I traveled to C Lazy U Ranch with my fiance and her two children, ages 10 and 15 for a four day spring break get-a-way.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. The staff on hand was so genuine and sincere it was not to be believed. They anticipated our every need and learned all of our names - within minutes we felt as though we were being welcomed to a private home.
The list of activities we participated in boggles my mind even now - did we really accomplish all of that! We went tubing down this crazy steep hill lightening fast, with the kids screaming like they were on a roller coaster. We went snowmobiling in huge open fields on groomed cross country trails or in fresh powder. My 15 year old and I went trap shooting while her mom got a massage in their incredible spa.
C Lazy U even has their own ski mountain complete with black, blue and green runs. We could ski groomers or jump into some tree laden back country. The best part was that we were transported in a heated snow cat. Before we had even exited the cat we found our skis and snowboards already step-in ready in the snow. If we got cold we retreated to a huge 'cowboy tent' complete with wood floor, overstuffed sofas, hot chocolate and wood burning stove. Safety was a top priority as a guide came with us on every run to provide instruction or offer tips.
One of the best parts was the horseback riding. The team there have a genuine love of horses and their individualized attention was not to be beat. Horses and rides were matched with your skill level and with 11,000 acres there is no shortage of new terrain. There is something about riding a horse in gently falling snow in the peace and solitude of the Rocky Mountains that is truly romantic.
The spa itself is one of a kind. Built from reclaimed beetle kill timber milled on the ranch it is a grouping of tents similar to the ski warming tent but in addiiton to the wood burning stoves the floors are heated! Two of the tents are built over a river with glass windows in the floor so you can see the fish in the river during your massage!
My fiance and I decided we need some "quality away from the kids time" so we arranged for the cowboy bath. There are two huge copper tubs in one of the tents surrounded by candles and cool holistic music. We opened the tent flaps at the far end and watched the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range on a cool winter evening in a warm tub with a bottle of champagne.
We didn't have to worry about the kids as they made friends quickly and every evening was accompanied with great entertainment: Karaoke, country bands, movie night - you could even have you cowboy boots branded with the ranch brand.
So we got there expecting hot dogs and beans every night. Wrong! Every meal was a gourmet experience. You could order from an amazing menu for breakfast and lunch and dinner were truly inspired. We had prime rib, filet, bass, halibut, scallops to die for! It was all served 'family style' so you could have unlimited second helpings. The food quality was always flawless and absolutely exceeded our expectations!
It's hard to describe the magical place that is C Lazy U. The staff is so sincere and the activities so thoughtfully assembled - this is truly a great place to rekindle your family spirit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1919 The C Lazy U luxury guest ranch has been celebrated around the world for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-Spur Service. There is something for everyone. Kids enjoy adventure & discovery while adults do everything they want, or nothing at all. Corporations & groups enjoy this all inclusive ranch as a simple and secluded retreat destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- c Lazy u Ranch Hotel Granby