Winter 2015 Predictions

El Nino Planning A Visit?

Best skiing in americaI know, I know,its July.  Like everybody else in the nation, I am fully in the throws of BBQs, Biking and Boating…and yet, when i’m standing in line at the check out, I inadvertantly find myself scanning the shelves for the 2015 Farmers Almanac.

Nope, I’m not turning to turning to potato farming, but I am hoping to cultivate a few powder turns this winter, and the Almanca is my little teaser of what mother nature might throw our way.

Technically, the Alamanac doesn’t go on sale until late August; but the good folks at have been chatting with NOAA to bring us a little teaser of what may be in store this 2015 Ski Season.

One little disclaimer, we are still 6 months out from winter, and weather patterns can change, so consider this a tentative forecast.   But if there’s a glimmer of truth to it…we could be in for an EPIC season!

Winter 2015 snow forecast“Based on the latest temperature readings from the Pacific the scientist at NOAA believe that the 2014-2015 winter season will be heavily effected by an El Niño. It is still unclear how strong of an El Niño we should expect but it may be the strongest we have seen since the 1997-98 event.

So what does this mean for us skiers?

Colorado: Interesting news for Front Range powder-hounds: According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, 20-inch snowstorms are almost twice as likely to occur during El Niño years as neutral years. Most monster storms, though, hit during spring and fall, while mid-winters are relatively dry. Bust your skis out early and don’t get discouraged by a snow-free January – a late-season blizzard could be just around the corner.

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We’ll update you with additional snow forecasts as they begin taking shape; but if you are feeling excited about the prospect of a big early season entrance, take a peek at our early bird ski special:

Stay Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve for FREE!

Summer Festival Deals In Winter Park, Colorado

Eventful Savings With Winter Park Lodging Company

Winter Park will be abuzz this summer, with multiple music festivals & special events filling the calendar.  Come on up to the mountains during one of our special event weekends, and we’ll give you your 3rd Night Free, or 20% Off a shorter stay!

Here’s just a little of what’s in store this summer in Winter Park, Colorado.

Festival lodging dealsJune 27-29, 2014
Blues From The Top

See top blues acts from the around the world this June at Winter Park’s annual Blues From The Top Festival.   Big name acts will be on the stage at Hideaway Park from noon – 7 pm, followed by after show parties at Smokin’ Moes.




July 5, 2014
Winter Park SolShine Music Festival

G-Love & Special Sauce will be the headline act at this year’s SolShine Music Festival in Winter Park, Colorado.  This FREE event will take place at Hideaway Park, from 6 pm – 9 pm, on Saturday July 5th.   Looking for fireworks?  Check out Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration on Friday, 4th.



July 11-13, 2014
Rock ‘n’ Ride

New this year!  Rock ‘n’ Ride is a celebration of summer, Winter Park style.  Discover the best mountain trails around with one of many guided rides on offer, then dance the night away with Leftover Salmon & friends Hideaway Park & the Winter Park Pub.  More details and a schedule of events coming soon!


Summer Festivals In The MountainsJuly 19-20, 2014
Winter Park Jazz Festival

Brian McKnight headlines a jam packed weekend of entertainment during the annual Winter Park Jazz Festival.   Expect two days of fantastic performances at Hideaway Park this July 19th & 20th.   While in town, be sure to check out the Winter Park Art Affair street fair, where top artisans showcase and sell their work.


July 24-27, 2014
Colorado Freeride Festival

The nation’s top mountain bikers will be headed to Winter Park to battle it out at the Colorado Freeride Festival.  This four day event at Winter Park Resort brings thrills and spills to the slopes in Slopeside, Enduro World Series more.

                                                       **HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE

wp music festivalAugust 2, 2014
Winter Park Music Festival

ROCK ON!  Eddie Money headlines this year’s Winter Park Music Festival on August 2nd, and a Gamblin  Man would put money on it being an epic event.  This FREE show will be held from 12 noon – 5 pm, with opening acts Rick Derringer & Groove Hawgs as supporting acts.  


Winter Park Beer Festival


August 9, 2014

Winter Park Beer Festival

Sample the very best in brews, views and entertainment at this popular annual Winter Park event.   Hosted by local radio hosts NRC365, Lift 106 & KRKY “Colorado Country”, a $40 entry fee will get you unlimited tasting, plus live performances by The Samples, Missed The Boat & Whitewater Ramble.




There are many more summer events and activities on offer in Winter Park.



Still looking for lodging?  Winter Park Lodging Company is ready to help you plan your perfect summer vacation in Winter Park, Colorado.  Click here to SEARCH RENTAL PROPERTIES IN WINTER PARK.



