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Snow Mountain Ranch Guest Guide

February 22, 2022

Find any information you need to know during your stay at Snow Mountain Ranch.

YMCA OF THE ROCKIES IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

We fulfill our mission by supporting quality family programming, providing scholarships for kids in need so that they can attend our resident camp, Camp Chief Ouray, provide getaways to single-parent households, respite for families.

These programs and scholarships are made possible through the support of our donors and guests. You can donate to YMCA of the Rockies online , or take the opportunity to donate when you check out. 

GUEST SERVICES & HELPFUL INFORMATION

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

In the case of a medical, fire or police emergency, dial 911 from any on-grounds phone. Please locate emergency exits upon your arrival.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

To consult with a physician in a non-emergency situation contact:
Middle Park Medical Center
970-887-5800

SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH CONTACT INFORMATION

Telephone:
970-887-2152

Mailing Address:
PO Box 169
Winter Park, CO 80482

Physical Address:
1101 County Road 53
Granby, CO 80446

ALCOHOL & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES    

We do not sell or serve alcoholic beverages, and alcohol is not allowed in common areas. However, you may bring your own and consume them from the privacy of your room, cabin, or reserved meeting space. The use of marijuana and other controlled substances are strictly prohibited anywhere on our grounds.

ALTITUDE AWARENESS

Snow Mountain Ranch is located at an elevation of 8,750 feet above sea level. For the first few days, we suggest that you eat lightly, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and limit your physical activity while your body adjusts to the elevation. Some guests may experience shortness of breath, loss of appetite, insomnia and/or lethargy. Please contact a physician if you have acute symptoms.

CAMPFIRES & FIREWOOD

Campfires are only allowed in designated fire pits. If you would like to reserve a fire ring for your group, please contact the Conference Office from any on-grounds phone at x4127. Additional firewood may be purchased at the front desk. One bundle typically lasts 45 minutes. 

DRONE POLICY

The safety and privacy of our guests is our highest priority.  For that reason, we do not allow private or commercial drones to be used in the immediate airspace over Snow Mountain Ranch. Limited use may be allowed when the operator has received written permission from the YMCA of the Rockies.

ATM & CHECK CASHING

Personal and travelers’ checks up to $50 may be cashed at the front desk. There is an ATM located in the Administration Building. 

FIREARM POLICY

Public display of firearms on campus, except during YMCA-sanctioned events, is prohibited. Guests traveling with firearms are required to keep them unloaded at all times while on property and encased with a trigger lock in place.

GIFT SHOP & GROCERIES

The Gift Shop & Grocery is located in the Administration Building. Limited non-perishable grocery items, gifts, clothing, and souvenirs are all available.

GUEST CHECK-OUT

Check-out is at 10 AM. You will receive an email allowing you to complete an express checkout. Please leave your room keys inside your accommodations after completing the express checkout. If you have any questions, feel free to call “0” for the front desk, otherwise the balance due will be charged to the credit card on file. When leaving and returning, please turn off lights and secure the windows and doors of your lodge room, cabin or yurt.

Feel free to stay on property to participate in activities after you’ve checked out. 

LAUNDRY SERVICE

Coin-operated laundry machines are located in the laundry building. For hours, please check the weekly Activity Guide. Cabin guests are welcome to exchange their linens at laundry during operating hours.

RECYCLING 

Guests may take their recycling to the recycling receptacle located at the entrance of Building and Grounds facility. 

LOST & FOUND

Lost & found items are stored with our Program Department  x4134. Items can be mailed to your home once identified and claimed. 

MAIL, POSTAGE & NEWSPAPERS

Mail can be dropped off Monday-Friday before 9 AM at the Administration Office. Stamps can be purchased at the front desk, cash only. We are unable to mail guest packages at this time. 

MAINTENANCE & SECURITY

Please report any maintenance issues to the front desk. If you have any concerns involving excessive noise, guest safety, theft, or damage, please contact the front desk and we will dispatch a security officer. Please call the front desk for vehicle issues. Off-road vehicles and snowmobiles are not permitted.

