Wow, where did the time go? The holidays seem to be a bit of a vortex of time for all of us at the dude ranch. From the whirlwind of getting the staff back in action, training the newbies, and getting everything in tip top shape to open for the season, to all the festivities of the holidays (more about that in a bit) to shuttling people to and from the airport, getting them out on skis, horses, sleds, sleighs, etc….it seems like December 1 rolls in and next thing we know we’re singing Happy New Year! Hopefully you all had a wonderful holiday season, surrounded by friends, family and much laughter.
Our holiday season seemed to be broken down into 3 pieces. There were the folks who came out prior to Christmas and helped us kick off our winter resort season. This was a smaller group of guests and we really enjoyed sharing some fun with them and gearing up for Santa’s arrival. As they headed home, the Christmas guests rolled in, looking for a great family snow vacation. What a great group of guests. We deocorated gingerbread houses, sang carols around the fire, on the sleigh, and all around the ranch. The Christmas day feast was fantastic, thanks to Chef Matt and his wonderfully hard working crew. Then this group of guests headed home to their realities while another group rolled in to ring in the New Year. Once again, we were surrounded with laughter, great energy and fun folks. Our annual New Year’s progressive dinner started with a sleigh ride and skiers, great food and a beautiful evening. Following several stops and about 6 courses, we finished up in the Great Room with the highly anticipated boot drop. Yes, we are fuddy duddies and this happens long before midnight. But, when you are playing hard in the snow all day, you need your sleep!
One of my highlights of the holidays was getting an “office pass” as Charlie likes to call it, and going out to lead a snowshoe tour up by Hahn’s Peak. It was a beautiful day, and I got to have a ton of fun with Holly, Tim and Ted. Lucky me.
Now we are into our adult only times, and with that comes the many honeymooners, some romantic vacation seekers, some getting away with friends, and some just sneaking away on their own for a bit of R&R in a peaceful cabin in Colorado. We’re enjoying the crew here this week. There are some here for their first time, some back after not being here for a while, and even one gal who just drove up the road from close by to snowshoe and relax. It’s a great way to start the New Year!
Here’s to a great year for all of you! We hope to have you join us in 2012. We’re filling up for the winter season, but there are still spots here and there. Surprisingly, we have room leading up to Valentine’s Day….so get your sweetheart and come out for a memorable Valentine’s Day getaway this year if you are looking fora romantic vacation idea!