Nine of the best private ski resorts in the world

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Imagine a skiing experience with no lift lines where you can plunder pristine powder all day long. For a fee, you can avoid the usual frenzy and bag fresh tracks with barely a soul around. Here are nine of the best private ski resorts and semi-private ski destinations in the USA and beyond. (Cimarron Club)

Extreme ski movie legend Scot Schmidt is the resident pro at Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. (Yellowstone Club)

The Cimarron Mountain Club in the San Juan Mountains between Telluride and Crested Butte will offer ultra-exclusive skiing when it opens in December 2018. (Cimarron Club)

The Hermitage Club at Haystick Mountain in southern Vermont is a four-hour drive from New York or a 45-minute helicopter flight from Wall Street.

Eagle Point, halfway between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, receives more than 350 inches of Utah's legendary dry powder a year, which can be exclusively yours for three days a week.

Silverton Mountain, near Telluride in Colorado, enjoys 400 inches of snow per year for limited numbers to enjoy. (Silverton)

Powder Mountan is an upside-down ski area in the San Juan Mountains of Utah. (Powder Mountain)

HoliMont, in upstate New York, opened in 1962 and claims to be the largest private ski club in the US. (HoliMont)

Alpine Ski Club, a two-hour drive north of Toronto, grew from a few hand-hewn runs and a rope tow to today's 120 acres and 36 runs served by five lifts.

Temple Basin, South Island, New Zealand can only be reached on foot -- a 50-minute haul up a jeep track while your luggage is whisked up in the goods lift.