Ski for Days at Snow Mountain Ranch

December 1, 2023

With 120 kilometers of groomed trail, Snow Mountain Ranch ranks as one of Colorado’s largest Nordic centers and was the perfect home for this year’s Cross Country Skier gear test.

“It’s more than just a place to ski, too. Run by the YMCA of the Rockies since 1969, the 5,000-acre ranch attracts families with other winter activities like dog sledding, tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Plus, an alpine ski area, Winter Park Resort, is a half-hour drive to the southeast.

But in winter, cross country skiing is definitely the star. First, there are the views. The Continental Divide lies to the east, and its chain of high peaks dominates the skyline. Just as impressive is the variety of the trails, which are equally split among easy, intermediate and expert levels. Routes like Ten Mile Creek and Tabernash/Ute provide easy cruising, while what are referred to as the outer loops—Gaskill, Heckman and Lynch, to name a few—offer rolling terrain with challenging ascents and descents.”

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