Orientation week officially kicked off yesterday as we begin our countdown to opening day for our winter season. As our first guests are getting their bags packed for their winter vacation in Colorado, we are meticulously going down the list of all the details we need to have in place for the season. As we do each season, we started orientation with introductions. There aren’t as many new faces this season, as so many of our summer staff came back for the winter. But, there were a handful of folks who we were all meeting for the first time. One of the traditions at Vista Verde is putting your pin on the map each season. It’s a fun way to see where everyone is from originally.
After introductions, we moved into a brief history talk by Steve, which was informative for all, especially since Steve claims to make up half of it. Jokes aside, as Bill and I stood there listening, we both commented about how we learned something new about the history of the dude ranch. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. I’m talking about Bill, of course.
Steve then took the crew on a walk around the ranch compound, and then they were back into the Great Room to hear us breakdown the mission of our operation. With the foundation laid of who we all are, how the ranch came to be what it is today, and why we are doing what we are doing, we moved into the more detailed aspect of training. Each crew broke off and starting learning the ropes of what they’ll be doing every day during this coming season. So much to learn, and 10 days to go!
Have you planned your winter vacation to Colorado yet? It’s going to be a great season here at Vista Verde….we can just feel it in the air.