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Holiday Activities at Snow Mountain Ranch and YMCA of the Rockies

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Leave a Comment

There are wonderful holiday activities going on at Snow Mountain Ranch​ and YMCA of the Rockies - both offer Thanksgiving dinner without the work, plus activities for family members of all ages.

At Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside of Winter Park, the weekend kicks off Wednesday night with a movie night showing the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. On Thursday, grab the family for a 3.5 K Turkey Trot around the property and enjoy the Human Hungry Hungry Hippos game before the official Turkey Games including a turkey calling competition and pin the tail on the turkey. On Friday, join the Moose on the Loose hike or snowshoe and a Guided Gold Mine Tour as part of REI’s #OptOutside Black Friday initiative. Stay for the full long weekend and get creative with holiday cookie decorating, weird science programs, animal tracking, plus dodgeball, bingo, and campfires with s’mores. Guests also enjoy Nordic skiing, fat biking, sledding, sleigh rides, craft room, indoor archery, indoor climbing wall, roller skating, swimming and more.

In Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies provides a nice retreat from the crowded ski towns (and I-70 traffic!). Thanksgiving is a special time at the property with family kickball and flag football games, scavenger hunts, holiday movie marathons and campfires with s'mores. The 9th-annual free Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk kicks off on-site at 8:00 AM on November 24 and dogs are welcome. Afterwards, a Thanksgiving Buffet is served throughout the day, featuring a carving station, seafood and dessert bar.  Families  and groups can enjoy a multitude of activities - the craft & design center is ideal for all ages (make your own tie–dyes or ceramics) and the kids love swimming in the indoor pool and playing miniature golf, while archery lessons get everyone involved in the fun.

Why not enjoy an active family or friends Thanksgiving holiday in a beautiful Colorado setting? Or head up for the day for something fun to do with visiting relatives (day passes are only $20/adult, $10/kids & under 5 years old free)?

More Information:

YMCA of the Rockies: http://ymcarockies.org/event/thanksgiving-activities/​ and lodge rooms start at $79/night
Snow Mountain Ranch: http://snowmountainranch.org/events/​ and lodge rooms start at $139/night

YMCA of the Rockies Thanksgiving Buffet:

Date:          Thursday, November 24, 2016
Time:         11:00am (first seating) to 2:30pm (last seating)
Location:    Assembly Hall at Estes Park Center
Price:          $35 per adult (ages 13 and up)
                     $15 per child (6 years old – 12 years old)
                     Free (Children 5 and under)

The Fine Print

  • Price is not inclusive of sales tax and gratuity
  • Cash, debit/credit card payment is due on the day of check-in, at Assembly Hall
  • Time reservation slot is as follows (bottom of email)
  • Each table will be re-seated after a party leaves
  • Each party will receive 1.5 hours to enjoy the meal and their company
  • Reserved tables with a no-show party or later than 15 minutes will be reseated for another seating
  • Walk-ins will depend on cancellations, if any.

Buffet-Style Menu

  • Carving station, omelet station, waffle station, seafood station, specialty salad, delicious hot entrees, dessert bar and pastries.
  • Some entrees/sides may be gluten free but will be limited. Please contact us for more details or concerns.


  • Reservations are requires and are made on a first reserve, first basis
  • Reservations open on Saturday, October 1st!
  • Reservation must be made via Banquet and Special Event Office at EBanquets@ymcarockies.org ORHdennerline@ymcarockies.org OR (970) 586.3341 ext. 1378.
  • Confirmed reservations will receive an email from EBanquets@ymcarockies.org ORHDennerline@ymcarockies.org
  • Please provide full name, contact number, email address, preferred time slot and number of people in the party
  • Your preferred time slot may not be guaranteed

Reservation Time Slots

  • 11:00am (first)
  • 11:15am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:15pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:15pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:15pm
  • 2:30pm