Cimarron Mountain Club


Tucked away in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, between Telluride and Crested Butte.

Cimarron CO
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Oct 11, 2018)

CMC is Colorado’s only private ski resort, and yes, our team skis, hikes and hunts it at every opportunity. Here, with just 13 Member Families, we enjoy more skiable terrain than Aspen Mountain, 1,610 vertical, and luxe bus cats that fire up the mountain. The summers are equally impressive with access to thousands of acres of private and public lands, Gold Medal Waters and boundless experiences (The Black Canyon is just down the road). In short, CMC is a 1,750-acre modern wildness refuge that offers the best of big mountain sport enjoyed in an intimate and natural setting.

While all of this is entirely unique, our mission is even more so: Protect the powder and preserve the wilderness. Allow these lands to reconnect us. Bring us back to the pace of nature. And inspire adventure, curiosity and discovery. For generations.

CMC is tucked away in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, between Telluride and Crested Butte. Surrounded by undevelopable public and National Forest lands, and just south of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CMC is home to some of the most inspired wilderness experiences in the Country. While CMC feels incredibly remote, it’s just 35 miles east of Montrose Airport, which offers private aircraft services and seasonal non-stop, commercial flights from Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Texas, and 82 miles southwest of Crested Butte, CO, and 99 miles northeast of Telluride, CO.

The lands have been in the Aronstein family since 2004. Jim and Patsy Aronstein, and their three sons, have cared for the lands as their family retreat, cut 60+ runs, built a mid-mountain yurt, three-bedroom cabin, and equipment barn, and much more. Recently they decided they wanted to share it with a few families and the Club was formed in July 2018.

This unique wilderness outpost will feature:

›    Near limitless recreational activities, managed by the CMC Mountain Hosts.

›    Wonder, adventure, and if you choose, wilderness education.

›    Access to thousands of acres of private lands, wilderness, streams and rivers, including the majestic and world-renowned Gunnison Gorge.

›    1,000 acres of private skiing terrain and 950 additional skiable acres on adjacent public lands.

›    200 square miles of heli-skiing in the High San Juan Mountains with pickups directly at CMC.

›    World-class fly fishing, big game hunting (trophy elk, mule deer and black bear), trap shooting, and 15 stocked on-property ponds.

›    A 20-acre mountain lake for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

›    Miles of trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire e-bike riding, mountain biking and hiking.

›    Sledding and tubing hills in the winter.

›    World-class rock climbing in the summer, with third party guides.

›    Thirty miles of groomed snowmobile trails deep into the adjacent National Forest and skirting the spectacular Uncompahgre Wilderness Area, with numerous peaks above 13,000 feet.

›    Vibrant and carefully developed kids’ programs.

›    Member-only accommodations in the Lodge, Club Yurts and Club Cabin.

›    A culinary team inspired by locally harvested and sourced ingredients.

›    Travel planning and property management services provided by the CMC Staff.

The Club facilities include:

›    1,750 acres of privately owned land, surrounded by thousands of additional acres of undevelopable public and National Forest lands.

›    2,800 square-foot, three-bedroom Black Bear Cabin at the entrance to CMC.

›    4,500 square-foot, six-bedroom custom log cabin in Eagles Rest, approximately 1.5 miles from the entrance to CMC, which is proposed to be sold by the Club in time, as approved by the Members.

›    A small cabin below Washboard Rock, which is used as Staff housing.

›    3,600 square-foot equipment barn adjacent to the Club Cabin.   

›    60+ ski runs sculpted by Mike Larson, the founder of International Alpine Design who oversaw the layout of 200 runs at Vail and its 500-acre Blue Sky Basin.

›    Three-mile single track mountain biking loop, which will serve as a snowshoe trail in the winter.

›    Several hiking trails with spectacular views.

By the start of the 2018/2019 winter season, weather permitting:

›    Two luxury sleeping Yurts with inspiring views will be just a short walk from the future Lodge location. Each Club Yurt will feature two bedrooms, a sleeping loft, full bathroom, living area, and entry deck.

›    Kitchen, Dining and Lounge Yurts joined together by a large, sunny deck will be used prior to construction of the Lodge, after which they will be repurposed as ski and boot rooms and other functions as determined by the Membership.

By the start of the 2019/2020 winter season, weather permitting and based on the Club welcoming its seventh and eighth Member by March 31, 2019:

›    The Lodge, with approximately 5,000 square feet including four guestrooms, will be located at the confluence of the ski runs on the Upper Club. It will feature grand views of the surrounding wilderness, lounge and dining areas, bar, outdoor spa and fire pit.

›    A new mid-mountain Barn will house CMC’s snowcats, groomer cats, side-by-sides, four-wheelers, and additional toys, as well as Staff accommodations.

›    One new Manager Cabins will be built a quarter-mile from the Upper Club (core Lodge and Cabin area).

›    A Warming Hut will be located on the shores of High Park Lake, the Club’s 20-acre high-mountain lake. The Warming Hut will be a heated destination for winter hikers and cross-country skiers to stop in, to warm up and to have a bit of hot cocoa. In summer, it will be outfitted with fishing tackle and rods, with canoes, kayaks and SUPs located nearby.

In short, CMC is a year-round, welcomed retreat for the Members and their families and friends.


›    Curates the F&B experiences, adjusts the plan each week, and accommodates last minute changes and/or bookings.

›    Develops on‐property wilderness/camping food and beverage experiences.

›    Develops experience programming that is “food focused” including foraging and fishing.

›    Creates and ensures proper set-up and maintenance of the kitchen and dining Yurt.

›    Oversees the front‐of‐house F&B experiences.

›    Harvests game and other ingredients from the lands when available.

›    Develops and executes Signature F&B Experiences (e.g., Independence Week, Christmas/NYE, Summer Kids’ Camps, etc.).

›    Learns Member preferences and accommodates dietary restrictions.

›    Oversees breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and execution; varies menus based on the number of Members/guests.

›    Develops family‐style meal delivery program for Member cabins.

›    Recruits/ schedules Staff in line with Member/guest use and special events.

›    Trains/oversees Staff to ensure proper Member billing.

›    Coordinates Staff shift meals.

›    Maintains the F&B Plan and the Daily F&B Checklists for the Lodge and Mid‐Mountain Barn operations.


›    Previous luxe wilderness experience required; but know we’re cooking indoors more than out.

Seasons and Pay

CMC operates during three seasons each year, which vary based on mountain/snow conditions:

›    17-week winter season, from mid-December through the first week in April.

›    14-week summer season, from mid-June through the third week in September.

›    A hunting season, from late-September until mid-November, during which CMC accommodates one Member and their hunting party on property at a time. The available time is allocated on a lottery basis and the necessary staff is agreed based on the needs of the group. 

We always like to have at least one Staff member on property even when the Club is not operating, which means there’s quite a bit of travel time available – including October, November, April and May.

Our full-time Staff, including our Chef, is paid every two weeks throughout the year.


CMC is unlike anything in the world and the Chef we’re looking for will be as well. On-site housing is available, but if you prefer to live in your own RV, let’s talk. The position is full time and compensation will be based on experience. To learn more about CMC, please visit

Please send an email to with the following:

›    Your resume.

›    Tell us in detail what makes you a great fit for this opportunity.

›    Describe the best job you’ve ever had and why (please make it relevant to CMC).

›    Tell us what you like to do when you’re not cooking.

›    Share any questions you have about the Club or opportunity.

›    If you have a significant other that you feel could provide value to the Club, please tell us about that value and send their resume along as well.

›    Three professional references.

How to Apply

Email your resume and requested information to

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