Every winter-themed movie shows the perfect mix of whimsical snow-filled adventures and cozy hot cocoa snuggles with loved ones by a crackling fire. While it may seem too good to be true, we’re here to tell you it’s not! Here’s our three-day itinerary to help guide you to the perfect Rocky Mountain getaway at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Early Morning: Grab Breakfast
The sun is rising and pushing warm rays of light through your window. It’s time to start the day! You’ll want to eat a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the day’s activities. Head down to the dining hall at Schlessman Commons to grab breakfast. If you stay in a lodge room, you’ll get two free breakfast tickets per night, so enjoy the most important meal of the day on us!
Mid-Morning: Explore on Snowshoes
Now that you’re energized, it’s time for your first activity! Snow Mountain Ranch sits on over 5,000 acres of outdoor playground and is tucked away in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by impressive 360-degree mountain vistas. Get to know the area and set out on a snowshoe expedition! Book a guide and learn all the best spots on the property, or grab a map and blaze your own trail. Whether you’re a beginner or a snowshoe pro, Snow Mountain Ranch has trails to spark wonder and awe in every member of your adventurous group.
Afternoon: Lunch at Buckboard Grill
After you’ve spent the morning exploring the snowshoe trails, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Head to Buckboard Grill for lunch! Warm up with the Soup Du Jour in a hearty bread bowl, try a juicy grilled steak sandwich or an SMR burger, or build your own pizza with all your favorite toppings. Whatever you’re craving, Buckboard Grill has something to satisfy everyone.
Evening: Cozy Fireside Dinner
End the first night of your Rocky Mountain getaway with a relaxing night by the fire. If you book a cabin, you’ll be able to snuggle up with your loved ones from the comfort of your private living room and listen to the crackle of the fire. Use the fully-equipped kitchen to whip up a home-cooked meal and sit at the dining room table as a family to plan the rest of your weekend. As the day comes to an end, you can wrap yourself up in blankets and sleep well knowing you have two more days of excitement ahead of you.
Morning: Dog Sled Adventure
Hop out of bed and pull on your warmest and comfiest clothes as you get ready for an experience of a lifetime. The Snow Mountain Ranch dog sled team is ready to show you what they’re made of. Race through the trees and glide over the snow with views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in every direction. Feel the power as our team of dogs pulls you across mountain terrain on this one-of-a-kind adventure. With the option of short rides, long rides, or the Full Immersion Experience, you get to hand pick the experience you want.
Midday: Lunch at Schlessman Commons
A morning filled with adventure calls for a healthy and filling lunch. Make your way over to Schlessman Commons for a buffet-style lunch that will re-energize you for the afternoon’s activities. Schlessman Commons has a rotating menu with various lunch options to meet everyone’s needs, a build-your-own salad bar, and a new tasty soup every day. Fill up, you’ve got a busy afternoon!
Afternoon: Hit the Tubing Hill
Keep the morning’s adrenaline flowing and hit the tubing hill for an afternoon of fun. Grab a tube from the Winter Pavilion and head to the hill. Once at the top, you’re the king or queen of the hill! Pick where you want to ride, and slide down for lap after lap of good old-fashioned fun.
Evening: Dinner in Town
Snow Mountain Ranch just happens to be located in Colorado’s Top Adventure Town! Winter Park was voted Colorado’s Top Adventure Town by Elevation Outdoor readers two years in a row. While you’re here, make sure to spend a night on the town to see what Winter Park’s all about.
Head to Downtown Winter Park for a tasty meal at Deno’s Mountain Bistro. When you’re done, walk across the street to Cooper Creek Square and check out the fun and unique shops, like Be..Boutique and Moose Hollow Trading Co., to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip by. End the night relaxing by the outdoor fire before heading back to your cozy cabin or lodge room.
Morning: Nordic Skiing
The Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center is home to award-winning cross-country ski trails and is surrounded by gorgeous mountain views. With over 120 kilometers of trails for all ability levels, the Nordic Center is sure to fill your day with excitement. If you’ve never tried Nordic skiing, book a lesson and learn from the pros at Snow Mountain Ranch. If you want to explore on your own, you can rent gear, grab a map, and hit the trails at your own pace.
Midday: Lunch at Skinny Ski Café
With all that skiing, you’ve probably worked up a hearty hunger! Located above the Nordic Center, the Skinny Ski Café is the perfect option for a quick afternoon bite. Choose from any of their healthy, homemade lunch options to warm up and fill up before heading out to your next activity.
Afternoon: Ice Skating Rink
Trade in your skis for skates and get ready to go! Snow Mountain Ranch is home to its very own skating pavilion, conveniently located right near the Nordic Center. Glide across the ice under a covered pavilion with the Continental Divide as your backdrop. Watch the sun start to set as the alpenglow shines behind you in this dreamy, picturesque activity.
Evening: Star-Filled Sleigh Ride
Once the sun has set, end your trip with the most magnificent view the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Pull on your warmest sweater, bundle up with your softest scarf and mittens, and make your way over to Snow Mountain Stables for a starlit horse-drawn sleigh ride!
Wrap yourself up in blankets and get comfy in the open-air sleigh. Make sure to gaze up as the stars above twinkle bright and the Milky Way comes out to play. Glide past snow-frosted pines on this whimsical journey, ending at a toasty bonfire complete with hot cocoa. As you warm your toes by the fire, give a hot cocoa cheers to your loved ones and reminisce on your picture-perfect winter getaway, filled with memories to last a lifetime.
Plan Your Trip!
Each Snow Mountain Ranch weekend getaway is custom tailored to your group and the experiences you want! Book your cabin or lodge room then check out more activities you can plan for your Rocky Mountain getaway on our activities page.