Snowcat Powder Skiing Available for World-Class Adventure at the Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch

First full ski season opens this December at private 200,000-acre Ranch

SAVERY, Wy. (October 13, 2011) – Imagine ski utopia: a snowy getaway complete with fresh powder, groomed slopes and your every winter wish accommodated. A vacation where every run looks and feels like the first run of the day.

Now imagine no more.

The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch, an exclusive, world-class 15-room luxury resort and spa tucked into 200,000 private acres straddling the Colorado-Wyoming border, has announced its first ever full season of snowcat powder skiing on the dramatic range of the Sierra Madres Mountains.

This isn’t just a skiing getaway. Three Forks Ranch is skier’s nirvana, complete with the private snowcat skiing experience. Snowy adventures found on slopes that spell bliss – atop 20 groomed runs, leading to dozens, maybe hundreds, of options that lie completely off the grid.

“I’ve skied all around the world, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than what they’ve created at Three Forks Ranch,” said Jim “Moose” Barrows, former Olympian and coach of the United States Ski Team. “The runs are challenging. The snow is beautiful. Plus, you won’t find a ski resort that matches the unparalleled amenities and service the Ranch has to offer.”

Three Forks Mountain, a pristine peak blanketed by an average annual snowfall of 350-550 inches (about 100 more than Steamboat Springs), will be home to eight runs this winter and boasts roughly 1,100 vertical feet. The two peaks lead to natural cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows and majestic tree lines.

That world-class skiing is topped off by the real game changer: snowcats.

“Skiers can go a lot of places and get on a chair lift,” said Justin Flaherty, general manager at Three Forks Ranch. “But this is more adventurous. You get into this big, huge machine and head into untouched powder. It’s like going into the back country. The chair lift experience feels like hundreds have been there before. This is entirely different. Each time, it feels like you’re the first.”

Two of the ranch’s four snowcats are equipped to transport passengers, allowing as many as 16 visitors to take on the mountain at a time. The other two are used to groom the runs to perfection, to allow skiers of all skill levels to hit the slopes.

Three Forks Ranch developers completed five ski runs late last year, but were hesitant to promise fully completed slopes for downhill skiing last season. Once the secret was out, however, Three Forks Ranch was quickly accommodating visit requests from skiers and snowboarders ranging from Olympic experts to first-timers.

“We have variable terrain, something for everybody,” said Flaherty. “We’re finding new paths, new drops up there every day; different ways down for guests with different abilities. The skiing at Three Forks Ranch was designed to make each person feel like they are alone on the mountain. Our mountain isn’t crowded and we never intend it to be.”

In addition to downhill skiing, winter guests can explore an expansive cross-country course, snowmobile trails, ice fishing, snowshoeing, a tubing hill – even a horse drawn sleigh.

Skiing at Three Forks Ranch opens at Christmas and closes in late March. For more information and rates, visit

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About The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch
Straddling the Colorado and Wyoming border, Three Forks Ranch offers guests an unimaginable blend of exclusive, world-class service and dining at a 35,000 square foot luxury resort and spa, tucked harmoniously into 200,000 private acres on the dramatic range of the Sierra Madres Mountains. Home to the pristine Little Snake River and teeming with thousands of elk and other wildlife, guests are treated to a vast array of seasonal activities, including best-in-class fly fishing, horseback riding, sporting clays, cattle drives, wildlife tours, snowmobile riding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and now, private snowcat powder skiing. The ranch’s Roaring Fork Spa provides the ultimate in relaxation during the day and the dramatic backside terrace serves as the ultimate escape for a glass of wine from a fine private stock while absorbing the stunning views.