Wanna hit the slopes year-round and maybe give chairlift cable skiing a go (but seriously, don't, it's not safe)? Well, why bother buying a lift pass when you can just buy the whole resort? It might sound out of reach, but in fact, a ski resort in Austria that used to be worth millions now costs just $1.39.
That's right: You can buy an entire resort for a little more than the cost of a McDonald's double cheeseburger.
Up for sale, the resort sits in the idyllic town of Petzenbahnen in the Carinthia region near the Slovenian border. And though it may look quaint, it's got 16 miles of runs split into seven miles of blue beginner slopes, seven miles of red intermediate slopes, and two miles of black expert slopes, according to the Daily Mail. And that's not even mentioning the snowboard park, a cross-country ski area, and an ice skating rink. There's also a restaurant, ski huts, a shop where visitors can buy skiing and snowboarding swag, and a ski academy.
And there's more: The local government is even offering a nice sum of $1.5 million to the buyer. The reason? Apparently, it's more expensive to close the resort than to maintain it. Governor Peter Kaiser claims the resort will continue to bring in tourism and jobs, so the local council is fighting to keep the place alive.
Obviously, owning and operating a ski resort isn't an easy thing. OR IS IT?!?! No, no it isn't. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She once went skiing in Northern Italy, and was fondly nicknamed "Disaster" by her instructor Marco. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.