Vista Verde Ranch http://www.vistaverde.com Luxury Resort Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:44:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Dude Ranch Life: We’ve got babies coming! http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/11/dude-ranch-life-weve-got-babies-coming/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:30:28 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25288 Last week marked roughly the 60 day pregnancy check for our mares who were bred this past summer. Dr. Courtney Diehl came up with her ultrasound machine and checked each of the mares, and confirmed that they are all still in foal (aka expecting) and everyone is looking good! June, Teletubby, Sugar and Oakley are all well on their way to motherhood. We’re excited to have our first round of foals by our stallion Shaq due next spring. We will even have a foal due in the summer, as Oakley took a little longer to get checked into foal this year!

Now it’s time for the mares to relax, get their nails done, and eat plenty of high quality feed. Not a bad life, eh?

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Carpe Travel – November 2016 http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/11/carpe-travel-november-2016/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:17:17 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25283 Winter is coming, and Elaine Schoch, the founder of Carpe Travel, has put together a great selection of some of Colorado’s best winter accommodations. Read the article….

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Insider tips for dressing your kids for a winter vacation http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/11/insider-tips-for-dressing-your-kids-for-a-winter-vacation/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:15:41 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25233 Gearing up your kids for a winter vacation can be daunting, but we’re sharing some insider tips from Steamboat parents, who know a thing or two about getting their kids out in the snow. You can also check out our Pinterest board that has more ideas for dressing your kids for winter.

Terri Goforth (mom of Caley, 8)- Hand and foot warmers are a must. Whether skiing or sledding or snowmobiling….these items are a definite must-have item for Caley. We actually put the foot warmers on the top of her toes so when putting on her boots, they don’t slip off or get bunched up.

Jessica Spear (mom of Shea, 8 and Sloan, 10)- On those days when motivation is low to go out in the snow, warm pajamas work great under snow suits, and it helps our family to have some sweet treats in our pockets to keep spirits high.

Wes Fountain (dad of Olivia, 8 and Jonah, 12)- Put the mittens on first, then the jacket, then grab a roll of duct tape and seal the jacket over the mittens. That will give you hours of fun without snow going down into their mittens or sleeves.

Kelly Bastone (mom of Simone, 5)- We’re fans of loooong gauntlets on gloves and high boots. A lot of snow boots are ankle models, you know. Snow invariably gets in the cuffs, because pants ride up, etc. Bogs are nice and high, and keep ankles covered even when pant cuffs ride up a bit. Long cuffs on mitts are great too, when we can find models that have them.

We’re also experimenting with the two-glove system that a lot of adults like. Kid wears a thin glove underneath a big, fluffy mitt. Kid can remove the mitt for something requiring dexterity, and put the mitt back on for warmth. It’s not a perfect solution, and not great for many hours in the snow because eventually the mitt gets damp, and doesn’t stay warm. But it does seem to keep her fingers warmer for an hour or two.

And I don’t think we ever go out without a tin of Dermatone. It’s a great emergency layer for cheeks and noses, and our kid definitely tolerates ointment better than a big bulky mask or scarf over her face, blocking her mouth/nose breathing.

Monica Niedermeier (mom of Tomas, 12)- Jackets with clips for mittens are a must, as are snow boots with a tall shaft. Get their snowpants a little long and make sure to look for ones that have a tight cuff or built in gator, so they stay on over the boots. No one likes snow in their boots!

These folks spend a lot of time with their kids out in the snow in the winter months, so these are tried and true suggestions! Give them a try and always feel free to call us with questions as you gear up for your winter vacation.

