Mountain Biking Beginner Tips From Winter Park, CO

Mountain Biking Winter Park

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Mountain Biking Basics Part 2:
Building Your Skills

Mountain biking can seem pretty intimidating to the uninitiated, but if you take your time and build your skills, you might just find yourself falling in love with this rapidly growing sport.

This article shares some helpful tips that I found valuable when I was learning to mountain bike, and should help you get on the fast track to exploring the many trails in and around Winter Park, Mountain Bike Capital USA.

  1. Rent a good bike.
    Having the right type of mountain bike can drastically improve your confidence on the trail.  Good bike rental stores will offer a range of mountain bikes and will help you choose the right bike, adjust the suspension to your body weight, and fit the bike for your height.   Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park, rents front and full suspensions bikes from $32 – $40 for a full day (save an additional 20% as a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company).
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    Share the experience with your best friend

    Start mellow.
    If it has been a while since you last rode a bicycle, you’ll need to give your body a little time to remember how to balance and maneuver.   Spend some time riding on a flat, easy trail to get a feel for the bike.  Practice some starting and stopping, shift your gears up and down, and weave left and right to practice turning.

  3. Look ahead
    It sounds obvious but many beginner mountain bikers will often look at the ground right in front of their front wheel, or worse yet, get fixated on the object that they are trying to avoid (like a tree or rock) instead of the path they want to take.   Just like in skiing, our bodies will tend to follow our line of vision, so focus your eyes on the trail about 15-20 feet ahead of your front wheel to navigate a clean path through obstacles.
  4. Gear Down & Lean Forward On Uphills
    When approaching an uphill climb, shift to a lower gear before you get to the hill so that your legs are spinning nicely when you start your ascent.  Stay seated, lean forward and pedal, pedal, pedal up the hill –  you’ll be amazed at what you can climb if you just keep pedaling.
  5. Shift Weight Back On Downhills
    When riding downhill, you want to stand up off your seat and shift your weight backwards, so that you are slightly behind the saddle and less likely to get pitched forward on steep terrain.  Keep control of your speed by feathering your breaks (break, release, break, release) and try to stay relaxed, keeping your wrists and elbows soft to help absorb any bumps.     Many riders like to lower their saddle when riding a downhill trail.
  6. Break Before Corners
    Mountain bike trails tend to be quite winding with lots of twists and turns.  If you are going down a twisty trail, try to break before you enter the corner then gently release during the turn

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    Winter Park has trails for all ability levels

    to check your speed and avoid skidding.   As you gain confidence and balance, you’ll naturally start to lean into the turn with the bike which will help you flow through the turn.

  7. One Finger Only
    If your breaks and handlebars are set up to allow you to do so, try using just your index fingers to apply the breaks.  Using just one finger allows you to keep the rest of your mitts on the handlebars, giving you greater control and grip when riding uneven terrain or obstacles.
  8. Know Before You Go
    Ask a local mountain bike shop for advice on which trails are suitable for beginner mountain bikers and get a trail map before you head out on the trail.  Trails will often splinter into many other trails, so check your map at trail junctions if you are unsure.  While smart phone Apps are definitely useful tools for planning your day, be aware that cell phone service can be often diminished in ‘the backwoods’, so always have a paper trail map as back up in your pack.
  9. Pack For Success
    Wear a backpack with plenty of water, snacks and supplies with you so that you are prepared for every eventuality.
     Click here to see our article on what to bring with you on the trail.
  10. Have fun!
    Take plenty of breaks to take in the views, celebrate your accomplishments and share the adventure with like-minded friends.

Tune in next month for our last installment of  Mountain Biking Basics: Best Beginner/Intermediate Trails In Winter Park

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Restaurant of the Month: Opa! Charlie’s Gyros In Winter Park

interiorcharliesWinter Park’s newest gyro spot, Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, is just the atmosphere and taste to leave any party satisfied. With ample indoor seating and an outdoor patio, this space can seat large groups and is family-friendly.

