Storied Places Mammoth
Mammoth Mountain, California
Be among the first to buy into the 2,800-square-foot contemporary town homes that will pepper the slopes at Mammoth Mountain resort by 2007 and you'll have 33 reasons to justify taking on a second mortgage: one for each foot of snow that falls here per year. Only 22 of the Storied Places ski-in, ski-out properties will be up for fractional sale in March, when powder hounds can get a 1/7 ownership starting at $500,000. You'll get three weeks during winter, two in summer, and as many as you like any other time during the year with space available. Swap runs on Mammoth's 3,500 acres of glades and bowls for bumps at similar ski area developments in Whistler, Quebec, and Tahoe.
The dealmaker: Made a special request for a case of pinot last time you visited? The innkeeper will remember and get it for you next time too.
Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Ritz-Carlton sets the standard in service-oriented fractional properties. To whit: a 1/12 ownership in one of the 54 condos up to 2,500 square feet in Beaver Creek's Bachelor Gulch neighborhood gets you access to lifts that service two areas directly from the development; priority seating at Zach's Cabin, an elegant gourmet restaurant with wall-to-wall glass high on the mountain; and swapped time in Aspen or St. Thomas. Spend three weeks a year playing on the mountain's 1,625 acres that groan under 310 inches of snow a year. Stay longer with space available for $100 a night. Deeds run from $200,000 to $500,000, while the $9,900 yearly membership dues get you service from a concierge.
The dealmaker: A ski valet will warm your boots each morning and schleps your gear to the base of the lifts.