Trail Conditions & Grooming
Snow Mountain Ranch is home to over 120 kilometers of groomed trails in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Take a look below to find out the up to date information on trail conditions and grooming reports this winter!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Nordic ski, snowshoe and fat bike season!
Trail Conditions as of 12/15/17 @ 8:00AM: We’ve roll packed and combed all of Zone C – 3 and the southern trails of Zone A- 1 on Thursday. We had 2″ of freshies Thursday night and the skiing is only getting better. Over 20K of good coverage! Zones A, B, and C have all been rolled which totals close to 65K. Rock skis still recommended and no track set. There are thin spots and some areas may require walking. The southern trails in Zone A-1 are getting better, but rock skis should be used on all trails. As of 12/12 we are shoveling to keep the conditions fair. The trails have softened up with this new snow. Walking down on the side of some of the hills maybe required.
All skiers must stop by the Nordic Center to get a trail pass.
Recommended skiing is in C Zone and can be accessed by parking at the gate by the stables, putting on skis 200 m down the road and skiing Blue Ridge Trail.
All skiers using Snow Mountain Ranch rentals must ski in C Zone. Skiers using their own equipment may ski A Zone. If skiing this zone please walk down the hill from the Nordic Center and put on your skis on at the treeline heading towards the Biathlon range. Best skiing is on Gaskill Trail around the reservoir as well as Lowry and Swenson to Heckman.
Both fat biking and snow shoeing conditions are great.
Air Temp: -5F 12/15/17 (@ 8:15 AM)
Grooming Policies and Procedures
The information on these pages will provide a general guide and outline for our staff and guests on how, when, and why grooming takes place at Snow Mountain Ranch. Topics include policies, grooming priorities, procedures, and equipment descriptions.
Check the trail grooming conditions website and board before skiing. Some amount of grooming will take place on a daily basis. Grooming determinations are based on weather, skier volume and use, and labor. Grooming will be performed by staff during two windows of grooming priority based on weather. The primary window of grooming will be from 5pm till midnight. The second window of grooming will be from 3am till 8:30am. The two main reasons for darkness grooming are for skier safety and snow set time for a quality ski surface and track. The only times that grooming may take place during the day light operating hours of the Nordic Center is when weather and skier volume may dictate a grooming need. An example of such a grooming needs is, if an on-going snowfall or wind create more than a 1” per hour build up on the trails during open hours. Grooming will not take place till the weather subsides and allows for a maintainable ski surface. Grooming may then commence based on use and time of day.
SKIERS ARE REQUESTED TO AVOID SKIING RIGHT BEHIND GROOMING EQUIPMENT IF DAYLIGHT GROOMING IS TAKING PLACE. THIS IS FOR SAFETY AND PRODUCT QUALITY. PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST AN HOUR FOR THE SNOW TO HARDEN. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE MESSING UP THE GROOMING, YOU PROBABLY ARE! PLEASE FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.
The trails at Snow Mountain Ranch for grooming purposes are divided into 4 trail zones. We will strive to have at least two zones in very good to excellent condition on a daily basis excepting day time snow storms or high winds. What zone(s) are being groomed will be posted by 9:30am the day of on our grooming web page.
Grooming priorities have been established taking into consideration skier use patterns, distance from the Nordic Center, skier surveys, and snow conditions.
East A Zone : This is our top priority zone. It is the trails in the immediate vicinity of the Nordic Center. The trails include the CCO loops, the inner dog loops of Travis and everything South of the NC from Heckman on the East to Lower Blue Ridge on the West.
West B Zone: This zone comes into the grooming pattern in December. It includes the remaining dog loops out to Peter’s Loop in the North. The trails bounded by Wild Turkey in the North to Cranmer in the South and Homestead to the Lower Blue Ridge Trail loop by the Gold Mine.
South C Zone: This zone is our most difficult terrain based on climb and altitude. This is all trails South of the Gold Mine on Blue Ridge. New again in 2015 are some trails that will be groomed to the Nordic Yurt and the Telemark area. These trails have not been groomed in many years.
North D Zone: This zone is an area that will be groomed only for skate skiing, fat biking, and dog sled events.. It is an area that is in the North East entry quadrant of the Ranch. The main trails out in this area are Just and Audun. It is moderate terrain and well suited for the biking and skate skiing.