 

The new restaurant, owned by Charlie Alley and Fernan DeLeon (of Winter Park Sushi Bar and Pepe Osaka fame), has an airy and open feel and features a menu with Greek
and Mediterranean fusion. Opa! Charlie’s Gyros is open from 11AM-3PM for lunch,
with dinner hours starting tonight!

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Guests can seat themselves and enjoy the abstract art and blue-and-white details
reminiscent of Greece itself. Large windows and a friendly staff make the restaurant a
bright and comfortable hangout, whether you’d like to sit at one of the three bars or
grab a table, all of which feature fresh flowers. The delicious food speaks for itself
(we tried the traditional gyro with sweet potato fries, SO good!).

We asked owner Charlie Alley for a recipe from their menu, and he was generous enough to share with us their signature watermelon salad, a perfect summer treat for
you to recreate when you’ve returned home from your vacation.


Opa! Charlie’s Watermelon Salad: 

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  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Feta Crumbles
  • Sliced Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemon Spritz

Simply combine the ingredients to taste, garnish with fresh
mint leaves and enjoy!

 

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Rendezvous

When you visit Winter Park, one of the best ways to enjoy our beautiful area is to stay near the trails. With that, you still want the convenience of modern amenities and access to shopping and night life.

Rendezvous is one of Winter Park’s most exclusive addresses, which boasts trail-side forest living and lots of activities year-round.  This hidden gem of a neighborhood is only a short drive to restaurants and Winter Park Resort, with shuttle service available in the winter.

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Expertly-decorated mountain homes.

Rendezvous offers large, open spaces with plenty of room to accommodate large families. Each home is its own unique take on mountain living with beautiful stone and handcrafted wood accents.

Private balconies and garages throughout the neighborhood, and several homes include private hot tubs and large porches, perfect for a night of relaxed stargazing.

All of the three-and-four-bedroom homes in Rendezvous can sleep eight or more people and are beautifully decorated with lots of comfortable seating, and lots of windows and outdoor seating to enjoy the stunning mountain and forest views.

Guests can stay in these properties year round, and the prime location makes these homes fantastic places for summer or winter activities.

These are spacious and comfortable getaways- you and your family will want to make these homes part of your vacation traditions!

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Outdoor seating and hot tub

On the hillside between Fraser and Winter Park, Rendezvous is a perfect choice for active families who want to explore Rocky Mountain National forest, and Grand County’s amazing trail systems.

Just steps away from the Fraser River Trail, runners, bikers and cross-country skiers can enjoy quick access to a beautiful trail alongside the river and Colorado wildlife.

The views are incredible from this area, and miles of trails run throughout the neighborhood.Visitors can also enjoy Mary’s Pond, a beautiful retreat named for Mary Cozens, the wife of Rendezvous developer Billy Cozens.

 

Families staying at Rendezvous enjoy the finest in mountain living, with spacious homes designed for relaxation and comfort, but also quick access to outdoor activities.

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Picnic area with playground on the Fraser River Trail

 

Picnic and play at the playground at the Fraser River trail head, with beautiful mountain views for your family vacation memories.

 

Click here to find available vacation rentals in the Rendezvous neighborhood, and to learn more about the unique feel of each
home with photos, layout and descriptions!

 

Namaste From Nepal to Winter Park

Each morning at 7:30, Tashi and Lhakpa arrive at Mountain Rose Café and setup their jewelry stand. Their smiles are radiant, at once calm and enthusiastic.

A peaceful reminder of Buddhist and Sherpa culture, each visit to Tashi and Lhakpa’s stand leaves guests more at ease, and more beautifully accessorized, than when they arrived.

Beads and gems gleam in the sun as visitors stop by to peruse. A young girl shyly touches a beaded necklace. Her other hand pulls her dad to the table.

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Natural stone jewelry set in silver.

“Namaste! How are you?” rings the friendly greeting of the Sherpas. The girl’s father reciprocates the bow, then turns to his daughter and the necklace,
“This is all the way from Nepal. Have you heard of Mount Everest?”

