Ski at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center update
The Grand Nordic Trails
Snow Mountain Ranch sits on 5200 acres just off US Highway 40 between Tabernash and Granby. It is a year round playground offering over 100 km of groomed trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, sledding, tubing, sleigh rides and other winter outdoor activities as well as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, Frisbee golf, zip line, climbing wall, tubing and other summer activities.
One of the best groomed Nordic Centers in the country, you can cross country ski from mid November until mid April with terrain accommodating first time beginners in loops around the Nordic Center to more challenging terrain suitable for even Olympic racers. And be sure to ski with your dog on the dog loops next to the Center and out to the campgrounds – but remember, leashes are required.
The Nordic Center’s full-service ski shop is where you will find great deals on lessons and rental packages. They also have the latest Nordic gear and apparel for sale as well as snowshoe gear.To re-energize, visit the Skinny Ski Café, open the day before Thanksgiving, and enjoy a light snack or warm up with a bowl of soup and a sandwich. A simple one year membership for $250.00 applies to either individuals OR families and includes Cross country skiing, sledding, winter tubing, ice skating, swimming pool and Kiva activities like basketball and roller skating beside all the summer activities. You can rent cross country ski equipment, fat bikes and snowshoes, sleds, tubes or ice skates but the activities are included. And you get discounts on lodging.
Regular trail fees are $20 per day with a $15 fee for Grand Nordic members and reduced rates apply for kids. The joint Nordic pass with Devil’s Thumb includes only Cross country skiing for $350 obtained through Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center or at Devils Thumb Nordic shop. For details on this and the Learn to Ski package including trail pass, equipment rental and group lesson visit the website http://www.snowmountainranch.org/nordic-center or call 970-887-2152 X 4173.
Conditions & Events
Snow Mountain Ranch is already open with great skiing on some rolled and some tracked trails. Visit the new Conditions and Grooming information page on the website for updates. Every third Wednesday of the month is a free ski day for locals. The Annual Classic Race is scheduled for Jan 2. The last of the series of free ski lessons offered by Grand Nordic including free equipment and trail pass for all Nordic Club members is offered Sunday Jan 10. Colorado Mountain Mushers Dog Sled Races are scheduled for Jan 9-10 and again in February. The Grand Nordic RANCH2RANCH TREK runs from Granby Ranch, over the Fraser to Granby Trail and ends at the YMCA Saturday Feb 6. Other YMCA events like snowshoe races and the Sons of Norway Barnelopet for kids are scheduled in February with regular waxing clinics every week or two starting in December. The season winds down with the famed Snow Mountain Stampede featuring both Classic and Skate events on Mar 5. Check out the new YMCA website at http://www.snowmountainranch.org/nordic-center for details.
New this year
New this year is the Snow Mountain Ranch Fat Bike Race series progressing in distances from 10K to 40K, a pre-Thanksgiving Ski Camp Nov 20-24 to hone in your basic classic and skate techniques and a Winter Festival (there’s more than just skiing but details to come) March 17-20. Free snowshoe or Nordic ski guided tours are offered many weekends for most of the winter. See the website events page for details.
Commit, Sign Up
The Junior Nordic Race Program formerly offered by Grand Nordic has been moved officially to Snow Mountain Ranch with details posted under the Nordic Center general information page. Training dates are offered early Dec. thru Mid-March. Commit, sign up, and come participate in the training processes that will change how you approach sport and life! Says Bill Pierce, head coach. Register online at active.com. Sign up and orientation will be Nov 30 at 5pm at the Nordic Center.
Colorado Biathlon hails Snow Mountain Ranch as their home venue. Rifle certification clinics are held every fall and winter. Check http://www.colorado.biathlon.org/schedule or call Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center 970-887-2152×4173 for more information. The next race is Dec 5. Come out to see the action and learn about biathlon. Volunteers are always needed and receive a free trail pass for the day.
The free kids program starts Jan 8 with both Friday and Sunday afternoons at 1pm for kids 5-10 and runs every weekend in January and February ending with a Nordic Festival Feb 26 and 28.
Visit the Grand Nordic Website for more information or to register for the Ranch2Ranch Trek http://www.grandnordic.org or call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547.
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