Winter Park Resort Extends Season To April 27th!

Season Of Seven Gets Seven More Days

You heard it right folks: having enjoyed 28 glorious feet of snow falling on our slopes this season, Winter Park Resort  officially announced its plans to extend the winter ski season until Sunday, April 27th.  In a perfect display of approval, mother nature dropped another 10 inches on Winter Park last night, and is continuing her rampage, with another 5 inches anticipated today.

Winter Park Extends Ski Season

 

The 2013/14 Winter Park snow stats clearly spell out some of the best spring skiing conditions ever recorded:

Total season snowfall: 350.5 inches
Current snow base: 90 inches
Open terrain: 3,072 acres
Open lifts: 19
Open trails: 152
Ski conditions: POWDER!

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Winter Park Resort in Gogobot’s 15 Best US Spots For Kids

Winter Park Resort ranked #2 in Best US Spots For Kids

Popular travel planning website, Gogobot.com, knows that keeping kids busy and happy is the key to a good family vacation for everyone.

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In a recent poll, Gogobot ranked Winter Park #2 on it list of BEST ATTRACTIONS IN THE US FOR KIDS, as part of it’s Travelers Favorites Awards.  Based on the site’s user recommendations & the number of visits by the site’s 3.7 million users, the following attractions made the top 15 list.

  1. The Exploratorium, San Fransisco
  2. WINTER PARK RESORT, COLORADO
  3. City Museum, St Louis
  4. Dollywood Splash Country, Tennessee
  5. Congress Avenue Bridge Bats, Texas
  6. Sea Turtles, South Padre Island, Texas
  7. American Museum Of Natural History, New York
  8. Legoland, California
  9. Wizzarding World Of Harry Potter, Orlando
  10. Museum of the Rockies, Montana
  11. Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland
  12. Boston Children’s Museum
  13. San Antonio Zoo
  14. Twirl Toy Store & Playspace, New Mexico
  15. Dole Plantation, Hawaii

 

A Family Destination

Winter Park has been considered a family friendly destination for many years; just ask any Front Range 40 year old about the former Ski Train and they will tell you all about their coming of age adventures to the high country.

Winter Park Resort has recently redesigned its base area Village, and made concerted efforts to make the design as family friendly as possible.    A plentiful supply of kiddie-karts can be found throughout the Village, make toting children and their equipment through the paved, pedestrian only main street a breeze.  Add in a few fun distractions (Coca-Cola polar bear, musical instruments, giant scrabble etc) and the walk from one end of the village to the other suddenly becomes a fun adventure, rather than a stressful chore.

Family Focused Events:

Family events in winter park, coloradoThe seasonal events program at Winter Park Resort offers a full schedule of family friendly events throughout the summer and winter.  Typical events include themed scavenger hunts, family movie nights, circus acts, and child appropriate musical acts throughout the summer months.

Family Focused Activities:

Winter activities include:
Skiing terrain for all abilities
Ice-skating
Coca-Cola Tubing
Kids night out – evening childcare focusing on dinner, movie & games
Free Smores by the fire
Snowshoe tours and rentals
Scenic Snowcat tours
Mini Rail Jams

Summer activities include:
Alpine slide

Putt Putt golf
Outdoor climbing wall
Amazin’ maze
Leaps & Bounds bungee trampoline
Gyroxtreme
Outdoor family movie nights
Giant scrabble

For other family friendly summer activities in Winter Park & Fraser, Click here.

 

 

 

2014 Live Music Events In Winter Park, Colorado

Live Music Events In Winter Park, Colorado

The hills are most definitely alive with the sound of music in Winter Park, Colorado during the warm summer months.  With a full schedule of outdoor festivals and weekly music events, summer visitors can enjoy a wonderful melting pot of entertainment on offer throughout Winter Park & the Fraser Valley.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the musical highlights that you can look forward to on your next Winter Park summer vacation.

WEEKLY LIVE MUSIC

Picnic in the park

 

Fraser Tuesday Picnic In The Park
June 24th – August 5th
Location:Old Schoolhouse Park, Fraser
Entrance Fee: FREE
Head to the Old Schoolhouse Park in Fraser any Tuesday night from June 24th – August 5th, and enjoy free live music from 6 pm – 8pm.  This weekly event promotes a family friendly atmosphere, with plenty of space for the kids to run around, while the adults sit back, relax, and take in the tunes.

