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Powder paradise … but only if you can afford the price

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

CIMARRON — Imagine we are heading to an island, says Jim Aronstein.

“And this,” he says, stepping into a plush snowcat, “is our boat.”

Minutes later, he is relishing his island oasis, fat Rossignol skis sending powder billowing on a gladed slope he helped clear with his chain saw.

The matter-of-fact, retired natural-resources lawyer turns into a buoyant powder hound up in his 2,000-acre paradise on the northernmost tip of southern Colorado’s toothy San Juans. His grin widens with each effortless turn down north-facing slopes that spill from an 11,400-foot ridge that spans 2½ miles.

Aronstein loves undisturbed snow so much that it’s the foundation of his one-of-a-kind business plan. And preserving powder is positioned above profit as he plots to partition paradise.

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