual association dues adding to the cost.
Location Storm Mountain Ranch, P.O. Box 770187, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-0187
Price $2.5 million
Time on Market Fourteen homestead lots were available starting January 1999. Eight lots currently remain.
Listing Broker Jeff Temple, Storm Mountain Ranch Brokerage, (970) 871-1556; www.stormmountainranch.com
Information Jenny Dalen, Spiker Communications, P.O. Box 8567, Missoula, MT 59807; (406) 721-0785; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.stormmountainranch.com