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Granby Ranch for a family trip with younger children????

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Granby Ranch (Sol Vista)

 

Considering options for a family ski trip with two young children (ages 5 & 6) and we thought Granby Ranch might be a good alternative to give the kids a place where they can ski with us on gentle terrain and not feel overwhelmed by the area or the terrain.  Looking to avoid crowds and have some time to work with them and get them a lesson or two on their new gear.  I only know a couple people who have ever skied here and don't know anyone who ever stayed there.  

 

Any thoughts or first hand accounts on staying there for three to five days with young ones?  

 

What the area is like? 

 

What the lodging options are and what is best for a family?

 

Ski school thoughts?

 

General comments on Granby Ranch and the area?

 

Thanks - 

Ty

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I skied there with kids when it was Sol Vista. It is very limited in terrain. A long way to go for terrain you could get in the midwest.

 

But Granby Ranch is well within range to stay in to ski Winter Park also. You could try both areas.

 

Lots of  condos and houses around GR to rent which is nice with a family. VRBO.com has a bunch.

 

Snow Mountain Ranch  AKA http://ymcarockies.org/ is nearby also and has great programs for kids. Everything from swimming and snowshoeing to arts and crafts.

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I have a friend who started her young kids out here last year, and they just loved it. 

 

I have not been there, so I can't speak to the terrain myself, but I'm sure it looks a lot nicer than the Midwest?? ;) It is a beautiful area, and as Mom said, there are many activities. 

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Thanks for the replies.....

If there is someplace else worth considering that offers close proximity of lodging, good ski schools, less crowds, and gentle terrain like Granby Ranch, what other places might also work? I'm open to some suggestions.  

 

Ty

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Originally Posted by Ty Webb View Post
 

Thanks for the replies.....

If there is someplace else worth considering that offers close proximity of lodging, good ski schools, less crowds, and gentle terrain like Granby Ranch, what other places might also work? I'm open to some suggestions.  

 

Ty

 

 

Sunlight Mountain Resort is this.  Great affordable skiing, zero crowds, on slope lodging, good ski school, an excellent beginner area and terrain that scales all the way to to some really good expert stuff.

 

This deal is one of the best in skiing.  The Ski Swim Stay package gives you a free lift ticket, and a pass to Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, AND kids 12 and under ski free. Most lodging in the area is less than $100 a night (and when you factor in the free lift ticket and hot springs, it is more like $20 a night), and staying in the ski in, ski out condo at Brettelberg is even around $100 per night.

 

Sunlight Mountain Inn is also located across the parking lot from the ski area.

 

Aspen is also just up the road if the more adventurous in your party want a day there.

 

Edit: There are other places too that have great skiing and ski schools, but I am suggesting Sunlight because it has on-slope lodging and many other smaller ski areas in Colorado do not.

 

Powderhorn would be another one to check out with on-slope lodging. Less to do in the area than Sunlight, but a similar lack of crowds and a good family area.

 

Other ski areas that are family oriented and do great for beginners are Monarch, Loveland, Ski Cooper, and Eldora. No on-slope for any of these, and all are uncrowded, although Monarch, Loveland and Eldora will see manageable crowds on peak season weekend days. 


Edited by anachronism - 1/26/14 at 7:17am
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In regards to Granby Ranch, I have an incredibly negative view of the place and would not recommend it to anyone.

 

The ski area gets the least snow of anywhere in Colorado. Most of the mountain is a flat green pitch to the extent that 6" of snow will get you stuck- there is very limited terrain to progress beyond bunny hill skiing.

 

But that's not really my problem with the place- My problem with the place is the entire ski area exists as a standing billboard to sell real estate. You feel like a time-share pitch is just around the corner because everywhere you look, every wall, every lift tower, EVERYWHERE is a come-on to buy a place at Granby Ranch. The ski area is not run as a ski area, it is run as a real estate office that uses a ski area to get people in the door. I can imagine actually staying overnight there to be even worse.

 

I'm not sure of the quality of the ski school there. Maybe it's great, but maybe it is lousy because the focus of the place has little to do with skiing.

 

When I skied here, I also found a surprising level of crowding. It was not terrible, but there were lift lines and there was a lot of slope congestion in areas. Sunlight does not have this at all.

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In regards to Granby Ranch, I have an incredibly negative view of the place and would not recommend it to anyone.

The ski area gets the least snow of anywhere in Colorado. Most of the mountain is a flat green pitch to the extent that 6" of snow will get you stuck- there is very limited terrain to progress beyond bunny hill skiing.

But that's not really my problem with the place- My problem with the place is the entire ski area exists as a standing billboard to sell real estate. You feel like a time-share pitch is just around the corner because everywhere you look, every wall, every lift tower, EVERYWHERE is a come-on to buy a place at Granby Ranch. The ski area is not run as a ski area, it is run as a real estate office that uses a ski area to get people in the door. I can imagine actually staying overnight there to be even worse.

I'm not sure of the quality of the ski school there. Maybe it's great, but maybe it is lousy because the focus of the place has little to do with skiing.

When I skied here, I also found a surprising level of crowding. It was not terrible, but there were lift lines and there was a lot of slope congestion in areas. Sunlight does not have this at all.

I know this is kind of a zombie thread but I felt I needed to address some of Anachronism's concerns. First, he is kind of right about the feeling there, but only (IMO) if you let it get to you. I found the ski school folks in particular to be quite good and very focused on helping one learn or get better, whatever one's level. They are devotees of the [mod note: edited the name of the method] method of direct to parallel, which I felt really helped my stepdaughters get much better much quicker.

My wife and I went to a timeshare meeting, and it was very low key. Some nice wine and snacks and a this is what we have kind of approach. No hard sell like the Vegas one we went to last year, which had us swear off any future meetings, regardless of the "prize" offered.

I doubt we'll go back, but mainly because I think as a family we've outgrown the area. If you have young kids and need a place you can feel they'll be safe to go exploring, I wouldn't discount this place though.
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