Examiner Previews Granby Ranch 2014-15 Winter Season

Oct 11, 2014

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By Regan Dickinson

Ski Granby Ranch today announced what’s coming up this ski season as we inch ever closer to ski season, thanks to some weekend snow. Ski Granby Ranchplans to open on Thursday, Dec. 11 this season.

Here’s an overview of what’s new at the resort this season.

Ski Granby Ranch’s kid-friendly trail on the Zephyr Run is getting an upgrade. The trail and old western town facades are being upgraded and additional features are being added so kids can ski or board through the store fronts, linked with a tunnel and covered bridge. There are cut-outs of deer, elk and bear to enhance the experience.

Ski Granby Ranch is adding four new runs this year, bringing the total number of ski trails to 38. There are two new runs on the West Mountain, called Rough Rider and Striker. These are expert-level black trails that bring the total number of runs on the West Mountain to 15.

Granby Ranch is also improving access to Dean’s Glade on West Mountain. The trees have been thinned, and the run has been graded, creating easier access that is not as technical. The Poma Lift will be reopened this year, giving access to Lone Pine Bowl, an area that hasn’t been available to skiers and riders in more than 15 years.

There’s also a new gladed area off Bronc Rider on the East Mountain where the trees were cleared to create a green run called Bonanza Glade. Fox Den is another addition, which creates an easier access to the base for beginners.

Night skiing will be offered Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. from Jan. 2 through March 28, as well as holidays, including Dec. 26-30, Jan. 16-18 and Feb. 13-15. The cost is $14 per night, and it’s complimentary for season pass holders.

Also new in 2014-15, Ski Granby Ranch offers additional ski and ride school options. There’s the Ranch Rippers Multi-Week Lessons program, aimed at children of all abilities, ages 3-12 years old. This program focuses on skill progression through group activities, games and competition. More advanced participants will explore the terrain park and be introduced to racing. This package starts at $375.

Kids ages 6-12 years old can take advantage of the new Max-Four Semi-Private Lessons. These three-hour lessons are limited to four participants. Kids will be grouped by skill level and peer group. Morning lessons start at 11 a.m., while afternoon lessons begin at 1 p.m. The cost starts at $119.

Granby Ranch is also continuing to invest in its rental fleet, and in partnership with K2 skis and snowboard products has added a total of 200 adult and junior skis and 75 pairs of snowboard boots. Ski Granby Ranch also boasts more than 400 new ski boots from Dalbello.
For the 2014-15 season, Ski Granby Ranch has added a “Rock the Ranch” series in March and April with live music on the patio, outdoor BBQs and beach parties.

  • Live Music on the Patio: Saturdays, March 7 through April 4
  • Night Ski Scavenger Hunt: Friday and Saturdays, March 6-28
  • Beach Bash & Pond Skim: March 28
  • Easter Celebration: April 5, complete with an Easter egg hunt, an Easter service on Vista Ridge and skiing with the Easter Bunny

Granby Ranch is also hosting S’mores Night Skiing on Fridays from Jan. 9 through March 6, where skiers and riders get one free s’mores kit with each paid lift ticket.

On Saturdays from Jan. 10 to March 7, there’s #GranbyGlow Night Skiing, where you get glow sticks with each paid lift ticket and Instagram your favorite pictures for a chance to win free lift tickets.

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