Take A Winter Park Tune Up In 2015

Winter Park ski schoolWe all know that taking lessons are the key to success for beginner skiers and snowboarders, but let’s not discount the value of a little tune up for seasoned skiers too.

Ski and snowboard equipment has changed dramatically in the last 10 years with the introduction of twin tips, rocker technology, reverse camber and more.  If you are still skiing on a traditional ski, but looking to make the move to a more modern pair of planks, I’d highly recommend taking a lesson to sky rocket your learning curve on your new equipment.

A short tune-up lesson from a pro’ will help you make the small but critical adjustments to your stance and skiing style, and (for the visiting vacationer) also give you the insiders edge to navigating Winter Park Resort…and finding those hidden gems that are often overlooked by the unfamiliar visitor.

The following lessons and one-day camps are recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers, for full information on lessons and camps available for all levels of skier, contact the Winter Park Resort Ski & Ride School on 1-800-729-7907.  

Mary Jane Quick Tips

 Bump skiing lessons winter park$139 (For a group of up to 7 people)

This very cost effective lesson offers a group of up to 7 participants a personal coach from the Ski & Ride School Guide for 1.5 hours on the slopes, bumps & tree glades of Mary Jane.   Designed to give you an insiders guide to the best lines on ‘The Jane’, the session will begin and end at the base of Mary Jane,  and is suited to skiers/riders/telemarkers who are competent in blue/black terrain and up.

For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

Bob’s Bump Jamboree

$109/pp (available January 16th, February 1st & February 20th only)

These skier-only mogul clinics offer 6 hours of coaching with Winter Park’s bump specialists, plus lunch and take-away gifts from resort sponsors.   Participants will be grouped according to ability level and goals to ensure that all levels of bump skier gain the most from their lesson.  All participants must be able to comfortably ski blue terrain.

For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

Fresh Tracks Guide

Be first on the mountain by signing up for the Fresh Tracks experience, a 1.5 hour tour that begins before anyone else is allowed on the lifts at 8 am.  Keep you beady eye on the weather channel, to time it right and start your day with ‘Fresh Tracks on a fresh helping of powder while everyone else looks on…yes!

For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner In Winter Park, CO

Winter Park has an abundance of restaurants, offering everything from sushi, to Mexican, to traditional steak house favorites.

Being a local company, our employees have sampled the menus from lots of local eateries, and were very willing to share their thoughts on their favorite filling-stations to compile our Full Belly Awards below.

WPLCO’s 2014 Full Belly Awards

Breakfast restaurant in winte rpark

Yelp.com review for Mountain Rose Cafe

Best Sit-Down Breakfast

The Mountain Rose
Downtown Winter Park

Sharky’s Eatery

Downtown Winter Park

Best Breakfast On-The-Go
Winter Park take out breakfast

Yelp.com review for Goody’s Creperie

Goodys Mountain Creperie
Winter Park Resort Village

Rise & Shine Bakery
Downtown Winter Park

Winter Perk Expresso
Downtown Winter Park
303- 587-1746

Best Sit-Down Lunch
Back Bowl Soup Co Review

Yelp.com review for Back Bowl Soup & Bistro

The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro
Winter Park Resort

New Hong Kong
Downtown Winter Park

Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Lunch On The Go


Rudis Deli Review

Yelp.com review for Rudi’s Deli

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Fraser Valley Hot Dog
Downtown Winter Park

casa mexico review

Yelp.com review for Casa Mexico

Elevation Pizza

Best Sit Down Apres Nosh

Casa Mexico
Downtown Winter Park

Pepe Osakas Fish Taco
Downtown Winter Park

pizza pedalr review

Yelp.com review for Pizza Pedal’r

Cheeky Monk
Winter Park Resort Village

Best Apres Nosh On The Go

Pizza Pedal’r
Winter Park Resort Village

hernandos pizza pub review

Yelp.com review for Hernando’s Pizza Pub

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Julio’s Mexican Grill

Best Family Dinner

Hernando’s Pizza Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Volarios review

Yelp.com review for Volario’s

Randi’s Irish Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Special Occasion Dinner

Downtown Winter Park

Lodge At Sunspot
Winter Park Resort Village

winter park pub review

Yelp.com review for the Winter Park Pub

Tabernash Tavern

Best Spot To Rub Shoulders With The Locals

Winter Park Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Crooked Creek Saloon

Kid-Friendly Activities In Winter Park, CO

Winter Park Resort snow playingFamily Friendly Thumbs Up

Winter Park Resort continues to receive praise and recognition in national surveys and travel press polls. 