Headline details coming soon…

 

 

Highnote thursdays

 

High Note Thursdays
June 19th – August 14th
Location: Hideaway Park, Winter Park
Entrance Fee: FREE
Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park is the area’s premiere outdoor concert venue during the summer months.  High Note Thursdays offers a mix of musical offerings every Thursday night, from 6 pm – 8 pm, from June 19th – August 14th.   This free event is a favorite for both locals and visitors to the area, so grab a blanket (or your favorite dancing shoes) and head to the park to mingle among the music.

Headline details coming soon…

 

WINTER PARK SIGNATURE MUSIC EVENTS

Winter Park blues festival

 

Blues From The Top
June 27th – June 29th

Location: Hideaway Park & Smokin’ Moes
Admission Fee: $20/day or $35/2 day pass
TICKETS ON SALE 3/19/14
The 12th annual Blues From The Top festival brings major acts, from 7 different countries to Winter Park, from June 27th – June 29th, 2014.     A full line up of live acts will set the sound waves on fire from 9.30am – 7 pm, with special performances by The Healers, Ana Popovic, Jimmy Carpenter, Deanna Bogart and many more.

For further information, please visit www.grandblues.org

 

Solshine Music Festival

 

 

Winter Park SolShine Music Festival
July 5th. 6pm – 9pm
Location: 
Hideaway Park, Winter Park
Admission Fee: FREE
Expect another big act gracing the stage at this years annual SolShine Music Festival.   This free annual event has enjoyed big headline names such as The Samples, Leftover Salmon, Gregory Alan Isakov, Reed Foehl and more.

This years headline details coming soon…

 

condo rentals for winter park jazz fest

 

Rock ‘n’ Ride Festival
July 13th, 2014
Location:
Bike tour followed by concert at Hideaway Park
Admission Fee
: TBA
The Rock ‘n’ Ride festival is a new addition to Winter Park’s summer events calendar and likely to be a new favorite in town.   This one day event will comprise of a bike tour, concert & fun activities for all ages.

More details coming soon….

Winter Park Jazz Festival
July 19th – July 20th
Location:
Hideaway Park
Admission Fee: General Admission $45; VIP Admission $65
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
The annual Winter Park Jazz Festival will enjoy its 30th birthday in the mountains of Winter Park.   Be prepared to groove the days away to world class acts including George Benson, Brian McKnight, Boney James and many more.

Click here for further information, and vacation rental deals.

 

 

classical concerts winter parkIvy Street Ensemble
July 18th, 7pm
Location: 
Church Of The Eternal Hills, Tabernash
Admission Fee: Adults $20; students $10
IVY STREET ENSEMBLE includes three members from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra:  Catherine Peterson, second/assistant principal flutist; Erik Peterson, violinist, has held the position of Assistant Concertmaster; and Phillip Stevens, violist. Jeffrey Watson is principal cellist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  

Rock concert winter parkFor further information visit www.grandcountconcertseries.org

 

Winter Park Music Festival
August 2nd, 2014
Location:
Hideaway Park, Winter Park
Admission Fee: FREE
Get your rock on at the annual Winter Park Music Festival, hosted by Denver radio station 103.5 The Fox.  This popular summer event will be guaranteed to bring out the rocker in all ages.  Past acts include Cheap Trick & Bret Michaels.

More details coming soon….

 

Winter Park alternative music

 

Boulder Brass
August 15th, 7 pm
Location: 
Church Of The Eternal Hills, Tabernash
Admission Fee: 
Adults $20; students $10
Now celebrating its platinum anniversary, the BOULDER BRASS has been thrilling audiences throughout the United States for two decades and is consistently lauded for its virtuosity and brilliance, as well as its engaging programming.

For further information visit www.grandcountconcertseries.org

National Bike Events Coming To Winter Park

Don’t worry, we are still in the full throws of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do a little forward planning on the summer front.

If you happen to be an avid biker, or perhaps have just toyed with the idea of giving it a go, Winter Park is a really good place to set up camp for a summer vacation.   Touted as the ‘Mountain Bike Capital of USA’, Winter Park has over 600 miles of mountain bike trails for every level of rider.

With 2 nationally acclaimed downhill biking resorts (Winter Park Resort & Granby Ranch), the area always enjoys a full calendar of mountain bike events, and this year is no exception.  Watch the best in the world compete in the Colorado Freeride Festival, test your skills throughout the summer in the Epic 50 Singletrack, or get your littl’uns on the right path during the Family Bike Fest.

