Forget the hassles, crowds, lines, and endless shuttle buses like you find at the big ski resorts. At Vista Verde, vacations are intimate, personal, and convenient—everything is just outside your cabin door. Activities include everything from cross-country and backcountry skiing to snowshoeing, fat biking, tubing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, ice fishing, “snoga,” snowmobiling, a weekly cooking class, wine tasting, beer tasting, leather working, and photography workshops. All activities are guided and top-notch gear is provided. The guides cater the experience towards your ability and fitness level, so no need to worry about being in over your heads or not being challenged enough. The backcountry skiing tends to be the crowd favorite as you glide quietly through the fluffy powder snow with amazing views and a pristine setting. Also a hit is tubing, with the benefit of a snowmobile to pull you back up the hill before you head down for another ride. Vista Verde’s horseback riding program is unrivaled and includes either quiet rides on the snow-packed trails or in-depth instruction with a ranch wrangler in the heated indoor arena. They even have a sleigh equipped with jingle bells for a romantic jaunt around the ranch.
In between activities, guests at Vista Verde delight in fabulous ranch cuisine prepared by talented chefs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the Main Lodge and each meal is unique, creative, and freshly prepared.
Once you’ve played outside in the snow, relaxed to a delightful meal, and are ready to snuggle up, a luxurious log cabin awaits you, complete with a bubbling hot tub out on the deck under the star-filled sky. Wood-burning stoves set the ambiance for a quiet evening in the cabin.
Transfers to and from the Steamboat airport are included in your stay. Direct flights from SFO to the Steamboat airport are offered on United during the winter months. All-inclusive packages start at $1,595/person for a 3-night stay.