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.

Ski Winter Park For $33/Day

spring 2_edited-1If you’re looking for something fun to spend your tax refund on, you’ll be surprised at how far your dollars will go on a Winter Park ski trip in April.

Long hailed by the locals as their favorite time to ski, the price of a lift ticket in April drops dramatically from the peak rates during Spring Break.

Winter Park Resort is currently offering a $99 Triple Play Pass, valid for 3 days of skiing or riding in April.  

Needless to say, this incredible rate is a limited time offer, with the price set to increase on March 3rd, 2015.  To take advantage of the Triple Play Pass early rate, click here to purchase it online before 3/2/15.

Ski Homes with hot tubs and viewsWith a season total of 212 inches of snowfall so far, and a snow base of over 5 feet, conditions are looking very favorable as we move toward springtime.    In addition to long days, warm temperatures and largely empty slopes, there is all kinds of end of season revelry to get involved in during the annual Springtopia & Spring Splash weekend.

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 and reduced minimum night stays for the last few weeks of the season.

Book an 2 night April stay with Winter Park Lodging Company today, and get 50% off your 2nd Night! 



Good As New – Get A Great Deal On Ex-Demo Skis

Ski sales winter parkIf you’re ready for an equipment upgrade, but the price of a new set up sends cold shivers down your spine, it’s well worth asking your local ski or snowboard shop about end of season demo and retail sales.

Demos are high performance ski and snowboard rentals that allow people to try out the latest and greatest equipment on the market.  When the stores start shopping for new models for next season, they like to start selling off the current demos and this year’s retail inventory equipment to make room on the shelves.

Here are a few reasons why I love buying ex-demos:

  • They have been treated like gold by the ski shop – the role of the demo ski is to get the skier to buy the plastic wrapped twin off the retail floor, therefore demo skis tend to be kept in tip top condition with regular tunes after use.
  • You’ll normally get a decent binding (already mounted) included in the deal
  • Most shops allow you to deduct a portion of your rental price off the retail price of the ski/board
  • You’ll get a current, top of the line model for a fraction of the cost

epic justin resizeHere in Winter Park, Epic Mountain Sports have the largest demo fleet in town, offering multiple models from 13 top brands.

They just returned from the SIA show (SnowSports Industries America) where they selected their new demo models for next year, and are ready to sell off some of their current inventory for a very pretty penny.

They stand by the Try-Before-You-Buy school of service and will apply up to two day’s rental against the retail price of a ski (normally around $58).

With a large selection of boards and skis on offer, we’d recommend stopping into the store to take a good look at their full inventory, but to just to get you started, here’s a little taster of some of the ex-demo skis for sale at Epic Mountain Sports.

Men’s Skis

Atomic AutomaticAtomic Automatic 102 with an Atomic NR FFG Binding: SALE $576
Atomic Automatic 109 with an Atomic NR FFG Binding: SALE $658

Features rocker tip & tail with a full wood core.  This is a playful ski with lots of energy it’s best for intermediate to expert skiers.  The automatic is great in the bowl & on groomers, it busts through crud on packed powder days and is phenomenal in powder conditions.  The 102 would make a great one quiver ski & the 109 is a perfect choice for a powder ski.

Line Supernatural


Line Supernatural 92 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $715

Low profile rocker tip & tail with wood core & metal wishbone.  A great option for advanced intermediate to expert skiers.  This all mountain ski handles groomers & bumps easily & really excels in softer snow.



line sick day


Line Sickday 95 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $715
Line Sickday 110 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $797

Moderate rocker tip & tail with full wood core.  The Sickday is a responsive award winning ski that keeps up with hard charging skiers.  It’s accessible for intermediate skiers but still can’t be over skied by an expert.  Go-to choices for all mountain & powder conditions!


Women’s Skies:

icelantic oracle


Icelantic Oracle with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $606

Created by a Colorado based company the Oracle is designed for Rocky Mountain Riding! It’s 100 under foot with rocker tip & a traditional twin tip tail.  Camber under foot provides good hold on hard snow & slides through bumps while the rocker tip allows the Oracle float in powder conditions. Perfect choice for an advanced skier and requires interactive skier style, not for lazy days.


Dynastar Cham


Dynastar Cham 87 with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $641
Dynastar Cham 97 with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $641

The Cham has high rise rocker tip and traditional camber down to pin tail.  The Cham series allows women of any ability to access the whole mountain and cannot be over skied by experts.  Both models excel in all snow conditions and are comfortable on any terrain.


