Top 10 Rocky Mountain Winter Adventures

Parry Peak

You simply cannot beat wintertime in the Rockies. Flocked trees and frolicking in the snow make for a truly spectacular time of year. Lace up your winter boots and get ready for countless adventures at the Ranch and beyond. Read on for our winter favorites.


1. Experience the Best skiing in North America

For four years in a row, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has been voted Best Cross-Country Ski Area in North America by USA Today readers. You also won’t want to miss award-winning alpine skiing at Winter Park Resort just 15 minutes from Devil’s Thumb. Pro tip: Plan ahead to save on skiing. Book your Ski & Stay Package here.


Sleigh Ride

2. Dash through the snow on a sleigh ride, complete with s’mores and hot cocoa

Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and snuggle up for ride through a winter wonderland. You’ll even be able to make a few new friends at the stable including our playful goats or mini ponies, Princess Leia and Han Solo. *Reserved for lodging guests only.


Spa Fireplace

3. Curl up with a good book by one of many cozy fireplaces

Our favorites include the enormous, 6-sided fireplace in Heck’s (did you know it’s constructed with locally sourced rocks from a landslide?). If you’re looking for an extra-peaceful spot, head to the spa (skip to #7 for more on that)! If you’re craving views, head up to the Heck’s loft for comfy seating and sweeping vistas.


Ranch House Restaurant
4. Watch the sunset from Ranch House Restaurant

The Ranch’s original homestead boasts some seriously fantastic views. The pasture-to-plate dining is also top notch including Ranch raised Wagyu beef and seasonal selections. Once the winter days start getting longer, be sure to make your reservation as far in advance as possible to catch the sunset.


5. Float above the valley in a hot air balloon

You won’t regret rising with the sun for this one! Grand Adventure Balloon Tours launch just minutes from the Ranch making this out-of-this-world experience easily accessible.

6. Meet the sled dogs at Snow Mountain Ranch

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to spend time with a team of hard working sled dogs, so don’t miss your chance! Find out more about Hanging with the Huskies here.


Spa Treatments Colorado Resort

7. Balance out all that adventure with an afternoon at the spa

With an extensive list of treatments, the spa will surely leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. From wraps and soaks to massages and facials, there’s a little something for everyone. *Reserved for lodging guests only.


Outdoor Hot Tub

8. Hot tub in the snowfall

Don’t just take our word for it when we say a soak in the hot tub accompanied with falling snow is one of the most peaceful experiences ever. Our outdoor hot tub and pool are open year-round, so there’s never a bad time to dive right in. *Reserved for lodging guests only.

9. Snowmobile on the Continental Divide

Put a little throttle into your winter getaway. Grand Adventures offers guided and unguided tours that take you to the tippy top of the continental divide for impressive views of the Fraser Valley and beyond.


Colorado Wellness Resort Yoga Studio

10. Morning yoga with mountain views

Realign and reset to start your day off right. When you stay at the Ranch, you’re welcome to join us for complimentary daily yoga at 8:30am in our scenic and serene yoga studio. *Reserved for lodging guests only.


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