(depends on snow)

Nestled in the private Ranch Creek Valley just below the Continental Divide, our world-class
Nordic Center is waiting for you.  That’s where any level of skier can get their blood pumping
on over 125 kilometers of trails rated #1 for scenery, #4 for grooming and #7 overall out of all
Nordic resorts in North America.  If you would like to try something other than skiing, the
Devil's Thumb Nordic Center also offers snowshoeing, ice skating, skijoring and fat biking.  Lessons,
equipment rental and sales are available for all levels, so no one will feel left out in the cold
along this gorgeous terrain.

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125km of rolling terrain. Groomed daily for skate and classic skiing.

Facilities & Amenities:

While there's uphill... and through the forest... There are also frozen lakes to ice-skate across and thrilling hills to sled down. And all of them are available at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Of course when you stay here - at our Lodge or in one of our cozy cabins - you're only minutes away from Winter Park, one of America's premiere downhill resorts. So carving turns through Rocky Mountain powder is still an option. Spend summer days laying by the pool and winter evenings in an outdoor hot tub with awesome views of the Continental Divide.

Essentially, the cold is your friend here. Snow and ice your ally. And the whole winter wonderland
your playground.

Our activities headquarters are located in Zach's Mercantile, in the lower level of the Broad Axe Barn. Zach's is also a great place to shop for quality outerwear, footwear, gear, bathing suits and healthy snacks while you're visiting the Ranch. We're open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week.

Other Services

There's nothing like a little pampering after a hard day of cross-country skiing. Our beautiful 10,000 square foot spa is located in a quiet corner of the meadow in its own building overlooking the Ranch. It has eight treatment rooms, including a couples suite, a yoga lookout studio, and separate men's and women's locker rooms, each with steam rooms. Our spa gift shop features a variety of botanical and organic skin treatment products as well as a fun selection of designer jewelry, yoga clothing, bags, gifts, artwork and more. Whether it's a hot stone massage, an exfoliating body scrub, a high altitude facial or one of our couples relaxation treatments, the Ranch Creek Spa offers just the thing to revive and rejuvenate.

Our Spa features products made from all-natural ingredients. Tested in the harshest mountain climates, they're perfect for skin that's spent a day in the great Rocky Mountain outdoors. If you're at the Ranch, please do drop by and see us for a treatment, yoga class, or a tour.

Food Service:

After a long day of skiing, nothing is better than thawed, processed food full of preservatives - right? We don't think so either. That's why we use only the freshest ingredients possible, ensuring a flavorful and healthy dining experience. Produce is grown locally when possible. Seafood is flown in fresh. Beef and pork come from high-end suppliers of humanely raised organic meats. All desserts, sauces and salads are homemade from scratch.

It’s not the easiest way to do it. But it is the best way. Visit us at Heck's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or try the Ranch House Restaurant for a special dinner. We think you'll agree that we're on to something.

Special Events:

Tommelfest Nordic Festival: Dec 14th, 2013 - This season kick-off celebration includes free skate ski and classic ski lessons, Short Track Laser Biathlon Relay, glog & beer garden, keg toss, BBQ, Live entertainment from FLIPSIDE, Denver's premier cover band, retail specials and prizes. Cowpoke Camp for children also available with advance registration. 8 am-4 pm

Holiday Gift Market: Dec 14th, 2013 - Special shopping event featuring gifts from local and regional artisans and crafts people and a lot of holiday cheer! 9 am-4 pm

Hands-On Waxing Clinic Happy Hour: Dec 21st, 2013; Jan 18th, Feb 15th, Mar 15th, 2014 - Learn how to wax your skis for different conditions. Individual stations will be set up for participants to get hands-on waxing time and tips, from beginners to advanced level skiers. Includes wine refreshments for some added season cheer! 3-4 pm

Skijoring Clinic: Jan 5th, Jan 19th, Feb 2nd, Feb 23rd, 2014 - Learn to ski with your dog! Test your and Fido's team skills with a one-hour introductory skijoring clinic, an hour practice session, then a skijoring race at noon. 10 am-noon

Stagecoach Point-to-Point Race: Jan 25th, 2014 - The Stagecoach Classic Point-to-Point cross-country ski race is classic-technique only. The more recreation-minded also have a 15km ski or snowshoe tour option. The race and route pay homage to the area's Nordic history and the former Idlewild Nordic Center. A portion of the race and tour proceeds will be donated to the Trout Unlimited Campaign to protect and preserve the Fraser River. 1km kids race also available. Cost includes race/tour, trail pass, feed stations along course, post-race BBQ, live entertainment for all registered racers, and DTR after party.

DTR Ski, Sip & Spa: Feb 8th, 2014 - This is women's day to take advantage of professional ski instruction from Devil's Thumb Ranch ski instructors with skate and classic ski equipment available. Also includes lunch at Devil's Thumb Ranch, a Boulder Center for Sports Medicine lecture on training, Yoga for Athletes class, ski waxing clinic with wine & cheese, and day use of the sauna, steam room and hot tub. Small-class-sized individual instruction. Ski gear plus other items will be raffled off during the day. Space is limited and event typically sells out so register early! 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Lessons & More

Group classic and skate lessons are offered daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Please call for a reservation.


Private lessons are available daily by reservation. Please call in advance to book a private classic or skate lesson. Or sign-up for an Advanced Coaching Session - including video analysis and a personalized workout plan.

From Denver, head west on I-70. Take exit 232 onto Hwy 40. Follow Hwy 40 for approximately 30 miles through Empire, over Berthoud Pass, and past Winter Park and Fraser. About 2 miles past Fraser, take a right on County Road 83. Take the right hand fork, and follow it 3 miles to the Ranch.
  • Devil's Thumb Ranch Nordic Ski Center
  • Devil's Thumb Ranch Nordic Ski Center
  • Devil's Thumb Ranch Nordic Ski Center

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