Winter Park Resort in Gogobot’s 15 Best US Spots For Kids

Winter Park Resort ranked #2 in Best US Spots For Kids

Popular travel planning website, Gogobot.com, knows that keeping kids busy and happy is the key to a good family vacation for everyone.

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In a recent poll, Gogobot ranked Winter Park #2 on it list of BEST ATTRACTIONS IN THE US FOR KIDS, as part of it’s Travelers Favorites Awards.  Based on the site’s user recommendations & the number of visits by the site’s 3.7 million users, the following attractions made the top 15 list.

  1. The Exploratorium, San Fransisco
  2. WINTER PARK RESORT, COLORADO
  3. City Museum, St Louis
  4. Dollywood Splash Country, Tennessee
  5. Congress Avenue Bridge Bats, Texas
  6. Sea Turtles, South Padre Island, Texas
  7. American Museum Of Natural History, New York
  8. Legoland, California
  9. Wizzarding World Of Harry Potter, Orlando
  10. Museum of the Rockies, Montana
  11. Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland
  12. Boston Children’s Museum
  13. San Antonio Zoo
  14. Twirl Toy Store & Playspace, New Mexico
  15. Dole Plantation, Hawaii

 

A Family Destination

Winter Park has been considered a family friendly destination for many years; just ask any Front Range 40 year old about the former Ski Train and they will tell you all about their coming of age adventures to the high country.

Winter Park Resort has recently redesigned its base area Village, and made concerted efforts to make the design as family friendly as possible.    A plentiful supply of kiddie-karts can be found throughout the Village, make toting children and their equipment through the paved, pedestrian only main street a breeze.  Add in a few fun distractions (Coca-Cola polar bear, musical instruments, giant scrabble etc) and the walk from one end of the village to the other suddenly becomes a fun adventure, rather than a stressful chore.

Family Focused Events:

Family events in winter park, coloradoThe seasonal events program at Winter Park Resort offers a full schedule of family friendly events throughout the summer and winter.  Typical events include themed scavenger hunts, family movie nights, circus acts, and child appropriate musical acts throughout the summer months.

Family Focused Activities:

Winter activities include:
Skiing terrain for all abilities
Ice-skating
Coca-Cola Tubing
Kids night out – evening childcare focusing on dinner, movie & games
Free Smores by the fire
Snowshoe tours and rentals
Scenic Snowcat tours
Mini Rail Jams

Summer activities include:
Alpine slide

Putt Putt golf
Outdoor climbing wall
Amazin’ maze
Leaps & Bounds bungee trampoline
Gyroxtreme
Outdoor family movie nights
Giant scrabble

For other family friendly summer activities in Winter Park & Fraser, Click here.

 

 

 

4th July Fireworks Are On In Winter Park!

Fireworks For The Fourth

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While fire danger concerns has forced many areas in Colorado to cancel their Independence Day fireworks display this year, Winter Park is currently still planning on lighting up the night sky this 4th of July.

This past Friday, Grand County commissioners enacted a stage 1 fire ban (prohibiting open burning and the use of private fireworks), however gave the thumbs up for the area’s commercial fireworks displays in Grand Lake & Fraser (venue for the Lance Gutersohn 4th July Celebration).

In addition to hosting one of the few fireworks displays in Colorado, Winter Park has a full line up of events in store for visitors.

 

4th_JulyPRINTJoin the Winter Park locals this Independence Day at Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebrationat the Fraser Ball fields.   Sit back and relax as the kids tire themselves out running & playing on the huge grassy fields, bouncing around on giant inflatables and dancing the day away to live music from DJ Michael.  Then, as the night draws close, wrap the little ones up in a blanket and get ready for the ‘oooooohhhhs & aaaaahhhhhs!’.

But the weekend of family fun doesn’t need to stop there.  Enjoy free music all through the weekend with The Friday Music Series at Winter Park Resort, Music in the Mall at Cooper Creek Square, and one of summer most eagerly anticipated events, SolShine Music Festival featuring Leftover Salmon.  Wander through the Village at Winter Park Resort on July 6th to witness the artisan melting pot that is The Village Uncorked!  Or put a little wild in your western weekend and get your hands dirty at the High Country Stampede Rodeo.

Whatever your pleasure, Winter Park has something in store for everyone this 4th of July.  For full details of all the 4th Of July Events In Winter Park, click here.

Winter Park Resort Summer Opening 2013

Base Activities at Winter Park ResortTrestle Bike Park Base Activities at Winter Park Resort

Ski season has ended here on Winter Park for the 2012/13 year and the snow is melting.  That means it is time to start thinking about summer and all the fun activities at the base of Winter Park Resort.  This year promises to a great time to get up into the Colorado Rocky Mountains and escape the heat of the lowlands.  Trestle Bike Park and all the Winter Park Base activities will open June 15th.

Trestle opening for 2013 is approaching! Although the snow is still on the ground Winter Park Resort, the trail crew planning on trails for the summer. Opening day is again slated for June 15, so tune-up your ride and get ready for another great summer at Trestle Bike Park. Now that Phase #1 trail building is complete, with one last trail to be opened, the trail crew will be spending the summer upgrading the existing trails system and dialing in ‘older’ trails.

