The civilized route to ski country: The Winter Park Express
All aboard the Winter Park Express at Denver's Union Station

The civilized route to ski country: The Winter Park Express

There is a better way to go skiing -- every Friday and Saturday, January-March, Amtrak offers the "Winter Park Express" from Denver's Union Station to a platform just a short hike from Winter Park's ski lifts.

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Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow
Adelyn Field tossing hay to the quarter horse herd from back of a horse-drawn wagon at feeding time - Vista Verde Ranch

Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow

Welcome to Vista Verde Ranch near the tiny Colorado town of Clark and about a 40-minute drive from Steamboat Springs-and a world away from the busy ski town where you have to jockey on the slopes for a place to sit at lunch time.

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Under the Devil’s Thumb, a guest ranch for XC, snowshoe and spa lovers
A miniature donkey at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Under the Devil’s Thumb, a guest ranch for XC, snowshoe and spa lovers

We see that giant snow-covered thumb as we are getting a Nordic classic ski lesson at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a four-season resort on 6,500 pristine acres about 75 miles west of Denver and 15 miles from Winter Park and its famous downhill slope

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