• 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.

    <p><font color="black" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span id="divtagdefaultwrapper" style="font-size:12pt;">Grand Lake Nordic Center/Grand Lake Golf Course, courtesy of&nbsp;Colorado Cross Country Ski Association.</span></font></p>
  • Colorado’s Nordic Centers Do a Flip for Fair-Weather Fun

     
    POSTED April 16, 2017
     

    Latigo Ranch, courtesy of Colorado Cross Country Ski Association.

    <p><font color="black" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span id="divtagdefaultwrapper" style="font-size:12pt;">Latigo Ranch, courtesy of&nbsp;Colorado Cross Country Ski Association.</span></font></p>
  • 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.

    <p><font color="black" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span id="divtagdefaultwrapper" style="font-size:12pt;">Mountain biking at&nbsp;Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort &amp; Spa, courtesy Devil's Thumb.</span></font></p>

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!

A vintage travel theme helps launch Colorado chapter of WIPA.

 

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.

 

This recent trend not only benefits lone eagles, remote employees and business travelers, it’s resulting in handy new options for meeting and event locations.