12 of the Most Expensive Activities in Mountain Towns


Can we afford them? Absolutely not. But we can watch them – and we will.

In today’s episode of “Recession? What recession? we’ve compiled a host of sticker splurges in North America’s most beloved mountain towns. Think Porsche rentals in Tahoe, private mountain rentals in Montana, or the most Instagrammable kick-off to a vacation: skydiving to camp in Moab.

Here are 12 of the most expensive mountain town activities for an absurd taste of what a big budget will get you.

Rent a private mountain for $15,000

Don’t just ski a mountain this winter, rent the mountain itself. For $15,000 a day you can rent Strong test, a ski area in central Montana. That means two chairlifts all to yourself, plus full access to the lodge, rental gear, ski lessons, private mountain guide, food and drink. The rental accommodates up to 50 people, but is also available for one person only – the ultimate skiing madness. (Is Showdown Montana sold out? Rent those ski resorts and mountains instead.)

For only $10,000, skydive to your hotel

At the rustic-chic Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, guests can skydive to the red rock-lined property for just $10,000. This fee covers four nights (room rates start at $1,200 per night) as part of Sorrel’s Beyond Adventure package. In addition to tandem skydives to the resort’s airstrip, Above & Beyond guests enjoy massages, fresh meals, a private guide, and a sunrise horseback riding excursion. It’s as if James Bond meets Westworld; in fact, the latter was actually filmed just outside Sorrel.

Eat a $2,000 dinner

You’ll need $2,000 to upgrade your après ski to luxury with dinner little Nell the hotel’s famous Red Light Lounge. With The Little Nell’s long list of superlatives — it’s Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond ski-in, ski-out property — Red Light Lounge’s price is hardly surprising. A private wine tasting in the red-hued cellar costs $300 per person, while a private dinner requires $2,000 for up to four people. Oh, and the total retail value of the entire wine cellar? About $6 million, according to Little Nell wine director Christopher Dunaway.

$10,000 will buy you a six-day stay at this high-end wellness retreat

When Life Calls Wellness Retreat Brand TLC Reset Telluride has the answer – if you are willing and able to deposit $10,000. Reset Telluride’s six-day retreats (four-day reservations start at $5,500 per person) combine wellness and adventure, with hikes through the San Juan Mountains, massages, nutritionist-planned meals, oxygen enrichment experiences and overnight stays at the chic Madeline Hotel & Residences. The price may seem high, but it’s nothing compared to the $265,000+ in the travel industry. extreme life coaching trips.

Join an Elite Ski Club for an occasional $2.3 million

If you share a tax bracket with Bill Gates and Ben Affleck, why not ski with themtoo? Yellowstone Club, located outside of Big Sky, is perhaps the most prestigious and exclusive ski resort in the country. This one is quite the pocket drainer. It requires an upfront fee of $300,000, plus an annual commitment of $37,500, and the purchase of club property, with homes ranging from $2 million to more than $25 million, according to Business Intern. The reward: nearly 3,000 acres of crowd-free trails, a private 18-hole golf course, plus jaw-dropping amenities from heated fairways to $5,000 boot dryers.

Deposit $8,000 on your next road trip

When a sedan just isn’t enough, book a Porsche, Lamborghini, Maserati or Ferrari with Lalu Luxury Car Rental. The exotic car rental company has offices in Arizona, California and Nevada, including Reno, just 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. With this type of access – and $8,600 for a three days Porsche Rental: You’ll be the envy of Tahoe.

Helicopter and Spa for $22,000

Last year, upscale brand Fairmont Hotels and Resorts unveiled a handful of new extravagant packages which costs almost as much as the average annual mortgage spending in the United States. Take Wings over Whistler, which starts at $22,000 (for four adults). The three-night spring package begins with a champagne toast, then continues with an exclusive helicopter ride over the Pemberton Ice Cap with two glacier landings, hydrotherapy dips in the spa, private concierge and a multi-course gourmet snow globe experience, plus a $1,000 donation to a non-profit organization Protect our winters. Guests also enjoy the brand’s ultimate craze: overnight stays in the prestigious “gold” section of the Fairmont Château Whistler. It’s like a hotel within a hotel, with exclusive concierges, check-in, lounges, and wings reserved specifically for high-earning guests.

Mingle with celebrities at this $1,800 festival

from Aspen Classic Food & Wine is not your average food festival. This summer weekend extravaganza attracts the who’s who of the culinary world. Household names like Chrissy Teigen and Andrew Zimmern rub shoulders with restaurateurs and home chefs who can shell out the $1,800 admission. The ticket includes wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and access to the Grand Tasting Pavilion. If your taste buds crave the finer things in life, think gold leaf eggs Benedict and Cristal for days—The 2023 event runs from June 16-18.

Hire private ski lessons for $1,065

Forget ski lifts or group lessons. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort private lessons offer adult skiers and snowboarders the chance to skip the line and benefit from expert coaching, for around $1,065 per day. (Fee does not include $180 lift ticket.) Lessons run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or save a dollar with half-day lessons for $820.

Book a hike from $3,800

Luxury tourism company Butiq escapesbased in British Columbia, has made a name for itself with highly personalized mountain adventures, such as the backcountry UFO hunting. His latest initiative, the High Hike, combines the grass with the remote beauty of British Columbia for a minimum of $3,800 per person. It’s the trip of a lifetime, with a helicopter transit from Victoria to the top of a mountain to soak in and relax. For more fun, Butiq can hire a DJ or a yoga teacher. According VICE, the tour was designed to provide a more sophisticated immersion into marijuana. (And yes, recreational cannabis is legal across Canada.)

Host a private $10,000 après-ski

It’s time to hang up cowboy bar hat? Step into the upper echelon of Jackson après-ski society with a private dinner around $10,000. The Caldera House boutique hotel offers its suite guests the possibility of lodging in their room dinners for eight people. The prize demands $5,000 for the experience, food and drink (dinner is $145 per person, plus drinks) and suite price about $3,000 per night. If money is no object, upgrade your hosting by rent the entire Caldera House for yourself and up to 60 guests; it’s $30,000 to book in the winter and $26,000 in the summer.

Splurge on a premium couples massage, from $860

Why shower after a hike when you can sip bubbles, in bubbles, with Hotel Madeline’s 135-minute spa Mountain love trip for couples session. The package treats you and your partner to an exfoliation, an aromatic steam shower, a mineral bath with bubbles and bites, and a therapeutic massage, all in one of the hotel’s exclusive suites. This one will set you back $860 (not including tip), but hey, you can’t put a price on love.


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