skiing Tag

Snow is falling, falling on me

After 10 days of sunshine and blue skies, the clouds came back last night and we woke up to fresh snow this morning. Granted, it was pretty sloppy snow because the temperatures were pretty warm. But, throughout the day it’s turned into fluffier snowflakes and is piling up more each hour. Steve and Kelli left the rest of the guides in charge back at the ranch and headed out for an all-day ski today with Mickey, David, Sharon and Bruce. In a few minutes, I’m going to head out and do a little “quality control” on our groomed trails. And I see Rusty heading out on horseback with our honeymooners for a ride in the peacefully falling snow. I’ll see if I can get a picture of the pretty scene while I’m out scouting the trails!

Mountain Biking or ‘Biking in the Mountains’

Do you enjoy taking your bicycle down to the corner store for ice cream, or maybe you are a fitness fanatic and you get your blood pumping with a good cycling session…

Take a Steamboat Springs vacation and you can do both! Up in the beautiful mountains of Colorado there are endless trails and scenic routes to go biking. Vista Verde Guest Ranch has an amazingĀ  program with top of the line bikes just waiting to be tested!

Steve and Kelli King head up Vista Verde’s Adventure Center, guiding hiking and biking trips all summer as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing trips for guests coming to join us for a winter vacation in Colorado. Their goal is to give everyone the cycling experience that they are looking for, be it an adventurous mountain bike trail, or more laid back and scenic ‘biking in the mountains’. Although they appeal to both ends of the spectrum as far as fitness and adventure level, every rider will enjoy their new fleet of the Jamis bikes.

This year they invested in a new wheel which is a 650B, a 27 1/2 inch wheel. This new technology is a bigger wheel that allows more stability and rolls over rocks more easily. Guests this season are already raving about them, and a few have put in orders for their own Jamis, 650B bikes!

Steve and Kelli’s philosphy is that “if you want to introduce someone to a sport or activity, you have to give them the best equipment so they can succeed.” This is definitely true at Vista Verde. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tag along with some guests on an easy going, scenic ride around Steamboat Lake and through the historic Hahn’s Peak Village. It was a nice relaxing afternoon, and I enjoyed it so much that I thought I was ready to step it up a bit. This past week I joined them for an intense mountain bike ride. It was such a blast! I learned how to ride over logs, and I was put to the test going up a monsterous hill, but the sense of accomplishment at the end, and the vast view of the Zirkel Wilderness at the top were worth all of the effort!

Also, some Vista Verde trivia for you…. I learned was that all of their bikes have names, so they can keep track of each one. Well three of them, named Breyer, Klondike and Cold Stone are designated for the casual ride to the Clark Store to get ice cream when guests are looking for a relaxing afternoon during their ranch holiday!

This year Steve is excited about 3 brand new snow bikes they have added to the fleet for the winter! So summer, or winter you will have to come out to our Colorado mountain resort and try out the trails on something other than four legs! Give the mountain bikes a try next time you’re enjoying a vacation at our luxury ranch in Steamboat Springs!