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The Workshop

The HCIC Winter Workshop brings together researchers from universities, industries, and government at the beautiful Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Winter Park, Colorado. Everything from the format of the program to the shared meals provides opportunities for rich interaction and learning in a fun and relaxed environment. The theme of this year's workshop is " Search and Sensemaking."

Snow Mountain Ranch

Fraser, Colorado (near Winter Park and about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Denver International Airport)

Snow Mountain Ranch is a 4,400-acre YMCA facility (altitude 8,800 ft.) with a forest of lodgepole pine and fir. The winter activities include Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing (at Winter Park/Mary Jane ski area 15 miles away, or Silver Creek 5 miles away); an Olympic-sized, indoor pool, a sauna, an indoor roller- skating rink/gymnasium and outdoor ice-skating, snow shoeing, sleigh rides and other activities. Snow Mountain Ranch is a family oriented facility with conference facilities.

For more information, please see the YMCA of the Rockies web page at http://www.ymcarockies.org/; e-mail: info@ymcarockies.org

Map of Snow Mountain Ranch


We will be staying in the Aspen Brook Lodge that has a total of 47 rooms. Each room will sleep up to 6 people (two double beds, one set of bunk beds, and a full bath).

Lunch and dinner will be catered (the YMCA food is not the greatest). We will be doing a buffet breakfast in the conference center (just up the hill behind the Aspen Brook Lodge). Coffee will be available before the meeting starts and refreshments will be available at the first break for those not willing to brave the cold or get up in time.

The catered buffet dinners will accommodate most dietary requirements. However , if you are a Vegan, or if you have special requirements such as lactose intolerance, food allergies, etc. please let me know as soon as possible. I will arrange a special entree for you at the catered dinners and see what I can do about lunches.

Friday afternoon is a free afternoon and no meal will be catered that evening. You may purchase a meal in the YMCA dining facility, but groups usually form to go into Winter Park for dinner. Winter Park is small, but it does have a number of good places to eat.

Water, Water, Water!

Some of you have heard this advice many times, but for those new to the conference, the humidity is very low, particularly in the building. We encourage everyone to arrive well hydrated and drink lots of nonalcoholic, noncaffeinated fluids, i.e. water, while there. It will help with the altitude adjustment as well as general dehydration both of which will affect your sense of well being.


Check-in will start around 3pm on Wednesday. If you arrive early, you may go to the Lodge, but it will be around 3pm before Sharon will be there with the keys. After 3pm, there will be a folder in lobby with your room assignment and key in it. If you arrive between 6pm and around 8:30 we will be at dinner . See folder and map for location. You may either wait in the lodge or come join us. If you arrive after 10pm, your folder with the key will still be in the lobby.

What to Wear

Workshop dress is casual. It's a good idea to dress in layers. Even when it's very cold outside, the meeting rooms can be quite warm. The walk to the dining room is steep and can be icy so bring shoes or boots with good traction. The temperature can be below zero so you will need a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Don't forget to bring clothes for playing in the snow!

Phone & Internet

There are telephones in each room at the lodge, but rates are similar to those charged at hotels. Cellular signals are limited, and even if your carrier provides service in the area, it can be spotty at Snow Mountain Ranch. About $10 worth of telephone calls are included in the registration fee. You will be billed for any telephone charges that exceed $10.

For the first time we will have a wireless connection in the lobby of Aspenbrook. It should be able to accommodate about 20 people at once without significant degradation. There is also free wireless internet access in the lobby of the main administration building and in the Buckboard Café and Coffee Shop which is a short walk from the Lodge. If you choose to dial in to your ISP from your room, be aware that you will probably get a slow connection speed, and you will be responsible for any phone charges.


The YMCA provides soap and tissues along with the standard bath and bed linens. You need to provide your own shampoo, conditioners, skin lotions (even if don't usually need one), hair dryers, etc. along with the usual personal items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Child Care

There is a childcare center for children 3 years old and up. A very limited amount of babysitting is available for younger children. Contact Snow Mountain Ranch directly for more information.


Contact/information number at Snow Mountain Ranch: (970) 887-2152

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