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Californian Ski Area Planning To Only Open To Those Who Can Afford Lifetime Membership

A long-established Californian ski area is to become “members-only”.

Homewood Mountain, which has operated above Lake Tahoe for 60 years, plans to offer a number of “lifetime memberships”, and will phase out the sale of day passes and annual season passes.

Homewood’s owners since 2006, San Francisco-based real estate investment company JMA Ventures, say the plan is to re-invest income from the sale of lifetime passes into new infrastructure to replace aging machinery then use annual dues to not only keep the centre ticking over, but convert it to a private luxury ski resort.

“There will be nothing like this in the Tahoe basin,” Art Chapman, chairman of JMA Ventures, Homewood’s owner, told local media, “It will be an extraordinary place.”

JMA Ventures argue that their attempts to revitalise the resort over the past 15 years have failed as it can’t compete with larger neighbours like The Palisades, and it’s in a cycle of decline as a result, so going private is the only way and without doing so the ski area will be forced to close.

Locals who love Homewood but can’t afford lifetime memberships are reported to be unhappy about the proposals.

Initial plans for a proper base village and upgrades were approved in 2011,. But at that point there was no suggestion to area would become wealthy members only.

Other private ski areas do exist around the world, mostly in North America, although there are others in countries like Russia. One of the most famous is the Yellowstone Club in Montana where members need to be multi-millionaires  to buy property at the resort (a membership requirement).  They then have access to one of the biggest ski areas in the world thanks to Yellowstone’s connection to neighbouring Big Sky.  At the other end of the spectrum are more low-budget club  fields in Eastern Canada. Most of these area have been created as private or member-funded ski areas though, rather than switching from being public ski area to private.  

(Image credit: J Gonera)

  1. A block

    17th December 2022 8:06 pm

    If they are on National Forest land, I wonder how the usfs will regard restricting public access.

    • Eurodeva

      19th December 2022 9:19 pm

      My understanding is that it is on Private land, so no National or State Forest restrictions. What I want to know is how they will find employees… and what they will pay as most resorts offer a free season pass and a limited number of free passes to give to friends and family as well as discounts on meals when working. In order to get the caliber of staff to operate they type of resort they seem to be wanting, I expect they will have to pay $$$$ to employees.

    • Legalize Youth

      21st December 2022 10:28 pm

      I’ve read elsewhere that the force behind Homewood Ski Resort going private is Mark Zuckerberg (who not long ago combined two adjacent lakefront properties in Homewood, 10 acres in total). If it’s true that he wants an uncrowned resort and traffic free roads, he certainly can afford it and driving Homewood Ski Resort to go private is a viable option that is not possible in many places, especially none so beautiful and easily accessed. Seems like Mr. Zuckerberg may not have had much time to hone his skiing skills, so a largely intermediate mountain may be perfect for him.

    • Kent McMahon

      22nd December 2022 4:11 am

      The comments here are ridiculous, such a simple matter, If you don’t like it, don’t go!!

    • Scott Cotner

      22nd December 2022 4:37 am

      Largest private land holding in the basin.

    • Scott Cotner

      22nd December 2022 4:51 am

      Private property. Largest private property in the basin.

    • Paul Kersey

      22nd December 2022 5:11 am

      Great point.

    • Paul Kersey

      22nd December 2022 5:23 am

      Mark Fezin, remember what they say about throwing rocks is the glass house. You wrote, “but that’s what happens when there’s is something awesome that everyone wants a piece of.” Your English teacher would be sad too.. Proofreading goes a long way…

    • Paul Kersey

      22nd December 2022 5:32 am

      Mark Fezin, remember what they say about throwing rocks in the glass house. You wrote, “but that’s what happens when there’s is something awesome that everyone wants a piece of.” Your English teacher would be sad too.. Proofreading goes a long way…

    • NotAnExpert

      22nd December 2022 7:24 am

      If private land is leased to a public entity that provides a public service it must me made available to all. If the public lands have been leased to a private entity the USFS has no jurisdiction outside the lease agreement as to who, aside from the lessee, has access to the land. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Sal

