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YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch is set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape in the Centennial State. Meadows, snow-covered peaks, and unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation define an experience at the Ranch. From dog sledding to Nordic skiing, from snowshoeing to horseback riding, there’s truly something for everyone at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch, making it the perfect place for your family’s winter getaway. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite activities at Snow Mountain Ranch to help you make the most of your visit this season.

1. Snow Mountain Ranch is a Nordic skier’s paradise.

Kids Nordic skiing - YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch - courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch - OutThere Colorado
Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch.

The Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch has everything you need for the perfect day on the ski trails. The full-service ski shop can set you up with the latest gear, rentals, passes, lessons, and more. Snow Mountain Ranch has 120 km of world-class terrain spread across 5,200 acres of mountain meadows, with trails appropriate for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers.

Never Nordic skied before? Take advantage of the Learn to Ski package: $50 for a day’s equipment rental, trail pass, and a one-hour group lesson. Want to brush up on your skills or ski with friends? Group lessons are a great way to get your ski legs under you for discounted rates.

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2. You can snowshoe through some of Colorado’s most picturesque landscape.

Fat Biking - YMCA of the ROckies - SNow Mountain Ranch
Fat Biking at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch.

If you enjoy hiking in the summer, then snowshoeing will surely become your next favorite winter sport. Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center also offers snowshoe rentals so that the whole family can enjoy the 120 kilometers of trails and the sub-alpine scenery. There are even some trails that Fido can enjoy as well, so don’t forget to bring your best furry friend with you on your adventure. Once you’ve spent the morning playing outside, head to the Nordic Center’s Skinny Ski Cafe, the perfect place to warm up with a light snack, a bowl of soup, or a sandwich.

3. Try fat biking on snow-covered terrain.

Fat biking at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch.

Fat biking is quickly becoming a popular winter pastime. Rolling over snowy, uneven terrain on those fat tires is one of the most fun ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Fat tire bikes can be rented at the Nordic Center alongside cross country and skate skis and snowshoes.

4. You can play with puppies. Yes, puppies.

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A couple of the dog sledding puppies at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch.

Snow Mountain Ranch added a dog sledding program in 2013, and it’s quickly become one of the most popular activities at the Ranch. You can choose from short, long, full moon, and group sledding adventures, and shout “Mush!” as you race along with the highly-trained team of 20 dogs through the mountain meadows of Snow Mountain Ranch.

Bonus: There’s a new litter of puppies at Snow Mountain Ranch getting ready to train for the season. Even if you’re not sledding, you can visit the pups, watch their training, and play with them. So, puppies, snow-covered fields, majestic mountain landscape… It really doesn’t get any better.

Make the most of the winter season, book your Snow Mountain Ranch getaway today!

5. Snow Mountain Ranch offers introductory backcountry A/T ski clinics throughout the season.

Intro to Backcountry A/T Skiing - Snow Mountain Ranch - YMCA of the Rockies
Intro to Backcountry A/T Skiing at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch.

If you’ve been itching to explore beyond the ski resort but haven’t yet had the opportunity to try backcountry skiing, the Intro to Backcountry A/T Skiing program at Snow Mountain Ranch is the perfect way to try it out with the benefit of a guided excursion and professional instruction. These full day courses will cover the basics of using Alpine/Touring equipment, avalanche safety and terrain management, and how to use backcountry safety gear. All hard goods (skis, poles, boots, safety equipment etc.) are included in the price as well as a boxed lunch.

6. You can participate in a Nordic ski race.

Nordic Skiing at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch

On Saturday, January 5, 2019, Snow Mountain Ranch will host the 19th annual Snow Mountain Classic, featuring a 7.5k and 15k classic-only race. This challenging course is also unforgettably scenic, so you’ll be completely immersed in the Rocky Mountain winter season throughout the entire race.

7. Saddle up for a romp through snowy meadows.

Horseback Riding - YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch
Horseback riding at the Sombrero Stables at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch.

There’s literally no better way to channel the spirit of the Mountain West then to head to the Sombrero Stables for a winter time horseback riding adventure. People ages 8 and up will explore the meadows and forests amidst a stunning snow-covered mountain back drop. If you’ve got little ones who also want to ride, ask about lead-around pony rides as well.

8. Curl up in cozy accommodations at the end of a long day playing in the snow.

Lodging at Snow Mountain Ranch - YMCA of the Rockies
Lodging at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch

Complete your getaway with the perfect spot to rest your head. Lodging options range from fully-equipped vacation homes and lodges to cozy cabins and yurts. Whether you’re looking for full kitchen and bath, cozy fireplaces or more of a rustic experience, Snow Mountain Ranch has an array of options for you to choose from.

Make the most of the winter season, book your Snow Mountain Ranch getaway today!

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