Winter Ranch Holiday USA

Join this 7 days winter ranch vacation to enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains at the Colorado luxury dude ranch located just north of Steamboat Springs. You’ll find a diverse offering of activities, amazing food, friendly staff, and the spectacular views surrounding. Furthermore. you will relax with the ease of planning an all-inclusive vacation and discover why so many people keep coming back Vista Verde for an unforgettable Colorado ranch vacation.

Highlights

  • Horseback riding in the snow
  • A weekly cooking class & wine tasting
  • Daily kids program with trained wranglers
  • Guided backcountry ski and snowshoe tours
  • Fat biking on the salsa and fatback bikes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Twice weekly yoga

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this ranch vacation, you can choose either to be accommodated in lodge rooms or cabins. Vista Verde style is first class and friendly accommodation whether you will choose to stay in a private cabin or deluxe lodge room.

The quiet, luxurious cabins are placed along the base of the hillside, and range from one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms with living rooms, wood stoves and private hot tubs out on the deck. Meanwhile, the spacious lodge rooms are very convenient and have sitting areas, balconies, and gorgeous mountain views, paired with the rustic feel of a Colorado dude ranch.

Each cabin and lodge room offers a snack bar, refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages, coffee maker, hairdryer, robes, plus much more. Each day, the magical housekeeping fairies will come and tidy up for you as well as turn down your beds in the evening. There are no phones or televisions in the accommodations. Wireless internet is available in the main lodge at no charge.

Note: As much as they love animals, Vista Verde cannot allow pets to come stay at the ranch.

Vista Verde USA Ranch Holiday Program

Program

Another element of the winter program is the horses. Whether you are coming with the focus of the top-notch riding program or just want to ride a little to take a break from skiing, Vista Verde will get you in the saddle, having fun and learning.

Trail rides

You will be sitting astride one of the horses resplendent in their warm, thick winter coat is also an experience not to be missed. It’s a lot different than riding on summertime trails, with the blanket of fresh snow under the horses’ hooves!

The staff will keep a few trails around the ranch packed down during the winter. Because of the snow, and the colder weather, they will keep the rides to a slower pace and only go out for an hour or so. Whether you ride on a warm, sunny day or on a day when the snow is falling gently on you, it’s an experience not to be missed!

Horsemanship clinics and lessons

For those looking for a more in-depth riding experience, the ranch offers riding in the indoor arena each day. Here, you’ll be able to learn how to communicate better with your horse and improve your riding skills. The ranch’s full-sized and heated indoor riding arena is the reason this can all happen at Vista Verde. The Indoor facilities include stalls, grooming areas, and a large tack room so you can enjoy all aspects of horse care in comfort.

Sleigh rides

It just wouldn’t be right to spend time in a winter wonderland without singing a line or two of “jingle bells.” Furthermore, you can do just that when you head out on the “one horse open sleigh” around the ranch. However, if you would like, you will hop on the big sleigh pulled by the team of Percherons and help the wranglers feed the resident herd of horses each day. Either way, it’s a wonderful winter experience while the horses do all the work.

Quality horses and in-depth instruction

The Vista Verde riding program has helped the guests far exceed their expectations in regards to how much they can learn in a week. From both demonstrating what the trainers will be teaching the young horses to help you learn how to better communicate with your own horse during one of the many clinics, you might find that you never want to leave the arena because you’re having too much fun!

The ranch has invested in a breeding and training program as well to help ensure that they are bringing in the next generation of fabulous horses for the guests. They breed some of the well-pedigreed mares each year to the own stallion and will be enjoying the wonderful foals as they grow up at the ranch.

As a guest, you can enjoy seeing these foals as they will be born and begin the training process. Often times, the training staff are working the young horses while they are teaching you to work with and train your own horse. It’s just amazing how much there is to learn about horses and the team will be there to share that with you.

Everyday, the ranch will offer a different and interesting clinic or horseback experience that can be great learning experiences for novices and experts alike. The training staff has developed a variety of different clinics to explore the different aspects of horsemanship, and they are suitable for all riding levels.

From basic horsemanship clinics to more focused cattle work clinics as well as some that are just focused on bringing it all together through fun games, you will be able to expand your horsemanship knowledge dramatically through the week

Kids program

A family snow vacation at Vista Verde means quality time together, sharing new experiences, creating memories, but also some time for mom and dad to relax and recharge on their own. The engaging kid's program will be for children 6 - 12 years old and the staff will wear them out. From tubing to riding horses to snowshoeing to just playing in the snow, the organizer will get them outside and keep them going all day long.

Each day brings a new adventure for the kids and they can run on over to the Kids Hut to meet up with the Kid Wranglers for the morning after having breakfast with you. After a fun-filled morning, they will meet up with you again for lunch and then off they will go again until later in the afternoon. Although Vista Verde do encourage families to participate in activities together, they know the allure of the fun to be had with the other kids is a strong pull. But, what a great problem to have!

Some evenings will be spent together as a family with casual meals and evening programs. On other evenings, the organizer will have what they call a “formal dinner” for the adults and the “Dine 'n Dash” dinner for the kids. Parents can enjoy a quiet meal with a nice glass of wine and other adult conversation while the kids have a quicker, more kid-friendly dinner and then head off for a fun activity.

Teens are welcome to join the kid's program any day, and for any of the “Dine ‘n Dash” meals. There is not a formal teen program during the winter months but the staff will invite them into the fun whether with the adults or the kids.

