One of the most affordable snow riding areas in Grand County is now making it even easier for families to enjoy a day on the snow.
Beginning Jan. 5, SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch is offering a Get on the Snow family package. The program, available through March 13 (excluding Jan. 17-19 and Feb. 14-16) for ages 6 and up includes two days of beginner-level ski or snowboard lessons, rentals and lift tickets. The two days do not need to be consecutive and students are put into age-appropriate groups of about eight people. Cost is $149 per person and reservations are required.
Following the weekend lessons, participants receive a season pass for the remainder of the ski season (which runs through March 29) " free. They also get a $20 voucher good in the Basin retail shop.
The program is a great way to introduce new skiers and snowboarders to the snow, "to get them out there," said Kim Morisset, group and adventure coordinator with Granby Ranch/SolVista Basin.
SolVista Basin boasts "world-class" professional ski instructors "who have the passion and dedication to teach people how to ski and embrace a sport they themselves have been enjoying for decades." Beginners learn the basic skills and most are able to make parallel turns by that first day using a "direct-to-parallel" teaching style
introduced and made successful by Harald Harb.
The world-renowned ski instructor and coach leads occasional clinics at the ski area. He started his racing career at 16 and by age 18 had became a double medal-winner at the Canadian National Junior Championships and "aced" his first World Cup race. He has been a teacher, a coach, a director or founder of programs in several areas throughout the United States, including in Alaska and Colorado.
His ski system, which he began officially in 1998, incorporates specific body movements in conjunction with shape ski technology. According to the results, people of all ages are picking up skiing and improving quicker.
The ski area boasts two interconnected mountains with more than 400 acres of skiable terrain for all levels. Five lifts take adventurers to its 33 trails, with a third of them designed for beginner-level recreation. Skiers and snowboarders may also enjoy the ski area's completely remodeled Base Camp Lodge with dining hall and oversized outside sun deck, and the new Seven Trails Grille restaurant.
Regular, one-day lift tickets are $54 for adults, $32 for children, $40 for senior citizens, and kids five and under and seniors age 70 and older ski free. Parking is free and is located conveniently at the base of the mountain and base lodge. There is also a "drive up and drop off" spot at the front of the lodge, with mountain hosts to assist and welcome visitors.
The entire property at SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch spans 5,000 acres of alpine landscape. As a ski and golf community it offers a combination of homes, homesites, and a wide variety of community amenities. Conveniences include the 18-hole Headwaters Golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, miles of private fishing access on the Fraser River, and hundreds of acres of open space and trails for hiking, mountain biking and outdoor activity. Homeowners are welcomed as members of the 8350 Club at Granby Ranch.
For more information on the community or Get on the Snow program, call 888-850-4615 or visit www.granbyranch.com.