Road biking is also going to be making a major appearance in the event calendar, with Winter Park hosting a stage stop in the Denver Post Ride The Rockies tour.

About Ride The Rockies

June 7th – 13th (Winter Park June 8th)

Ride The Rockies Winter parkThis annual bicycle tour leads 2,000 cyclists on a 6 day, non-competitive trip along the paved roads of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.   Covering a total distance of 473 miles, and averaging about 65 miles per day, the tour is split into 6 different stages with stopovers at welcoming mountain towns for food, lodging and perhaps well deserved massage.

Winter Park is very proud to be hosting the first stage stopover of the tour (June 8th), and looks forward to welcoming the riders into our famously friendly town after their grueling 89 mile ride from Boulder, up Berthoud Pass, to Winter Park.  To see the mass of 2000 bicyclists riding their way into town is a rare spectacle, and one well worth watching if you are in the area.

The riders will depart Winter Park on June 9th, to ride another 94 miles, and up and over Rabbit Ears Pass, to reach their next stop at Steamboat Springs.

For more information and to register for the Denver Post Ride The Rockies event, click here.

About Colorado Freeride Festival

Colorado Free Ride FestivalJuly 24th – 27th, 2014.  Trestle Bike Park

The Colorado Freeride Festival returns to Winter Park, Colorado for the largest freeride event in the United States.   The best of the best will battle it out in Slopestyle, Enduro, Air Downhill, Cross Country, and…wait for it…Pond Crossing, to win their share of the $45,000 prize pocket.

The event is free to spectators and a rare chance for fans to get close up and personal with their idols during scheduled meet & greet sessions, and try out the latest product demos from major bike manufacturers from all over the world.  largest freeride festival in the United States runs July 24-27 and will feature the best mountain bikers in the world battling it out for over $45,000 in prize money.

For more information on the Colorado Freeride Festival, click here.

About Family Bike Fest

July 24th – 27th, 2014.  Winter Park Resort Village

Winter Park Resort wants to encourage people of all ages to get involved in mountain biking, and have set up this fun and family friendly event to coincide with the Colorado Bike Festival.

Head to the Village at Winter Park to find bike decorating tents, face painting, raffles and giveaways, and the Sombrio Pump Track Jam.

For more information on the Family Bike Fest, click here.

About Epic Singletrack Series

June 14th – August 23rd (6 race series)

This series of 6 singletrack races will test participants riding skills on a variety of trails and technical challenges in Winter Park.  The race courses are subject to change, but here’s what they have planned so far:

Saturday, June 14th, 2014             Excel Roofing Hill Climb                  Winter Park Resort Trails
Saturday, June 28th, 2014            XC Super Loop                                    Winter Park Trail System
Saturday, July 12th, 2014              Race Rendezvous                                Rendezvous Trail System
Saturday, July 26th, 2014             Epic X-C (Co Freeride Fest)             Winter Park Trail System
Saturday, August 9th, 2014          Epic X-C (point to point)                  Winter Park/Fraser Trail System
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014       Excel Roofing King of the Rockies   Tipperary/Fraser/Winter Park

For more details and to register for the Epic Singletrack Series, click here

 

 

Winter Park Wipe Out

Whacky Races In Winter Park

Gather your team and leave your sanity at the starting line!  The Winter Park Adventure Series swings into full action this spring with two fabulously fun adventure races that will test your stamina, wits and laughing lines.

wipe outWINTER PARK WIPE OUT
March 22nd,  3 pm – 5.30pm
$59/ Adult ($65 for on the day registration).  $20/child (12 & under)

Entry includes: a 2 for 1 ski pass at Winter Park Resort, a Winter Park Wipe Out Buff, more party beads than you’d ever want to have, and a rip-roaring good time.

Explore the town of Winter Park in a fun scavenger hunt that leads participants through a serious of zany obstacles and mind boggling challenges.  This fun event benefits the Winter Park & Fraser Rotary Club, and is open to anyone 7 years & up (kids 7-12 must have be accompanied by an adult).

The course begins at Hideaway Park and covers approximately 2 miles of territory, all of which follows the free bus route if you need to give the legs a rest.  At the end of the hunt, head back to the park to enjoy hot cocoa, beer and some live music.