Last month we were happy to boast Winter Park’s #6  ranking in the World Press Journal’sTop 10 Authentic Small Towns Of North America’; and this month Winter Park takes the podium in 3rd Place in The World Property Journal’s ‘Top 10 US Ski Spots’.

Also this month, we get the nod of approval from Skinet.com with an overall ranking of 15th place for  Skinet.com’s ‘2015 Top Ranked Ski Resorts’ poll, and #10 rankings in ‘Best Terrain Park’ and ‘Most Kid-Friendly’ categories.

Here’s a snap shot of some of the survey comments:

Best Terrain Park “The greatest strengths of the resort are its variety of terrain and terrain parks.’ “The moguls and terrain park are top-notch.” “Great beginner terrain park.”

Most Kid Friendly “Super kid-friendly.” “Winter Park is a great place for a family ski vacation.” “Fabulous for the family.” “Very family-friendly.”

A Kid Friendly Destination

Winter Park Resort has long been recognized as a kid friendly ski destination, with a multitude of terrain that can test or boost confidence. But let’s not forget the great steps have been taken to cater to families off of the slopes too.   

With ice skating, tubing, mini rail jams, and kid-specific evening
adventure clubs
, Winter Park Resort has a firm focus on family both on and off of the slopes.

Downtown Winter Park also encourages fun for all ages, with special winter offerings that include a FREE mini sledding hill in Hideaway Park (with a stocked supply of sleds & saucers), FREE horse drawn carriage rides around Cooper Creek Square (every Saturday, from 3 pm – 6 pm), and FREE ice-skating rink in Cooper Creek Square (rent your skates from nearby Christy Sports).


Still planning your Winter Park ski vacation?  Browse our 140+ vacation rentals here, or speak with one of our friendly vacation planners today.

Grocery Delivery Service Opens In Winter Park

Grocery Guys Logo

Hot Off The Press!

We’ve just caught wind of an exciting new grocery delivery service, that will begin operating in Winter Park within the next week.

The Grocery Guys aim to take the stress out of your vacation, by shopping for, and delivering your personalized shopping list of groceries direct to your vacation rental or second home.

We have to agree that arriving at your vacation home, to find a refrigerator stocked full of your favorite things would be a splendid way to start your vacation.

So how does it all work?

Interested parties simply visit The Grocery Guys website (www.grocery-guys.com), and complete a quick and easy delivery form with your personalized grocery list.   For those that don’t want to think about a long list of items, there are also two starter packages available that will cover breakfast essentials and on-slope snacks.

To ensure that there is ample time to shop for your goodies, the Grocery Guys ask that all orders be submitted at least 48 hours before your preferred delivery date.  If a requested item is not available in a local store, a personal shopper will contact you to discuss alternative products.

Grocery Guys management

The Wagley Family (AKA The Grocery Guys)

For further information and pricing, visit www.grocery-guys.com

Who are The Grocery Guys?

Julie & Dustin Wagley are the local masterminds behind the Grocery Guys delivery service.

With three children of their own, they know just how exhausting it can be to pack up a family, make a flight, and simply get to their destination.

Who wants to fight the crowds and wait in line at the grocery store on the first day of vacation?   We hope our service to you minimizes the stress and worry of shopping so you can spend more time focusing on your friends and family!’

They also recognize that for visitors traveling to the area by airport transfer, the idea of having groceries delivered to your condo might be a little more appealing than juggling a week’s worth of groceries on the free local bus service.  

When can I place my order?

The Grocery Guys hope to begin taking orders in plenty of time for the busy Holiday season.  Their fun and informative website should be going live within the next few days, so keep ahead of the rush and check www.grocery-guys.com for the latest information.  

Still planning your Winter Park ski vacation?  Browse our 140+ vacation rentals here, or speak with one of our friendly vacation planners today.

Winter Park Ranks In Top 10 Authentic Small Towns

Downtown Winter ParkWe’ve always been proud of our no fuss, small town ways, but it’s always nice when someone else puts it in print for the whole world to see!

Steve Winston, a Fort Lauderdale based journalist, has just published his Top 10 ‘Authentic’ Small Towns In America, and ranks Winter Park as #6, and nearby Grand Lake as #1.

Winston is no stranger to adventure travel, with literary escapades that have taken him all over the world: cowboying in Arizona, ice-caving in Switzerland, dodging bullets in Northern Ireland, and climbing glaciers in Alaska.

