Winter & Spring Packing List
Need Winter Gear?
The Ranch recommends an outerwear rental service which is called Kit Lender. They provide winter rental gear that is shipped directly to the ranch for you to use and the best part is when you are done you simply box it up and ship it back to them from the ranch. Due to sizing details and individual preferences and needs, the ranch recommends that guests book this directly with them via the website link below.
Need to Rent Skis?
Winter Park Ski Rental offers a wide variety of Ski and Snowboard Rental Packages and unique policies to not only save you money but allow you to have the best possible experience in Winter Park, Mary Jane or Granby Ranch. Click the link below to book directly with them.
Unsure What To Pack for Colorado in the Winter?
- Snow Jacket & Pants: you will probably do most of your activities in these, including horseback riding (remember that you do not generate very much heat when riding a horse, so you are only as warm as you start your ride)
- Insulated Winter Boots: you’ll be doing just about everything in these too. We say insulated preferred, because we can’t stress enough that you won’t be generating heat while riding, so insulated boots will be doing a little extra work for you!
- Note- Uggs are very fashionable and most people love that they have the wonderful shearling lining, but their soles are SLICK, provide limited traction, thus making them impractical for walking around the ranch… and they aren’t water proof!
- Fleece Jacket or Sweater
- Beanie or Head Band: you will want to cover your ears.
- Optionally, a Balaclava or Buff, and a scarf
- Goggles: we provide complimentary shuttles to the 2 ski areas in the valley, but goggles are also a good idea for our hay meadow and downhill snowtubing.
- Wool Layers & Socks: Wool keeps you warm, even when wet, and does, in fact, wick moisture from your body. We love SmartWool here at the ranch (because it doesn’t itch), but as long as it’s wool, you’re good. Be thinking especially about wool socks, they’ll help keep your toes warm while riding, and wool base layers.
- Multiple layers are your best bet for staying warm- a great wool base layer, with fleece, flannel or down as a secondary layer (use down only if you’ll be covering it with a waterproof top layer), and then your ski clothing on top.
- Waterproof Snow Gloves or Mittens: Fleece is only comfortable when it’s dry, and when your kids are rolling around in the snow, those fleece gloves won’t last. If you prefer something thinner to ride in, we recommend Burton’s glove liners, which provide some thickness and warmth, without the bulk of a ski or snowboard glove.
- Dinner Attire for Adults
- Dressing up at the ranch doesn’t require a sport coat, although you may see one or two. It does typically require a blouse, a collared shirt and your best cowboy boots. Our guests have fun with western fashion and may often be seen in a dressy western shirt, crisp blue jeans and a handsome belt and cowboy boots. Adult dinner attire has been described as “Western Chic” – men usually wear jeans (or slacks) and a nice button down, and women wear ranch/western dressy skirts and tops, or dress jeans and dressy western tops. Have a little fun with it– “cowboy-up” (and winterize) your cocktail attire! For more detailed info on the C Lazy U dress code, please see our Guest Policies page.
- Dinner Attire for Kids
- Jeans, casual clothes and warm layers for outdoor activities.
- Sunscreen if you have a preferred brand.
- Downhill Skis or Snowboards (optional)
We provide the following:
- A Limited Selection of Insulated Boots
- Cross-country Skis
- Hockey & Ice Skates
- Laundry Detergent
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
Knowing what to pack for Colorado in the Winter can be stressful but do not worry – if you forget anything, our General Store has plenty of options!