      22nd December 2022 2:51 pm

      Who would pay lifetime for crap snow and terrain, what do you get your money back when it doesn’t snow which Tahoe is now known for as the snow year volatility gets worse? Or it burns down? Only a fool would pay that. 😬

    • J. Virgo

      22nd December 2022 3:54 pm

      The place is mostly on private land that’s how they’re pulling this off it’s a shame that they are strangled out on the weekends with squaw and alpine’s icon lovelies going there all the time I hear it’s a full on traffic jam in that area now haven’t been there in some,years but really love Homewood. hate to lose it

    • Nowayoutbutup

      22nd December 2022 5:21 pm

      I quit resort skiing years ago , just wasn’t fun anymore . Earning my turns I’m in the best shape of my life , skiing better than I ever have and not standing in lift lines .

    • Sergey

      23rd December 2022 12:53 am

      Soon in US there will be same story , due to that your ancestors left UK. No public land for ordinary people. Only noble persons have it all : hunting, fishing, farming , pasture land. Poor only give birth to poor. But this time there is nowhere to go. You are doomed to stay here and watch rich people skiing.

    • Steve kytle

      23rd December 2022 1:09 am

      Low elevation, wet snow. Need I say more?

    • Darby

      24th December 2022 9:04 pm

      Yah, but Homewood sucks, I skied& there as a kid, but grew out of it pretty quickly. Decent place to set up a course, I raced there in High School a few times. But frankly the terrain is mediocre at best, and not a very large area. What do they have, like three lifts? Please, any decent skier knows there are many better options in the Tahoe/Truckee area. I havent been there is years so I imagine they have expanded a bit, bit still, full on intermediate terrain, but woth great views of the lake. I am surprised it is still a profitable business, then again maybe its not, and the current owner is looking to cash out.

  2. Jay

    17th December 2022 9:41 pm

    Not a great ski resort. Who would want lifetime membership.

    • Chris McCabe

      18th December 2022 11:36 pm

      Go live in South Dakota dude! All of you just complain about how bad everything is and how you can’t afford it anymore. I guess you should work harder or get a better job I have a season pass to just about every mountain in Lake Tahoe as it’s my passion obviously it’s not yours so go complain about something else. you couldn’t even afford a condo here obviously, so please stay where you are and stay out of our business.

      Obviously all of you are too poor to belong to Homewood so you call it Elitist nonsense you probably voted for Biden too! stay away from Lake Tahoe please.

      Do any of you idiots even know why this is occurring? Let me explain that to you because the traffic is so heavy to squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are better known as Palisades all those skiers can’t get to Homewood Tuscany and it’s put them out of business so they’ve decided to go private. The strong survive and the week disappear that is the law of nature obviously there are a lot of weak people making comments. I’m just a regular guy I don’t even make 200 K a year yet I’ve lived here for 40 years and it’s people like you that are wrecking everything so stay out of it.

      Your lack of knowledge on this subject is appalling so stay out of it!
      I suppose you believe in paper straws as well. I suggest you do your research. On both of these subjects

    • Richard r Timm

      19th December 2022 2:38 pm

      We need to build indoor snow parks near cities so everyone can enjoy the fun of Snowboarding or skiing! It will also alleviate some of the traffic in the mountains.

    • Bryan Stevenson

      20th December 2022 1:28 am

      Amen Chris McCabe. Well said

    • Steven Lynn

      20th December 2022 9:10 am

      Skied every major ski area in the Western USA over the last 50 years. Skied Tahoe endlessly. Homewood is not on my list. Go ahead, make it private.

