by Lisa Jhung
Overview: Sitting on 5,000 acres right below the Continental Divide, Devil's Thumb Ranch boasts some of the best Nordic skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and nearby Winter Park and Mary Jane appease any downhill (ski or bike) hankerings. Come late spring, trails link up to superb Fraser Valley mountain biking, running and hiking. Luxury lodging in either private hilltop cabins or in the new main lodge features claw foot bathtubs, fireplaces, down comforters, and views (many from private balconies) looking out to the meadow and surrounding peaks.
Notable: Sustainable building efforts include geothermally heated floors, reclaimed beetle-kill pine walls, and a three-story fireplace in the main dining area constructed with stones from a local landslide.
Our Take: It's a gorgeous property. The spanking new Ranch Creek Spa with every flavor of all-natural treatment, heated outdoor pool and essential Jacuzzi, small movie theater and game room—two-lane bowling alley and all—keep everyone happy.
Stay Here If: You Nordic ski, fly fish, mountain bike, ride horseback—or just dig secluded ranch-style luxury, and tasty (but pricey) dining on-site.
Information: Rates in Ridgetop Cabins (with full or partial kitchens) start at $315, and lodge rooms start at $260, but be on the lookout for seasonal specials. devilsthumbranch.com
From the Spring 2010 issue