At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation
Horseride at Vista Verde Ranch

At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation

I wondered when I planned this trip if my gang of grown kids, who love nothing more than tearing down those steep slopes, would like a more laid-back holiday — at least for a few days on a week-long winter trip to Colorado. I needn’t have worried.

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Affordable Aspen – families enjoying the amenities and vibes of the famous ski town
Toddler celebrating at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen

Affordable Aspen – families enjoying the amenities and vibes of the famous ski town

Lest you think Aspen is only for celebs and wealthy Hollywood types, there’s plenty affordable here—starting with the Limelight Hotel with rates under $200 a night

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Angeleno Goes Full Cowboy in Colorado
City slicker with newfound friends Blue the Cat and Finn the Dog at Vista Verde Ranch in CO

Angeleno Goes Full Cowboy in Colorado

At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch, it turns ranch life ain’t so bad. It also turns out, a city slicker can really look really really ridiculously awesome wearing a Cowboy hat. At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch

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The mountain or the ranch – so many great choices
Our family group snoeshowing at Vista Verde Ranch

The mountain or the ranch – so many great choices

The staff at Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles outside the ski town of Steamboat Springs has obligingly left us an Evening Sky Map for this month.

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A visit to Strawberry Hot Spring Park in Colorado
Strawberry Hot Springs Park near Steamboat Springs CO

A visit to Strawberry Hot Spring Park in Colorado

Nestled in the hills about 10 miles outside the town of Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Hot Springs is a natural hot springs fed by heated underground aquifers that come to the surface to make a number of heated pools

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Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies
Vista Verde in the Alpenglow

Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies

This year, I decided to mix it up—opting to spend half our winter ski week at a dude ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, on 500-plus gorgeous acres about 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and as far away from the crowds and tumult of a major ski area as you can get.

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Telluride CO: historic mountain town welcomes modern families
Skiing down the mountain to Telluride

Telluride CO: historic mountain town welcomes modern families

Welcome to Telluride Ski Resort, about an hour from Montrose and 2.5 hours from Durango (both of which have regional airports) in Southwest Colorado with just 2500 year-round residents who happily live in a box canyon 8750 feet above sea level. Yes you feel that altitude.

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