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SW COLORADO RANCH STAY & SKI PACKAGE
7 Days | 7 Nights | 4 Skiing
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USD 2,200
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Looking for a ski / snowboarding holiday with a difference? These fabulous week-long packages will have you hootin & hollarin staying on a working ranch in SW Colorado. Ski/snowbord, horse riding, gun target shooting, hot springs & more...
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Inclusions
  • 7-nights cabin-style lodging
  • All meals - home-style cooked ranch meals & picnic lunches
  • Transportation to/from airport & ski areas
  • Lift tickets - 4 days of lift passes to various resorts
  • Ski & snowboard rentals
Add-ons
  • Ski & snowboarding lessons at the resorts - pay as you go
Location: USA | Tour Focus: | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
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High Plains Drift Inn - Cowboys & Ski Bums Package

The majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado are known world wide for their snow and with three ski resorts within an hour's drive of us, High Plains Drift Inn is right in the thick of it making it an ideal base to access all 3 mountains.

But this is no ordinary ski/snowboarding trip; it's a nonstop week of skiing/boarding, horse riding, gun shooting, eating and all around cowboy & cowgirl playing! 

The tour is fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, lift passes, equipment rentals, hot springs access, ground transport, in-bounds guiding at ski areas, horse riding & gun shooting.

Who can join these tours?
All tours begin & end on a Saturday throughout the ski season (from December 1 through to March) and tours are available for any level of skier or boarder from beginner to expert. Even as a beginner/first-timer, you can take up lessons at the various ski areas.

You can join the tour as a solo traveler or you can make up your own private group. Whilst there is capacity for up to 30 guests, the maximum number of guests will be 12. However if you have a larger group than 12 and want to book out the entire tour that may also be a possibility.

Resorts VisitedThe tour includes 4 days of skiing/riding; either 2 x Wolf Creek + 2 x Taos OR 2 x Wolf Creek + 2 x Monarch.

Resorts chosen to visit will depend on the group's ability & desires in conjunction with snow conditions & the forecast.

Lodging

The High Plains Drift Inn is built like an old western town. It is not equipped with electricity, so lighting is furnished by lanterns; propane and kerosene. The lodge is decorated with game heads from all over the U.S. and has a fire place you can thaw your chills out at. It is the perfect place to relax after a hard day afield and enjoy a book. Time passes too quickly when you’re sitting back listening to stories and gazing at the stars and distant mountains.

The dining room is a bit fancier than the cowboy hash room of yester-year and boasts an all you can eat buffet warming table. So no matter how late that elk kept you out, your food will still be hot. We don’t like people to go away hungry. Again, we do not have electricity wired into the buildings so lighting is by lantern; kerosene or propane. The dining room is equipped with a wood burning stove.

All cabins have access to a shower house that has four shower stalls and sinks with hot and cold running water. There are also multiple outhouses. Some of the accommodations have indoor plumbing as well. Let us know if you have health issues that make indoor plumbing a priority. Cabins are of different sizes holding anywhere from six to sixteen and there are also separate rooms. In any case couples & private groups will be put in accommodation together.


The Lodge
 
The dining area
 
One of the cabins

Itinerary

All packages start on a Saturday and end on a Saturday

Saturday
Pick up from Denver International Airport or Colorado Springs Airport. After pick up we will get something to eat and head out to ranch.

We know travel is a lot of hard work so we will let you settle in and relax the first evening by the fireside. When you walk out side smell the wood smoke and gaze at millions of twinkling stars and hear? You wont hear much, just the occasional Winnie of a horse or the distant call of a coyote.

Sunday
After a good night's rest hopefully you are now on the same time zone as us and we can really get going! Early risers can head out to help feed the animals or those not so ambitious can head to the dining room for a cup of hot coffee.

After a hearty cowboy breakfast we will load up and head to town to get everyone outfitted with boots, skis or boards. Then we will go see some sights.

The Great National Sand Dunes, Zapata Falls, White Mountain Trading Post, Kit Carson’s Old Fort or perhaps a mining museum and the old town of Creed where the famous gunfighters used to gamble.

Monday

The bell rings bright and early! Pull on those base layers, we are hitting the slopes!

Spend the day skiing with one of our trusty mountain guides. We will split up in groups according to ski/boarding preferences so whether you are looking to find every jump on the mountain or just want to cruise the greens you will have a comrade.

Of course if you would rather explore uncharted territory on your own, there’s nothing stopping you but your own fear, go on, live large! When your stomach starts getting louder than your ipod head down to the lodge where lunch and hot cocoa is waiting.

