Winter Park/Mary Jane on Google Maps
Google Inc has been spending some time in the Winter Park, Co area with their quirky little car and its antennae. The results are that all the Winter Park and Mary Jane ski runs are now on Google maps. Take a look above at those wonderful ski runs captured on Google maps.
Here is the link to check out the page for yourself: Winter Park Resort.
This is now a great way to plan your ski day and get away from the crowds on one of our busier weekend up here in WP. Check out our five favorite runs at Winter Park/Mary Jane and you can find some of the locals favorites and hit the best trails at WP/MJ using Google Maps.
If you are wanting avoid all crowds you can also try out all the snowshoe and cross-country trails that art in the Winter Park area.
Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Ranch can also be found on Google Maps but their ski trails have not been added yet.
And last, but certainly not least, you can find Winter Park Lodging Company on Google Maps also.
GPS, iPhone Apps, Ski Tracking – Technology to Simplify your Winter Park Vacation
Winter Park is now all awash in the latest technology to help you get around, track your skiing and tell you where your kids skied on the hill. No vacation is complete anymore with out all the bells and whistles that come with iPhones, iPads and Droids.
The latest and maybe greatest new technology here in Winter Park is the QR Codes that are on the new Winter Park Shuttle maps (see below). Just get a QR code reader app from the APP Store and with a click you have the WP Shuttle on your smart phone. Very cool!
Check out the Winter Park Lodging Company QR Code below.
Next for technology here in Winter Park is the Winter Park from Winter Park Resort and RTP | livepass (pictured top). The iPhone and Droid app has GPS mapping, ski run tracking and puts the actual scanned barcode on your phone. Check out all of Winter Park Resorts mobile apps.
Winter Park Ski school is also using GPS technology to track where your child went during his day. During ski school the students wear a Flaik transponder that records the GPS coordinates. At the end of the day the ski school instructor will give you a card with a code so the path that was skied comes up with an interactive Winter Park Resort trail map.
Technology, technology, technology making your visit here to Winter Park Resort a little more convenient and cool so you can impress the young ones.
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner in Winter Park, CO
Looking to have a family retreat on the skiing hills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains? Well, we think the perfect place to give thanks for all that is good in our lives is here in wonderful Winter Park, Colorado.
Never been to the ski resorts of Colorado Thanksgiving time?- You are missing our. Take a look at the picture to the left and you can see how amazing Winter Park Resort is around turkey time. Picture, by Scott Hefel, was taken last year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
For those wanting to celebrate with a large family we have just the accommodations. Check out our four bedroom and larger WInter Park vacation rentals. And those that would like to eat, sleep and ski on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane there is an exceptional Thanksgiving dinner at the mid-mountain Sun Spot Eatery and Winter Park Lodging Company has a wide selection of ski in and out Winter Park Resort Properties.
To top it all off Winter Park Lodging Company has done the research and found discount flights from across the whole USA to Denver International Airport to get you to WP on the cheap. Winter Park Resort lift tickets are also on special and you will not find a better deal than buying lift tickets now through Winter Park Lodging Company.
So if you are looking for a wonderful special Thanksgiving experience with some skiing and time with loved ones Winter Park, Colorado is the place to be.
Check out all Winter Park, CO vacation lodging.
Upgrades at Winter Park/Mary Jane 2012
After a sub-par snow year last season at Winter Park and Mary Jane the resort is looking to bounce back this year with above average snowfall and a couple of on hill improvements.
As you can see in the picture to the left there is a some helicopter tree removal going on now to remove some of the pine beetle trees on the Winter Park side of the resort. Rumor has it that there will be more glade skiing on some of the older Winter Park and Mary Jane ski trails. The Outhouse trees on skiers right will be getting a serious thinning out. Making one of the best ski runs in all of Colorado a little bit more accessible for those squeamish about real tight tree skiing. Lat year skiers left of Outhouse was thinned and this year with right side thinned should make Outhouse a blast. Not that it wasn’t perfect before but maybe now it will be a little bit more perfect, if possible.
Winter Park is also installing a tubing hill right at the base of the Winter Park Village running under the red cabriolet, tea cups, that will be a treat for the young ones.
As for improvements at the Winter Park Village base we have Riverside Spirits liquor store opening for this ski season. Look for Riverside Spirits in the Zephyr Mountain Lodging Riverside building where Silver Creek Jewelry was located. Now the Winter Park base area has its own liquor store for all those wanting to skip the bars and head straight to your Winter Park Vacation Lodging Rental after a day on the ski slopes.
Winter Park Ski Area snow history
2011/2012 Winter Park ski area improvements
Opening Day Ski Season 2012/12 at Winter Park Resort
Ski season at Winter Park/Mary Jane is steadily approaching. Winter Park opens on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. This will be the 72nd ski season that Winter Park is open for business. That is the longest continually running of any resort in Colorado.
After last years less than stellar year the snow gods are looking to be kind to all the ski resort in Northwest Colorado especially WInter Park. Most long term weather forecasts are showing Winter Park and Mary Jane having an above average year for snowfall.
Put the tail maps in the freezer, wash the car often in October and so a snow dance. We are ready for ski season here in Winter Park, CO. Check out the Winter Park Lodging Company First measurable snow contest. Guess the day of the first measurable snow at Winter Park Resort and you could be skiing for free all ski season long at Winter Park and Mary Jane.
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Guess the Day of the First Measurable Snow in Winter Park, Colorado
The leaves have just started to turn here in WP and that means it is time for the first measurable snow contest. This the fourth Winter Park Lodging Company first measurable snow contest and we hope it brings some storms like we see in the picture to the left.