The driving force behind the article was to dig beneath the trying-too-hard facades of many small towns that appear in shiney magazines, and discover the  ‘“real,” “authentic” American small towns…where nature is beautiful, shops are unique, and smiles are genuine.’

We think he did a wonderful job.


Top 10 Authentic Small Towns

Winter Storm Hits Winter Park

Winter Park Resort VillageWe begged, we pleaded and only when Winter Park Resort delayed opening day until November 15th, did the snow gods finally listen.

While the majority of the US shuddered at images of the Polar Plunge making it’s way down from Canada, Winter Park joyously threw its mitten clad hands in the air, as big fat flakes of snow started falling from the skies.

And it’s still falling!

The weather forecast below comes from Snowforecast.com (‘Predicting sick days since 1998′), and it is looking great for the season kick off in Winter Park, Colorado, with more than a foot on the books.

Snow forecast winter park colorado








So, does this mean for opening day?  Well, our contacts at the Resort remain coy about the runs that they plan to open on Saturday, but a gambling man might hedge their bets on Parkway & Larry Sale for good odds for now.

There’s also a few bonus events going on this Opening Day for Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, which puts the emphasis of the weekend more more on celebration, and less on getting as much vert’ as possible.   Get in the lift line early for a chance to score some commemorative swag, free drink coupons, and head to the Derailer bar between 3 pm – 5 pm for live music and fun.

Want to know more about Winter Park Resort’s 75 years in the making?  Check out Winter Park’s 75 year anniversary promo below.


Want To Join In The Fun?

If you would like to take part in the festivities and make a last minute trip to Winter Park for opening weekend, check out our 140+  Winter Park Vacation Rentals and take advantage of our 30% Off Flash Sale today, to save on Early Season lodging.



Cash Giveaways At Winter Park Resort

Cash In On Winter Park’s 75th Anniversary

 Winter Park groomers2014/15 marks the 75th anniversary of lift assisted skiing at Colorado’s Favorite, Winter Park Resort.  

In celebration, Winter Park Resort will be recognizing the history of the resort with online vintage photo galleries and details of the resort’s milestone events, publication of a limited addition 196-page collectors book ‘Winter Park Resort: 75 Years Of Imagining More’ (click here to purchase) and fun events such as their Secret Cash Stash giveaway. 

Did somebody say ‘free cash’?  Yep, Winter Park Resort will be stashing $75 gift certificates in different locations throughout the season, and leaving clues to their whereabouts.  To claim the prize, you need to find the secret location, then post a photo of the hidden treasure using #SecretCashStash, and if you’re the first person to tag the stash, the good folks at the Resort will deliver your prize right to you.   

Secret Cash Stash giveaways will be running several times a month, with the first hunt taking place on November 14th, 2014 with the secret clue, ‘Arrow, Arrow, Straight and Narrow.  Keep your eyes peeled before you hit the Parkway.’  For updates on the cash giveaways, and loads of fun info on Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, visit www.WinterParkResort.com.

Most of us know about Winter Park’s incredible snow conditions, and massive terrain, but in celebration of 75 years of all-out fun on the slopes, we put together a little list of the lesser known trivia on Winter Park Resort.


Family fun at winter park resort7.5 Fun Facts You Might Not Have Known About Winter Park

  1. Winter Park Resort was originally known as West Portal, but changed its name in 1939 to celebrate the beginning of ski recreation in the area.
  2. A day pass for Winter Park Resort in it’s opening season cost $1.00;  10,692 skiers visited the Winter Park slopes that year.
  3.  The Looking Glass Chairlift  was added in 1965 and is still in use today, making it the longest running 2 man chair in western USA
  4. The infamous Mary Jane, actually lived in the community of Arrow, but acquired the Mary Jane Placer (where the Mary Jane base area now sits) using her ‘night-shift’ earnings.  
  5. The Panoramic Express is North America’s highest high speed 6 pack, unloading its riders at a whopping 12,060 feet above sea level
  6. Doc Susie came to live and practice medicine in Fraser in 1907, and although never verified, is speculated to be the inspiration behind the TV series, Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman.
  7.  WPR has snow making stations on 27 trails, covering 313 acres of terrain, so winter always comes to the park!

So, what about 7.5?  Winter Park Resort’s history is full of unique characteristics and attributes that shouldn’t be whittled down to one small list.  Factoid #7.5 is left open for you to share your favorite fact, story or experience about Winter Park Resort ; so go ahead and share your tidbits and tales of Winter Park Resort in our comments section below.

