Quick Draw update: a note from our GM Jace Wirth

Quick Draw update: a note from our GM Jace Wirth

Dear Friends of Granby Ranch Resort,

This past week we successfully launched a new tradition at the mountain with the earliest opening date (December 11) since 2013. Our employees have been tirelessly working to build a new experience – a new resort – since our company took over management of Granby Ranch on September 2, 2020. It is thanks to their hard work that we’ve been able to implement over $1M in enhancements to the mountain, including all-new guest-facing technology, on-mountain equipment, snowmaking,  chair lift enhancements, and more in such short time. Our teams have completely rebuilt processes, procedures, and trainings so that we can successfully navigate operating in the COVID-19 environment. Our aim is to take the family mountain experience to a new elevation, and our teams are well on their way to getting there through an extraordinary amount of hard work.

From the beginning, we’ve had our eyes set on enhancing the Quick Draw lift, an effort which began in earnest in July. After an unanticipated delay in the final stages of work caused the opening of that lift to be postponed this week, many of you were rightfully confused and frustrated. For all our hard work, we fell short in our communication.

Here’s what we’re doing about it.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that our work with the manufacturer Leitner-Poma has been completed, and we’re in the final stages of testing and certification. We expect to run the Quick Draw lift for the public starting at 9AM Friday, December 18. And, again, thanks to the hard work of our snowmaking teams, we will offer top-to-bottom skiing on the East Mountain via the Easy Money trail.

We know it’s on us to communicate clearly and timely with you on lift and terrain status. To that end, we’ve notified all staff and the homeowner community of Quick Draw’s opening via the new mobile application. With this letter, we’ll broadly communicate the opening via all our digital channels, including the website and social media. We’re sending out announcements to local and regional press outlets. And I will personally provide operational updates each evening on the homepage of our Granby Ranch Resort mobile application, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store. (It can also be accessed by our “Guest” Wi-Fi onsite.)

As part of the new website we launched in late November, we’re also in the final stages of building a modern, contemporary lift and trail status feature section. Look for our announcements via email, social media, and our Granby Ranch Resort mobile application when that section goes live.

2020 has been a tough year, and as mountain people, we are all looking to leave our worries behind and enjoy the time laughing on the hill with our loved ones, learning a new sport, and being outside. We’re so appreciative of your patience and continued support. We’re looking forward to seeing you out on the mountain!

Warm (and snow-filled) regards,

Jace Wirth

General Manager,
Ridgeline-Granby, LLC // Granby Ranch Resort