Luxury resort incorporates firearms training |

Luxury resort incorporates firearms training

MONTROSE – Firearms enthusiasts with generous amounts of disposable income no longer have to leave their firearms behind when they book a stay at a luxury mountain resort.The Elk Mountain Resort, nestled on 275 wooded acres between Telluride and Montrose, not only encourages patrons to bring their firearms, it trains them in using their weapons more proficiently.After nearly a decade of work and $34 million of his family’s cinema-based fortune, Thomas Forman, 38, opened his resort, where customers can end a day of firearms training with a gourmet meal, a rare wine and a smoke in the cigar lounge.During the peak season, Forman plans to charge guests $2,000 a night to stay in one of the 18 cottages or in the 21-room hotel that opened in June.In off-peak months, Forman hopes to fill his hotel with teams of police, private security personnel and others who would come for training in his shooting club, which has developed a national reputation since it opened in January.The 16,000 square-foot Valhalla Shooting Club features a three-floor complex where shooters can track simulated human prey through a thug-ridden park, a subway station, a bar and a replica of a Boeing 737 cockpit and cabin. Shooters fire live rounds with special ammunition that dissolves into non-toxic powder on impact.Valhalla offers a $52,000 membership for priority access to the club, training classes and discounts at the hotel. The club also is open to walk-up visitors, who also can partake in shooting, martial arts and rape-prevention classes.”I built this as the biggest toy in the world,” said Forman, who has sold 25 memberships. “Essentially, we are teaching people how to think and move and shoot.”—Information from: The Denver Post,

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