Unleash your inner Olympian at Snow Mountain Ranch

Participating in the Nerf-gun biathlon as part of Snow Mountain Ranch's Olympic-themed weekends, through February. 

Participating in the Nerf-gun biathlon as part of Snow Mountain Ranch's Olympic-themed weekends, through February. 

     If roller skating while singing to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” to embarrass one’s children were an Olympic sport, I’d be crushing my way toward the gold medal. Except I’m the only one competing, and my boys are immune to my antics. 

     In my mind, though, I'm still a champion. 

     Now with Winter Olympics 2018 fully underway, you, too, can pretend you’re a gold medalist by visiting Granby’s Snow Mountain Ranch (SMR) throughout February for its Olympic-themed weekends.

     Offering two final celebrations, Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25, pick up your family’s Olympic Passport at check-in, then get a stamp after “competing” in an “event.” Each completed passport will be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at the YMCA property.

     For my family, we used our passport to try out new-to-us activities, like stopping at the ice-skating rink to try curling—i.e., launching a sand-filled jug along the ice—or play the SMR version of Olympic hockey, a.k.a., broom ball. (Participants can opt to play in ice skates or boots.)

     We also enjoyed some “bobsledding” on the tubing hill, and competed in the Nerf-gun biathlon, taking our first-ever strides on Nordic skis before shooting Nerf bullets at targets.

     And that’s precisely the program’s goal: to inspire guests to get outdoors and enjoy some winter sports, says Mary Ann Degginger, SMR Program Director.

     “With strong ties to the Nordic-skiing community, the team at SMR has always been big fans of the Winter Olympics,” she says. “We came up with the passport idea because the Olympics is an exciting international occasion, and we thought it would be fun to encourage guests to experience winter sporting events that are popular from around the world.”

     Other activities include ice dancing, a cross-country ski race, Olympic charades and bingo, even a movie night. (“Cool Runnings” played the Friday night we arrived.) And since dog sledding was included as a demonstration event at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., guests can also get a passport stamp during the Saturday-morning dog-sledding presentation.

     A free event offered Mondays and Saturdays throughout the winter season (beginning 8:30 a.m.), the activity includes a meet-and-greet with the dogs, kids’ crafts and hot cocoa, as well as a chance to ride on the sled. (The latter requires reservations and often books up months in advance. Longer rides are available at various prices, depending on ride length.)

     Not able to make the trip to SMR for the Olympics celebration? Try the property’s new Intro to Backcountry program, perfect for those looking to learn how to have a great ski day in the backcountry—without having to invest in all the gear. Open to adults and teens, SMR is offering the program for three upcoming dates: Sun., Feb. 25, Sat., March 24 and Sat., March 31.

     For more information on these and other programs, visit https://snowmountainranch.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was a hosted trip, but I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.