Response from Michael:
Although this is my first ever AirBnB review, the X-Club has 27 reviews on the site I normally host on with a 5 star average. When I heard this group was going on a private heliskiing tour guided personally by the owners of Silverton Mountain, I knew I was going to get my first negative review. I am embroiled in a very intense political fight over Silverton Mountain's attempt to procure an additional 10,000 acres of public recreation land so they can shut down chairlift-served skiing and fully convert to a $1000 per person per day heliski resort. While I was Silverton Mountain's most vocal supporter in the early years when it was sold as a minimal infrastructure, backcountry-style ski area for ski bums, over the last few years I have become their most vocal critic as our mythical ski area becomes an actual myth and is replaced by a heliski resort that steals backcountry from the public and contributes less and less to Silverton's economy by catering to a much smaller, much wealthier clientele. Not to mention the end of unguided skiing for locals like myself. It's most unfortunate, but not surprising, that reviews are being used as a political weapon. First off, there are many things in this review which are simply false. Yes, the upstairs bathroom light switch was loose and needed to be replaced. It only took five minutes to replace myself, but getting parts or a contractor in a town as small and isolated as Silverton can take a bit of time. The small commercial dishwasher has been waiting for the repairman from Albuquerque for several weeks now. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the propane back-up furnace in the kitchen. It kicks on automatically if the more aesthetic pellet stove runs out of pellets or the power goes out. The kitchen sinks are a bit low if you're a group of guys over 6 feet tall. Yes, there is a copper exhaust hood still in the hot tub room, but that's part of the advertised ambiance of staying in a famous ski bar and rum microdistillery converted to a funky skier bunkhouse. We do have 8 actual beds: One queen, three full, three twin, and the unbelievably comfortable memory foam Fuf couch (referred to in this review as "the bean bag"). Two of the full beds are futons which fold open with down comforters and 1500 thread count sheets underneath. The X-Club has bed space for 13 people, but we are limited to 10 guests by the town. This review seemed to reach really, really far to find something negative to comment on, while making no mention of the indoor five-person hot tub with home theater system, the two-person walk-in steam shower, the super premium electronics throughout, upscale linens, and other only-of-their-kind amenities in Silverton. If you are paying $1000 per person a day for private heliskiing, no lodging establishment in Silverton is going to meet your standards, especially a bar for ski bums converted to a funky bunkhouse for ski bums. This isn't Telluride or Aspen. It's the exact opposite. But despite that fact, I'm sure this would not be the X-Club's one negative review out of 29 total reviews (mostly on another booking site) if attitudes had not been tainted by those with whom I'm engaged in a very intense political battle over Silverton's future. I never allow my fight to save Silverton's backcountry from becoming a heliski resort taint the experience of my winter guests who patronize Silverton Mountain (I actually LOVE Silverton Mountain the ski area, but we locals have been locked out as they convert to a heliski resort). Unfortunately, the owners of Silverton Mountain don't mind tainting the attitudes of their guests if it means damaging those who oppose the greatest bait and switch in ski history.