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Nordic Ski Getaways

Travel Tips Monday, November 16, 2015

Settle into a cozy lodge for an off-the-beaten-path trip that let’s you stay where you play.

Sure, lots of us work our Nordic skiing into our free time and weekends, but when was the last time you took a break and really planned a getaway—one that let you ski all day, then relax in a hot tub or kick back over a big glass of wine by the fire instead of packing up and hitting the road?

We thought so. Time for a Nordic road trip. Here are three reasons why you should make it an overnight at a guest ranch with Nordic trails and programs:

1. Sensational settings
2. No crowds
3. It’s a no-brainer to plan.

Guest ranches offer all-inclusive packages that include lodging, meals, and activities—skiing, and often horseback riding or sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and more.

Try these guest ranches for an unforgettable skinny ski escape.

For a Romantic Retreat: Home Ranch

The Setting: The heart of the Elk River Valley 18 mile northwest of Steamboat Springs.

The Skiing: Trails are steady rollers with a nice variety of climbing and some breathtaking descending. Don’t miss a sunset ski—the light and exposure are stunning.

Favorite Trail: Easy Does It to No Tomorrow. No Tomorrow winds through aspens, and sometimes the groomer leaves it with a touch of powder to glide through.

Known for: A kick-your-shoes-off cozy atmosphere and incredible gourmet meals.

Don’t Miss: The jar of homemade chocolate chip cookies tucked in each guest room for post-ski snacks—pocket a few, grab your robe, and hit the outdoor hot tub.

For an Authentic Rustic Hideaway: Latigo Ranch

Ranch Setting: Scenic and secluded at 9,000 ft. with spectacular mountain views.

Ski Terrain: Rolling meadows to challenging elevation changes amid evergreens and aspens.

Favorite Trail: Jumper Flats. Spectacular! On a clear day you see Rabbit Ears and Park View Mountains as well as Eagle’s Nest and Indian Peaks Wilderness areas.

Don't Miss: Superb home-cooked meals with the owners prepared by the owners.

For Luxury Lovers: Vista Verde Ranch

The Setting: Luxury log cabins and a massive lodge nestled in hushed National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs.

The Skiing: 30k of groomed trails groomed for skate and classic skiing, with plenty of rollers and climbs.

Know For: Cowboy ops; their renowned horse program offers specialized instruction with a full-sized heated indoor arena for year round riding.

Don't Miss: Happy Hour in the Lodge’s stunning Great Room, with floor-to-ceiling snowy pasture views and a roaring fireplace.

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