The journey to Winter Park from the Khumbu region
of Nepal is not for the faint of heart. The Lukla airport, nearest to the Sherpa’s Ama Dablam Lodge,
has been called the most dangerous in the world.
“I’m scared, so what?” Tashi says, “It’s what we do.”

Every summer, Tashi and Lhakpa leave their lodge and travel nearly 8,000 miles to spend the summer biking their wares between their stands. They have been coming
here together since 1999 (Lhakpa since 1998).

In the morning, you can find them at Mountain Rose Café, and in the afternoons they set up at Epic Mountain Sports, both on Main Street in Winter Park.

They attend every festival and every farmer’s market, featuring jewelry, clothing and accessories reminiscent of their home’s beauty. The pair have become a staple in Winter Park’s culture, and nearly every local you encounter has one of their unique pieces of jewelry.

Every piece is beautiful and special, a small homage to a faraway place, treasures made more valuable after last spring’s devastating earthquake.

“We lost some friends,” Lhakpa says. It’s evening, and he and Tashi are carefully selecting yogurt at Safeway in Fraser. A stillness washes over them. “We will need to do a lot of repairs.”  The couple take a moment and look at one another before moving their cart down the aisle.

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You can find Lhakpa & Tashi’s handmade jewelry stand daily at Mountain Rose Cafe until 2pm, and at Epic Mountain Sports from 2pm on.

A few days later, Tashi and Lhakpa are packing up at Mountain Rose to set up at Epic Mountain Sports.  It’s windy and cool outside, and the pair are all smiles. When asked how long they work each day, they both beam.

“If the weather is good, we work until 8PM,” Lhakpa says.
“We work hard,” Tashi says, “It’s a lot to get here.”
“We are very lucky,” Lhakpa says.

Both Sherpas continue packing a bag of silver bracelets. The sun breaks through the clouds, and the prayer flags whip in the breeze.

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Mountain Biking Tips From Winter Park, Colorado

mountain bike vacationsWinter Park (Mountain Bike Capital USA) is recognized as one of the top destinations for mountain biking in Colorado, with more than 600 miles of bike trails and two major downhill bike parks.

If you haven’t tried mountain biking before, Winter Park is the perfect place to give it a go.

There’s a great selection of novice and family friendly trail options, and although it may seem a little intimidating at first, a day or two of cruising through flower filled meadows, playing peek-a-boo with deer and moose in the woods, and taking in breathtaking views from the top of a climb and we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked for life.

To help you on the journey, we’ve put together a series of blogs that will answer many of the questions commonly asked by beginner mountain bikers.  We’ll cover the basics of gear (what to bring/wear), beginner riding skills and our top trail recommendations for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers in Winter Park, Colorado.

Mountain Biking Basics Part 1: Gear Up

Like most sports, having the right equipment will help you feel confident and comfortable.  If you’re just starting out, renting a full-suspension mountain bike won’t break the bank and will give you some extra confidence while you’re learning to tackle the trails.   Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company receive a 20% discount on bike rentals at our local partner store ‘Epic Mountain Sports’ - click here for details.

For all other beginner mountain bike items, we recommend investing in the following gear.

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Chainsaw, Zoom & Flume trails are great trails for building your skills

Helmet – a good entry level bike helmet will set you back about $50 and is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment you’ll every buy – most mountain bikers that have taken a tumble or two would heartily agree.   For cross-country mountain biking in Winter Park, I like helmets with plenty of ventilation (hot head!) and a peaked visor to help on all those sunny riding days.

If you are a first time biker and renting your gear, most bike rental stores will also rent helmets – take a little time to pick one out that fits you well.

Gloves – Mountain biking can be a very aerobic sport, so your paws can get a little sweaty at times!  Buying a pair of light mountain bike gloves will help you keep a good grip on the handle bars when things get technical.

