It's winter and you are relishing a warm cup of coffee, while your cheeks are burned by the warmth of your fireplace. Suddenly, you drop your cup, you stand up and you feel your body moving keenly. You run quickly to the refrigeration and you put your head inside. Relax, it's not a heart attack but your desire for snowboard in an icy landscape, where there will be only you and the snow.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Snowboarding in Granby Ranch (SolVista Basin), Winter Park, Colorado USA
The top of the pass is at 11307 ft/3446 m and has access to a wide array of backcountry stashes. Granby Ranch is located at 15 minutes away from Winter Park and 50 minutes away from Denver. Granby Ranch (formerly SolVista Basin) is one of the best places for snowboarding with average snowfall of 220 in/508 cm and a skiable area of 406 ac/1.64 km².
Vertical drop is at 1000 ft/304.8 m. Base elevation is at 8202 ft/2500 m and top elevation is at 9202 ft/2805 m. Number of trails are 41. There are 6 Progression Parks. Terrains are 30% for beginners, 50% intermediate and 20% advanced. Lifts are 1 triple, 2 surface, 2 quads and 1 double.
Uphill capacity is 6000 passengers/hour. The family-owned resort offers also night snowboarding opportunities. Three terrain parks and designated slopes are fully lit in the evening.