Rules of the first snow contest are:
Respond to this post with your guess on what date we will have the first measurable snow in Winter Park and you can win a FREE Winter Park season pass! If you’re the only one to guess that date, you win it outright. Otherwise, we’ll pick a winner out of a hat of all of those who guessed that date. Only catch: Must have 250 guesses by the time the snow falls in order to reward the prize. Hint: it has snowed as early as August in the past…
One guess per person please and the guess must be 48 hours before the actual snowstorm. Measurable snow is more than a half inch.
So get out those crystal balls and give us your best guess and while you are at it let us all know if we are going to have a good snow year. As of today Aug 22 there are 26 guesses on the Winter Park Lodging Company Facebook Page so we need 224 more guesses and you can win a free Winter Park/Mary Jane Resort season pass.
Last year, 2011, the first snow was October 6th with a small snow storm. In 2010 first snow was rather late with an October 12th blizzard. 2009 brought us first snow on September 21st and 2008 was early with a September 10th date. Last year I predicted September 15th and was off by almost a month.
So everyone put your Winter Park Resort Trail-maps in the freezer for good luck (and to make the snow gods happy) and get your snow dance on. I will start things off with the fist snow prediction for ski season 2012/2013.
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow.
New Sled Hill at Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort is in the process of opening a tubing hill at the Winter Park/Mary Ski area Base. Beginning next winter, Winter Park Resort will offer homeowners and guests a tubing/sled hill. Tubers will start at the hill behind the Vintage Hotel, slide down four lanes under the Cabriolet (pictured to the left and we call them the teacups), before being taken up for another run via a magic carpet lift. The Vintage Hotel will feature a tubing ticket office and upgrades to food and beverage are being considered. The project planning is in the initial stages and construction is expected to begin soon.
That is right there will be a real tubing hill at the Winter Park Base. The real little ones, grandparents and non-skiers will have some base activity as all the skies head out and hit the magnificent ski hills of Winter Park and Mary Jane.
Check out all of the Winter Park Activities and our Winter Park Activity Page.
- photo by Scott Hefel
Ski April for $99 at Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort is offering an end of season ski pass from April 9th till end of ski season for $99. Now that is a screaming deal.
Planned closing of Winter Park and Mary Jane Ski Resort is April 22nd this year (and don’t forget Winter Park Spring Splash is that day). So for $99 you can ski 13 days at a total price of $7.62 per day. Now that is a grand ski bargain price.
Check out the Last Blast Pass on the Winter Park Resort website.
Last Blast Pass valid for all-day lift access April, 9-22, 2012. No blackout dates, photo pass, non-transferable. Advance purchase 48 hours in advance of first day of use required.
ADDED BENEFIT: Free garage season pass with purchase of Last Blast Pass, good from date of purchase through 4/22. Show purchase receipt at the parking hut to redeem.
Weather has been very warm this ski season and the skiing should be classic blue sky mashed potato turns through April 22. Winter Park Resort Lodging is at the best price of the year now and it is a great time to be on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane.
If you are wanting to get the last turns of the year in with great weather the Last Blast Pass is a perfect way to get on the slopes and not break the bank.
Here is to spring skiing at Winter Park and Mary Jane!
New Spring Skiing Hours Winter Park
Starting April 9th, Winter Park Resort will have new hours of operation. In order to use Mother Nature to our fullest advantage, the lifts will start and end one hour later in the day, providing the best ski experience possible for the rest of the ski season.
New Winter Park and Mary Jane Lift Operation Hours (effective 4/9/12):
Monday – Friday: Open 10:00 AM and Close 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Open 9:30 AM and Close 5:00 pm
Why is Winter Park making this change?
Snow Conditions and Guest Experience! Given the range of temperatures between day and night and thaw/freeze conditions, Winter Park is making this shift to allow an extra hour in the morning for snow to soften, and an extra hour in the afternoon when the light is good and snow is softer. By taking advantage of afternoon light provided by daylight savings time, this will improve the on-snow experience.
Telluride Ski Resort initiated a later start and later close a couple of weeks ago and it has been a very popular decision according to Telluride.
In addition, this will allow us an extra hour to sleep in and enjoy the benefits of daylight savings time – including enjoying a leisurely breakfast and some nice late-day snacks and beverages at one of the many bars with sunny deck seating at Winter Park and Mary Jane!
With new spring hours and great weather you should book your Winter Park ski lodging now for some great spring skiing! Check out the best Winter Park Vacation Rentals with Winter Park Lodging Company.
Photo by Scott Hefel
Spring Skiing Winter Park Mary Jane
The weather is starting to warm up some here Winter Park and we are in our snowiest month of the year, March. This means that the famous Colorado spring skiing is knocking at the door.
With the slow start of the snow falling this year this should can we will be getting great snow from mid March thru the very end of April and probably beyond into May. Not a great thing to hear for a mountain bike perspective but it should make for some of the best spring skiing conditions in years.
Spring is the best time of year to visit Winter Park Mary Jane Resort. The skies are blue and there is nothing more fun than Après on the patio of Lunch Rock or Club Car on the Jane side.
Lodging at Winter Park Resort is a great deal come April and most of the crowds are staying down in the lowlands. For those wanting to get the best skiing of the year spring is the time to head up to Winter Park.
The Winter Park Spring Splash is April 22 this year of 2012 and that is a day not to be missed. Usually great skiing and some of the best snow of the year should be around if things go as they have the last few years. March is the snowiest month here in WP and April is usually the third snowiest month of the year so there is always plenty of good skiing come springtime.
Check out the Winter Park Resort Lodging Lodging Deals and book now to get your first pick on your Mary Jane spring skiing vacation lodging digs.