    • Kim

      21st December 2022 8:25 am

      Bryan – you are what’s wrong with the soul of the republicans- work harder get a job- please your white male privilege is toxic

    • Richard Henson

      21st December 2022 9:30 am

      Chris McCabe
      Well I can tell you Californians are moving to Montana and they are the problem!! But someone that believes that one Party is better than the other is the real problem! I guess you forgot that we were in the longest war in history and cutting taxes yet spending on 8 to 20 Trillion dollars but not paying for any of the cost of being in a war! In past wars we buckled down to pay for the war but no we lived like nothing was happening and charged the war!! Guess what we are paying for it now! If ether party was willing to compromise and be honest on the upcoming ramifications! But both just wanted to get elected instead of saying we need to pay for this war and grow your own food and support our troops by doing our part!!
      Just to let you know the skiing industry is not trying to make it affordable to even the upper middle class! These private resorts will be the norm because our government is designed to protect the wealthiest while the rest of us pay all the taxes!! Everyone get out and ski the small mom and pop ski areas and stop supporting resorts that charge $280 a day like Big Sky!!

    • Mark Fezin

      21st December 2022 2:50 pm

      Chris McCabe, you spelled weak wrong and your punctuation usage would make your high school English teacher sad.
      If a resort is not on public lands then they can do what they want, plain and simple. There are a ton of options in Tahoe and there is most likely no way they can compete with the Epic and Ikon resorts. Crowds are a bummer, but that’s what happens when there’s is something awesome that everyone wants a piece of.
      Now back to old Chris up there, dude chill. I’m guessing you do make 6 figures, that’s awesome. The vast majority of people don’t and can’t afford multiple passes, and while they may not know the full story because they spend so much time in Bay Area traffic vice doing market research, they’re allowed to express their opinion too. Maybe it would be more effective to pass along your insights in a reasoned comment rather than belittle commenters like another d**knead Boomer. Guessing you’ve never read Dale Carnegie?


    • Scott B

      21st December 2022 2:56 pm

      I will check it out and encourage others to check it out as I have not skied a lot.

      But I’m not sure what’s wrong with a person giving their (Jay) view of the quality of the resort compared to their experience at others. I have generations of family in Calif and lived in Idaho 25 years and ironically Dakota’s for 3 years for work, and look forward to coming back to my home Sierra Nevada the entire time. I just want nothing to do with making social economic prejudice statements (Chris) when we’re talking about it ski resort. And those are words from a conservative – I just don’t need to be a hater to get through life.
      I hope they use the money well to invest and make it a great resort in light of what it can offer.

    • Jerry

      21st December 2022 4:16 pm

      They just have to pay the help a little more then the surrounding ski resort. I don’t see them getting free passes for employees and families. It’s private.

    • Alex

      21st December 2022 10:51 pm

      Chris McCabe I voted for Biden. I agree with everything you say except the “voted for Biden” part. Winter sports have nothing to do with politics. Keep it to the subject dude.

    • Paul Kersey

      22nd December 2022 5:19 am

      Great point.

    • Leah

      22nd December 2022 3:30 pm

      People need to understand. If you have owned a home in Homewood, lived and skied at your neighborhood ski resort for 35 years. And owned season passes each of those years. Then told you are not wealthy enough to ski there ever again. Kinda seems a little woke to me. Talk about racist!!!

    • Xxuncharted3xx

      23rd December 2022 3:52 pm

      Chris people can make their opinion when they want. And leave politics out of this

  3. David Young

    17th December 2022 10:35 pm

    The ultimate definition of “white” privilege? Or, is it “green ($)” privilege.

    • Tyrone Darby

      20th December 2022 12:58 pm

      Yes because skiing draws such a diverse crowd , you putz.

      And I’m black, yo.


    • Curtis

      20th December 2022 3:44 pm

      I agree 100 percent!!! Skiing has become a Rich Mans sport no longer for the average Family!?!?!?

  4. Mike

    17th December 2022 10:43 pm

    Well they should. Homewood isn’t very good. I boarded there years ago when I worked for sugar bowl and boreal. My friend was a lift op at Homewood. That mountain sucks.

    • Randy

      22nd December 2022 1:25 am

      Another thread that devolved into national politics, bleh! Chris McCabe was right about traffic and access to Homewood. The new corporate tool to fight COVID and inconsistent snow is to oversell limited season passes. Hello, iKon! Homewood should do what it needs to survive. Everything in Tahoe is about money and Homewood doesn’t have enough. We lived in Olympic Valley(Squaw) in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Such a blast!

