A suggested list of
what to pack:
- Longjohns and long underwear tops
- Snow boots (other than your ski boots)
- Wool socks, heavy and light gloves
- Wind/snow pants and windbreaker
- Several sweaters or fleece pullovers
- Slippers for cabin or lodge wear
- Knee-high gaiters
- Small back or fanny pack, and your camera!
- Wool or fleece hat and headband
- Swimsuit for the hot tub
Travel Dates: March 17 – 20, 2012
- Welcome Dinner (all guests)
- Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
- Charter Presentation
Dress/Attire and More on What to Pack:
The weather in the mountains can best be described as unpredictable. It’s just another part of the intrigue of mountain living. Winter temperatures average between +10F and +30F, but can range as far as –20F and +40F.
We suggest that you and those in your party dress in layers to make it easy to regulate your temperature by adding or removing a thin layer of clothing. In general, your inner layers should be loose and stretchy to allow freedom of movement, while a set of windproof clothing makes a good outer layer on colder days. The newer synthetic fabrics (polypropylene, coolmax, fleece, etc…) work much better than cotton as base layers for keeping you warm and dry.
The good news is sunshine is the rule rather than the exception in the winter at Vista Verde! With our high altitude and low humidity, the sun is intense and it is important to protect you eyes and skin. You should certainly bring sunscreen and some good sunglasses (goggles are usually unnecessary). While packing you may want to consider the following:
You can purchase gaiters as well as other necessities in our ranch store. If you have your own ski or snowshoe equipment we encourage you to bring it with you. However, we do have a good selection of gear available for you to use while you are at the ranch if you are not bringing your own, and you are welcome to try our specialized equipment for the different styles of cross country skiing. Please feel free to call with any ski equipment questions you may have.
Although we are casual and many don’t dress up for dinner, some find it fun to take this opportunity to “cowgirl” or “cowboy” up for the evenings with a skirt and boots or Western dress shirt and jeans. It’s totally up to you…we’re informal, but have a little fun if you want!
For the off-ranch activities that are available such as dog sledding, ballooning or snowmobiling, we encourage you to let us know in advance (for those coming during the holiday season) if you are interested. The outfitters have a limited capacity and reservations are taken on a first-come basis.
To help us further prepare for your visit, please complete and return the attached Advanced Guest Information form as soon as possible. And think snow….deep, dry, champagne powder snow…and sunshine…bright, warm, glorious sunshine.