Winter Driving Tips In Winter Park

Berthoud pass to winter park

Top Tips For Winter Driving In Winter Park, Colorado

With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, navigating the twists and turns of our mountain roads in the Winter Park area can be a bit of an adventure to the uninitiated. To help you have as safe and stress free driving experience, we’ve answered a few of the most commonly asked questions we tend to get asked about winter driving, and even added a few bonus items for good measure.

Can I bring my two-wheel drive car?

Ultimately this is your decision, but when asked, we always recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle as the safest option during the winter months.  Some local people do drive two-wheel drive vehicles, and swear that they get along just fine…but read the fine print and you will find that most use studded snow tires to help with traction, and if it’s a big snow day, many will delay a trip over Berthoud Pass until the road conditions have improved.

If you do decide to go with a two-wheel drive vehicle, give yourself an advantage by making sure that your tires are in top condition with good tread (if you have snow tires, all the better).  Purchase a set of snow chains before your trip to keep in the trunk, if you don’t need them you can always return them to the store, but at least they are there if you do.

If you would rather rent a four-wheel drive vehicle for your trip, check out our Winter Park Lodging Company discounted rates for 4WD Alamo car rentals from DIA

How is Berthoud Pass to drive over?

Berthoud Pass has gone through some major improvements in the past five years, and has become a much more enjoyable drive than in years past.  There are still many twists and turns to navigate, but many sections of the road have been extended to two lanes on uphill directions, and the addition of roadside reflectors and flashing corner signs have become a welcome improvement for unfamiliar drivers at night.

There are many pull outs along the side of the high way, which can be used to stop and take in the scenery, or to let faster drivers safely move past you.  During daylight hours you will see a lot of backcountry skiers hanging out or hitch hiking from some of these pull-outs, don’t be alarmed, that’s just a part of the local recreation around here. Here’s a little snippet of video I found on YouTube of a jeep driving over Berthoud Pass after a recent snow storm.

I heard that CDOT causes avalanches on Berthoud Pass on purpose, what’s that all about?

The Colorado Department of Transportation will often trigger snow slides on key areas of Berthoud Pass after large snowfalls, high winds, or if the snow conditions in the high country are simply deemed unstable, to avoid the snow from self-releasing onto the highway.  Any time that CDOT needs to carry out avalanche mitigation work, they will close the road over the pass, allowing themselves a clear path to activate a slide and then clear the road of any snow. To stay up to date on road conditions or closures, we highly recommend that you check cotrip.org or call 511 from your phone before heading up to the high country.   For specifics on Berthoud Pass, look for US 40: I-70 – Winter Park (Berthoud Pass).

Moose CrossingDo the roads get plowed regularly?

Yes, our local road crew do a wonderful job of keeping the roads plowed and gritted during the winter months.   There are times however, during heavy snow storms, that snow build up might happen in between plows, so be prepared to deal with some snowy driving conditions on these days…and consider taking the free bus shuttle to Winter Park to get to all that powder without the hassle of driving.

I’m flying into DIA, what are my options for 4WD car rentals?

There are many car rental agencies located at DIA.  If you have a lodging reservation with us, we can arrange a special discount for you with Alamo Car Rentals, who have many good quality all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles on offer.  Click here to learn more about our Alamo Car Rental Discounts. Alternatively, if you would rather let someone else do the driving, guests of Winter Park Lodging Company are privy to discounted rate on airport shuttles with Home James Transportation. 

WPLCO’s Top 5 Tips For Winter Driving
  1. Be aware of the weather forecast and driving conditions before you head into the high country.  We like Wunderground for local weather forecasts and CoTrip.org for road conditions  .
  2. Practice full visibility for you and others.  Use a brush and scraper to clear ALL the snow off of your vehicle (no peeking through a tiny hole in windshield), get your blowers going to avoid steaming up, turn on your lights in snow storms or foggy areas.
  3. Take it easy.   Accelerate and decelerate slowly on snowy or icy roads.  Be prepared to slow down or make maneuver well in advance, and give yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.  If someone is crowding you from behind, don’t panic, just use a pull off to let them pass you safely.
  4. Check your car’s vitals.  Give your car the once over before heading to the mountains, paying particular attention to your tire tread and pressure, breaks fluid levels, windscreen wipers & wash.   It’s also a good idea to throw in some snacks, water and a blanket, just in case you run into any unexpected delays on the journey.
  5. Give snowplows plenty of space.   Snow plows kick up a ton of snow and grit as they clear the roads, which greatly reduces visibility around them.  Keep a safe distance behind them to stay out of ‘the cloud’, and if you do pass them be aware of the wing blade, which is a plow extension that can stick out 10-12 feet to the side of the vehicle, and remember that the reason the plow is on the road it to clear snow…there’s a good chance that you may run into deeper snow pack on the road ahead.

