Snow Mountain Ranch
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Thank you for your interest in the EXPLORE program!

We are accepting applications for our Fall Semester.  Apply for EXPLORE!

What is EXPLORE?

Our EXPLORE program will provide a variety of experiences designed to build your personal and professional skills through training sessions and outdoor adventures, while working in a genuine Rocky Mountain location.

Participants will have both structured and free-time opportunities to explore the Rocky Mountains and nurture their enthusiasm for the outdoors. Our 5000 acre property is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest and Wilderness Areas, making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Our training sessions will incorporate outdoor activities to assist in facilitating the session in a fun experiential ways.  In addition to the structured sessions there are additional opportunities to receive CPR and Serve Safe certifications.

How Does It Work?

EXPLORE is group-focused and will develop a close-knit community among participants and leaders. Participants will meet regularly in small groups to develop bonds of friendship and fellowship.

What Distinguishes the YMCA of the Rockies EXPLORE Program From Other Gap Programs?

1) Program Dates & Fees

EXPLORE is offered in two independent four-month semesters.  A participant is not encouraged to repeat the program.

  • Fall Semester: August 7th, 2017 – December 8th, 2017  (App. Opening March 1st) (App. Closes July 15th)
  • Spring Semester: February, 2018 – June, 2018 (Official Dates To Be Determined)

Participants that successfully complete our program will be eligible to stay on as YMCA employees for up to 4 additional months within the department they started the program or another department of interest.

The program fee is $500. Fifty dollars of this fee is payable at the time of application. The program fee helps to defray the costs of training sessions, transportation, and other expenses.

2) The location

Located near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together.  Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.

What Can Participants Expect to Gain?

EXPLORE participants will emerge with greater self-confidence, self-awareness and a sense of purpose, along with memories of great places throughout Colorado. They will learn practical job skills, such as: communication techniques, team building, leadership, conflict resolution and setting goals for where you want to go from here.  Through an employment experience in a mission-based, not-for-profit organization participants will gain an understanding as to how their work positively impacts our guests, and greater enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountains.

Participants will complete the program better prepared to face upcoming challenges such as starting/finishing college, applying for/engaging in employment opportunities, living independently and exploring the world. They will live and learn as part of an intentional community within our YMCA center. Additionally, specialized certification programs are offered in Servsafe, CPR and Hospitality.

Please note our Drug/Alcohol Policy:

In accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission and federal law, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated (including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on- or off-duty.
If you want to use marijuana, don’t apply to work or volunteer for us.


Please call our HR office at 970-887-2152 ext. 4013, or email


Apply Now!



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