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. 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. There are two Nordic trail areas – the Golf Trail System and the East Mountain Trail System. 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 snowshoes are available for rent at the base lodge but other Nordic equipment is not. Alpine lifts are already open for the season.
The Golf Trail System offers 5.5 miles of trails and is at an average elevation of 8110 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 9202 feet. Trails can be accessed via the Quick Draw Express Chairlift for a foot passenger fee of $20. Parking at the base lodge is free. Expect back country and touring conditions. Granby Ranch trails are open and closed depending on weather conditions and Nordic and snowshoe trails are not patrolled on a regular basis.
In the winter, there are three dining areas: The Slopeside Great Room, the Grill and the 8350 Bar and Bistro. New this year, the 8350 Bar and Bistro is open every day from 8am with breakfast selections, sandwiches, craft cocktails, local draft beers and a great view of Milestone. 8350 offers live music by Kenny Lee every Thursday night from 4pm-7pm. The Grill is offering PBR for $4 a can, $2 off all draft beer, $4 Buffalo Trace & $3 Jim Beam in both 8350 & the Grill for Apres. There’s even a fire to warm your toes by after a great Nordic workout.
Granby Ranch is intensifying their Nordic grooming this year to several times per week and planning to start charging for their Nordic trails January 8. A day trail ticket for Granby Ranch Nordic and Snow Mtn Ranch is $20.00 with a season pass Nordic $150.00. A joint pass for Granby Ranch and Snow Mtn Ranch YMCA is $350.00.
This upcoming winter season, the Fourth Annual Ranch2Ranch Trek Fest will be Saturday Feb 10 with the direction same as last year. Skiers will depart the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center to Tim’s Tunnel under HWY 40, use the Fraser to Granby Trail to Val Moritz and on the Granby Ranch trails to the Ski Granby Ranch base lodge. The Trek is untimed and has two aid stations en route. The Trek Fest entry includes an after-Party at Granby Ranch with music and BBQ lunch included. More details and registration are available at 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. For additional information, visit GranbyRanch.com or call 887-3384 or 888-850-4615.
For this holiday weekend, Granby Ranch has a 3-course dinner available at the Grill by reservation only. Or choose the New Year’s Eve Party from 5p-1a in 8350 for $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.
Thanks for all the prayers for snow! The Gods were willing…