Event organizers strongly recommend full fancy dress, and your happiest happy-go-luck attitude.  So why not get the family together for a different kind of afternoon in downtown Winter Park…

For further details, and to register for the Winter Park Wipe Out, click here.

SNOWDASH WINTER PARK
April 5th, 10am – 1pm

$70 registration fee

Snow dash in winter parkThis is the second year for the SnowDash Winter Park, and it sounds like they are pulling out all the stops for another exciting 5k adventure race.

Participants can expect to be put through a hilarious ringer of obstacles that will have them climbing, running and clawing their way through our mountain town.With an emphasis on fun, the event will encourage crazy costumes (prizes!), and provide a great atmosphere for both competitors and onlookers, with loud music, beer and a whole lot of cheering.

Further details will be coming soon, so keep an eye on the SnowDash Winter Park website, for the most up to date info.

Ski Under The Stars At Granby Ranch

Night Skiing & Events At Granby Ranch

night skiing at winter parkSometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy your ski addiction.   If you’ve never tried night skiing, March is the month to do it.  Warmer evening temperatures make for comfortable lift rides, and snow conditions are prime for slicing up the lit groomers.

Night skiing is offered at Granby Ranch, another local ski resort, 20 miles west of Winter Park.  Offered on Fridays & Saturdays, from 5pm-8pm, at the bargain rate of just $14 per person, night skiing is a seriously good deal and a whole lotta fun when the sun goes down.

Our thought is, if you going to head that way, why not make a night of it?  Granby Ranch is home of the The Grill, which is currently hosting a week long Tuscan cuisine series.

Celebrity Chef Tuscan Week

Tuscan Week, Grnaby RanchThis special event, March 4th through March 10th, will welcome Italian guest chef Sergio Lorenzi to take the helm of the Grill at Granby Ranch.  Internationally recognized as one of the top 50 European Master Chefs by the International Academy of Gastronomy, Sergio has shared his knowledge Italian food magazines, written a culinary book, and held a Michelin star at his restaurant, ‘SERGIO’.

Each day in the Granby Ranch Tuscan series will feature a multi-course dinner for under $45, as well as a la carte options for antipasti, primi, secondi & dolci courses.

Seating is limited, so we highly recommend reserving your table by calling 970-887-5200.

If you’d rather sample more local flavors, check out Brickhouse 40 in central downtown Granby.  Open daily, and serving up a mixed Mediterranean affair from their open kitchen, Brickhouse 40 is widely acclaimed for their Greek specialty dishes.

The Tabernash Tavern is also conveniently located by the highway in the tiny town of Tabernash (halfway between Granby & Winter Park) and is one of the areas premiere eating spots.  This little oasis of deliciousness books out in seconds, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time (970-726-4430).

Spring Skiing Outlook – Winter Park

Winter Park’s Having The Best Season In Years!

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

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

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

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

All Access April

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

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

 

 

New Restaurants In Winter Park

Ticklin’ The Taste Buds

In this month’s Ticklin’ The Taste Buds, we take a look at three new eateries opening their doors in Winter Park, Colorado.

La Collina Kitchen & Wine Bar
Call 970-726-2332 (reservations recommended)

la collinaDiscover this little treasure of a restaurant tucked away in the quiet confines of the Iron Horse Resort.  Perfectly appointed for Base Camp guests in particular, La Collina is part Italian kitchen, part wine bar, with an effortlessly cool vibe, and a menu that will keep you coming back for more.

Chef Federico Fassola and owner/sommelier John Benson, aim to provide their guests with an authentic Italian dining experience, in an unpretentious and welcoming environment.  With a priority on fresh, seasonally available ingredients, they offer a daily happy hours (4pm-6pm), followed by a full evening menu of antipasta, cicchetti (small plates), house made pastas, and gourmet entrees.

Wine and specialty beer connoisseurs will not be left disappointed either.  Nightly 3 course tasting menus are available with wine and beer pairings; and for those who prefer to make their own selections, over 25 carefully selected Italian wines are available by the glass.

Located in the Iron Horse Resort main building, La Collina is a 3 minute stroll from Winter Park Lodging Company’s Base Camp properties, and approximately 1/4 mile on the free winter shuttle route from Winter Park Resort Base Village.

To see La Collina’s menu click here.

 

Winter Perk Espresso

winter perkFor all of those still mourning the departure of the Winter Park Rocky Mountain Roastery, there’s a shiny new hot spot in town that will have you jumping with caffeinated joy.  Located on the main street of downtown Winter Park (where ‘The Shed’ used to be), Winter Perk has already been receiving rave reviews on their specially crafted coffees, service, and funky vibe.

