2 local resorts named among nation’s best Nordic ski spots in nationwide contest | SkyHiNews.com

2 local resorts named among nation’s best Nordic ski spots in nationwide contest

A modest blanket of snow covers the ground near the entrance to Latigo Ranch north of Kremmling.

A pair of Grand County ski resorts have some good news to crow about in the New Year after USA Today released its list of the 10 Best cross country ski resorts in North America, as voted on by that publication's readers.

Each year the national publication holds a 10 Best contest wherein readers vote on a host of 10 Best categories covering everything from best ocean cruise line to best new amusement park attraction.

In mid-November, Sky-Hi News reported that both Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa and Latigo Ranch, located north of Kremmling, were in the running for USA Today's 10 Best cross-country resorts.

At the time of that report, the two Middle Park resorts were respectively listed as the third and sixth best Nordic skiing destinations in North America.

After voting wrapped and the results were tallied, Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa was able to hold on to its third-place ranking while Latigo Ranch moved up in the rankings by one place and finished the contest in fifth-place.

Representatives from both establishments expressed their joy at the recent announcement.

"We are very pleased to be one of the top three Nordic ski areas in the country," said Simon Butler, Nordic ski instructor and ski teacher at Devil's Thumb. "We are working to be No. 1. We are expanding our grooming operations and are always looking to be better."

From the quiet reaches of Grand County up near Muddy Pass, Lisa George, Latigo Ranch owner and operator, was also thrilled by the results.

"We are delighted," George said. "We would love if this would broaden our base of guests. We are off the beaten path and that in and of itself makes us unique."

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