Sunglasses – A snug fitting pair of sunglasses will stop your eyes from watering while you zoom down the trails and protect them from dust, bugs, tree branches and other items that don’t belong in your orbitals.

Shoes – Your choice of bike shoes will depend largely on our pedal choice – flat or clipless.   Flat pedals are a simple platform pedal that can be ridden with normal tennis shoes and does not physically connect your foot to the bike.  Many intermediate/advanced cross-country mountain bikers progress to using special clipless pedals that require bike shoes with cleats.  This type of pedal & shoe combo provides the rider with more control of their pedal strokes, but does take a little bit of getting used to.  If you are trying out clipless pedals for the first time, set them to a loose release setting and practice getting in and out of them in a flat, safe area before you hit the trails.

Shorts & Shirt - There are endless choices for mountain bike clothing on the market today, from superlight Lycra wear, to padded protective wear.  Whatever style you choose to wear, wicking and quick dry materials will provide you with the most comfortable ride on the trail.

What’s In Your Pack?

It’s advisable to always take a back pack mountain biking, to carry along some essential items that could potentially make or break your day.  CamelBak hydration systems are a great way to combine your water needs (with a removable bladder) and carrying needs in one package, but if you don’t already have one, any waist/chest fastening back pack will do.

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Water – Hydration is key in high elevations such as Winter Park, and you will want to carry lots of water with you on your mountain bike ride.  If you want to flavor up your H2O, add some electrolyte powders to your bottle for maximum effect.

Snacks – A little energy boost is never a bad thing on the trail.  To cut down on bulk, I’m a fan of Shot Blocks, granola bars and Gu.

Rain coat –  The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly.  Be prepared for all conditions by bringing extra layers and a waterproof with you.

Spare inner tube – If you get a flat, the quickest way to get back on the trail is to have a spare inner tube with you, so that you can quickly switch it out for the damaged one.

Patch kit  – This would be Plan C in the event that your spare inner tube also gets a flat!

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Bike Tool – You’ll need this to change a tire, adjust seats, and tighten up any loose bolts on your bike.  They are readily available from all good bike shops and retail from $15 – $70.

First Aid Kit – It’s always worth having the essentials with you in any outdoor activity, mountain bike riding is definitely not an exception.  I try to always carry a sam splint, assorted bandages, iodine/antiseptic wipes, butterfly bandages, and an assortment gauze pads and band aids whenever I’m hitting the trails.

Trail Map – Mountain bike trails have a tendency to offer a spider’s web of options that can quickly leave you further from home than you had intended.  Always know where you are and be aware of alternative routes home in case you get caught in some weather or a thunder storm.

Chain Lube – Perhaps not a necessity, but having a well lubed chain can really help to keep those wheels spinning nicely.

So now that you’ve got all your gear in order, it’s time to start working on those biking skills.  Tune in next week for Mountain Biking Basics Part 2: Beginner Rider Skills.

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Winter Park Resort Summer Opens For Summer 2015

Winter Park Summer VacationsWinter Park Resort base area opens for the summer season for Saturday, June 6th & Sunday June 7th, then daily from June 13th, 2015.   Trestle Bike Park & base area mini-golf also opens on June 13th, 2015.   Daily operating hours for Trestle Bike Park are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and 10:00 am to 5:30 pm for base area activities. 

Winter Park Resort is fast becoming a top summer destination in the active vacation market, gaining national recognition as a must-do in downhill mountain biking communities, and building a stellar reputation as a terrific family destination with the development of base area activities and events throughout the summer months.

So, what’s in store this summer at Winter Park Resort?  The season will get of to a sweet start with the annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival, held in the Village on June 13th, from 10 am – 4 pm.   Stroll through booths of chocolatey decadence, and purchase a taste ticket to sample the wares.    

The Village Uncorked wine, art & cheese festival takes place on July 4th from 12 pm – 4 pm.  This popular event offers will be featuring workshop tents where special presenters will perform demonstrations, cheese workshops and a wine and cheese pairing course.  Regional wines and cheeses will be on sale, in addition to arts, crafts and photography works.