Other activities

  • Culinary classes
  • Fat biking
  • Photography
  • Skiing
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Yoga

Daily schedule

Sunday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic or Nordic ski clinic
  • Lunch
  • Glide, ride or slide, or cooking class
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • Casual dinner with the staff
  • Game night

Monday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic
  • Lunch with the staff
  • Town trip
  • All levels yoga class or leatherworking
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • "Formal" dinner

Tuesday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic or brown bag ski / snowshoe
  • Lunch
  • Colt training or wine tasting
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • Casual dinner with the staff
  • Dance night

Wednesday

  • 07:00 Pilates
  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic or Nordic ski clinic
  • 12:30 Lunch with the staff
  • 13:30 Town Trip
  • Glide, ride or slide or Restorative yoga
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • "Formal" dinner

Thursday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic or brown bag ski / snowshoe
  • Lunch
  • Colt training or wine tasting
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • Casual dinner with the staff
  • Music show

Friday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic
  • Lunch with the staff
  • Town trip
  • Glide, ride or slide, or Nordic ski clinic
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • "Formal" dinner with wine pairings

Saturday

  • 07:30 Continental breakfast
  • 08:00 Hot breakfast
  • Horsemanship clinic or brown bag ski / snowshoe
  • Lunch with the staff
  • Colt training or all levels yoga
  • 18:00 Happy half-hour in the great room
  • "Formal" dinner with wine pairings

Program is not fixed, it can be changed.

Location

This ranch vacation will take place at Vista Verde in Colorado, USA.

Features

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

During this ranch vacation, you will be served 3 delicious meals per day. Ranch breakfasts have a reputation to live up to. This is the meal when the ranchers stock up for the day on hearty fare that will keep them going however hard they work.

The breakfasts will reflect that heritage but with a little bit of fancy thrown in and an understanding that not everyone wants to partake in a heavy meal. You can keep it light with fresh fruits, berries, and homemade bread or go for it with a made to order breakfast burrito, eggs benedict or honey wheat pancakes with caramelized apples on top.

Noontime is such a beautiful time of day at Vista Verde. You will take advantage of that by scheduling as many meals outside on the deck as weather permits in the summer. These will be casual cookouts when the staff and the guests will all enjoy the warm sun and beautiful views together. The menu can range from grilled burgers and portabellas to veggie, steak and shrimp kabobs on the grill. In addition, there are always freshly made salads and a finger-licking dessert.

In the winter, you will venture outside on the deck on a warm sunny day. But most of the time, it’s a treat to come inside the Lodge for lunch after an active morning out in the snow and trust Vista Verde, you will really earn your lunch in the winter! Each day a variety of salads will await you as well as homemade soups to warm you from the inside. In addition, the chefs prepare several hot entrees that can vary from simple and hearty to elegant and unique.

Dinner is the main event at Vista Verde. Throughout the week, the chefs offer several casual, family style dinners. However, the big draw will be for what it is called the “formal dinners.” The dress is anything but formal but the food will rival that of most metropolitan upscale restaurants.

These multi-course dinners are the true events here and will intentionally not rush through you. Here will be a chance for you to relax with a nice glass of wine, delightful menu choices and wonderful conversation with the other guests you will meet during your stay.

Note: The chefs are happy to accommodate special dietary needs. The ranch will send out an advance guest information form with space for you to fill out your requests and needs. Please send Vista Verde an inquiry for more information.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Dog Sledding
  • Downhill skiing at Steamboat
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Ice climbing
  • Massage
  • Massage from a trained therapist
  • Powder cat skiing
  • Premium wines from the select list
  • Shopping
  • Snowmobiling

What's included

  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • A weekly cooking class and a wine tasting
  • A weekly photography workshop with professional photographer
  • A wide assortment of wine, beer, and other beverages
  • Daily kids program with trained wranglers (during holidays and family times)
  • Evening entertainment some evenings (Musical entertainers, movie nights, etc.)
  • Fat biking on our salsa and fatback bikes
  • Guided backcountry ski and snowshoe tours
  • Horseback rides in the snow
  • Informative horsemanship in our indoor arena
  • Sleigh rides
  • Transportation to and from Steamboat in ranch Suburban’s
  • Tubing with snowmobiles to get you back up (it’s not just for kids!)
  • Twice weekly yoga
  • Use of the equipment for backcountry skiing, skate, and classic skiing, and snowshoeing
  • Use of the 30 kilometers of groomed track for skate and classic skiing

How to get there

Driving directions from Denver

  • Drive west on I-70 to Silverthorne.
  • Turn right and drive north on Highway 9 to Kremmling.
  • Turn left and northwest on Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs in Kremmling.
  • Drive past the ski area and through town to the west side of Steamboat on Highway 40.
  • Turn right (north) on County Road 129. There is a stop light at this intersection.
  • Follow CR 129 north about 18 miles.
  • Go to the town of Clark.
  • Cross the Elk River when is just past Clark.
  • Turn right onto Seedhouse Road or also known as County Road 64.
  • Follow Seedhouse Road about 5 miles until you see our sign on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Take a left into the driveway.
  • Follow the driveway about one mile until you come to the main lodge at the ranch.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN). Transfer to the airport is included. Vista Verde will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by shuttle

You can fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and then take a shuttle service to Steamboat or the ranch.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This ranch vacation is available from December 13, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low-season
  • December 13 - 22, 2018
  • January 5 - March 31, 2019

 

High-season

December 22, 2018 - January 5, 2019

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