    • Graig Britten

      24th December 2022 9:58 am

      Funny how Chris McCabe disses on The Dakotas: when they vote like him.

  5. Gordon Roberts

    17th December 2022 11:05 pm

    Why I quit going to Tahoe. Elitist crap from neighborhoods to ski areas. Not getting tax dollars or financial support from me.Look what these pigs did to San Francisco!!

    • Kevin Phillips

      20th December 2022 2:18 am

      How about you contract with the Tahoe Queen and you offer to daily ferry the largest (local and tourist population in the basin) from SLT to a Homewood dock and then shuttle them the rest of the way to the resort. Add visitors/revenue, avoid traffic, give SLT skiers another option (especially one without needing to drive) and increase your customer base without having to become an elitist bastion of silicon valley in Tahoe? In

    • Mike christopher

      21st December 2022 10:34 pm

      Let me explain something to you Jay and CHRIS, you live in Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe is the armpit of the world yes it’s expensive and there are many wealthy people there but it is bumper to bumper the quality a living sucks I was a TAHOE local till 1977 and left because of the crowds TAHOE is a suburb of Sacramento and the bay area and nothing more. I don’t care how many ski passes you have because if the place was any good you would only need one and I don’t care how much money you make because you don’t sound happy so what was it worth? I was born and raised in California and would not go back there to win the lottery it sucks TAHOE is a joke and you are the problem with the world with that attitude I hope I never meet you because if I do you’re probably not gonna like it. Have fun in your elitist armpit of the world and enjoy getting up three hours early to drive the 11 miles to the Palisades from Tahoe city you can have it. The new bumper stickers should say keep Tahoe green

  6. Biff

    17th December 2022 11:10 pm

    Oh California, we all love California…

  7. Carla Mckizzick

    18th December 2022 1:01 am

    That is total selfish greedy and sickening
    Hope they close down for doing this thoughtless and heartless act of. Assholes

  8. Tired of this.

    18th December 2022 1:05 am

    I’m going to hike to the top and take dump on their elitist trash resort.

  9. Sheryl Keller

    18th December 2022 1:27 am

    We are very sad to see Homewood go private. We learned to ski there, our children learned to ski there and our grandchildren are skiers at Homewood. Unless the owners improve the conditions and the lifts by bringing them to current competitive standards, there will be no Homewood ski area. Very Sad!!!

  10. Ted

    18th December 2022 1:29 am

    Phasing out the average citizen

  11. Ron

    18th December 2022 4:09 am

    How much is the membership?

  12. Don tRump

    18th December 2022 5:46 am

    Douche bag central

  13. Lesli Fullerton

    18th December 2022 6:21 am

    Why are San Francisco-based real estate investors such HORRIBLE people? Evict and destroy. That’s all they know how to do. They wrecked my hometown San Francisco permanently, and now they’re taking aim at the people of Homewood. I hope there’s a special circle in hell just for them. Chef Slowick should have had a table for them at Hawthorne, too.


    18th December 2022 6:34 am

    Catering to the rich? WTF?

  15. dar saini

    18th December 2022 6:43 am

    A terrible business idea as this outfit is about to learn.

  16. willuam

    18th December 2022 8:00 am

    that’s racist and only meant to keep the local undesirables out

  17. Nicole S Powers

    18th December 2022 9:09 am

    Wow this is truly messed up especially 4 people who live in this state of California and still want the chance to visit the ski park..

  18. Magie

    18th December 2022 10:52 am

    How sad that only the rich get to appreciate and enjoy what our creator has provided for us for free as a nature. If God doesn’t provide rain, snow, water, and all those things that we take fir granted then what would the rich compare to poor or medium class person will get to e joy? I’ live about e hours from Lake Tahoe, U went twice, one camping and anot another stay at hotel room with no AC and three minors. Things are a lot more expensive and still our wish to hopefully be able to at least go around the lake and get to appreciate the beauty of each beach but we have noticed that can’t even access them because have private entrance and from the map and the GPS can’t find our way in. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    • Nate

      18th December 2022 8:12 pm

      Hope they have an avalanche!!! Lol

    • Cathy

      20th December 2022 1:40 pm

      Our creator didn’t make the lift chairs and ski lodges those were made by man to enjoy the mountain. If they don’t privatize Homewood will be gone anyway the cost of improvements is higher than the income they generate with poor equipment and amenities. If the land is not public owned they have every right to insure the longevity of their investment. I have an idea go to one of the other 10 or so ski areas within an hour or two from Homewood instead.