Conscious of the need to accommodate ever increasing allergy restrictions and special diets, the coffee house has a ton of different blending ingredients to choose from (including coconut milk, almond milk, soy, & hemp milk), and uses quality roasted coffee from Rocky Mountain Roasters.  For the non-coffee drinkers, they offer delicious bhakti chai, assorted herbal teas, hot chocolate and caramel apple cider.  Feeling peckish?  Winter Perk has teamed up with local bakery Rise & Shine, to offer a selection of freshly made pastries and cakes, to enjoy with your brew.

There are a number of small, cozy seating areas on offer (with free wi-fi) if you want to stay a while and chill; or if you’re anxious to hit the slopes, you can grab your coffee on the fly via the drive-thru window.

Take a look at the Winter Perk Espresso menu here.

 

Volario – Vasquez Creek Inn – Coming Soon!

Devils THumb restaurant in winter parkDevil’s Thumb Ranch will soon be expanding its reach to downtown Winter Park, with the eagerly anticipated opening of Vasquez Creek Inn.    Located directly opposite Hideaway Park, in the fully remodeled, former Gasthaus Eichler residence, Vasquez Creek Inn will feature Volario, an Italian inspired eatery with riverside patio.

We don’t have a firm opening date as yet, but when it does, we strongly recommend you pay it a visit.  Devil’s Thumb Ranch does not do things in half measures, so we are expecting great things from this new downtown restaurant.

For updates and information, keep an eye on their Facebook page here.

Winter Park Resort Announces Springtopia Line Up

BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS
Saturday April 19th, 3.30 pm
Winter Park Resort Base Village

Big Head Todd & The Monsters at WInter ParkBig Head Todd & The Monsters will be  the lead act to croon to the crowds on Saturday, April 19th, and are guaranteed to get you dancing in your ski boots .  Colorado natives and undisputed favorites of the mountain regions, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, have been jamming since 1986 and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Perhaps their most widely acclaimed album, Sister Sweetly sold over 1,000 000 copies, sending them to platinum status and winning national appeal.   Blending soulful vocals over a guitar driven acoustic backdrop, Big Head Todd & The Monsters have often been compared to Hootie & The Blowfish and Counting Crows.

Here’s where it gets exciting.

If you are a fan of Big Head Todd, you can purchase a VIP that will not only give you access to the exclusive seating, free drinks and nibbles; but will also let you meet the band members in person after the show!  VIP tickets cost $50 and are limited, so book one online today here.

SPRING SPLASH
Sunday 20th, from 11am
Winter Park Resort – Frontside

Winter Park Wells Fargo Easter egg huntIn addition to great music over the closing weekend.  Winter Park will be holding it’s annual Spring Splash for those brave souls who like to dawn a bunny suit, and attempt to cross the icy pond on their planks of choice.  Click here for details.

Speaking of bunnies, younger splashers will be able to have their own fun over closing weekend in the shape of the Golden Bunny Classic Candy Hunt & Fun Race.   Kids 10 & under can meet the Easter Bunny at 11am and get ready for fun scavenger hunt for eggs around the mountain (ski pass required).

Live music in the plaza will follow both events to round out the end of the 2014 winter season.  For further information, click here.

Recipe Of The Month: Easy Chicken Curry

Spice it up this month with this delicious chicken curry

It’s snowing like crazy in Winter Park, and there’s nothing better than feasting on a spicy dish to ward off the cold.  This easy to make recipe is super quick and easy to prepare after a long day on the slopes, and will simmer itself to perfection while you enjoy a little apres ski aperitif.

great ski trip foodIngredients (for 6 servings)

  • 5 chicken breasts, cut into one inch cubes.
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 11 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of half & half cream
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder (or more according to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika (or more according to taste)
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Season the chicken liberally with salt, pepper, and the paprika and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over a medium heat.  Add the apple and onion to the melted butter, season with the curry powder, and stir fry until the apple and onion are tender (about 8-10 minutes).
  • Stir in the mushroom soup and half and half; continue to stir until the mixture is fully combined.
  • Spoon the mixture over the chicken pieces, and bake in the pre-heated oven until the chicken is full cooked (reading 180 degrees F on a meat thermometer); about 75 minutes.
  • Serve with rice or egg noodles.