This is Where America’s Rich and Famous Goes to Vacation

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Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

This is Private Yellowstone Club, the exclusive resort where America’s rich and famous go to ski.

The Yellowstone Club on the Rocky Mountains is the place where the rich and famous go to relax and forget about you.

If you have enough money in your pocket and people call you celebrity, you can go to Yellowstone Club if you are looking to enjoy skiing and forget about paparazzi.

In order to use the facilities at the 2,200-acre luxury ski resort you have to be the owner of a property within the property. The condos and mansions go between $2.5 million and $25 million.

Other expenses include $300,000 initial fee and a $37,500 annual fee. To keep the place as exclusive as possible they have capped the membership to 864 households.

The world’s only private ski and golf community with its own mountains has something for everybody.

Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

Novice skiers can test their skills on beginner runs, kids get to have fun tubing and start learning skiing and snowboarding via Li’l Rippers Ski Program.

Only the richest can be a part of Yellowstone Club, with some of the bold-names of the club like Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke.

Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

This is also the favorite place for the wolves of Wall Street, maybe because the resort is created with focus on family.

Due to its recent renovations, one of the club’s most recent projects, the Rainbow Lodge has now doubled its space. Lodge now includes a restaurant, spa, fitness center and a copper pool.

Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

The resort was founded in 2001 by Tim Blixseth and his then-wife Edra, and since then the club endured its fair share of turmoil.

When I say fair share of turmoil I mean that the club was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2008, but it managed to bounce back and now it seems to doing just fine.

Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

However, in June 2009 CrossHarbor Capital Partners’ co-founder, Sam Byrne, paid $115 million for Yellowstone Club, ushering in a new era and helping to turn the club around financially. The more recently redesigned Rainbow Lodge, with its spa, fitness center and pool, is the newest evidence that Yellowstone Club is working to stay up-to-date with the modern skier.

Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous
Inside Private Yellowstone Club, the Exclusive Ski Resort of America’s Rich & Famous

Members can also go snowshoeing or snowmobiling in the winter months. In the summer, adventurers might go mountain biking, bushwhacking, or mountain climbing, while those wanting a slower pace can try out the 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, according to the New York Times.

Do you have what it needs to stay at this club?

Discussion - 4 Responses

  • Hello!
    The “If you have enough money in your pocket and people call you celebrity, you can go to Yellowstone Club” it is not the only rule, but is the most important rule. Because in order to get in you need to buy a property there, which is extremely expensive. Plus there are other costs.
    “It said membership cost a minimum of $250,000 to join, plus the cost of a $5 million to $35 million mountainside home, plus annual dues of about $20,000, according to members.” according to Wikipedia, which is something we’ve mentioned in our story as well.
    I’ve spent an hour researching the subject and I couldn’t find any rejected celebrity.
    Hope I was helpful whatsoever.
    //Gabriela N.

  • It was my understanding that this club was extremely selective and exclusive and that “If you have enough money in your pocket and people call you celebrity, you can go to Yellowstone Club” was not suficient requirement to be a member… did the rules change? Can you tell me if anyone who’s famous/rich can no get in? Cause if I’m not mistaken Mr. Gates and Buffett themselves were rejected for publicly speaking about the club.
    Can you clarify that for me?

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