Nordica Wild Belle


Nordica Wild Belle with Marker Squire binding: SALE $671

At 88 under foot with slight rocker in the tip & tail, the Wild Belle is great for strong beginners through expert skiers looking to conquer the whole mountain.  It’s amazing on groomers & bumps and just wide enough to float in powder.




rossi trickstick


Rossignol Trickstick (no binding): SALE $234

This board is nearly full rocker with a small camber zone between the feet.  The medium – soft flex allows for maximum playfulness, park jibbing, & all mountain riding. 




ross magtek


Rossignol Templar Magtek (no binding): SALE $312

Features rocker tip and tail from feet outward. With a medium – stiff flex this board is best for intermediate to expert riders that demand more performance from a board.  The Templar is a great choice for riders that prefer moguls and big mountain. 



In addition to numerous demo skis & boards on sale, Epic Mountain Sports is also offering brand new (unmounted) skis for as low as $249, and girls ex-rental skis (with binding) from just $49.   

For further information, contact Epic Mountain Sports at 970-726-2868 or stop into their store in central Downtown Winter Park, below ‘The Ditch’.

Hitting ‘The Spot’ in Winter Park

Hitting ‘The Spot’

snack shops in winter parkFor all those night owls looking for some tasty sustenance in the wee small hours in Winter Park, The Spot is the place to go for a belly-full of fresh cooked yumminess.

This small, unassuming food stop serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a homemade tomato bisque soup Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 pm – 2.30 pm.

Not your ordinary greasy-spoon, The Spot uses quality ingredients like fresh basil, smoked gouda, caramelized onions and sliced apple to elevate the traditional grilled cheese sandwich to a whole other level.

Multi-tasking owner and operator, Cody Martin, saw a gap in the market for a late night snack shack when the local 24 hour convenience store closed down last year.    Without the 7-Eleven, Winter Park became a bit of a food desert after the local restaurants took their last food order, generally around 9 pm.

Gourmet grilled cheese in winter parkAs the sole food truck operator in town, The Spot has become a little beacon of light, an oasis if you will, for the hungry hoards late at night.

While Winter Park isn’t best known for a wild party scene, when bars and clubs like Ullrs and The Basement close the doors around 1 am, there’s one topic on the minds of ex-patrons ….’Time to hit The Spot’.

Located next to The Local Experience, at the west end of Downtown Winter Park, The Spot is in the perfect place to net this appreciative crowd.

The price is also right.  Winter 2015 prices range from $3 to $7, with meat additions available for a small up-charge.

For those that aren’t anticipating any late night adventures, keep your eyes open for The Spot dishing out the goods in the daylight hours this summer.

With a thriving music scene throughout the warmer months, Martin is excited by the prospect of moving his portable work place to a location closer to Hideaway Park where he is sure to find some famished families in need of a feed.

For more information on The Spot, become a Facebook friend by clicking here.

The Foundry Cinema & Bowl, Winter Park

The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

Bowling alley winter park co foundryLooking for a little après ski away from the typical bar scene?   We love The Foundry Cinema & Bowl for a fun night out of bowling, movies and entertainment for all ages.   

With two movie screens, eight lanes of bowling billiards, shuffle board and a full service bar, you won’t run definitely short of things to do. 

Chances are, once you walk through the doors of the Foundry Cinema and Bowl, you’re going to be there for a while, so you should probably plan on grabbing some food for your group. 

The Foundry’s stone-baked pizzas are awesome, and can be enjoyed in the bowling lounges or in the movie theaters, alongside your favorite beverage. 

Bar at the Foundry in Winter Park ColoradoSo let’s talk about those movie theaters.  If I’m honest, I’ve never been terribly comfortable in the somewhat restrictive seating of typical movie theaters….that was until I took a trip to the Foundry Cinema & Bowl. 

I’m not kidding when I say that the Foundry offers a different type of experience for movie goers.

First off, there’s the plush, oversized stadium style seats that a) are blessedly free of the irritating flip-up base, and b) come with an extendable snack table and drink holder – wow.   

The theaters themselves have all the high tech bells ‘n’ whistles and latest releases doing the rounds at larger cinemas, but only seat around 80 movie-goers, allowing for a more intimate viewing of your favorite flick. 

The Foundry Winter ParkLast but not least, movie goers are actively encouraged bring a slice of that special stone-baked pizza, or a glass (yes, real glass) of their favorite beverage into the theater to enjoy during the screening. 

Clearly I’m a fan of the Foundry Cinema & Bowl, but you really should stop in to check it for yourself on your next visit to Winter Park, CO. 

For the latest rates, screening information and to book a lane in the bowling alley, visit The Foundry Cinema & Bowl.

