YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch sleigh rideYMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch brings families and friends together year-round. With yurts, cabins and lodge rooms available (plus campsites in the summer), you can plan a stay with a family of two up to 22 or more.

Stay and play for two nights and get your third night free in a cabin or lodge room this winter.*

Included in your stay:

  • Explore 80 km of Nordic ski trails with a trail pass for the entire family. Ski rentals available at the Nordic Center. First time? Go with either private or group lessons first for an additional fee.
  • Tour the trails with your snowshoe trail pass. Snowshoes available for rent at the Nordic Center.
  • YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch ice rinkIce skating in the outdoor pavilion.
  • Sledding and tubing hill for guaranteed family fun.
  • Roller-skating, basketball and floor hockey all in one place at the Kiva Center.
  • Indoor swimming pool with aquatic climbing wall, slide and sauna.

For an additional fee:

  • New to the Ranch this year: dog sledding!
  • Guided trail rides available daily from Sombrero Stables.
  • Hot cocoa or dinner sleigh ride, anyone? You can even reserve a private sleigh ride in a one horse open sleigh.
  • Challenge yourself on the brand new indoor rock-climbing wall in the Kiva Center.
  • Test your skills at indoor archery.
  • Get crafty in the craft shop with crafts for all ages and budgets.

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch arts and craftsIn addition, free family programming is always going on at the Doak Family Library with story time, crafts and game night. Craft night at the library was our first stop upon arrival for a weekend of fun. We built snowmen and snowflakes out of Popsicle sticks, paint, glitter and glue, while sipping hot cocoa in front of a crackling fireplace; the stress of day-to-day life far behind me now.

At 8,750 feet and surrounded by panoramic views of the Rockies, you’ll feel a million miles away in the fresh powder and crisp mountain air of Snow Mountain Ranch. In reality, you’re just 15 minutes from Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Resorts and Ski Granby Ranch, making the YMCA a great lodging option for those who wish to downhill ski/ride as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the Ranch. We spotted a bull moose from our sleigh that followed us all the way to our campfire where we roasted marshmallows and warmed up with hot cocoa. A moose sighting is rare and something even our little on is sure to hold onto when she reflects back on our family time at the Ranch.

*Valid November 2012 – March 2013.

Photo credit: YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch

Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilot’s wife living in Aurora, Colorado. She writes about family travel standby as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow Chris on Pinterest and on Twitter as @BirdBanter.

Disclosure: YMCA of the Rockies hosted my family for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by YMCA of the Rockies.