  19. JS

    18th December 2022 12:34 pm

    Did this article really get written without losing the price of lifetime membership? Or, at the least, that it’s not available…

  20. King Buscuit

    18th December 2022 3:50 pm

    So. $$$$$$ ?

  21. Jon Smith

    18th December 2022 4:04 pm

    This is racism at its best.

    • Walt Gasser

      18th December 2022 10:36 pm

      Money isnt a race. I looked it up.

  22. Loren

    18th December 2022 4:47 pm

    You greedy bastards. I hope your experiment is an epoch fail!

  23. Mary

    18th December 2022 5:03 pm

    So sad the ski industry has turned into the ultra rich. I learned to ski in the 70’s. Our family was very middle class yet my Dad would take us night skiing in the SoCal mountains. For $10 we got equipment and lift tickets. As a young adult I raced in FarWest clubs. Holding a waitresses job and attending college, I could afford it! Then I became a ski instructor for 23 years at my beloved mountain Alpine Meadows. In the last decade I have watched all the CA resorts become out of touch for a family like ours too introduce their kids to snow sports. It breaks my heart to see the majority of people priced out of a wonderful life time experience. Greed is not inclusive.

    • Jennifer Dickinson

      21st December 2022 2:02 am

      Thank you, Mary, very well said! I grew up skiing the Colorado Rockies. My aunt and uncle ran the ski school at Copper Mountain for many years and we skied every weekend in blue jeans and cotton long-johns at 10,000+ feet; you can imagine how tough you had to be. Even if we had needed to buy tickets, we still would’ve been able to afford them, because they weren’t expensive in the 60’s and 70’s ($5-$10). My husband and I bought passes at Homewood years ago and it reminded me so much of the resorts that are no longer in existence in the Rockies where I learned to ski, wonderful places like Hidden Valley and Geneva Basin. I no longer ski at the ski resorts. I’m an avid cross country skier and will stay that way for the rest of my life. I am deeply saddened that the owners of Homewood need to go to privatization in order to survive. Middle class families like mine was will no longer know the joy of schussing together.
      On another note, Mr. McCabe could use some lessons in etiquette and anger management. We’re collectively grieving the loss of a lovely little resort, and don’t need your vitriol.

  24. Matt Thomson

    18th December 2022 5:14 pm

    I feel like low budget private ski club is the definition of a oxymoron!

    • Elizabeth

      19th December 2022 12:10 am

      Surprisingly, such a thing exists. Outside of Reno is a non-profit ski and snowboard school for members only. Membership for the season is under $300 with scholarships available. The focus is on kids, but adults can learn also.

  25. Ejmahoney

    18th December 2022 5:16 pm

    I think this is an awful precedent. My only hope is that they are unsuccessful. Hopefully they lose there ass and a sensible approach is taken.

  26. Golden Glenn

    18th December 2022 5:23 pm

    It’s just “California”. ” Californian” refers to our inhabitants.

  27. Renato Lutz

    18th December 2022 5:25 pm

    Californication. I have skied 62 years now and have never found a skier I didn’t like. It needs no separation and exclusivity as it is a unique group already. Duh!

  28. ACH

    18th December 2022 5:29 pm

    More catering to the wealthy 1 percenters. Repulsive income inequality.

  29. ACH

    18th December 2022 5:30 pm


  30. Ryan

    18th December 2022 5:58 pm

    Who is going to work for them? As it won’t be the locals.

  31. Jan e Pat

    18th December 2022 7:24 pm

    Class warfare is going to bring us down. Figure out a way to include the locals.
    That’s what I order in my cli-fi (climate future fiction) novel, riddle’s island.