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Romancing the Snow http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/11/romancing-the-snow/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:12:57 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25230 It’s the antithesis of sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink in hand. But it turns out that not everyone wants that kind of vacation. We hear from couples all the time who want to have some adventure, experience new things together, meet other interesting people, yet still fit some romance into the equation. Wintertime at Vista Verde does just that. Imagine getting the blood flowing on a ski tour over a frozen lake or giggling like children as you tube down the hill before heading into your private cabin, building a crackling fire, and enjoying a glass of wine in the hot tub (fine print: we are not encouraging drinking and hot tubbing…that is totally your decision folks) while you watch the horses frolic in the snow. Mix that alone time with some great conversation over a fabulous dinner and a cozy down comforter waiting for you to curl up in bed at the end of the day. It’s not for everyone, but I’ll take that over the beach chair and umbrella drink any day. Here is what some folks have said on Tripadvisor following their honeymoons or just a romantic escape during our adult-only times.
Honeymoon review

Adult-only couple review

Honeymoon review

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Dude Ranch Life: Out in the community http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/dude-ranch-life-out-in-the-community/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:03:38 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25226 With all of us settled into the off-season, and catching up with our lives, I’m finding out a bit more about what some of our key players are doing when they aren’t at the ranch. And, it’s kind of fun to see the different ways some of these folks are plugged into the Clark and Steamboat communities.

Recently, “Grandpa” Charlie was elected to the North Routt Pre-School board of directors. It’s a great fit as we (all of us at the ranch) are involved with their big Spring Fling fundraisers. Beka, who loves kids, helps out with the Kids church at the North Routt Community Church, and just this past weekend was a volunteer at the Kids Fall Festival in Clark. Chef Chol is involved in the Backcountry hunter and anglers fundraiser as a guest chef. Devyn, KP, and Brandon all help out with the music at the North Routt Community Church on Sundays. Ben dug out his track cleats to be a volunteer track coach for the high school team (he was once a hurdler, can you believe it!?). And Steph runs the Steamboat Marketing Collective with meetings each month to present and discuss hot topics in marketing. Any volunteers for a guest presenter next time you’re in town?

 

Although much of our time is taken at the ranch, it’s nice to help out in the community around us!

 

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Time Out – October 2016 http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/time-out-october-2016/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:58:59 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25219 Because we all need a time out from time to time, here is a list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the USA from Time Out. Read the article….

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Culture Trip – September 2016 http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/culture-trip-september-2016/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:47:15 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25217 Compiling a list of the Best Guest Ranches in the US is quite a project, but Alexia Wulff did just that for the Culture Trip. Read the article…..

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Dude Ranch Life: Gearing up for skiing this winter! http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/dude-ranch-life-gearing-up-for-skiing-this-winter/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:47:33 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25210 You know that saying all dressed up and no where to go? Well, we’re kind of living that right now in the context of all ready to ski, but no snow to ski on yet. See, this past spring we sold off our backcountry ski and boot inventory in preparation for switching over to a new ski and boot set up this winter. We had our old fleet for a while, and the company who made the boots we used was no longer going to be making those boots. So, with all that, it made for logical timing to start clean. We had a big sale right when we closed and cleared out the fleet and then went to work finding the right replacement equipment.

Alpina turned out to be our answer, and just the other day the crates of Alpina Discovery BC skis, Alpina Montana boots, and Rottefella bindings arrived. Beka got them all unloaded, and in the next few weeks she, Nate, Steve, and Kelli will be drilling and mounting bindings. It’s pretty fun to see a whole pile of shiny new skis and beautiful boots (that, by the way, are super comfortable!).

So, give us a couple more weeks to enjoy getting out to hike on the trails, but then you can start your snow dances. We’ll be ready for the ranch to switch over from Vista Verde to Vista Blanca, and we’ll be even more excited to try out the new gear. Hopefully you can come out this winter and ski with us and try it out yourself!

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AARP – October 2016 http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/aarp-october-2016/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:15:56 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25201 People typically think of dude ranches as a great summer vacation option, but writer Gigi Ragland explores a number of great dude ranches that are open for guests to come explore a winter wonderland type of vacation in a recent article for AARP. Read the article….

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Chicago Tribune – October 2016 http://www.vistaverde.com/ranch-blog/2016/10/takingthekids-com-october-2016/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:06:58 +0000 http://www.vistaverde.com/?p=25198 Writer Eileen Ogintz from TakingtheKids.com visited the ranch last winter, and shares some thoughts on their experience taking a winter vacation at the ranch with her millennial age family members. Read the article…..

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