Hermitage Club, VtLooking to ditch lugging your gear and long lift lines on the weekends? You invest a lot in making skiing a lifestyle, whether it’s with your buddies or the groms, so why not make the most of that time and money for a first class, no hassle experience?

Imagine skiing The Hermitage Club’s 40 runs on “first tracks” conditions all day long and carving up a slope without bumping into dozens of skiers. The 1,400-acre club in Southern Vermont provides members with four seasons of private mountain activities and luxury accommodations. 

Membership benefits at Holimont in western New York include unlimited skiing and snowboarding with limited lift lines and crowds, giving you ample opportunities to enjoy the slopes. Generations of members have been drawn in by the skiing, only to fall in love with the warm, community atmosphere that makes it the kind of place you never want to leave.

If buying in to your own private mountain is out of your budget, you might prefer a private clubhouse at your favorite mountain.

Bretton Woods ClubPull up right in front of the Bretton Woods Alpine Club, with valet service for your car, skis and boots. Attendants anticipate your arrival and like Norm at Cheers, everybody knows your name, and your favorite things (skis, in this case, not beer) are waiting for you. Take advantage of first tracks, as well as the Omni Mount Washington Hotel's pools, spa discounts, and complimentary time on the Slopeside Climbing Wall. Choose from ski, golf and social memberships.

The Stowe Mountain Club, right on the slopes of Spruce Peak, provides exclusive concierge service that lets you design your own skiing adventure. Enjoy access to special gear storage areas, ski valet service, and membership options that include up to two seasons' passes. At day's end, relax in comfort before the stone fireplace, or enjoy a sumptuous meal at the private alpine clubhouse restaurant.

The Stratton Mountain Club boasts slope-side convenience with members enjoying the benefits of private lockers, ski storage, valet parking, special events and day-long dining. Their concierge is available to assist members with arrangements for lift tickets, dining reservations, kids programs and other special requests.

Photos: Top -- The Hermitage Club's 1,400 acres could be all yours with membership at the southern Vermont resort. (Hermitage Club); Left: No waiting in lift lines with first tracks, and dining privileges with a Bretton Woods Club membership. (Martha Wilson)