  32. Stephen Murkowicz

    18th December 2022 8:36 pm

    They can stick their resort!!!

  33. Karl J.

    18th December 2022 8:38 pm

    Okay, let’s think logically,…. Who will buy a lifetime membership with yearly fees to go to Homewood?
    I can’t believe the ultrawealthy will form a line, all anxious to get in quick.
    The next suspects would be social outcasts and elitists/supremacists.
    It’s doomed.

  34. WindyStormyEyes

    19th December 2022 1:37 am

    This makes me want to puke. Why would they have to limit it to members only wealthy people? It definitely has its own unique charm for Tahoe in so many different ways not the least of which is the views of the lake. And how can you print this article without trying to find out how much the memberships would be approximately?

  35. Practical Logical Truth

    19th December 2022 3:56 am

    This simply won’t work. I doubt even rich folks want to make a lifetime commitment to this resort because there are plenty of alternatives. It has nothing to do with the fictional false notion of so called white privilege, inclusiveness, or income equality which are distorted false ideologies that envious folks adopt to own their self created victimhood. The kind of wealth required is generational in nature to be able to afford this. There will always be things unaffordable to each of us, even those we perceive to be rich. In a nutshell, their business model won’t work because it is a lifetime requirement and like timeshares is unsound. Imagine buying a new car but being required to buy only that brand each year for a lifetime. It’s also clearly not racist, not everything fits under that banner. It’s simply a losing business model and a wasted effort.

  36. alissa harbeck

    19th December 2022 9:36 pm

    Interesting that so many state that Homewood is not great- and are upset that the resort is making a choice to attempt something to stay in business. Also Interesting is that so many seem to overlook that Homewood has not been financially successful at selling day and annual passes and that their attendance has been to low to sustain and improve the resort. (This implies that many of the haters didn’t patronize Homewood regularly before the new business plan was announced- and would therefore not be affected by any change the resort made.) As for the true local loyalists that chose to return season after season it would be pretty awesome if Homewood offered a special membership tier for them at a nominal price. Someone who held (or parents held if they are young) annual passes year after year would be great ambassadors both on and off the mountain for any resort. Proving that you frequented the resort for years or even decades is easy enough to do and well worth contacting the resort owners or their representatives. Taking the time and effort would also go a long way to proving the sincerity of the request and the response may be a pleasant one- after all they are a small local resort just trying to stay open and aiming to achieve success. Ultimately, if you have a problem with Homewood and their business choices, continue to take your buying power elsewhere.

  37. Kevin M Phillips

    20th December 2022 2:17 am

    How about you contract with the Tahoe Queen and you offer to daily ferry the largest (local and tourist population in the basin) from SLT to a Homewood dock and then shuttle them the rest of the way to the resort. Add visitors/revenue, avoid traffic, give SLT skiers another option (especially one without needing to drive) and increase your customer base without having to become an elitist bastion of silicon valley in Tahoe?

  38. Homewood is my backyard

    20th December 2022 4:25 pm


    In 2011, Homewood’s development plan proposed a hotel/condo building, mid-mountain lodge, amphitheater, and assumed retail/restaurant options that would benefit the entire community.
    What they never proposed to the community, is the end goal – to make the mountain and all of those buildings and amenities ENTIRELY exclusive.

    JMA + Discovery Land Company’s true intention, IS a fully privatized luxury mountain resort – just like that of the Yellowstone Club $$$. Below are excerpts from the proposal linked below.

    “Privately owned, Homewood will have 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 year-round 𝘂𝘀𝗲, allowing its members to use the amenities without restrictions.”

    “Homewood is perfect for those looking to escape the day-to-day and reconnect with nature.” _ Except for those who will be excommunicated from enjoying the nature that was once open to the public.

    “Homewood’s already-established ski and lake club will be 𝗳𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗱.” _ Which is something JMA has decidedly NOT done to keep in competition for ticket sales. Instead, they have cut ski seasons shorter, jury-rigged rather than replace outdated lifts, let go of the building plans for a mid-mountain lodge, and watched another burned to the ground. It’s a wonder how they could be considered an investment firm at all if all they choose to do is sit idly by. However, if this were their intention all along – which I am assuming it was, then the last decade of decay makes perfect sense.