Spring Skiing Outlook – Winter Park

Winter Park’s Having The Best Season In Years!

parry_edited-2Sure, Winter Park Resort has been serving up a little slice of paradise since 1939, but with this much snowfall, we’re talking about a whole new level of utopia.

With recent snowfalls bringing our season total to 293 inches (and falling) and a resort snow base of 6.5 feet, the outlook for spring is looking great, with an anticipation that the entire mountain will be skiing well, long into April.

If you’ve been waiting patiently for that steal of a deal, or you want to get one last fix before the season ends, the smart money’s on April.

Long hailed by the locals as their favorite time to ski, April serves up long, warm days of largely empty slopes for skiers.  Plus, there is all kinds of end of season revelry to get involved in during the annual Springtopia & Spring Splash weekend.

All Access April

Winter Park Resort Triple Play Pass – On Sale Now For $109
Check out the Triple Play Pass (available with lodging reservation)  that is currently on sale for $109.  It entitles the holder to enjoy three, unrestricted days of skiing in the month of April (yep, skiing for $36/day).  The price will be increasing as the season progresses, so grab your pass soon!

April Lodging Deals
In addition to the discount skiing available, you’d be amazed at what you can pick up a vacation rental for during the month of April.  Given that Spring Break has come to a close by April, most companies will offer reduced lodging rates for the last few weeks of the season.  Check out Winter Park Lodging Company’s April lodging special here.



Discount Car Rentals With EasySki

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We are very happy to announce that we have answered your requests and extended our EasySki services to include quality car rentals at affordable rates.

Driving in the Colorado high country can be a bit of a daunting experience at times, so we’ve teamed up with one of the nation’s most reputable car rental companies, Alamo, to offer our guests a discounted rate on their fleet of 4-wheel drive, SUVs.

Talk to us about your size preferences and we’ll help you pick out the best fit from standard, midsize, full size or premium SUV.  Got ski gear?  No problem; all of our Alamo SUV rentals come with a full ski rack to transport that treasured gear up to the mountains.

The Alamo Car Rental company are a 24 hour service, and are located on-site at DIA, and about a 5 minutes bus ride from the main Jeppesen Terminal (baggage claim).  The Alamo courtesy shuttle is easily accessible at pick up/drop off point 6 on level 5 of the terminal.  When you arrive at the Alamo lot, pop inside to the guest representative and give them your booking reference (supplied by us when book with EasySki), sign the paperwork, and grab your keys.

When you get settled into your ride, you’re an easy 1.5 hour drive away from Winter Park, with total freedom to stop off along the way if you want to check out some of the areas other attractions, such as Red Rocks Ampitheater & the Idaho Springs Gold Mines.

thanksgiving special

If you are planning a Thanksgiving trip to Winter Park, check out our great introductory rates for November 27 – December 1st.

Car Type Daily 3 day 4 day 5 day 6 day Weekly
Minivan $225 $557 $782 $1,007 $1,185 $1,363
Midsize SUV $205 $637 $842 $1,185 $1,205 $1,225
Standard SUV $210 $642 $843 $1,044 $1,169 $1,244
Fullsize SUV $201 $653 $854 $1,032 $1,182 $1,257
Premium SUV $201 $663 $864 $1,065 $1,265 $1,290

For further details on our car rentals, and all other Winter Park Lodging Company discounts, call our main number above, and ask to speak with our EasySki Team.



The Winter Park Snow Guarantee

Snow Guarantee

Booking an early season ski trip can be a fabulous way to get your ski fix in for a bargain price…and even squeeze in a second trip if (like us) you just can’t get enough powder in your life!

We also understand, that although we are already on track to a great snow season ahead (it’s dumping outside as I write this, it really is), there is always that underlying concern that there might not be as much snow as you you had hoped for, when you book an early stay.

So, what can we do to put your mind at rest?  Lets start with the Winter Park Snow Guarantee.

Yep, you heard right, a snow guarantee; if you book an early season stay, and decide that the snow conditions are not up to your standards, you may reschedule your trip for a stay later in the season.

here’s the dealRendezvous homes at winter park

  1. The snow guarantee is valid for all early season reservations, for stays between November 13th – December 20th, 2013.
  2. If the snow conditions do not meet your standards, you are permitted a one-time opportunity to reschedule your trip (up to 48 hours prior to your reservation check-in time) to the same property, for another time this 2013/14 ski season.
  3. Rescheduling will be made on a space available basis, for the property you originally booked.
  4. The cost of your original reservation will be applied to your new dates, and any difference in price must be paid at the time of re-booking.
  5. Sorry, no refunds!