Other Activities In Winter Park, CO

Take A Day Off

If you’re visiting Winter Park for more than a few days, you might want to consider taking a day away from the slopes to rest the legs and sample some of the area’s other attractions on a day away from the slopes.  In this article, we’ll showcase some of the alternative pastimes to skiing and snowboarding during your Winter vacation in Winter Park.

  1. Rev It Up On A Snowmobile Tour

Ride the divide with Grand AdventuresWinter Park is perfectly positioned on the precipice of the Continental Divide, and there’s no better way of experiencing this, than by getting into the high country.  For those of us that don’t have the time spare to go for a very long hiking adventure, the best way to achieve this is on the back of a snowmobile.   Grand Adventures is the leader of the pack in snowmobiling in Grand County, and offer a variety of guided tours and self-guided daily rentals in the Winter Park Area.    Furthermore, Winter Park Lodging Company guests enjoy a 10% discount on snowmobile tours with Grand Adventures.

Click here to read about the snowmobile tour that the team at WPLCO enjoyed last year with Grand Adventures.

Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Grand Adventure snowmobile Tours.

  1. Whoosh Through The Woods On A Dog Sled Rides

Dog Sled Rides Of Winter ParkFor a truly unique and exhilarating experience, go for a dog sled ride with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.  This top notch outfit will bundle you up with your loved ones and whisk you through the pristine woodland and meadows around Fraser.    This company takes exceptionally good care of their 70+ dogs and encourages riders to spend some time with the friendly pack after your ride.

Click here to read about my dog sledding experience with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park last year.

Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.

  1. Go For A Spin On A Fat Tire Bike

winter fat bikes in coloradoPeople who love biking, love biking whenever they can…even in the snow.  To help the cause, some clever bike fanatic out there invented the Fat Tire Bike: a regular mountain bike with oversized tires to help you stay afloat on snowy trails.  Being the MTB Capital of the World, Winter Park has embraced fat biking with gusto, offering free groomed trails around the towns of Fraser and Downtown Winter Park, plus even more options on the paid trails of YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Ranch in nearby Tabernash.

Fat bikes can be rented at:

Icebox Mountain Sports.  Four hours $39, 8 hours $44, or 24 hours $59. 970.722.7780

Devil’s Thumb Ranch  $45 gets you a fat bike rental and access to their 20k of biking dedicated trails. 970.726.8231

Snow Mountain Ranch - YMCA   $60/full-day, $40/half-day and access to 10km of biking-dedicated trails.   888.573.9622.

  1. Explore the lesser travelled trails on cross country skis or snowshoes

XC skiing in winter park coloradoThere’s a world of beauty out there to be explored, and a great way to get a little deeper into woods is by cross country skiing or snowshoeing.  Winter Park & Fraser is surrounded by national forest with a fantastic network of trails for all levels of ability and fitness, click here to see our winter map.  With options to rent equipment and go it alone, or go to one of the areas highly acclaimed xc centers at Devils Thumb Ranch or YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you are truly spoilt for choice for cross country adventures in the Winter Park area.

Click here to learn more about Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Winter Park, CO.

  1. Spend a day as a Kid

WPLCO tubing 2011Kids have fun, and if we want to drink from that eternal fountain of youth, we’d better start acting like them.  Kid-friendly activities don’t cost a lot, and can make for a really enjoyable day for fun loving adults too.   Great kid-friendly pursuits in Winter Park include snow tubing, ice skating and sledding.  Heck, we won’t even judge you if you choose to build a snowman…..sorry ‘Ice Sculpture’.

  1. Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

Treat your body and mind to day of pampering at one of the many excellent spas on offer in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley.  If you are staying at the Resort and want to take a quick stroll to heaven, check out Alpenglow Massage in the main Village.   If you are staying in Downtown Winter Park, Blue Sky Massage and Bella Vita Spa offer a fantastic range of services to rejuvenate the soul; and if you really want to go all out and spend a day in the lap of luxury, head to Ranch Creek Spa at Devils Thumb Ranch.

  1. Relax at home

How often do you really get a chance to just relax at home for an entire day.  Our vacation homes should feel like a cozy and welcoming home away from home (minus the chores!), giving you the perfect retreat to relax by the fire, read a good book, or play a board game with the family.  If you want to combine a day at home with a little TLC for your body, call Sheila DuCharme  of Blue Sky Massage who will bring the spa to you, with her mobile massage offerings.

To find out more about Winter Park activities during the summer or winter months, click here for our full guide.

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 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 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 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 review for Rudi’s Deli

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Fraser Valley Hot Dog
Downtown Winter Park

casa mexico review 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 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 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 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 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 with an overall ranking of 15th place for’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 (, 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

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 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.