After the snow melts Winter Park Resort turns into a lively high-altitude destination with fun-filled activities sure to entertain the young and old alike. With Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide, mini golf, scenic chairlift rides to more than 33 miles of chairlift-accessible mountain bike terrain, Winter Park Resort is a great destination for the active guest.

So get you plans set, your bilk tuned and your gear packed for a great summer trip up to Winter Park, Colorado.

Winter Park Summer Lodging

Pet Friendly Lodging

Check out the best Winter Park Restaurants

Winter Park Wipeout

wipe out comes to Winter park

Don’t Strike Out At The Winter Park Wipeout!

Support The Mountain Family Center and have a blast at Winter Park’s first full scale Urban Adventure Race: The Winter Park Wipeout.

On April 6th, Winter Park will officially live up to it’s brand as Colorado’s Favorite Playground with a 2.5 hour mad cap adventure from the slopes to the streets.  Expect ridiculous challenges, unexpected thrills and more than a few fabulous spills as competitors take on 12 mystery challenges and run the gauntlet in the Wipeout Zone.

The race is open to all aged 7 (kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult) to 70 years old, and spans approximately 2 miles of variable terrain.

So, if you want to join in the fun and show off that hidden talent in lunch tray surfing, visit the Winter Park Wipeout site today and complete an online registration.

Pedal Assist Bikes at Winter Park Resort


Pedal assisted bikes at Winter Park ResortBattery Powered Bikes in Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park Base Rentals is offering pedal assisted bikes for travel on paved surfaces.  This makes for a great trip on the Fraser RIver Trail down into the town of Winter Park with a pedal assisted return.

These bikes are perfect for those not acclimated to the altitude, not wanting to break a sweat or just not in good enough shape to pedal back up the hill to Winter Park Resort.  These bikes are powered with a lithium-ion battery with a range of around 20 miles.

Bikes can also be rented with a Burley, kid chariot, to take the little ones around in style.

Check out Winter Park Resorts pedal assist bike video on YouTube.

The whole family no matter from what altitude or their physical conditioning can now take the Fraser River Trail all the way from Winter Park Resort to the town of Fraser with little exertion. A trip to Safeway could even be thrown in with the pedal assistance helping out with the long slog of the groceries.

 Check out the pedal assist bike selection right next to the Human Maze at the Winter Park Resort Base.

Winter Park Resort Summer Opening 2012

Winter Park Resort summer opening
Winter Park Base Opening

As this ski season is winding down with Mary Jane closing April 15th and the whole of Winter Park Resort closing April 22 it may be time to think when the resort will be opening up for summer activities.  Winter Park Resort base activities and attractions include the Zephyr Lift opening with access to favorite attractions such as the Alpine Slide, Amaze’n Human Maze, Leaps & Bounds Bungee, Rock ‘n Roll Gyro, Mountainside Mini Golf and Outdoor Climbing Wall.

Winter Park Resort base activities will be opening June 16th, 2012.  Summer hours of operation are 10am through 5:30pm, 7 days a week, from June 16 through September 3, 2012 (Labor Day) – and the same hours weekends in September. Ticket windows open at 9:30am. The Zephyr Express Chairlift closes at 5pm, while other activities close at 5:30pm.

Trestle Bike Park will be opening by June 16th if not before.  This year new at Trestle will be Cruel and Unusual as well as 2 more new trails near the base. And DO NOT MISS the inaugural Colorado Freeride Festival – July 26-29, 2012 at Trestle Bike Park.  The Colorado Freeride Festival replaces Crankworx Colorado.  Trestle Bike Park passes will be available in early May.

Now is the time to get your Winter Park Resort Lodging to get all the rides you can on Colorado’s longest alpine slide.  Check out all the Winter Park Resort summer activities.  Winter Park Lodging Company provides the best Trestle Bike Park lodging at the Winter Park Resort Base.

Mark it down, Winter Park Resort summer activities open for business June 16th, 2012.

Children Skiing Winter Park Resort, Colorado

Learning to Ski Winter Park, CO

Here is out latest ski video here at Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s Favorite.  We are highlighting children and the youngsters learning to swoosh down the hill this segment.  The above video is staring WPLCo’s very own and my very own twins, Nicholas & Willem.  This is Nicholas & Willem’s second year skiing and they are now able to ski from the very top of Winter Park Resort to the very bottom with only a little help from mom and dad.

The Winter Park Ski School and ski teacher Rosie have done great work with these two little tykes this year.  The boys took a a series of four ski lessons with Rosie this January that totally turned around the skiing learning curve.  They wen’t from heading straight downhill with no interest in slowing, stopping or turning to being able ski freely downhill stopping on command and turning pretty much anywhere they would like to go.

If you have kids or have someone that is learning to ski, Winter Park Ski School is a great investment of your time and money.  A couple of days with group or private lessons will turn your skiing/boarding skills around and get you enjoying being on the slopes.  As we learned with our twins trying to teach your kids yourself usually is not a good idea time-wise or for family unity.  Going skiing with kids let a professional teach them and parents can have a peace of mind that they are being taken care of and being taught the proper way to ski and board.

