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Article: Snow Mountain Ranch - This Isn't Your Typical YMCA!
By Martha Sortland / Photos courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA

Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center
The Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, features a full Nordic ski shop, lessons, maps, and ski and snowshoe rentals.
YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch offers something for everyone in a family-friendly setting, no matter what age or activity level. For cross-country enthusiasts, the world-class Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch offers over 100 km of groomed trails for classic Nordic skiing, skate skiing, and skijoring. Our trails meander through acres of aspen groves, pine forest and past two historical ranching properties. A variety of terrain is available—from relaxing level ground that’s perfect for beginners to more challenging, steep terrain that will test your endurance. All trails offer vast mountain views of the nearby Continental Divide. Night skiing is available on 2 kilometers of lighted trail right next to the Nordic Center.

Located near the downhill ski resorts of Winter Park and SolVista at Granby Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch offers affordable lodging option for downhill skiers. Alpine ski rental is available on-property at Snow Mountain Sports, allowing you to get to the lifts with less hassle.

The Nordic Center offers ski and snowshoe rentals, along with an assortment of gear, including brands such as Swix, Craft, Fischer, Madshus, and Alpina. Lessons are available for all levels, from beginner to advanced skiers. Guests staying at Snow Mountain Ranch receive complimentary passes for Nordic skiing, ice skating, tubing and sledding. The friendly staff can help you choose which trails are best for your skill level and get you outfitted with the appropriate equipment. Staff members also offer guided snowshoe hikes with hot chocolate breaks!

The Nordic Center is the perfect place for families to meet, socialize and ski together. We cater to all ages and ability levels so young families, older families, beginners and experts feel welcomed, comfortable and at home. There is plenty of space to relax and spread out; some families bring their lunches, while others enjoy delicious hot soup and sandwiches at the Skinny Ski Café, conveniently located inside the Nordic Center.

Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center
The trail system at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, offers dog friendly trails, so bring your favorite furry friend along.
The Winter Fun Park at Snow Mountain Ranch, located next to the Nordic Center, offers an ice skating pavilion, sledding and tubing. Exercise your creativity at the Craft Shop, where leatherworking, tie-dyeing, and beading are popular projects. The Kiva Center features indoor roller skating, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, foosball and an indoor climbing wall. Relax après-ski in the heated, indoor swimming pool and sauna, or visit the library to unwind with a good book. Tired of skiing? Transport yourself through the snow-covered forests by hopping on a sleigh ride!

In addition to the myriad of activities offered, Snow Mountain Ranch also provides many different lodging options. Fully-furnished cabins with fireplaces are a popular option. A variety of cabin options make them ideal for any budget, from basic two bedroom cabins to eight bedroom reunion cabins. Comfortable lodge rooms are available in the recently renovated Indian Peaks lodge. Don’t forget the dog! Pets are allowed in cabins for a fee of $10 per pet, per night.

Snow Mountain Ranch is located 80 miles northwest of Denver, between Winter Park and Granby. For reservations and more information, call 800-777-9622 or visit www.ymcarockies.org. Experience for yourself why Snow Mountain Ranch is the place to bring your friends and family together for a memorable winter vacation!

For more information on Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center, visit ymcarockies.org/smrnordic.html or call 888.573.9622.

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