The 22-year owner of Granby Ranch is listing her 7.8-square-mile ski, golf and fishing resort community for sale.
The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Marise Cipriani doesn't have a price yet, but it will be much higher than the $12.5 million she paid for the property in 1995. The Post reported:
“I believe under new stewardship and guidance, the vision and full potential of Granby Ranch will be realized,” she wrote in a letter sent to homeowners on Tuesday morning. “It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank all those who have shared in this vision to make Granby Ranch their home. I will take forever the memories and experiences of this magnificent place with me, as I enter the next chapter of my life, a story, as of yet, unwritten, and continuing to reveal itself with each turn of a page.”
Cipriani brought in more than 600 homeowners since taking over the property. There were none when she bought it.
The property has a 400-acre ski area, 3 miles of private fly fishing, a golf course, 40 miles of trails and approvals allowing for more than 1 million square feet of commercial space and 4,349 more homes.
Cipriani was also the final owner of the Berthoud Pass ski area, which began with a rope tow in 1937. She closed it down for economic reasons in 2001 and then ran a Sno-Cat operation for a few years. The old lodge was torn down 10 years ago.
Last winter, a Texas mother and her two children were thrown from a lift at the ski area. The mother, Kelly Huber, died. The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board said a mechanical malfunction was to blame.