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Resort creator buys more land

Allen Best

BOISE, Idaho – Montana’s Yellowstone Club was billed as the world’s first private ski and golf resort. To join the club, located near the Big Sky Resort, located between Bozeman and West Yellowstone in the scenic Gallatin River Valley, members must first prove a net worth of $3 million or more. The initiation fee is $250,000, and $16,000 in annual dues are assessed.The man who created that club, Tim Blixseth, is now in the news in Idaho. He has purchased 180,000 acres of timberland from Boise Cascade. He intends to trade large chunks of that land to the Forest Service, giving the federal agency control over the wonderfully scenic Payette River Canyon between Boise and McCall. But he intends to continue logging other chunks of the property, which is located in the broad region around the Brundage and Tamarack ski areas. The Idaho Statesman reports that some neighbors worry that Blixeth will log off the woods and develop the land into subdivisions. Land values in the region have doubled and even tripled in the last year. Furthermore, government review in unincorporated areas is negligible. Blixseth says he has no interest in selling the property and probably will buy even more. “Development is a long way away,” he told the Statesman.Conservationists seem to have high regard for Blixeth. Blixeth had originally planned a ski resort in an area of Montana that environmentalists and the Forest Service thought would have been environmentally destructive. Instead, he did a land swap, keeping the development land more compact at the Yellowstone Club.The Idaho Statesman says that the latest dream of the 54-year-old Blixeth is the Yellowstone Club World, a global resort club with properties already in Scotland, Mexico, and Alaska. He wants to buy resort properties around the world for use exclusively by his members. Membership fee is on a sliding scale of up to $10 million.Building picks up near OurayRIDGWAY – If you see a photo extolling the beauty of Colorado’s mountains, chances are good that it comes from near Ridgway, at the north end of the San Juan Mountains.For all its knock-down beauty, however, Ridgway and Ouray County have not been bowled over by development. That, however, is starting to change.The Telluride Watch, which does business on the other side of that magnificent background of mountains, reports that current building proposals would double the size of Ridgway.Vail, Colorado

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