Since skiers first slid down its slopes in the early 1980’s, Granby Ranch has changed names nearly 4 times. From Silver Creek to Sol Vista and now Granby Ranch, the resort’s history has been marked by a series of unfortunate events, changes in ownership, and financial turmoil.
The ski area’s founders, Bud Gettle and Kelly Klancke were on their way to creating a middle of the road, successful resort in skiing’s heyday when a plane crash took their lives too soon. The resort would change hands twice as a result– eventually being bought by the Cipriani family in 1995. The Brazilian family would ultimately weather two recessions and a financial crisis the likes of which this country had never seen.
Fast forward to 2017. A chairlift tragedy involving a mother fatally falling from one of their chairlifts is followed by an unannounced foreclosure of the ski area, wrecking certainty amongst employees as to what the future may hold for their ski area.
Times are obviously tough again for Grand County’s second biggest ski resort and now the owners are selling the ski resort. In an interview with The Summit Daily, Melissa Cipriani expressed her feelings simply, “It’s been a lot.”
The Cipriani family has since confirmed that mountain operations will continue as normal this season but that any future projects or improvements would be indefinitely postponed.
While a public sale price hasn’t yet been listed, the resort is on the market starting January 1st and the owners are hoping to sell to a single buyer. Granby Ranch is a whopping 5,000 acre opportunity with a 406 acre ski hill, golf course, and mountain bike park.
- Annual Average Snowfall – 220″
- Skiable Terrain – 406 Acres
- Lifts – 5
- Trails – 33
- Night Skiing – Yes
- Bike Park – Yes
Find the entire Summit Daily article here: Want to own a Colorado ski resort and golf course? Granby Ranch will hit the market in January