Ski Homes with hot tubs and viewsWhy offer the snow guarantee?  We are confident that Mother Nature is going to deliver us plenty of snow over Thanksgiving and early December; just take a look at the shot of the slopes from one of our gorgeous Lakota property’s steamy hot tub, taken yesterday.  But, if for some reason the snow reports don’t fully live up to your expectations, we want to give you the opportunity to switch up your dates, so that you can have the best Winter Park vacation imaginable.

Still not convinced?  How does 25% OFF ALL EARLY SEASON STAYS strike you?  Add that to Thanksgiving lift tickets on sale for as little as $48/day (based on our special rates for a 3 day lift ticket) and that early season trip might start looking pretty appealing.   


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Ten Tips For The Best Winter Park Ski Vacation

A ski vacation is one of the most fulfilling, fun and memorable experiences you can have, but getting all details in order can be a daunting experience.  Worry not, the reservation team at Winter Park Lodging Company are here to help with their top ten tips to stretch your dollars, keep you smiling and make the most out of your next Winter Park ski vacation.

HOme page top picture#1    Book Early

All seasoned skiers know that there is one golden rule when organizing a ski vacation…to get the best deal on lift tickets, equipment rentals and accommodation, you’ve got to book early.  Sure, there’s a chance you might get lucky and find a last minute deal on lodging, but you’ll more than likely end up paying premium rates for your airplane flight, ski lift tickets & ski/snowboard rentals…and spend the better part of your first morning standing in a line for the privilege.  When you book early, you don’t just get great deals, you can also move on from the booking process and start enjoying all the fun stuff: checking out local activities, events, restaurants, ski trail routes etc.

#2     make a list of your accommodation needs

The beauty of working with a local vacation rental company, is that you gain access to a vast pool of lodging options that can cater to most budgets and criteria of potential guests.  Before you begin your search for accommodation in Winter Park, talk to all of your group members and write down a list of your needs and desires.  Top of the bill is of course dates, location, occupancy/sleeping arrangements, type of home (condo/townhome/stand-alone); but don’t forget to write down your additional preferences:  do you want a second living room, or den for the kids?  would you like a pet friendly home?  do you want a private hot tub, washer/dryer, sauna?  how many cars do you need to fit in the garage/driveway?  The bigger the list, the better your reservation specialist can help you find your perfect vacation home.

 Man Doing Sit-ups ca. 2002#3  get in shape before you go

Skiing at 10,000 ft + is no joke, so getting a little body conditioning under your belt before your trip will really help you make the most of your time on the Winter Park slopes.    There are a lot of free a ski conditioning work outs available online, and committing to a few work outs a week, at least a month prior to your trip, will really make a difference to your balance, strength, and endurance on ‘the hill’.


#4    see if there is a free host guide service

Many ski resorts employ mountain hosts to be on hand to answer any questions, and even lead ski tours on the mountain.  For example, Winter Park Resort offers free, 2 hour mountain orientation tours, departing daily at 10:30am and 1pm.  Taking a tour with a mountain host isn’t just a great way to get a feel for the trail system, it’s also a chance to ask a local expert about the best restaurants, events, must see view points, and is well worth signing up for.

Winter Park ski school#5   Book a lesson

Whether you are a first time skier, need a refresher, or want to fine tune your established skills, a lesson is always a good idea.  As ski equipment continues to evolve and develop, so too do ski techniques and styles.  A quick lesson will set you on the right path for a successful ski vacation.


#6    Plan on taking a day away from the slopes

Yes, we know, you came to the mountains to ski.  But a day away from the slopes will give your skiing muscles a well deserved day off, and let you discover more of the local area and the attractions it has to offer.  Check out our list of discounted local activities and start planning that new snowy adventure.

winter park, a family friendly resort#7   invest in a good layering system

Having the right layering system can make the difference between a fantastic day on the slopes and a terrible day on the slopes.  Choosing ski specific under layers made of natural fibers (such as wool) will wick any moisture away from your body when you are working up a sweat, and provide warmth and comfort when the temps are dropping.  A breathable mid-layer will provide wind resistance, and your outerwear will keep you dry.  All manner of color, shapes and styles are out there to tempt you, but when you find your perfect layering system, you’ll never let it go.

#8    Pocket snacks

Mountain dining is pricey, and while we quite agree that having a burger at lunch is a wonderfully gratifying reward, keeping a stash of pocket snacks on hand will reduce your idle spending, and give you that little boost of energy throughout the day without breaking the bank.  Some of our favorites are nuts, energy chews, dried fruit and…wait for it…beef jerky.

