I receive some peculiar ski news releases, but this one wins. "The Top 10 Sugar Daddy Ski Resorts in North America," list is out, compiled by Seekingarrangments.com - "the world's largest dating site that matches wealthy men and benefactors with attractive women, who seek mutually beneficial relationships." So whether you are a snow bunny looking for a buddy, a cougar who needs someone to carve with, or a single lady tired of the singles line, here are the ski mountains where you are most likely to meet your wealthy winter match:
1. Whistler, British Columbia
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
3. Vail, Colorado
4. Deer Valley/Park City, Utah
5. Telluride, Colorado
6. Sun Valley, Idaho
7. Banff, Alberta
8. Mammoth Lakes, California
9. Aspen, Colorado
10. Snowbird/Alta, Utah
Photo by Greg Burke of #2 Jackson Hole Wyoming
The poll of 6,500 self-proclaimed sugar daddy skiers lists alpine criteria as: 1) snow/mountain quality; 2) accommodations; 3) après-ski amenities; 4) accessibility.
Apparently no Eastern ski resorts qualify as top mountains for millionaire matchmaking - not enough powder skiing perhaps. Are there no lady killers at Killington, no megabucks men at Magic Mountain? I guess you will have to hop a plane to find these rich, rock star, recreational skiers.
Brandon Wade, Founder and CEO of SeekingArrangement.com, which has over 2,000,000 members worldwide, shares stats on his skiing Sugar Daddy clients: the average member on his site earns $250,000 annually, has a net worth of $1.5 million and spends $3,500-$4,000 on a two-person, four day ski vacation.
Skiing is a pricey pastime, and ski resorts are predominantly male, so I suppose if you put the two together - you increase your odds of discovering "whose your ski daddy?" But you have to filter through the ski bums to find your powder prince, or subscribe to this dating site.
My thoughts: this list of top 10 ski resorts is impressive based purely on ski terrain and resort amenities. #2 Jackson Hole in Wyoming has received 17-feet of snow this season. I skied Jackson last January and its amazing. So gals, if your bachelor hunt goes bust, at least you will have good turns and a good time.
See you on the slopes.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.