• Colorado’s Nordic Centers Do a Flip for Fair-Weather Fun

     
    POSTED April 16, 2017
     

    Grand Lake Nordic Center/Grand Lake Golf Course, courtesy of Colorado Cross Country Ski Association.

  • Colorado’s Nordic Centers Do a Flip for Fair-Weather Fun

     
    POSTED April 16, 2017
     

    Latigo Ranch, courtesy of Colorado Cross Country Ski Association.

  • Colorado’s Nordic Centers Do a Flip for Fair-Weather Fun

     
    POSTED April 16, 2017
     

    Mountain biking at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, courtesy Devil's Thumb.

In recent years, Colorado ski resorts have found unique ways to transform into busy summer and fall playgrounds and ideal spots for group gatherings and activities, and the state’s Nordic centers are doing the same. The Colorado Cross Country Ski Association, representing 19 family- and group-friendly ski centers and guest ranches that have a combined total of more than 850 km of ski and snowshoe trails, shared these ideas for great summer base camps for golf, adventures, events and more.

At Frisco Adventure Park, tubing and sledding turns into summer fun with a free bike park, free skate park, free disc golf course, hiking and biking trails, camping spots, wagon rides and more. Views of Lake Dillon are a bonus.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Snow Mountain Ranch, Tennessee Pass and Thunder Mountain Lodge become picture-perfect in the summer and fall with dramatic views that provide an incomparable backdrop for receptions, dinners, weddings and most any kind of gathering.

Perhaps one of the most striking changes when the snows melt is realizing that some cross-country ski and snowshoe trails were created over impeccably groomed golf fairways and greens at places like Grand Lake Golf Course, Keystone Golf Course and Vail Golf Course. Measure distance in yards and holes instead of kilometers!

In some cases, stellar Nordic trails come alive with horses and riders at guest ranches like Home Ranch, Latigo Trails, Vista Verde and Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.

When it’s time to put the skis and snowshoes away, think out of the box about how winter facilities and trails can be transformed into something entirely different for your group!

Recent Denver events caught our attention as they provide fun and tasty ways to bring local experiences to group gatherings, offering alternatives to popular wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Grand Coffee Bazaar
grandcoffeebazaar.com; twoparts.com 

 

The land that originally held a Colorado Springs dairy farm and gambling casino in the late 1800s was transformed into The Broadmoor, one of Colorado’s most iconic luxury resorts, with the vision and guidance of founder Spencer Penrose. The resort’s doors opened to the world on June 29, 1918, and the rest is history. 

 

One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.