Always hydrate in winter park#9   Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

The town of Winter park sits at 9,100 ft, and during your day on the mountain, you could regularly be whizzing up as high as 11,200 ft.  Although most people only experience mild reactions to vacationing at this altitude  (shortness of breath, blocked sinuses, mild head ache), some may experience a more severe reaction (High Altitude Sickness) which is a serious condition that requires medical attention.  Our number one tip for acclimatizing to the Winter Park elevation is to DRINK LOTS OF WATER, limit caffeinated/alcoholic beverages, and take it easy on your first day on the slopes.


#10   don’t be afraid to ask

The beauty of working with a local company when booking your ski vacation, is that they tend to have all kinds of connections within the local community.  Here at Winter Park Lodging Company, we have given suggestions for the perfect place to propose, provided a surprise birthday cake at an overseas relative’s request, loaned sleds to properties with ‘the perfect hill’, and a whole lot more.  If you have queries or needs during your stay, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone; we’ll always do our best to try to help.



Ski The Holidays For $44 A Day!


best rentals in winter parkearn huge ski discounts when you stay with winter park lodging company

It’s only a few short months until ski season, and the savvy skier knows that the earlier you book your lift tickets, the better the deal. 

If you are planning on staying with us and skiing at peak season (or any other time this winter), we strongly encourage you to buy your lift tickets early through our EasySki service, it will make a huge difference to your wallet!

If you have ever had the unfortunate experience of having to swallow the price of a prime time lift pass from the ticket window, you’ll agree that taking advantage of these early purchase deals is more than worth it. 

But before we get into the nitty gritty of just how much you can save, a word to the wise: THESE LIFT TICKET DEALS EXPIRE SEPT 30TH, so don’t delay, call us today ON 877-536-5910.  

Please note, we can only sell lift tickets to booked Winter Park Lodging Company guests, so check out our lodging deals first, and if you book, we would be happy to arrange these great discounts for you.    

steal of a deal: ski 4 days at winter park for just $179

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Break that down to a daily rate, and that means that you can ski the holidays for just $44 a day!   

No black out dates, and it even comes in the form of a swanky plastic photo pass that gives you some additional benefits, normally restricted to season pass holders.

Only a limited number 4-Day photo passes are available, so if you want to take advantage of this, or any other EasySki deals, EMAIL OR CALL OUR EASYSKI TEAM TODAY ON 877-536-5910. 

Skiing more or less days than 4 days during your stay?    The four day pass is such a good deal, it may still be a better deal to buy this over a 3 day pass, or combine it with additional tickets if you would like to ski longer.   We’ve done the math, and have put together our best rates for a 3 day, 4 day, 5 day & 6 day adult ski passes below.










6 day lift ticket rates




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Winter Park On A Dime

The Mission: Plan 3 full days of activities, for two people, for under $100!

Sounds like a tall order I know, but we’re excited to give it a go.  My friends (Ellie & Joe) are coming to visit this July 12th – 14th, and so for the sake of argument, we’ll use that particular weekend as our testing ground.

Day 1: Thursday 12th July

Mtn Moon Yoga Pose with mountainsActivity 1: Yoga in Hideaway Park, 12 noon – 1 PM, FREE
Every Thursday, the Winter Park & Fraser Valley chamber of commerce puts on an hour long lunchtime yoga session, led by Mountain Moon Yoga.  What better way for Ellie & Joe to stretch out those traveling aches and meet some of the friendly locals?

Activity 2: Walk the Fraser River Trail & return through Grand Park, FREE
The peaceful Fraser River Trail follows the meandering river to the town of Fraser and pops out by the Fishing Ponds near Safeway.  When you get to Fraser, check out the Walk Through History Park and take a peek in the Kurtak Art Gallery & Winter Park Winery.  To complete the loop and get back to Winter Park, add a little fun and play the frisbe disk golf course through Grand Park.

Activity 3: Dance the night away at High Note Thursday, FREE
A great way to end the day is to head to Hideaway Park and watch the sun set over the mountains, while enjoying live music care of High Note Thursday.  Check out the High Note Thursday line up this summer.

Day 1 Budget Breakdown: Yoga + hike + gallery + frisbe golf + live music = $0.00

Winter Park: mountain bike capital USA


Day 2: Friday 12th July

Activity 1: Mountain Biking, 20% discount on rentals, $22.40/bike/day
Explore more of the Winter Park & Fraser Valley under a little pedal power with a mountain bike rental from Epic Mountain Sports, where Winter Park lodging company guests get a 20% discount.  With hundreds of free trails to choose from, ask the staff in Epic Mountain Sports for their recommendations based on your ability.


