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From humble, homestead beginnings, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has grown into a ski destination capturing national attention. Currently ranked as the top cross-country ski resort in North America by readers of USA Today, with additional honors in Condé Nast Traveler and the Wall Street Journal, this local Colorado resort is preparing for the winter season by doing what it has always done best: grooming trails.

“With over 120 kilometers of trails, you can experience all levels of terrain,” said Dan Abrashoff, general manager of the resort. Located in the town of Tabernash, this working ranch covers 6,000 acres of privately owned wilderness and has a focus on sustainability with a Western heritage feel. Luxury accomodations and a full nature-based spa are drawing more out-of-town guests each year, but the number of amenities for Front Range skiers has also grown.

A full shop for rentals and repairs provides lessons for all levels and styles of cross-country skiers and snowshoers, and a day-use cabin, restaurant, and coffee shop allow locals to make a day of it. A big draw has also been over 15 kilometers of skijoring trails where you can ski with your dogs. Skijoring gear is available for rent and monthly lessons are available for you and your pup.

As the number of activities and amenities continue to grow, Abrashoff speculates that it’s the land itself that keeps people coming back every season. “The backdrop is the Continental Divide, and the views are just spectacular.”

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