PET POLICY

Pets are permitted only in most of our family cabins, most of our cabin plus accomodations, yurts, campsites and a limited number of Indian Peaks lodge rooms. Pets are not permitted in reunion cabins, meeting spaces, or in most lodge rooms. A pet fee will be charged. A $250 charge will be levied for pets taken into these areas. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. To protect our environment, and as a courtesy to all guests, please clean up after your pet. 

QUIET HOURS

Quiet hours are from 10 PM – 7 AM, and apply to all lodges, campgrounds, yurts, lobby areas and meeting rooms. Courtesy hours are enforced 24 hours a day. 

SMOKING

Smoking is not permitted in any YMCA building, lodge, cabin or cabin deck. There is a $250 fine for smoking in these areas. Please use caution when smoking outdoors. Snow Mountain Ranch has a strict policy against marijuana use on our grounds. 

VENDING MACHINES

Vending machines are available in all lodges, the Kiva Recreation Center, swimming pool, Nordic Center, Laundry and summer tubing hill. If you experience a vending machine malfunction, please call the phone number located on the vending machine. 

WAKE-UP CALLS, VOICEMAIL & PHONE SERVICE

Automated wake-up calls may be placed by dialing x678 on your room phone. The number will request a passcode - please enter your lodge room number or cabin extension number. Voicemail can be checked by dialing x1251 and entering your room/cabin extension. There is an access charge for all off-grounds calls placed from your room phone. You may request that your phone be restricted to on-grounds calls by contacting the front desk.

WEATHER FORECASTS & ROAD CONDITIONS

To check the weather forecast, please visit weather.com.

Please take proper precautions during the winter and check the road conditions report. For additional information on road conditions:
Colorado Trip
877-315-7623

Berthoud Pass Information

WI-FI

Our lodges, cabins, cabin plus accommodations, yurts, campgrounds and meeting spaces have free Wi-Fi. There is no password required.

DINING

Snow Mountain Ranch offers several dining options on property. On-site dining options provide a wide range of food and beverage choices for your entire group — choose less stress & let us do the cooking for you. 

SAFETY AT THE RANCH

RESPECTING WILDLIFE

For your safety and the safety of others, please do not capture or feed any wildlife. Intentional or inadvertent feeding of wildlife is illegal in Colorado and may lead to harmful encounters. When outdoors, adults should supervise children and have control of their pets at all times. When leaving and returning, please secure the windows and doors of your lodge room, cabin or yurt. For guests staying in the Hopi Campground, please keep your food in a location inaccessible to wildlife. In the evening, turn on outside lights, and take extra precaution between dusk and dawn in undeveloped areas or near water. 

FALLING TREES

While recreating outdoors, falling trees can be a hazard. High winds and heavy snow can cause a tree to fall suddenly. Please be aware of your surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees. We suggest staying out of the woods during strong winds. If winds pick up while you’re outdoors, use caution and seek a clearing until the winds subside. Do not rely on cell phones for safety, as there are many areas without cell service.     

WHAT TO WEAR    

Please dress appropriately any time of year. Weather can change rapidly in the high country, so be prepared for quickly changing conditions. Wear eye protection, sunblock and drink plenty of water.

During the winter, we suggest dressing in layers and wearing a jacket over lightweight layers of polypropylene or wool blends (avoid cotton), as well as sturdy boots, a warm hat and hand protection. Use caution and take preventative measures when walking on ice and snow-covered surfaces.

STORMS & LIGHTNING

Thunder and lightning storms can appear within minutes in the mountains and are most prevalent during the afternoon. For your safety, during a storm, outdoor activities may be canceled or postponed and the pool may close. 

If you get caught in a thunderstorm:

  • Move to a sturdy building or car and close all windows. If no shelter is nearby, move to a low spot, away from fences, trees and poles. If you’re in the forest, take shelter under the shorter trees.
  • DO NOT seek shelter in sheds or under isolated trees. 
  • Stay away from telephone lines, metal fences and pipes.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, make yourself as small as possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Squat low on the balls of your feet, and place your hands on your knees with your head between them.

WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS

Winter driving conditions can be challenging. We suggest driving a car equipped with snow or all-weather tires. Drive slowly, and turn on your hazard lights if you are on an icy road. Please keep your fuel tank a minimum of half-full and carry water and a warm blanket in the car.

