Stagecoach Mountain Ranch: Reborn As Private Ski & Golf Retreat

After nearly 50 years lying dormant, the Stagecoach Ski Resort is set for a luxurious revival. Discovery Land Company, the developer behind Montana's exclusive Yellowstone Club, has plans to transform the area into Stagecoach Mountain Ranch, a private enclave for skiing, golfing, and mountain living.

The ambitious project envisions a complete reimagining of the old ski resort. Discovery Land Company, known for its high-end developments, proposes five new ski lifts, an 18-hole golf course bordering Stagecoach Reservoir, and up to 800 luxury residences.

This private club concept stands in stark contrast to the original Stagecoach Ski Area, which opened in the early 1970s but struggled financially and closed in 1974.

Stagecoach was a short-lived ski resort in Colorado in the early 1970s, located 20 miles (32 km) south of Steamboat Springs in Routt County.

The ski area was developed by the Woodmoor Company of Colorado Springs. Although full of great terrain on north-facing slopes, financial problems of the developer nixed the project in 1973 and it closed after its second season of skiing in 1974.[1]

The ski area was a mile south of the present-day Stagecoach Reservoir, with north-facing slopes and three double chairlifts. The vertical drop was 1,700 feet (518 m) with a summit elevation of 9,150 feet (2,789 m) above sea level and the base at 7,450 feet (2,271 m)

The news has been met with mixed reactions. Some locals welcome the potential economic boost and the revitalization of a neglected area. Others express concern about the project's exclusivity, fearing it could limit access to public recreation in Routt County.

With a development plan expected later this year, Stagecoach Mountain Ranch is poised to become a significant player in Colorado's luxury resort landscape. However, questions about public access and the impact on the surrounding environment remain to be addressed.

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