WP Chocolate FestivalColorado Freeride Festival is the big ticket item in this summer’s mountain bike events.  With more than $40,000 in prize money on offer, this four day event is the largest freeride festival in the US and attracts the pro mountain bike athletes from around the world.  In addition to the pro events, the festival also encourages participation in events by all levels of riders, with a strider bike adventure course and fancy dress parades for kids.   Colorado Freeride Festival takes place from July 23rd – 26th, 2015.

If you like a little spice in your life, don’t miss the High Altitude Flamethrower’s Chili Fest on August 15th & 16th, 2015.   This scrumptious event sees Colorado state chili chefs compete to earn a coveted spot to compete in the World Competition.

Other FREE weekly events in the Village at Winter Park include Coca-Cola Family Movies Nights every Friday at sunset on the outdoor screen on the village lawn (next to private lesson center), free live music at the Friday Music Series every Friday at the Village Gazebo from 4 – pm, and Popsicles In The Village where you and your family can reward yourselves on a fun filled day, popsicles are offered on a first come, first served basis at the Gazebo Plaza from 4-5 pm.  For further details on any of these free events, call one of our friendly reservation team at the number on the left; or check out our Winter Park Resort activity guide here.

Freeride-friday-Trestle-bike-park-300x169Trestle Bike Park, at Winter Park Resort, begins full operations on June 13th.   Offering 3 lifts, to more than 40 miles of nerve tingling downhill trails, Trestle Bike Park is one of the best in country.  

Want to join in the fun?  For those with a little experience under their belt, a Full Day Adult Pass to Trestle Bike Park is available for $41/day, or a Half Day for $36.   If you’d like a tune up, or some tips & skills training before you go it alone, we’d highly recommend signing up for one of the Trestle Freeride 1 Day Camps (July 18th & August 8th).  These 6 hour workshops use video analysis, and top training methods to elevate your downhill riding to the next level.   A full day camp with lift ticket & full rental (downhill bike, full face helmet, leg & arm protection) will set you back $159.99, and in our book, is worth every penny of it.  For more information on all Trestle Bike Park lessons and tickets, call 970-726-1564.

Trestle Bike Park will play host to many competitive bike events throughout the summer months.   Big bike events scheduled for summer at Winter Park Resort are:

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Winter Park Jazz Festival 2015

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Line Up Announced For Winter Park Jazz Festival 2015!

Winter Park’s hottest summer event has raised the bar once again with a fabulous line-up for Winter Park Jazz Festival 2015.

Headlining the event are Kenny ‘BabyFace’ Edmonds, who will take to the stage on Saturday, July 18th, and Morris Day and The Time, who will headline on Sunday, July 19th, 2015.  

 

Additional performances from other top acts promises a full weekend of incredible entertainment for all music lovers.

Saturday, July 18 • KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS • TOWER OF POWER • MINDI ABAIR • MARCUS ANDERSON • SHE303; JOFOKE, CICELY O’KAIN, ELLICE ZOÉ, OLIVA JOI, VERONICA

Sunday, July 19 • MORRIS DAY & THE TIME • DAVE KOZ AND RICK BRAUN WITH SPECIAL GUEST KENNY LATTIMORE • NORMAN BROWN • REBIRTH BRASS BAND • DOTSERO 

Winter Park Jazz Festival Rates & Ticket Sales

Jazz Fest 2012CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE WITH ALTITUDE TICKETS
Or call the Jazz Festival box office at 888.409.5974

General admission tickets and V.I.P. tickets are now available to purchase.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance (or $55 day of show).
V.I.P. tickets are $65 in advance ($75 day of show).
12 & Under: Free with ticketed adult (general admission only)

Add on a $25 Express Pass ($30 on day of show) to get quick access to Hideaway Park one hour before the main gates open – only 500 express passes available.

