Imagine waking up in your room every morning, looking out the window and seeing the Rocky Mountains. It never gets old. So you get dressed and head off to breakfast. You're on a six week stay that includes three meals a day. It sounds good, but wouldn't that get expensive? How much would a six week stay like that cost? It's free.
You're at Snow Mountain Ranch and it's volunteerism at its finest. In exchange for 28 hours a week of labor, you are provided with free room and board. Last summer was our fourth and we plan on another trip to Snow Mountain Ranch next summer. But the area is mostly a winter ski area. In the winter, you can snowshoe or cross country ski at the ranch or downhill ski at Winter Park Resort, which is about ten miles away.
The ranch is comprised of 5,000 acres and has the summer activities you would expect -- from horseback riding to fly fishing to guided hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, among many others. The program center shares space with a pro shop, where you can get fly fishing equipment and/or a good dirt bike, so no need to bring your own. The volunteers stay anywhere from two weeks to year round. Many are international students. Many others are seniors. It's a unique mix of staff. If you get tired of the cafeteria food, there are many good restaurants in the area, as well as galleries, shops, weekly events and Winter Park Resort, which is also open year round. During the summer, the ski trails at the resort are populated with dirt bikers wearing lots of heavy armor.
So try something completely different when it comes to vacation plans. We were trying to find a similar setup somewhere warm where we could go in the winter, but there isn't anything quite like the arrangement here.
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