Colorado Winter Vacation Paradise

Ski & Dine at our Guest Ranch and Cross-Country Ski Resort Just North of Steamboat

When the legendary fence post burying snow of North Routt county covers the Elk River Valley in powder, our Colorado dude ranch transforms into a sparkling white wonderland and becomes one of the most beautiful cross-country ski resorts in Colorado. A Winter stay here is an all-inclusive vacation for snow lovers in a bona-fide Colorado mountain paradise, with some of the best Nordic skiing in the world at your doorstep, dreamlike accommodations, and one of the best chefs in the West preparing your every meal.

We offer you a complete smorgasbord of world-class skiing options right from your front door.  In Winter, we convert our horseback riding trails into 20 miles of expertly groomed Cross-Country Skiing trails and we welcome Nordic skiers, Skate Skiers, Snowshoers, Backcountry Skiers, and Powderhounds to one of the most unique and satisfying ski vacations and trail systems in the West.  Champagne powder your thing?  We also provide our downhill skiing guests with private daily shuttles to the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area. We'll pack your lunch, drop you off, and pick you up when your ski day is through. Stay here and ski it all: Backcountry, Classic, Skate, Steamboat, Tele - and never get behind the wheel of a car.  We've got you covered, in powder.

Home Ranch All-Inclusive Cross-country Ski Vacations




A Typical Day During Your Winter Stay

Each day our ski guides will visit with you to help plan your day. Your day could include helping feed our herd of over 100 horses with the sleigh, a snowshoe up Home Mountain for an awe inspiring view of the Elk River valley, a cross-country ski over to Llamasary, a Backcountry excursion up to Hahn's Peak, a quick skate ski around Aspen Arches, a hair raising trip down the tubing hill or reading a book by the fire. Most guests find themselves going out for another ski to make room for the next meal that Chef Clyde Nelson and his staff are preparing.
For those of you who would prefer downhill skiing at the nearby Steamboat Ski Resort, we offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the base each day. We will even pack you a lunch before you head out.
We can also arrange a half day tour with local outfitters for fly fishing on the Yampa River, driving your own team of dogs, or speeding across an open meadow on a snowmobile. All of these are very popular and fill up quickly. We encourage you to let Selina or Johnny know prior to your arrival that you would be interested in any of these activities.

Your All-Inclusive Winter Vacation Rate Includes:

  • The highly-praised gourmet cuisine of executive chef Clyde Nelson at every meal
  • Experienced Nordic ski and snowshoe guides, gear and equipment
  • Colorado Cross country-skiing, classic and skate skiing on 30km of groomed trail on the ranch
  • Guided backcountry skiing in the nearby Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest
  • Great live music, health and happiness for your whole family
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Hayden Airport (HDN)
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Steamboat Ski Resort

Christmas and New Year's Vacations ~ 2014

Christmas Week ~ December 20 - 27

New Year's Week ~ December 27 - January 3


Christmas and New Year’s in the winter wonderland of the Elk River Valley is a truly special time when many extended families, couples and groups return to celebrate the spirit of this holiday season in a picture perfect holiday setting. 

The staff at the Home Ranch create an atmosphere of homecoming and celebration so you can just relax and spend time with your friends and family without having to coordinate meals and activities. 

In addition to all of our daily winter activities like cross country skiing, sleigh rides, sledding, winter horseback riding and downhill skiing, Chef Nelson prepares gourmet holiday dinners and Johnny plans festive entertainment to fit the season. 

Please accept our warm invitation to join us this year for your Christmas Vacation. For more details, please call us at 800.688.2982