    “Beat your best powder days on the majestic slopes right outside your front door.” _ And for all those whose front doors this mountain will now be closed to… you will just have to sit and wait in all the traffic heading to Squaw and Northstar that Chapman was complaining about.

    “[Homewood will] become Lake Tahoe’s most luxurious and 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 family lifestyle community to date.” _ While completely ostracizing the communities that already exist along Tahoe’s West shore.

    “The offering will be 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 to [Homewood’s] residences and condos.” _ No mention of Homewood’s existing community or any of the HOA’s along the West shore were included in this limited use offering.

    All this is written in reference to:

  39. Bummed Out Betty

    22nd December 2022 9:54 am

    I learned to ski at Homewood in the 60s. It was a wonderful, family friendly place that has, unfortunately, been in a state of decline for years.

    Chris McCabe, for one, is buying the load of crap that JMA Venture’s head, Art Chapman, is trying to sell: That Homewood is failing because no one can get there due to all the traffic to Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows (now Palisades at Tahoe). No, actually it’s failing due to serious mismanagement by JMA. I worked for JMA at Homewood in a management position and found the company to be one of the most poorly run I’ve ever encountered. The bad choices the “leaders” of JMA have made since they’ve owned Homewood are directly responsible for its demise. A sad state of affairs, indeed.

    Unfortunately, JMA has quite a stranglehold on the town of Homewood since they also own the (supposedly) high-end West Shore Cafe and the Homewood Marina. I imagine those facilities will soon also cater only to the wealthy elite members.

    I wish JMA Ventures nothing but the worst of luck with their “exclusive” plan.

  40. Darcy

    22nd December 2022 1:08 pm

    Private ski clubs don’t have a very successful history in the US. Google’Hermitage Club Dover, VT’ to see one very good example of a failure of this very same premise.
    Chris McCabe, people like you are the problem.

  41. Eric Kaye

    22nd December 2022 1:47 pm

    A sad day once they become private. I am from Michigan and have been skiing Homewood for over 20 years. I still ski the other major resorts around Tahoe but visit Homie a handful of days each year. Best views of Lake Tahoe! You can see the lake from every run. It’s a quiet local hill that is never crowded. I would rather be starring at the lake instead of being cut off constantly by other skiers/boarders. Take a day off from the crowds and go there for a relaxing day. If it’s a POW day you will ski untracked POW all day. This is what skiing once was before the overcrowding and the mega passes. Definitely will get a few more days in this season before they close.

    • Incline Village NV resident

      23rd December 2022 12:34 am

      It is PRIVATE land who cares what they do, if they want to Log it and make it a Crater it is no one’s business but the owner…Even if it is cuckerberg he is not going to cut down on any traffic that is one of the most deadlocked areas on all of 28, besides it is 4 lifts not a Huge resort

  42. Shane

    22nd December 2022 2:43 pm

    It’s a quandary, if they had the$$$ to upgrade and expand for public use the highway around the lake would be jammed up for miles. As if that isnt already the case. Small places like this are a labour of love and love doesn’t pay the bills. At the end of the day insatiable humanity makes the world go round. The weak are meat and the strong do eat. We humans at this time do not have the collective capacity to be humble and still. Therefore it is only the quick and the dead.
    It will be a pain either way, lodges for the wealthy and displacement for all the live things big and small, as if they did not have it hard enough as it is. We humans will have a hard enough time finding accessible backcountry digs with the onslaught of avarice. Wisdom goes limping on looking for a home.

  43. Some guy

    22nd December 2022 4:39 pm

    That’s pretty fuckin’ dumb. Yeah you’re right on one thing. There is nothing quite like it, because nobody is that stupid to open a “ski resort lifetime membership only” and I live in Tahoe.

  44. Dave

    23rd December 2022 10:05 am

    I think changing the name to “Douchewood” would definitely be more representative of its new vision and selling out exclusively to the uber rich.

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