Rau: Nordic ski trails are free at Ski Granby Ranch
Grand Nordic Corner
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. Ski 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.
Free Skiing on Nordic Trails
There are two Nordic trail areas – the Golf Trail System and the East Mountain Trail System. These trails are free and open to public. 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 Nordic equipment and snowshoes are not available for rent at the base lodge.
The Golf Trail System offers 5.5 miles of trails and is 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 $5. (When the lifts are open staring Dec. 17.) Parking at the base lodge is free. Expect back country conditions. Granby Ranch trails are open and closed depending on weather conditions and Nordic and snowshoe trails are not patrolled.
In the winter there are two dining areas, The Dining Hall and the Grill. Both are featuring new menus this year and the Grill is offering a Local’s Apres Ski with flavorful small plates under $8, $5 cocktail of the week, and $2 draft beers. There’s even a fire to warm your toes by after a great Nordic workout.
Grand Nordic assists Granby Ranch by grooming from the top of County Road 87 into their trail system across Main Street onto Rabbit Run and from the Fraser to Granby Trail in Val Moritz across Traci’s Trail into the bottom of Sweet Nancy. Logging is occurring on lower parts of Sweet Nancy making it impossible to ski that section until after Christmas.
Alpine lifts at Ski Granby Ranch open Thursday Dec 17.
This upcoming winter season, the Third Annual Ranch2Ranch will be Saturday Feb. 6 departing the Ski Granby Ranch base lodge using the Granby Ranch Nordic Trails to the Fraser to Granby Trail to the Snow Mountain Ranch Trails. The Trek is untimed, dog friendly from the aid station to SMR and has two aid stations en route. More details and registration are available at http://www.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.
Grand Nordic Free Ski Lessons
Free Nordic lessons start this Saturday at the Tommelfest at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. This event is fun for all ages! Besides free lessons for skate, classic and kids at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., this season’s kick-off celebration includes team sprints, live music, keg toss, BBQ, retail specials, and prizes. Not to mention the vikings and meatballs and Holiday Gift Market!
The following Sunday Dec 20 the free lessons move to Grand Lake Touring Center. Grand Nordic presents classes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for all levels of class, skate and kids. Due to limited equipment available, pre-registration for classes and rental equipment is required by calling 970-627-8008.
Equipment and trail passes are free for all Nordic club members at the Free Lesson days so be sure to sign up for your membership today at http://www.grandnordic.org. Call 970-887-0547 for more information.
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