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Winter at Vista Verde Ranch

In the depth of winter, I think of snowy scenes like the one at right, at Colorado’s Vista Verde Ranch. And I long for the peace and beauty of snowcapped mountains.

I just got a note from Stephanie at Vista Verde Ranch, and it brought back memories. I’ve visited this ranch near Steamboat, Colorado, in both summer and winter. And while I love it in all seasons, there’s something really special about winter at the ranch. It’s so incredibly lovely and there’s so much to do: riding shaggy-coated horses in deep snow. Cross-country skiing past tall, leafless aspen. Sitting by the fire with a crisp Chardonnay in hand.
Since they have so much news, I thought I’d pass along the latest from Stephanie. “There’s a lot going on at Vista Verde the past couple years,” she says. “We are in the midst of a major lodge expansion, which is due to be finished before summer and is stunning already!  Our indoor riding arena is being erected so we’ll be able to offer more riding opportunities in the winter.”

And she continues, “Cabins have been remodeled, with others waiting for their turn.  New ownership, a fabulous new chef, and some new members of management have added an extra oomph of excitement to what we are already passionate about- providing an unforgettable Western vacation experience.”

There’s a lot to do here in winter, from nordic skiing, sledding, sleigh rides, and horseback riding, to just relaxing in the outdoor hot tub. And the downhill ski slopes at Steamboat are just minutes away.

We’re always thrilled to hear about ranch news, so keep sending in those notes! Just click the envelope at left to email us.

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