Activity 2: Friday Music At Winter Park Resort, FREE
There’s so much going on at Winter Park Resort, it’s really fun to just walk around The Village and take in all the action.   Bands play at the outdoor Gazebo every Friday during the summer long Friday Music Series.  

Activity 3: Music On The Mall, FREE
Cruise back to downtown Winter Park and walk right across the street to Cooper Creek Square for yet more live entertainment at Music On The Mall.

Day 2 Budget Breakdown: mountain bike rental + live music at WPR + live music at Cooper Creek Square = $44.80

Colorado monarch lake hike

Day 3: Saturday 13th

Activity 1: Take a day trip to Grand Lake.  Canoe rental, $20

It’s only a 45 minute drive from Winter Park to Grand Lake and well worth the effort.  Top picks for things to do in Grand Lake are: hike around Monarch Lake (quintessential rocky mountain scenery), check out the stores along the board walk, and go for a canoe around one of the lakes.   The dates of Ellie & Joe’s trip also happen to coincide with the Grand Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show, a free event where enthusiasts show off their prize possessions.

Activity 2: Eco Road Show & Carriage Rides At Cooper Creek Square, FREE

Back in Winter Park, the Eco Road Show (art, puppets, magicians & live music) is keeping the crowds entertained all day long in Cooper Creek Square.  We’ll plan on heading back from Grand Lake in time to enjoy some of the show and also take advantage of a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the mall.

CheersFriendsDrinksActivity 4: Happy Hour!  FREE
As part of Ellie & Joe’s SolShine lodging special with Winter Park Lodging Company, they get a Happy Hour Voucher with their stay (worth two drinks & an appetizer) to enjoy at participating local restaurants.

Activity 5: SolShine Music Festival, FREE

SolShine Music Festival presents Quinn Sullivan & The Nevilles, live at Hideaway Park.  This free concert at Winter Park’s favorite outdoor venue is a perfect way to end three day thrifty trip.

Day 3 Budget Breakdown:
hike + canoe + boat show + eco show + carriage ride + happy hour + the nevilles & quinn sullivan = $20

The Results

So there you have it, after 3 days and 15 activities, Ellie & Joe will have only spent $64.80.   Being thrifty sure can be fun!

Check out more info on all of the activities above, plus a whole lot more by visiting Winter Park Lodging Company.

For lodging specials and to browse our selection of vacation homes, click here.

Wine Down Wednesday at Devil’s Thumb

Devils Thumb Wine Down WedRanch House at Devils Thumb Half Price on all Wine on Wednesday

Looking for a great place to head after spending the day on the slopes at Winter Park Resort? Well, Devils Thumb Ranch is offering half price on all wines on Wednesdays at the Ranch House Restaurant.  This even includes wine by the glass.

What a deal, over 400 wines on the list and they are all half price!  Also, there is Chef’s Special three course-meal for $40. Not up for a three course meal then the full regular menu is still available.

Treat yourself mid-week! Every Wednesday from 5pm – 9pm, every bottle in the 400+ wine selection is half-price!  Includes wine by the glass. And, in addition to the regular menu, enjoy Chef Evan’s special three course menu for $40 per person. Make your reservations: 970-726-5633.

Wine Down Wednesday runs through April 17th of 2013.

Here in Winter Park but not on a Wednesday and wanting to see Devils Thumb?  Then head to Heck’s Tavern for the Alpenglow Happy Hour.  Sunday thru Thursday  4pm to 6pm Heck’s has great deals on food and drink in one of the coolest settings in all of Grand County.

Check out the Ranch House Restaurant.

Check out Heck’s Tavern.

Winter Park Early Season Lodging Promotion

Winter Park Resort Early season deals $50 to spend at restaurants with early ski season bookings

Get $50 on your Winter Park Key Card with stays between November 14 and December 31, 2012.  Its easy as easy as 1,2,3 and you get fifty buckaroos.

Here are the details:

  • Stay two nights or more and receive $50 to spend on the Winter Park Key Card
  • Valid for stays between November 14 and Dec 31
  • Valid for reservations booked after October 26
  • One promotion per reservation

Check out the list of Winter Park Key Card participating merchants.  We will get you your key card and load up your $50.  Use the card like a credit card at any of the listed merchants.  As we say as easy as 1,2,3.

Looking for lodging, lift tickets or ski rentals?  Let one of Winter Park Lodging Company’s vacation specialists help you through the whole process.  With WPLCo Easy Ski service getting to the ski hill is as easy as can be. We will deliver your lift tickets to your door, set up a custom boot fitting in your vacation rental and get you skis to the hill so there is no carrying for you. We can even book your Winter Park Resort ski lesson.

All this Winter Park Lodging Company guest service plus $50 for staying before December 31st.  You need to book your trip now!