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“Great nordic center”

Snow Mountain Ranch
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Granby
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Owner description: Five thousand acre ranch offering trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Memphis, Tennessee
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79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great nordic center”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

I hadn't cross country skied in years, but really wanted to get out on the snow, as I can't downhill right now. Someone recommended this to me, and it was perfect. It's about a 15 minute drive from the Winter Park resort, and easy to find. I rented skis, boots, poles and an all day ski pass for $30. The trails are well marked, and groomed nicely. The staff was wonderful in getting me set up! There is a nice little snack shop upstairs that had good sandwiches and soup as well as beverages. I would definitely come back! Really enjoyed the day.

Visited February 2012
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Colorado
2 reviews
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“Perfect day excursion from Inn at Silvercreek”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

Nordic skiing center caters to pros, families, has lessons for all ability levels, fully equipped ski rental shop, beautiful forested terrain, miles of trails from flat to hilly. It's just about five minutes from the Inn at SC.

Visited January 2011
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CHICAGO
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Every morning, you look out the window and you're in the Rockies.”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

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.

Visited August 2011
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“better customer service then last year”
Reviewed 16 August 2011

I had steak fry dinner ride,2 hours today.I had great time,i dont remember name of our guide but that girl was very nice,dinner was delicious,awesome horses.it looks like there is diffrent stuff every year cause last year our guide was complaining for 2 hours.i liked other location in grand lake,this year when i got to grand lake they had problems with organization.i recommend snow mountain satbles in granby.

Visited August 2011
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“worst customer service ever complaining about tips”
Reviewed 3 September 2010

I booked 2 hours trail riding in snow mountain ranch.Horses vere great,views also,but after 10 minutes of rididng my girl guide was complaining about turist who dont leave tips,lol.i heard it for almost an hour,then cook and guide were complaining that they have to work many hours,dont sleep enough,cooworkes sucks etc.
I HIGHLY RECOMEND DIFFRENT RANCH ALSO SOMBRERO BUT IN GRAND LAKE,AWESOME.

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