Whereas it used to be a time to simply kick back and relax, many of today’s travelers are using vacations as a time to continue normal health and fitness routines, or perhaps even try something new. Two of the ranches in the Dude Ranchers Association have been nominated for the USA Today 10Best cross-country ski resorts. Both these ranches have world class trails, accommodations and amazing food.
Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado has 50 kilometers of groomed trails & 200 miles of backcountry powder for a cross-country ski resort. Guests, who have skied all over the state, proclaim that Latigo Ranch offers some of the finest cross-country skiing available in Colorado. The ranch machine grooms 50 kilometers of trail, covering varied terrain from flat beginning track to challenging advanced. The entire cross country ski track is groomed for both classic and skate skiing. For backcountry or telemark aficionados, Latigo is surrounded by over 200 square miles of deep powder in the National Forest. Don’t want to lug your skis with you? No worries, just call ahead to reserve top-of-the-line equipment from the ranch.
The Latigo kitchen takes pride in crafting exceptional meals that satisfy and delight. You won’t have to worry about choosing restaurants every day; and at each meal there are options enough to please everyone. Those with dietary restrictions won’t be left out. With some advance notice, Latigo can accommodate nearly anything.
Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana has 85 kilometers of carefully maintained woodland trails over phenomenal mountain terrain, it’s no wonder Lone Mountain Ranch has been voted Cross Country Skier magazine’s #1 Nordic ski destination in North America. Knowledgeable guides, dependable snow and wide range of trails offers something for beginners, experts, leisurely explorers and hardcore athletes. It is operated as a cross-country ski resport under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Besides the skiing one of the most exciting things about Lone Mountain Ranch is the food. Executive Chef Eric Gruber has made a name for himself in national culinary circles, now he oversees a deep commitment to locally sourced, farm-to-table menus that reflect true Montana heritage. Whether you join us at Big Sky’s favorite Horn & Cantle Restaurant, The Saloon or one of the signature Lone Mountain experiences, you’ll find a mix of Western favorites and modern originals.
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