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This was our first---and last---visit to Granby Ranch. The mountain is fine...it's small, but just right for a beginner skier like our 12 year old. She was able to gain some confidence on the gentle green runs and even on the blues. It helped a lot before we headed to Winter Park---which we hadn't planned to do because...this resort is incredibly mis-managed. The lift lines were up to 45 minutes long because of oversold lift tickets (by the admission of the ticket supervisor, Jed) and a terrible crew of lift line 'managers' who had no rhyme or reason for how they managed getting people on the lift. 'Landin', one of the lift line people, would randomly disappear...with 45 minute lines, they still had chairs going up empty. The lifts themselves also never ran longer than about 5 minutes before being stopped or paused presumably because the lift operators are not much better than anyone else here at their job. The runs themselves were fine so long as the snow was falling, but once it stopped...the near total lack of grooming (only about 4 trails out of the 46 they list were groomed) reared its head. Within 2 days of historic snow dumps in the area, this mountain had bare spots and patches of ice that were dangerous to go across. A mountain this size shouldn't have an issue like this....it's just a lack of investment. Covid means having to wear a mask while in lines and common areas....but the way even that was managed by this staff was terrible. One guy, 'Brody', used a megaphone about a foot from my face to tell people to "pull your mask up, or walk up the mountain...I really don't care". I get the frustration of getting people to keep their masks up...but you don't talk to paying guests that way, with a megaphone about a foot away from someone. The next day they had a guy in tactical gear walking a narc dog thru the lines and likewise hassling folks about their kids masks. Pretty ridiculous---especially since they'd oversold the week and created these mess of lines in the first place. Apres Ski...this isn't the place for it but even lunch was a hassle because of the lack of chairs and tables...as if Spring Break crowds surprised this management team or they simply didn't care. They overbooked equipment rentals as well...they gave my wife a pair of junior skis because apparently that's all they had. We called the guy on it and he stubbornly claimed they were the right skis for her...no, they weren't. In the end....you've got a nice little mountain that could be perfect for families and beginners to enjoy. The terrain is great for those who aren't ready for bigger mountains or families that don't want to have to worry about losing their kids. But utterly poor management, terrible staff, long lines, a poorly maintained mountain and a raft of other issues means this is a place to skip. The cheaper lift tickets are simply not worth it compared to Winter Park or any of the Summit County resorts. It's not a resort that deserves to stay in business and that's a shame.... Full Review
We were blown away by the exceptional service by the entire staff! Every single person genuinely wanted to help and had great attitudes! The resort itself was perfect for our group of teen first time skiers but still challenging enough for the experienced ones to enjoy too! The perfect size! We can’t wait to come back!... Full Review
Granby ranch is horrible. I planned all our ski lift purchases before the season began. I bought all our guests 3 day lift passes with the promise, in writing on the GR website, that for a certain small amount they could be upgraded to a season pass. Imagine my surprise when today grandsons came back for a second time from out-of-state to find out that the resort CHANGED THEIR MIND and will no longer offer a season pass for a small additional fee. So today I should have paid about $40 each for 2 children to ski all week. instead I will be paying about $250 a child. Seriously, I don't know how you can quote a price in writing and change your mind. They are deceitful cheaters. I have other kids coming out next week and the same thing will happen to them. They decided to stay all week, and their 3 day pass will not be able to be upgraded as promised.... Full Review
Granby Ranch customer service is a joke. I signed my kids up for ski school and was under the impression that lift tickets were included per their website. I guess if you pick ski lesson only when signing up the lift ticket is not included.
I spoke to the ski school manager prior to their ski class and let him know that I would pay the difference for the class that included the lift tickets, which was $20 and I was told I would have to pay almost $120 for lift tickets since I signed up for the wrong class or my kids wouldn’t be able to participate even though it does not say anything on the website about lift tickets not being included.
I showed the staff on the website that is does not say anything about lift tickets not being included and the manager said it was implied ... Full Review
Couldn’t use our lift tickets last year after reports shut down due to covid. We were told that they’d be honored this year with vouchers. When it was time to redeem the vouchers I was told that the new management was not honoring 3 day passes, only single day. I will not be attending Granby with my family again any time soon. ... Full Review
What a pleasant little secret, no lines, great classes for beginners, great slopes for beginner kids, intermediate runs are like wide open expressways.... Full Review
After a few years of thinking about it, my family and I decided to visit Granby Ranch ski resort on December 30th. We will not be returning, ever.
We were greeted by a single open ticket window and a 45 minute line to even obtain our lift passes (already purchased and paid for online). Despite the line, the mountain did not ever open a second window and the line was even longer by the time we had made it through.
On the mountain we found only a single operating chairlift (that’s right, one lift, save for the bunny hill). At the lift, the lines extended across the entire base area (with little or no social distancing). Our wait times averaged about 45 minutes per trip. Once we finally did make it up for a run, we found sparse coverage and poor conditions, even on groomed runs.
Apparently despite the fact that lift capacity is diminished by COVID restrictions, and only one lift was operating due to poor snow conditions, the resort has seen fit to continue to sell tickets as if nothing were amiss and it was operating at full capacity. There is one word for this. Greedy. No, wait, two. Shameful. This is no way to treat paying customers and no way to run a business.
Please think again before spending your money at a resort like this one that cares so little about its guests. There are many other resorts that have adjusted their practices (both for COVID and for snow conditions) and are delivering a great guest experience. Unfortunately, Granby Ranch is not one of them.
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I enjoy visiting Granby Ranch because it is a safe place for children with dedicated ski instructors. The terrain is moderate, short ski lift lines and a friendly atmosphere. The fire pit with hot cocoa allows an outdoor experience while keeping an eye on your kids who are skiing up and down one of the runs; this tucked away area beats the chaos of a larger ski resort. Personal, reasonable and highly recommended for all ages!!!... Full Review
We took the family here for our first time a family skiing. The kids had never seen snow and had a blast! Everyone was super nice. There were no lines. Ski school was awesome! The fact that we could ski in ski out at a cheap price was amazing. Teenagers came and went at their leisure. It was not snooty nor overpriced. We had a wonderful time and did not have to break the bank. We took the family here for our first time of family scheme. The kids had never seen snow and had a blast! Everyone was super nice. There were no lines. Ski school was awesome! The fact that we could ski in ski out at a cheap price was amazing. Teenagers came and went at their leisure. It was not snooty nor overpriced. We had a wonderful time and did not have to break the bank... Full Review
We skied two days at Granby: 3 adults (intermediate level skiers) and a 6 year old (second time skiing). I placed my daughter in the ski school for a half day (10:00-12:00). The teaching staff was not friendly to me at check in. I watched the school from the fence, and they spent maybe a total of 20 minutes with my child. And even then, it was just to wave at her to go down the tiny teaching slope they have. I paid $150 for the lesson, and I doubt they spent more than an hour total on the slope between getting ready, the snacks, and her just standing in line to be waved down the slope. Not at all impressed with the ski school a bit, and wish I hadn’t spent so much money.
That being said, we LOVED every moment on the mountain, aside from ski school. After her class, we took her up, and I spent 2 runs teaching her one on one. By the third run down, she was skiing on her own. Great slopes, no crowds, and perfect for beginners!! ... Full Review
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