[R361R, Sierra Summit] is expected to change ownership by the end of April. The new owner plans to return the name of the resort to its former name and launch a VIP club at the resort.

Tim Cohee, President of Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the past 17 years, aims to close a deal April 30 for the purchase of Sierra Summit and change the name of the resort back to China Peak. He is also establishing a new Peak Club with 500 memberships that provide lifetime VIP access to resort facilities and offerings.

Members in the Peak Club will get special benefits at China Peak. These include preferred parking, members-only lift lines, resort services discounts, discounted and complimentary hotel rooms, complimentary lift ticket days, and Peak Club logo wear. Members' season passes are interchangeable, allowing a family membership for four to be used to take one family member plus three others-children or adults, family members or friends--skiing or riding for the day.

Peak Club members also get special events, such as Early Bird or Sunset Cruises offered on select days with skiing before the lifts open to the general public or after the lifts close with a China Peak Professional Ski Patrol escort.

Lifetime non-equity memberships to the Peak Club cost $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 per couple, and $15,000 for a family of four. Additional children may be added on to the family membership for $2,500 each. Corporate memberships are available for $20,000. Membership fees in the Peak Club are one-time fees, but annual dues meant to cover the additional staff required to attend to members on weekends and holidays range from $150-750. 

More information. Or call 559-266-PEAK.