An early bird booking special is also currently being offered that entitles each ticket holders to two drink tickets with any V.I.P or General Admission festival ticket.

Winter Park Jazz Festival Lodging

Winter Park Lodging Company has multiple lodging options available to suit all sizes and location preferences for Jazz Festival goers.  Book before April 30th, 2015 to save 20% on Winter Park Jazz Festival Lodging!  

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General Information and Jazz Festival Rules

Gates open at 10 AM with musical acts starting at 12 Noon and continuing through 6 PM.  

The disabled access entrance will be made available at 9.50 AM at the Express Lane entrance.  Disabled guests are allowed a total of two (2) additional ticketed caretakers. Additional caretakers will be required to have an Express Lane ticket, or enter through their respective ticketed entrance when general gates open at 10am. 

All ticket sales are final, no refunds.  Performance times and artists are subject to change without prior notice.

Carry In Items Allowed Items Not Allowed
  •  Folding chairs
  • Soft sided cooler – 1 per person, 12×17” max size
  • Empty hydration/camel backs
  • Hand held umbrella – no larger than 42” in diameter when opened
  • Soft sided bags/packs only – One bag per person
  • Empty water bottles – Plastic or aluminum
  • Factory sealed plastic beverages
  • Empty plastic/paper cups
  • Pre-sliced fruits/vegetables/small snacks
  • Binoculars
  •  No hard sided coolers
  • No filled hydration/camel backs
  • No umbrellas larger than 42″
  • No luggage carriers, carts, wagons, rolling luggage
  • No beverages in glass or aluminum
  • No non factory sealed beverages
  • No glass containers
  • No dogs or pets
  • No tents or tent like structure
  • No alcohol – drinks may be purchased inside the venue
  • No illegal drugs
  • No smoking by town ordinance
  • No frisbees, firearms, weapons, confetti, bullhorns, noisemakers, laser pointers

For further information on Winter Park Jazz Festival rules, tickets and performance details, contact the Winter Park Jazz Line on 888.409.5974

2015 Summer Events In Winter Park, CO

As the days grow longer and warmer, upcoming summer fun is the hot topic of conversation on the lips of the locals in Winter Park, Colorado.  Aside from the huge list of summer activities on offer in Winter Park, the local area also offers a jam-packed calendar of special events throughout the summer months.

Here’s a little taster of what’s to come this summer in Winter Park, Colorado.

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Weekly Summer Events

Keep the body & mind happy with these FREE weekly events.

Fitness In The Park – Yoga & Pilates Class
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 9 AM – 10 AM
Dates: June 14 & 21, July 5, 12, & 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

High Note Thursdays – Free Live Music Concerts
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Dates: June 18 & 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, August 6 & 13

Fraser Tuesday Picnic In The Park – Free Live Music Concerts
Location: Old Schoolhouse Park in Fraser
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Dates: June 23 & 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4.

 


Special Summer Events

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Grand County Blues From The Top
Location: Hideaway Park & Smokin’ Moes  
Time: 10.30 AM – 7 PM (Hideaway Park)

Regional, national & national blues acts spark up the air waves in Winter Park.

July 4, 2015

charity run in winter parkRendezvous Run For Independence – 5 mile walk/run
Location: Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous
Time: 7 AM – 12 PM

Fun & supportive 5 mile walk/run event from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous neighborhood.  Food and awards after party.

Lance Gutersohn 4th Of July Celebration & Fireworks
Independence Day FireworksLocation: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Enjoy live music, inflatables, face painting and fireworks at the annual 4th of July bash at its new location in Hideaway Park.

July 11, 2015

winter park mountain bikeRendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 7 AM – 12 PM

Mountain bike races, skill camps and live music bring all ages of bike enthusiasts together at this annual event.

Best place to stay for jazz festJuly 18 & 19, 2015

Winter Park Jazz Festival
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 11 AM – 6 PM

The wildly popular Jazz Festival returns for another year of fabulous music and dancing at Hideaway Park.

