Adjacent to the Big Meadow, Irrigation Sensation is a gradual climb up through the aspens, and the only route from the front side of the lodge for access to the upper meadow runs of coyote track and JB memorial, and the upper level of the ranch trails.
Aspen Arches is aptly named for the Aspen grove surrounding this trail that gets bent over by the heavy, early fall snow storms. From the ski hut, skiers can begin their ranch tour with this easy loop before heading up into higher ground. It provides a great warm up out of the wind. Gentle terrain, sheltered from winds and storms it provides access to a delightfully peaceful sojourn along the Elk river under the canopy of huge fir trees. Within Aspen Arches is "Cody's Run" -300 yards long and groomed triple wide as a great practice area for skate skiers. Add in beautiful views of 10,847 ft. Sand Mountain as a bonus!
Distance 1/2 Mile
This is just one of the access trails to the upper wooded and wide-open meadow trails. A gentle uphill and fun cruise down on the way home, "Easy Does It" will really give you the scope of what The Home Ranch terrain offers. Take a left on to Boundary and this will bring you to "Runaway," more for the advanced skier. 200 yards straight down a rather steep hill...Point the schees downhill and bend zee kneez!!
Just off of "Easy Does It" are "Home Run" and "St. Louis Blues." They will connect you to three groomed trails running south. "Otters Run" (1 mile) starts along Boundary and weaves its way gently through aspen groves, past a huge old aspen scarred by a bear's claws and then across 3 other trails terminating at "Rabbit's Run." "No Tomorrow" (Intermediate 1 mile) runs parallel to "Otter's Run" and offers a delightful undulating downhill run from the chute back to "Home Run"-our guides favorite run home!
From "Boundary" running west and downhill are "Bear Paw" (easy) "Fox Run" (longer and a little faster ) and "The Chute" (faster yet still intermediate except for the upper section). Each run is really fun and groomed wide to be able to make some turns.
This trail extends along our eastern border with the Routt National Forest. It is often a fresh powder run with some adventuresome short downhills. Outstanding views across the Elk River Valley and surrounding peaks.
"The Chute" or "Otter's Run" will funnel you into "Coyote Track," which circumnavigates the meadow. It consists of flat terrain and always changing views including the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and the Continental Divide. This in turn, gives way to "JB Memorial."
Once you make the gradual climb up "Irrigation Sensation" this lovely tour of our upper meadow rewards skiers with exceptional 360 views of the Elk River Valley, Hahn's Peak and Sand Mountain. "JB Memorial" gently bisects the meadow. JB was a horse who deservedly had one of his summer trails named for him.
Past "The Chute" exists still more great terrain. "No Tomorrow" extends gently uphill 1/2 mile and connects with "Boundary." Here you may retrace your tour for a really fun 1 mile ride back home on "No Tomorrow." You may also climb to the left to reach the highest part of "Boundary" and another series of fun downhills heading home (1 mile advanced intermediate). Finally, continue on "Boundary" to the top of one of our telemark runs, "Elk Run." Wide telemark skis are recommended for this 1/8 mile powder downhill.
Back at the bottom of "The Chute" is "Llama Junction" and the intersection of "Coyote Track" with the trail south past the old Llamasary building. It crosses the Greenville Mine National Forest road and presents us with 2 more fun big meadow loops. "TeePee Creeper Loop" is an intermediate 1 1/2 miles with 2 fun downhill sections reconnecting to the Llamasary Trail via "Homestead Trail."