Winter season is a great season at the Ranch! Snowmobiling is a favorite winter activity among many Traverse City natives and is equally enjoyed by our downstate and out-of-state guests. Many of our weekend guests travel from all over southern Michigan as well as Indiana and Ohio, among other places.
We are members of the Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club. In fact, Club meetings are held here at the Ranch and the Groomers are stationed on site as well. There are three different loops our club maintains, accounting for roughly 200 miles of trails. Grooming is done solely by diligent volunteers, many of which are also local business owners or those who have a true passion for snowmobiling. As conditions allow, trails are groomed 6 days a week. During the week groomer drivers can decide what time of day they choose to head out based on what works best with their schedules. For Friday and Saturday grooms drivers cannot go out until at least 5pm due to the shear amount of snowmobile traffic on the trails. When a groomer driver sets out to do their loop, they are generally out for 7-12 hours at a time. Thank a groomer driver today, the trails wouldn’t be half as good without their hard work and dedication to the sport.
Trails are well marked and generally easy to navigate, even for the novice or first time snowmobiler. The Ranch is right in the hub of the trail system with no road riding necessary to access the trails. You do, however, have to be an overnight guest to park and ride out from here. Non-guests should park at one of the 4 plowed and maintained staging areas to access the trails. The closest to us would be the supply road staging area.
Local snowmobile trails are open December 1-March 31. As for the Ranch, our snowmobile season runs roughly December 26- mid March. In earlier December we host many Company Christmas Parties and although we do try to accommodate snowmobilers around our party schedule, we do not have set hours at that time of year. December 26 is our official kick-off to snowmobile season. We then operate 6 days a week through mid-March. We are closed on Wednesdays. As the majority of our patrons travel up on the weekends on Fridays and Saturdays we do have extended hours and serve meals for lunch and dinner. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays we are open just during daytime hours and serve lunch. With the nature of our business being dictated by snow, hours are contingent on having conditions that allow snowmobilers to be out and riding. Little or no snow could change or limit these hours of operation.