Know before you go! Check the Colorado Department of Transportation's winter driving tips. 

CHECK THE LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST ONLINE!

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Snow Mountain Ranch offers more activities than anywhere else. Find activities for everyone in your group!

Year-round fun, equipment rentals and programs are offered for all ages and abilities. For a list of programs available during your stay, please refer to the Activity Guide. If you have questions, feel free to give the Programs Department a call, x4135. 

SUMMER DAY CAMP

Monday-Thursday (Ages 5-13)
Drop the kids off  for a day of fun! Campers enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, archery, songs, crafts and more!
Day Camp: x1900

CHAPEL SERVICES

Every week, gather for an ecumenical/ interdenominational Christian worship service. Along with weekly services, special gatherings happen during the holiday seasons and throughout the summer months. All are welcome and invited to participate. See the Snow Mountain Ranch Activity Guide for times and locations.
Chaplain: x4003

WEDDING SERVICES

Experience the natural beauty and warm ambiance of a mountain wedding. Snow Mountain Ranch offers you the convenience of having your ceremony, reception, lodging and activities for your guests in one location. We think you’ll agree this is the perfect place for beginnings!
970-887-2152 x4228

VENDORS & RETAILERS

Downhill Skiing
Hit the slopes at nearby Winter Park Resort or Granby Ranch. Downhill ski and snowboard rentals are available at Snow Mountain Sports, located below the library. Save time and money renting here vs. renting at the ski resorts. Drop off at our Winter Park location so you can head home after your stay! Pick up available the day before.
970-887-2554

Sky Pond Photo Video Productions
Capture your mountain memories with a professional photograph by Photos by Sky Pond Photo Video Productions, the exclusive photographer of YMCA of the Rockies.
970-480-7877

Whitewater Rafting (Summer)
Reserve a MAD Adventure whitewater rafting trip through our Program Department.
Program Department: x4135
 

                                                                    

THE GIFT THAT IMPACTS LIVES

YMCA of the Rockies is where friends and families come to connect, unwind, and start traditions that last for generations.

We are honored to serve as the place where families gather to deepen their relationships, where youth build self-esteem and independence and where groups and individuals find rejuvenation and restoration. Your contribution may be 100% tax-deductible, and helps support youth and families in need of financial assistance. For more information, please visit our donations page, or email give@ymcarockies.org.

When you make a donation to YMCA of the Rockies, you give more than money.

A FUTURE FOR EVERYONE

CABIN DONATION/ADOPTION PROGRAM

YMCA of the Rockies offers a unique environment for families to gather, share unifying experiences and build strong relationships. For many guests who consider us a “home away from home,” we offer our Cabin Donation/Adoption Program. Your gift ensures that your family – and many others – can enjoy the life-changing experiences YMCA of the Rockies offers for years to come.

DONOR BENEFITS 

  • Donors and their immediate families have first priority in making reservations in their donated cabin.
  • YMCA of the Rockies is a 501(c)3 charity. Donors may receive tax benefits by donating a cabin. Please consult your financial advisor.
  • Cabins remain YMCA property at all times and are fully maintained by the YMCA.
  • Donors enable all families to share the joy of the YMCA by helping to keep cabins affordable and modern.
  • Immediate family members of donors can be listed on your agreement and will continue to enjoy years of priority benefit from your adoption/donation. 

A VARIETY OF OPTIONS

Choose from a wide variety of donation or adoption formats, including:

  • Adopt and remodel an existing cabin, or donate a new cabin
  • A cabin at Estes Park Center or Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Size of the cabin
  • A traditional single family or a dual-family donation/adoption
  • Donation through immediate settlement or extended payments
  • Funding through cash or appreciated securities
  • Special exception programs are available for lower cost donations and shorter priority time-frames.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Gretchen Bergen, Snow Mountain Ranch Philanthropy Director | x4268 | gbergen@ymcarockies.org
Trueman Hoffmeister, Snow Mountain Ranch General Manager | x4101 | thoffmeister@ymcarockies.org  

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