Thursday, February 5, 2009
Skiing the Snowies
Whether you know me personally or merely though the Blogging Bullfighter you know that I love to experience Wyoming.
This weekend Jamie and I had the pleasure of traveling to Centennial, Wyoming and skiing at the Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area. It was our first time to ski Snowy Range and I’m excited to report that it won’t be our last!
What an easy drive it was from Cheyenne to Snowy Range with the majority of it being interstate and the remainder being scenic. West of Laramie the mountains sure do get closer to the road and we really enjoyed the scenery as well as seeing a herd of wild horses prancing in the snow.
Speaking of an easy drive …it’s only 150 miles from Denver, CO, 90 miles from Fort Collins, CO, and 175 from Sidney, NE.
Snowy Range is a part of the Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest and offers world class winter recreation to include: down hill skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing and over 325 miles of snowmobile trails.
I really enjoy snowboarding and make it a point to go each year. My physical skill level is average but my cowboy mentality is expert! I’ve been known to hit a few jumps and ride a rail or two but most of the time just about the point were I’m committed to execute a jump my physical abilities prevail and I ended up wishing I didn’t have so much cowboy in me.
Jamie on the other hand is a novice skier. Her advantage however is the fact that she doesn’t talk herself into taking an intimidating run and hoping for the best about half way down.
We found Snowy Range to be the perfect place to hone our skills while enjoying a full line of amenities which included ski rentals, lessons, a café and gift shop. There are four lifts and a magic carpet ride that provide access to 22 trails. The range of difficulty levels are green (easy) blue (moderate) and black (difficult) with the majority of the trails in the moderate level. Not only is there an ample amount of trails to ski, the wait time at each lift is minimal.
When we arrived at 11:30am the parking lot was full but the wait time at each of the four lifts never exceeded two minutes! The majority of the time you could step right up with out a wait at all. Now that’s what I’m talking about. When I go to ski - I go to ski, not wait in line. Snowy Range isn’t hindered by over population that a lot of resorts experience. I’ve been to popular ski destinations that were packed with skiers resulting in more time waiting in line than actually skiing. With the price of lift tickets reaching $100.00 per day, waiting in long lines is not on my list of things to do.
Not only does Snowy Range offer 22 trails and short lines at the chair lifts…the kicker is the fact that lift tickets are the most reasonably priced tickets I have found. Merely $39.00 will give adults a full day on the mountain and $25.00 will do the same for children 6-12 years old. Should you happen to be in the military, you can enjoy a discounted rate at $26.00. Compare that to $80.00 to $100.00 and you too will agree Snowy Range is a great Wyoming get-away.
Outside of Snowy Range offering a great escape at a fair price the weather couldn’t have been better. I plan on returning a few more times before the season closes and will keep you posted as I discover even more activities in Snowy Range.
If you are looking for a winter adventure the whole family can enjoy visit www.snowyrange.com