Our winter season here in Colorado has come to an end. Each year around February 1, I wonder why are we closing a month earlier than the Steamboat Ski Resort? For Vista Verde, the spring break crowd has never been a big one, and our bookings just slow down in March enough that it doesn’t make sense to stay open. One of these days we may make the push for it and see if we can fill up our cabins all the way through March. But for now, the season comes to an end this week.
The close of each season is always a little bittersweet. On one hand the seasonality of this business is fun for us “lifers” who are here for the long haul. It’s nice to have your year ebb and flow and as much as we enjoy the guests, we also enjoy the quiet nature of off-season. Project time. But for the staff who come and go throughout the years, the end of the season can mark a goodbye. This spring we have one really poignant goodbye. Those of you who have been here in the past several years will have known Bekah from either the dining room or housekeeping. After running the dining room, Bekah wanted a change of pace and moved into running our housekeeping department this past year. Not only has Bekah had her hand in both of these departments and done both great, but she’s been involved in so many other aspects around the ranch. Her passion for guest ranching and the Vista Verde approach towards betterness has always shown through. Although we’re sad to see Bekah go, we’re excited for her next step in life. For those of you who might not have known, Bekah is heading to Tenessee to put the final touches on her wedding to former head wrangler Rusty. They’ll be married later next month, and we wish them both the very best. Who knows, maybe this couple will find their way back to Colorado one day. The pull of ranch life is pretty strong! Thanks Bekah for all you’ve done. You’ll be missed.