Live music in Winter Park 2013August 1, 2015

Solshine Music Festival – Presented by KBCO
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Watch the sun go down while you dance the night away to live music by a national act (more details coming soon). 

beer logoAugust 8, 2015

Winter Park Beer Festival 
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 12 PM – 5 PM

Sample the very best craft brews and dance it off to live music from national & regional acts at Hideaway Park.


August 15, 2015

Colorado Music FestivalsWinter Park Music Festival 
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM

Get your rock on at Hideaway Park at this popular free rock event. Headline act is still to be announced, but past acts include Bret Michaels, Cheap Trick & Eddie Money.

August 22, 2015

Winter Park Uncorked
Location: Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
Time: 12 PM – 5 PM

This new event to Winter Park puts wine tasting and live music center stage at Hideaway Park.

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The Wallflowers Make A Splash In Winter Park

Winter Park Resort has announced the headline act in this year’s Springtopia celebration to be national rock act The Wallflowers.  The FREE end of season concert will begin at 1pm on Saturday, April 25th at the Village at Winter Park Resort.  

Local acts Rob Drabkin and The Rick Lewis Project will stir up the crowd between 1 pm – 3.30 pm, before The Wallflowers take the stage at 4 pm.

The Wallflowers have had a huge indie/rock following since their second, nationally acclaimed album ‘Bringing Down The Horse’ in 1996 blew up the charts with ‘One Headlight’ and ‘6th Avenue Heartache’ and won them a Grammy award for Best Rock Performance.  Fronted by Jakob Dylan (yep, that Dylan), the group delivers a classic rock sound with strong story telling lyrics and guitar driven melodies.

The Springtopia celebrations will continue on Sunday, April 26th, with the annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash.  This annual event encourages skiers and riders of all ages to wiggle, weave and fall through a series of obstacles on the Larry Sale race course before attempting to skim across a pond of icy water and through the finish line.

Pond Skimming Winter ParkThe Spring Splash race starts at 12 noon (registration 8 am – 10.30 am at The Balcony House) is limited to the first 100 participants.  As an ice-bath might turn some kiddos a little too blue, participants must be 18 years or older to enter.

No matter whether you are a competitor, music lover, or just want to have one last leisurely ski on the mountain, closing weekend has a little something for everyone.

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Ski Train Sells Out On Solo Trip To Winter Park

ski trainWinter Park Resort recently teamed up with Amtrak to offer a one-day round trip ski-train offer in honor of Winter Park’s 75th anniversary celebrations. 

In an unbelievable show of love for what used to be a treasured form of travel to Winter Park for Denver area skiers, all 400 tickets were sold out within 12 hours of going on sale.

For those that haven’t heard of the ski train, this was a long standing service from downtown Denver to Winter Park Resort.    It ran from 1940 until 2009, when it subsided due to increased insurance and service costs.

As Winter Park is one of the few ski resorts in North America that can be viably serviced by train, there was a resounding sigh of sadness the day the ski train ceased to chug its way up to the mountains, and we’re all hoping that this recent show of support will act as a catalyst to reinstating the train at some point in the future.

The gossip circle around Winter Park has always maintained that when the line is completed between Denver International and Downtown Denver, the Winter Park Ski Train will suddenly resurface.   Of course the big wigs at Amtrak deny such stories stating that talks need to happen between Union Pacific, RTD and more…I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (and continue the gossip in the meantime).

For now, will stand by to salute the lucky travelers who made it on to the ski train for its singular journey into Winter Park on March 14th.

For everyone else looking to enjoy a safe voyage to Winter Park this spring, we highly recommend getting behind the wheel of a 4WD or AWD vehicle to navigate the snowy roads to the high country.

Book a stay with Winter Park Lodging Company this March or April and enjoy our special guest discounts on Four-Wheel-Drive SUVs and All-Wheel-Drive Minivans from Denver International Airport.

Click here to check out our special rental car rates with Alamo Rental Cars.