Check out Nicholas and Willem skiing Winter Park at 2 years of age and look how far the little boogers have progressed.

Spring Splash at Winter Park Resort

zb ski winter park coSpring Skiing Winter Park, Colorado

Spring break time is here and it seems the weather has heard and we are now in full spring skiing swing.  We here at WInter Park Lodging Company were able to get out to the slopes and we hit 40°.  There is nothing betetr than skiing with a light jacket and sunglasses.  Check out the Winter Park mascot, ZB, to the right sporting all his spring skiing duds in celebration of old man winter hitting the road.

Here is what is in store for the next forty days of ski season her in Winter Park, Colorado:

There is a lot of fun things to do besides spring sliing here in Winter Park, CO but lets face it we are here for the skiing!  The season ending Winter Park Resort Spring Splash this year will be on April 24th, Easter Sunday funday.

If Y’all haven’t made it up to Splash, as it is known locally, you are missing out.  THere is pond skimming and lots of family fun on the WInter Park side of the resort.  As for Mary Jane we have the party of the year for locals and all those that want to say goodbye to a close to perfect ski season.

Now that spring has sprung get up to Winter Park for the best skiing of the year.  The weather is here wish yo were beautiful, or something like that. Head on up to WP and don’t forget the sunglasses and sunscreen!

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Sleigh Rides

horse drawn carriages Winter Park COHorse Drawn Sleigh Rides Winter Park, CO

Looking for some fun for the kids and the whole family? Devil’s Thumb Ranch is offering guests of Winter Park Lodging Company a 10% discount on their interactive feed sleigh rides at their Cabin Creek Stables.

The feed sleigh rides are offered at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily. Reservations are required, as space limited on these popular rides.

The feed sleigh ride heads out into the nearby meadow where a herd of 50+ hungry horses eagerly await their breakfast or dinner.  Guests are encouraged to help the wranglers throw the hay off the back of the sleigh as they learn some of the stories of the horses, along with some interesting facts on keeping a herd in our cold climate.  When the hay as been fed out to all the animals, the sleigh will come to a rest, and guests can have an opportunity to pet on all the friendly critters as they come up to the sleigh to say ‘hi’.   The sleigh will then take a short ride around the scenic trails overlooking the Fraser Valley, before returning back to the barn for some well deserved hot chocolate and smores.

To book a sleigh ride at Cabin Creek Stables, call 970-726-5632.

For more details on Cabin Creek Stables, and the many other activities on offer at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, click here.  

Dinner at either The Ranch House Restaurant or Heck’s Tavern is some of the best eatin’ you will find here in Winter Park or the whole Fraser Valley.  If you have never been out to Devil’s Thumb you are missing one of the top destinations in Grand County and Colorado for that matter.

So if your heading up to Winter Park let us here at the Winter Park Lodging Company set you up with the best deals and most fun activities that be had on your Winter PArk winter vacation.  Check out all the special deals WPLCo has to offer guests of the Grand County and the Fraser Valley.

Come on up and get to horsin’ around and have a grand time in Grand County, Colorado.

The Grand Park Rec Center – Winter Park, CO

swimming pool winterpark coloradoWinter Park Recreation Center

Ohhh, the cold has hit us here in Winter Park.  It has been almost too cold to ski, almost.  For the kids though when it dips to the negatives or hoovers around the zero degree mark it may be better to take a day of and let that arctic cold front just move on through.

And what to do with that day not spent on the ski slopes?  The Grand County Recreation Center is the answer to that day not on the skis or board.  There is not a better way to get away from the cold than our state of the art rec center right on Winter Park’s main street.  Here is some of the specifics of the facilities at Grand Park Recreation Center:

  • Natatorium with 20ft loop slide, spray & play feature, lazy river, zero-depth entry pool and 4-lane, 25-yard lap pool
  • Whirlpool, sauna and steam rooms
  • Locker rooms and family changing rooms
  • Climbing and bouldering wall
  • Multi-sport gymnasium
  • Gymnastic center including a foam and tramp pit (scheduled programs only)
  • Running / walking track
  • Cardio, circuit training and free weight area
  • Aerobic / dance studio room
  • Drop-in childcare
  • Pool party room for rent
  • Multi-purpose classrooms for rent
  • Beautiful lobby area with fireplace, TV and game tables

Enough activities here to keep the most active of kids and parents busy for the day.

Grand Park Recreation Center hours:

Monday – Friday    6:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday             7:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday               10:00am – 6:00pm

If you are a guest of the Winter Park Lodging Company you can get discounted day passes for only $8 instead of $10. If you’d like to take advantage of our discounted day passes, just swing by our office in downtown Winter Park to purchase them. Call the WPLCo office, 877-329-1383 or 970-722-0707, to get your discounted Grand Park Rec Center passes.

We are here in Winter Park and if the winter part becomes a bit much take a day and enjoy our little piece heavenly summer, The Grand Park Recreation Center.