USA Today’s 10 Best Nordic Centers – Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa earns top three ranking. Award joins other notable honors from Food & Wine and ColoradoBiz.
TABERNASH, Colo. (January 3, 2018) –Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa climbed onto the podium this year with a top three ranking in USA Today’s 10Best Nordic Centers. The ranking resulted from a USA Today reader poll to vote for their favorite North American Nordic resorts. The award tops other notable honors for the Ranch this year, which also includes Coziest Restaurants from Food & Wine’s Coziest Restaurants and ColoradoBiz, Best Leisure Hotel, Best Meetings Events Venue, Best Place to Play Hooky and Runner-Up for Best Place to Mountain Bike and Team Building Events.
Offering 120km of groomed and tracked cross country ski and snowshoe trails, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa offers a full range of professional instruction, guide and retail services as well as hosting special events and clinics throughout the ski season. These include Skijoring (ski with your dog) and Women’s Classic Ski and Ski, Sip & Spa clinics, monthly Nordic demo days and the annual holiday Tommelfest celebration. The Ranch organizes the Stagecoach Ski Classic, a point-to-point classic cross-country ski race and Nordic Tour, January 20, 2018, from Devil’s Thumb Ranch through the old Idlewild Ski Area to Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. Open to racers and the general public on a more recreational level, the Stagecoach Classic is a once-a-year opportunity to experience this historic trek, enjoy a festive post-race party and help raise money for the Mountain Family Center.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Peter Ashley, Reese Brown (Cross Country Ski Areas Association), John Morton, Liz Stephen and Jonathan Wiesel (Nordic Group International) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the North American Nordic ski scene.
10Best provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. No business pays to be listed. At its core is the team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but also discriminating in their tastes. For more information, visit 10Best.com.
Easy to reach from Denver (65 miles west) and seemingly a million miles away nestled among 6,000 acres of Colorado wilderness is Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, ranked among the top eco-friendly hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine and the International Conservancy and top three cross country ski resorts by USA Today. Here, modern-day, low tech indulgences are met with a kind and thoughtful heart for the environment and the area’s history, which pays tribute to the Arapahoe and Ute Native American Tribes, as well as western cowboy heritage and Nordic sports.
Accommodations include two lodges, 15 eco-luxe ridge-top log cabins and the community based Bunkhouse with additional sister-property options in nearby Winter Park, including Vasquez Creek Inn and Trailhead Inn. On-site Ranch amenities, services and recreation options include 120km of award-winning groomed and tracked cross country and snowshoe trails, 18,000 sq. ft. Ranch Creek Spa, horseback riding and seasonally based hay/sleigh rides, ziplining, fly-fishing, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and hiking (summer); cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring and fat tire biking plus year round yoga and Spa Enrichment Series classes. A full-service retail, rental shop and Activities Center also provides a wealth of outdoor wilderness adventures at this year round ranch, resort, spa, corporate retreat, and weddings destination.
Dining at the two on-site restaurants, Heck’s and Ranch House Restaurant, is sustainably focused and local whenever possible, with private dining options in John L’s Wine Cellar and Grotto Suraboza. From contemporary American Ranch fare at Heck’s in the Main Lodge to the more refined “from the earth and sea” and ever-changing, seasonally focused menu at Ranch House Restaurant, diners can create dining experiences that range from healthy to indulgent, including Wine Spectator Best of Awards wine lists, a coveted honor bestowed upon just 33 other Colorado restaurants and less than 1,100 worldwide. For more information, visit www.devilsthumbranch.com or call 970-726-5632.
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