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Old 03-01-2014, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First snowboard Trip - Winter Park / Granby Ranch

First trip in two weeks.

Headed to Winter Park / Granby Ranch area.

I will be learning to snowboard with my 12 yr. old nephew. We will both be taking lessons and spending a total of three days on the slopes.

I've skied Winter Park but have never been to Granby Ranch.

Are lessons equivalent at both places? Would it be wise to spend more time at one location over the other given newbie boarders. I want at least one day at Winter Park.

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Too bad I only saw this post today!

I've worked at Granby Ranch for a season, and I do recommend it if you are learning or improving your riding skills and even more if you are with your kid. Both mountains end on the same spot, in a way you can let your little ones do some rides on their own.
You might have read around the internet that it is a family friendly resort, which it is indeed.
I loved to be there for a season, which allowed me to explore every inch of the mountains.

I do hope you've had a great time in Granby Ranch and Winter Park, which for me is a step up resort, once you can handle Granby Ranch's blues.

Keep shredding!

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In my screen, the date was showing as 1-3-2014, which at first I read as january third, but I just realized it was march first, as it's set to show as dd-mm-yyyy. That's nice, so feel free to ask me more questions about GR if you'd like to! I'll try my best to give good answers =)

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Digo,

Thanks for your response. As stated previously, I'm just looking for information /advice on which would be a better choice (Winter Park vs. Grandby) to take lessons. We've actually added (3) more to the our learning crews. Basically four adults and a 13 year old..I'm "old as dirt" but the other 3 adults are actually teenagers/early 20's. I've been to Winter Park but not Granby. A friends daughter took lessons at Grandby and switched to skis on the first day. I think she was learning solo without close friends and may not have had the company she needed to learn and became board. Her dad said he wasn't sure if it was her ability/attitude or the quality of lessons she received. I guess I'm just trying to figure out if the instructors at both place are pretty much equal before committing to lessons at either place. I enjoy Winter Park, but Granby may be a better choice for beginners.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I can't assure you about the ski and ride shool instructors this year, but when I was there (2011-2012 season), they received very good feedback from the beginners who were taking lessons.

I think some people just switch to skis because the learning curve is faster than on a snowboard. But although you might spend about 1-3 days until it "clicks", once you've got the hang of the board, the sky is the limit. I mean, the summit .

People usually say that learning to ski takes less time and effort than learning snowboarding. Both are just amazingly fun, and the taste for one or the other is personal. I particularly love to ride, although sometimes I put on the hard boots to follow some friends. So, what really matters is having fun, and commitment. If one wants and has decided to learn snowboarding, it can take 1 hour or 1 month; it will be learned. The fun is what really matters.

Back to the resort talking, Granby Ranch for sure has more forgiving runs than Winter Park. WP greens are equivalent to GR blues, what makes GR greens a piece of cake, just so you can have an idea. Still, the runs are fun and long enough. That and also counting less people. WP is bigger and has more people, thus longer lines depending on the dates.

Besides that, don't worry about ages, I worked in rentals, and there was this gentleman who was in GR for a week, snowboaridng everyday, 10am to 3pm, smiling when picking his board in the morning and when returning it after the session. He was 70.

So yes, with my own experience, you and your group will for sure be very well served in GR. Can't give any info regarding WP snowboard instructors. All I can say is that GR usually has a great team of instructors, what sums to the very friendly slopes, which is an important point. And I think that what makes the real difference at the end is the person and his or her commitment to the learni g process.
I know that my advice shifts quite a bit to GR's side, but I am being honest, as a person who learned to snowboard in GR taking 1 or maybe 2 lessons (at all) on the free time and working myself solo on the mountain until the skills built up.

Sorry for the huge post lol :sly:

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Digo,

Have decided to spend some time in lessons and learning at Granby Ranch.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You and your group will have lots of fun, for sure!

I wish you a great trip!
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