- Colorado Ski Country has designated Granby Ranch as a GEM ski resort, citing its reasonable prices, short lift lines, off-the-grid location and family-friendly atmosphere. Only nine resorts in Colorado have this distinction.
- Unique attributes include a cross-country trail system at the summit, and night skiing/tubing are offered every Saturday.
Granby Ranch is considered a GEM by Colorado Ski Country; this designation puts SolVista on the map with eight other resorts that are considered the state's best hidden treasures due to shorter lift lines, reasonable prices, a family-friendly undercurrent, and smaller crowds due to its off-the-grid location.
Their trail system consists of thirty-seven slopes broken into the following: 50% intermediate, 30% beginner and 20% advanced. These trails are extended over two interconnected mountains, covering 406 acres, all filtering down to the same base, which is partly why it received its 'family-friendly' designation. The East Mountain (elevation: 9,202 ft) is geared more for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders, whereas the West Mountain (elevation: 9,166 ft.) offers more challenging terrain. There are four lifts: two quads, one triple chair, one double chair, and one surface lift. A Half-Pipe is available for those adventurous skiers/riders and nordic trails branch out from the summit for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Three dining options exist within its Base Camp Lodge (elevation: 8,202 ft), with the Seven Trails Grille, the dining hall/cafeteria and the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. An outside patio area with a fire pit sits right outside the lodge for guests to relax, eat and overlook the slopes. A rental/retail shop offers all types of ski and board rentals, along with helmets, poles, and boots. They also have a renowned ski school, which is known for their direct-to-parallel instruction.
A free Snow Play Park and Kid's Sledding Area is adjacent to the outdoor patio, and every Saturday night from 5 - 8 p.m., they offer night skiing and tubing.
Location: Granby Ranch address: 1000 Village Road, Granby, CO 80446. Phone number: 888-850-4615.
Directions: From Winter Park, drive West on US Highway 40 for about 18 miles. Turn right onto Village Road/CO Rd 89 (this right hand turn is across from the City Market, before the traffic light) and continue on this road for about two miles until you arrive at the Base.
Granby Ranch Ski Area is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and on Saturdays throughout the ski season, the slopes are open for night skiing and tubing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The 2017/2018 ski season opens on December 15, 2017 and closes on April 1, 2018.
Season passes and multi-day lift tickets are available online, and daily lift tickets for the 2017/2018 season can be found here.
Granby Ranch turns into a world-class bike park in the summer, with single-track and downhill trails spanning the entire resort. It is home to the 2010 USA Cycling National Championships and many other distinguished Mountain States Cup Races.