And when you have finished that last run that you pushed so hard to get before the lifts closed we will load up and head back to the ranch where the cooks have a hearty meal prepared.

Tuesday
Hope your legs can stand it cause we have another ski day planned! Only difference is you will be carving those turns looser and faster and the people once telling you where to go will now be doing all they can to keep up, as you move from favorite runs to exploring new ones.

After having two hard days in a row we figure your muscles are probably begging for mercy so how about we slip on a bathing suit and into some hot springs? I thought you might like that idea! Pagosa Springs is the world’s deepest hot springs. 

Containing 23 different minerals the therapeutic waters of this spring are sure to ease your tired muscles, my father says he gets 20 years younger every time he visits!

Wednesday
I hope your soak was good I don’t want you to have any excuse for missing the target with that cowboy six shooter. That’s right we are going to get out some old fashioned guns and play cowboy. Any Annie Oakleys or Clint Eastwoods in the group? All you gentlemen better be ware! In my experience those women that are so shy, quiet and timid about shooting are often crack shots! Concentrate, you don’t want the ladies to show you up!
 
Thursday Rise and shine!
Fresh cinnamon rolls anyone? Drink some extra coffee and inquire at the kitchen for some ginseng if you need it…We are heading to an even bigger ski area! Hey what did you expect? Did you think we would let you keep skiing at the same place? You might have shown us up too bad, so we decided to drop you into a new slope to restore our value as guides!

Taos Ski Valley is my personal favorite, it has a little bit of everything and a LOT of advanced runs. Another thing I like about Taos is that it has some great shops, museums and Art galleries! We can either see some shops before lunch and hit the slopes in the afternoon or whoever would like to give their legs a break can pull on their walking shoes and check out the town instead of skiing.

Once the die-hard skiers get down off the slope we will meet up at a Mexican restaurant that overlooks the old town square. Year's ago horses and wagons passed where our cars are now parked.

On top of there being more shops and art galleries than you can count, there is also Kit Carson’s home, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Governor’s Home and a real Native American Indian reservation!

Friday
Are you tired yet? Well, we will let you sleep just as long as you want this morning. But I wouldn’t sleep in too late, man you can sleep when you are dead! We have things planned for today too. Wanna’ ride a horse? Thought you might. Well get out of bed and get your breakfast then!

We will saddle up after the horses finish eating their breakfast and we will see if you guys have a cowboy/cowgirl hidden inside. And if there is snow on the ground we might even pull you on your skis with the horses!

Saturday Wow!
Its Saturday already? Where did the time go? I don’t know either it always amazes me how fast time can fly. Speaking of flying, as much as I hate to say it, I think its time for us to get you back to the airport.

Well this is goodbye I hope you had a great time with us and hopefully we will see you again when the snow flies!

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

RatesSolo person joining tour - $2,400
Private group of 4 - $2,200

  • Rates are per person in US Dollars including tax
  • further discounts may apply for groups greater than 4..enquire for price
Inclusions
  • 7-nights cabin-style lodging
  • All meals - home-style cooked ranch meals & picnic lunches
  • Transportation to/from airport & ski areas
  • Lift tickets - 4 days of lift passes to various resorts
  • Ski & snowboard rentals
  • Access pass to Pagosa Hot Springs
  • Horse riding around the ranch
  • Guns shooting - targets with old fashion guns!
Optional Extras
  • Ski & snowboarding lessons at the resorts - pay as you go
Not Included
  • Flights in/out of Denver or Colorado Springs - search for cheapest flights here
  • Travel insurance - buy online here
  • Restaurant meals - you will have the opportunity to test out some of the local eats during your stay. This will not exceed two lunches and two dinners unless you choose to skip the provided meals.

High Plains Drift Inn Terms & Conditions

Payments

  • 50% deposit required at time of booking.
  • Full payment is required by or on arrival date.
  • Payments can be made with credit card & direct deposit.

Cancellations by you

  • Cancellations made 14 days or more before departure date a full refund will be paid.
  • Cancellations less than 14 days before departure date you will receive a refund of 75%.
Cancellation by High Plains Drift Inn
  • High Plains Drift Inn reserves the right to cancel a tour based on weather, road or snow conditions as well as tour participation.
  • They will refund any one in full on a tour that they have to cancel, but take no responsibility for any outside expenses, such as airfare, insurance etc.
  • High Plains Drift Inn recommends full trip cancellation/ travel medical insurance prior to booking