If driving in snowy conditions just doesn’t sound like fun to you, don’t sweat it.   Winter Park has a wonderful, free bus service that services most neighborhoods in Fraser, Downtown Winter Park, Old Town and Winter Park Resort throughout the ski season.

Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company can also take advantage of our discounted rates with Home James Transportation, a reputable shuttle service that has been operating between DIA and Winter Park for years.  Click here to learn more about Home James Transportation.

One Last Piece of Advice

Enjoy the adventure!  Winter driving doesn’t need to be a stressful experience; take your time, enjoy the spectacular views around you, and you’ll be driving like a local in no time.

Ski Vacation Workouts

Ready, Steady, Ski.

Getting fit for skiingIt happens every year.  Every spring, I swear blindly that I will squat and lunge my way through summer, then low and behold, it’s October, and the pins are not exactly the little pistons of steel I had imagined.

The good news is, I’m not the only one.  October is quite possibly the busiest month of the year at the local Grand Park Rec Center in Winter Park, where all the locals are in a blur of ski conditioning as they countdown to opening day (November 12th, 2014, woohoo!).

So, what is the best recipe for getting slope-ready fast?  Most ski conditioning classes focus on core strength, leg and back exercises to prepare your body for the impact absorption and quick bursts of action required when skiing or snowboarding.

Kristen Domonell’s article for Life By Daily Burn offers a good, do-able range of exercises that you can perform without specialist equipment, or a trip to the gym.  I gave it a try last night in my house, and aside from some very ‘helpful’ face licking from the family dog, found it easy to follow and managed to get through the whole routine in about 30 minutes.  Furthermore, my body felt tighter and more balanced at the end of the workout, and I could feel it targeting my skier-muscles.


Yoga is another great exercise regime that will really pay off when you start hitting the slopes.  With the focus on core strength and flexibility, my favorite yoga moves are planks, warrior poses and chair poses.  Check out our Powder Yoga blog for our top 5 moves to keep you strong and stable on the slopes,

Finally, if you just don’t have the time or motivation to follow a workout routine (and don’t worry, you’re not alone), incorporate a little strength training into your everyday actions.

Don’t use your hands when you stand or sit down on a chair (and use just one leg to rise & sit if you’re feeling tough), perform one legged squats while you brush your teeth, stand on your toes while you dry your hair, and stand on one leg any time you are standing in line.  Yes, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a few strange looks, but just smile… those sparkly white slopes are on the horizon, and you are looking good!



Winter Park Resort Ranks In Best Of The West

Spring Skiing At Winter ParkWinter Park Resort continues to rise in the ranks in Skinet.com’s 2015’s Top-Ranked Western Ski Resorts.

Ranked 15th  out of their top 30 western ski resorts, here’s what they say:

Winter Park continues to move in the right direction with this year’s No. 15 rank (up from No. 18 last year). Looks like readers are taking notice of all the things that make this a great Front Range family resort: It’s pretty easy to get to (No. 11 for Access), it’s kind to the wallet (No. 11 for Value), it has excellent children’s programming (No. 10 for Kid-Friendly Activities), and families love the terrain parks spread across WP and sister peak Mary Jane (No. 10). —Samantha Berman

We couldn’t agree more, but would also add the world class NSCD Adaptive Ski Program, friendliest locals on the planet, and of course, Mary Jane’s Fabulous bumps.

Another huge plus for the ever blossoming Winter Park Resort, is the soon to be open Lunch Rock Restaurant.  This massive, 16,000 square foot venue will be an incredible addition to the Mary Jane territory, which was sorely lacking in on-mountain dining and warming options.  

If you missed our recent article on Lunch Rock Restaurant, click here to view it now.

Get A Little More Acquainted With Winter Park Resort


spring 2_edited-1If you are not familiar with the awesome trails at Winter Park Resort, we highly recommend you take a peek at the Resort’s new ‘Claim My Run – Video Trail Map’.  This interactive trail map invites skiers to upload their video footage of them skiing a named run to the trail map for everyone to see, and is a great way for you to get a feel for the runs you might like to ski.

If you are a seasoned pro, or got some great head cam action on your last Winter Park vacation, get your footage on there for a little Winter Park claim to fame.

Check out the Claim My Run – Video Trail Map here.