Rau: Granby Ranch’s trails are open to skiers, snowshoers and fat tire bikes
Grand Nordic President
Granby Ranch is a four season mountain community of 5,000 acres nestled in the heart of Grand County and is widely recognized for its family friendly culture.
In the summer, Granby Ranch offers downhill mountain biking, lift served cross country mountain biking, hiking, chairlift rides, dining and golf. In winter, the Ranch features downhill skiing and boarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoe trails. Granby Ranch is perfect for families with all trails leading to the base lodge, making it impossible to get lost, as well as their friendly, knowledgeable ski instructors and even night skiing.
There are two Nordic trail areas — the Golf Trail System and the East Mountain Trail System. The trails are open to skiers, snowshoers, and fat tire snow bikes. Users are strongly recommended to have a trail map detailing trails and distances.
Trail maps are available at the base lodge in the retail shop at the base of the downhill trails. Please note that snowshoes are available for rent at the base lodge, but other Nordic equipment is not. Alpine lifts are already open for the season.
The Golf Trail System offers 5.5 miles of trails at an average elevation of 8,110 feet. The trails wind through the golf course and along the Fraser River. Free parking is available at the Granby Ranch pro shop. Trails are groomed weekly.
The East Mountain Trail System offers 7.3 miles of trails and is an average elevation of 9,202 feet. Trails can be accessed via the Quick Draw Express Chairlift for a foot passenger fee of $20. Parking at the base lodge is free. Expect backcountry and touring conditions. Granby Ranch trails are open and closed depending on weather conditions and Nordic and snowshoe trails are not patrolled on a regular basis.
In the winter, there are three dining areas — The Slopeside Great Room, the Grill and the 8350 Bar and Bistro. The 8350 Bar and Bistro is open every day from 8 a.m. with breakfast selections, appetizers, craft cocktails, local draft beers and a great view of the mountain. 8350 offers live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For more details, visit granbyranch.com/events. The Grill is open Thursdays – Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and is offering a great happy hour from 3-7 p.m. with $3 draft beers, $5 house wines, and $6 well drinks. There’s even a fire to warm your toes by after a great Nordic workout.
This upcoming winter season, the seventh annual Ranch2Ranch Trek Fest will be Saturday, Feb. 8 from Snow Mountain Ranch to Granby Ranch with the option to ski back to SMR as well. Skiers will depart the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center to Tim’s Tunnel under US Highway 40, use the Fraser to Granby Trail to Val Moritz and on the Granby Ranch trails to the Ski Granby Ranch base lodge. The Trek is untimed and has two aid stations en route. The Trek Fest entry includes a Grill lunch and an optional voucher for discounted beers at the Grill. More details and registration are available at GrandNordic.org or by calling 970-887-0547. For more winter activities at Granby Ranch, visit GranbyRanch.com and click on events for a complete event listing.
Users of Granby Ranch trails do so at their own risk, and Granby Realty Holdings assumes no responsibility or liability for the public’s use of its private property. So please stay on designated trails and be prepared with appropriate equipment, clothing, food and water. Be aware that weather and snow conditions can change rapidly. Dogs are permitted but must be under control at all times. Granby Ranch asks you to respect the environment, please do not liter and clean up after your pet. For additional information, visit GranbyRanch.com or call 887-3384 or 888-850-4615.
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