This Saturday, the lights will come on and the lifts will turn for another in a series of night events at Granby Ranch.
Greg Finch, Chief Operating Officer, said, “this season, we are not just turning on the lights for night skiing, we want to make it a celebration”.
Granby Ranch has scheduled 4 nights throughout the season where the mountain will light up with live music, food and s’mores by the fire in a family-friendly, fun environment, and of course, there’ll be skiing and riding, too. “We want to make it a real event people will want to come out for”, said Finch. “We can do things larger resorts cannot do and we are really going to try to take advantage of that at every opportunity.”
Night skiing offers a unique perspective on the resort lifestyle. The twinkle of lights off in the distance, the sparkle of snow illuminated by the lights of the mountain and the misty shadows with every turn create an almost magical experience. And if you get there for first chair of the night, you can usually soak up the beauty of a rocky mountain sunset like no other.
“Granby Ranch has the perfect terrain for night skiing”, according to Finch. The night is more of an event than just a few runs on the hill. Granby Ranch closes the East Mountain at 4xpm and grooms Easy Money, the blue trail that follows the path of the Quickdraw Express chairlift down to the base area.
Rachael Thackston said, “I am very new to the ski world”. The lift ticket for night skiing is $15 – making it very accessible for entire families to come out for a fun evening of skiing. “As a mom of three little ones, I love the price point.”
Jamie Wolter, Director of Mountain Ops, said Granby Ranch is the only alpine skiing resort in Grand County that has night skiing. “Night skiing is totally different,” Wolter said. “It exciting! The mountain is lit up, but it isn’t like skiing in the the daytime. It is something you have to experience for yourself.”
The East Mountain offers some blue and green options and a couple of terrain park features that make it a great experience for the whole family. Plus the Granby Ranch Grill features a burger and beer special for $12, live music and a full bar during the event.
Finch added, “Fresh tracks under the lights, live music, some great food and s’mores by the fire, sounds like a fun time”, adding, “it’s a time when being ON the lift is as almost as good as skiing down. It’s just you and the night sky. The only noise you hear is the singing of the lift cable and the swish of a skier making turns down below.”
This is the second of four nights scheduled this season with the next event set for February 16th. Night skiing is a seriously good deal and a whole lotta’ fun when the sun goes down.