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How to Prepare for a Winter Vacation at C Lazy U

October 22, 2019

Between freshly fallen snow, breathtaking mountains, and winter sports, winter vacations in Colorado are hard to beat. To help you get the most out of your winter vacation at C Lazy U Ranch, we’re talking about the diverse mix of on- and off-ranch activities you can take part in and giving you a headstart on your packing list.  

cabin in the snow

On-Ranch Winter Activities

C Lazy U Ranch offers endless on-site winter activities so you can experience the season without ever leaving the property. Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the ranch, like: 

winter horse back riding
  • Winter horseback riding: experience the grandeur of winter on the ranch by riding through the ranch’s 8,500 acres of snowy trails 
  • Ice skating and hockey: enjoy ice skating any time throughout your visit, or participate in the daily hockey game each afternoon on our Zamboni-groomed pond
  • Snowmobiling:  Zip through the ranch on a tour of the ranch’s terrain 
  • Snow Tubing: Enjoy a thrilling ride down the ranch’s private tubing hill every afternoon
  • Snowshoeing: Learn why C Lazy U was voted as the 2nd best snowshoe destination in the world by Snowshoe Magazine 
  • Sleigh rides: Experience the winter wonderland from the comfort of a sleigh 
  • Feed Wagon: Join our wranglers on the morning feed wagon and check out the ranch’s horses up close
  • Fat tire mountain biking: Mountain biking isn’t just for summer – race down the mountain on fat tire bikes made for winter weather 
  • Cross-country skiing: Take in magnificent views of snowfields and mountains at your own pace
cup of hot chocolate

If it gets too chilly outside, warm up with some of our favorite indoor activities: 

  • Hatchet throwing: Channel your inner lumberjack (safe for children 6 and up) 
  • BB gun shooting: Improve your aim with complimentary BB gun practice  
  • Archery: Aim for traditional or three-dimensional targets at this daily activity 
  • Spa: Relax and unwind in the Lazy U Spa 

Off-ranch activities

Take advantage of Colorado’s world-famous downhill skiing. When you stay at C Lazy U Ranch, we’ll help you purchase your ski package and even coordinate ski lessons.  Then, use our curb-to-curb shuttle service to travel to two popular ski areas: Winter Park and Ski Granby Ranch.  

girl skiing

What to Pack for a Colorado Winter Vacation 

With 300 days of sunshine per year and 187 inches of snowfall every winter, layers are key to fully enjoying your vacation. When you’re deciding what to layer, avoid cotton – it doesn’t trap heat well, and if you get wet, it takes longer to dry than other fabrics. If you’re not sure what you need to pack, worry no more – read our comprehensive list of items you should bring with you: 

two snowmobiles

General Items 

  • Waterproof winter boots 
  • Wool socks 
  • Flannel pajamas 
  • Warm sweaters or thermals that can be layered 
  • Long-sleeve shirts (look for quick-dry and moisture-wicking fabrics)
  • Sunscreen and chapstick 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Swimsuit 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • A nicer, warm outfit (or two) for dinners and evenings out 

Outdoor Activities 

  • Gloves 
  • Warm hat or earmuffs 
  • Waterproof pants 
  • Long underwear 
  • Scarf or neck gaiter 


  • Everything included in the “Outdoor Activities” section
  • Ski and snowboard equipment (can be rented from a local ski shop) 
    • Ski or snowboard helmet 
    • Googles 
    • Ski/snowboard boots 
    • Skis/snowboard 
    • Ski poles 
couple iceskating

If you have additional questions on what to pack for your vacation at C Lazy U dude ranch, give us a call – our friendly staff is happy to help you prepare. We’ll see you on the ranch soon! 

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