Summer Tubing Fun Near Winter Park

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch Opens Summer Tubing Hill

YMCA Summer Tubing

Image courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA

Who says you need snow to hurtle down a mountain on an inflatable donut?  

The fun loving adventure hounds at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch have raised the bar with the opening of their year-round Snowflex tubing hill.

What-now?  Snowflex is a revolutionary man-made surface that mimics the absorption and sliding quality of groomed ski trails.  Hailing from Britain (where snow is a rare commodity and mainly limited to the Scottish highlands), the Snowflex system was designed to allow ski and snowboard enthusiasts a year round surface on which they could hone their skills.  For those familiar with the traditional plastic-carpet-style ‘dry’ ski slopes, this is a whole other beast…and a much more user friendly one at that!   This Snowflex slope is the first of its kind in Colorado, and just the 3rd to be built in the entire US.   

The Snowflex Tubing Hill at Snow Mountain Ranch is designed with rollers and short steeps that make for a really fun ride.    Using the same type of inflatable tube that you would for winter tubing, you can go round and round as many times as you like, without even loosing your breath thanks to the magic carpet escalator.   There’s also a handy concession hut at the top of the tubing hill, which makes for a great shady spot for parents or little ones to hang out in, while the older laugh themselves tired on the slopes.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SHORT VIDEO OF THE SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH SNOWFLEX TUBING HILL IN ACTION 

The tubing hill will be open year round, and is only for tubing purposes – no skiing or snowboard at this time.   Off-site guests must purchase a day visitor pass to the facilities at Snow Mountain Ranch which will give them access to the tubing hill, and many of  the other activities on offer at the Y, including swimming pool, mini golf, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails.

YMCA Daily Activity Pass

13 and older: $35 per person
6-12 years old: $25 per person
3-5 years old: $15 per person

For further information on the tubing hill and other activities on offer at Snow Mountain Ranch, call 970-887-2152 ext 4135.

Rocky Mountain Centennial Year

rocky mountain vacationsSeptember 2014 marks Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th anniversary.

This special centennial celebration will be marked by a calendar of events including guest speakers, art exhibitions, guided tours and more. To get the full schedule of planned events at Rocky Mountain National Park, click here.

We firmly believe that Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado’s special treasures, and highly recommend putting it on your Winter Park to-do list.

The west entrance to the park is a located just 45 minutes north-west of Winter Park, just past the town of Grand Lake (well worth a visit in itself).

Spanning 415 square miles of breathtaking mountain wilderness, Rocky Mountain Park offers 300 miles of hiking trails spider webbing off of the infamous Trail Ridge Road which crests at 12,000 feet.

Columbine Lake Trail Hike in Winter Park, ColoradoSightings of large herds of elk, deer, moose are commonplace (even from the road), and offer budding photographers spectacular images against a back drop of dramatic alpine peaks. A short hike from any of the parking areas will transport you to your own private wilderness where you can encounter yet more wildlife, and an untouched landscape of natural meadows, rivers and forest.

Normal entrance fees to Rocky Mountain National Park are $20 per vehicle, and the pass can be used for a full 7 days from the day of purchase.  Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles & mopeds are admitted for just $10, with the same 7 day revisit allowance.


Free Entrance Days!

Special calendar dates enjoy special benefits at Rocky Mountain National Park, including free admission days.  August 25th marks the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday, and offers free entry to all National Parks, including Rocky Mountain.

VISIT ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK WITH WPLCO

We think this is a perfect opportunity for our guests to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, and are offering a special lodging deal to help you extend the weekend, and enjoy a day in the park this August 25th, 2014.

STAY AUGUST 24TH OR AUGUST 25TH FREE

  • Stay must be for 3 nights or more, and include the evening of either August 24th, or August 25th 2015.
  • Offer valid at most, but not all properties
  • Must book by August 23rd. 

Book Online Today

Winter Park Resort 2014/15 Opening Dates

first week of skiing 012 Winter Park ColoradoWinter Park Resort has announced it 2014/15 operating dates as November 13th, 2014 – April 26th, 2015.

That makes it just 99 days to ski season!

Last ski season at Winter Park saw 377.5 inches of snow fall, and an extended season thanks to the mega snow pack that just refused to go.  Early indicators are hinting for a similar weather pattern this year…so keep doing that snow dance and keep your powder planks handy.

The introduction of the Cirque sled was all the buzz in  in 2013/14, and it’s sure to be another winner again this year too…who can argue with $10 annual sled pass?

This year however, the talk of the Village is most certainly the additional of Lunch Rock restaurant at Mary Jane.  This vast, 16,000 square foot, eating and gathering venue is rapidly taking shape at the top of the Super Gauge lift, and is going to make for a whole new experience Jane Side.   Check out last month’s Lunch Rock blog to learn more.

Ready to start planning your Winter Park ski vacation?    Book today to take advantage of our huge early bird winter lodging sale and take a whopping 33% off your entire stay.

SALE OF THE SEASON: 33% OFF ALL WINTER LODGING

  • Valid for all winter stays, except 12/25/14 – 01/02/15
  • Valid for most, but not all properties.
  • Must book by 08/31/14.
  • All lodging reservations enjoy special guest discounts on lift tickets, rentals and more.

 

 

LOOKING FOR A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL?

We are also offering Christmas night & New Years night FREE if you book a stay from December 25th – January 2nd, plus many more lodging specials through out the year.

Winter Park Lodging Specials

 

Winter Park Business News

Summer has sprouted a few new businesses around Winter Park, and seen a growth spurt in others.  Here’s this month’s round up of Winter Park business news.

Volario’s at Vasquez Creek Inn
The good folks at Devil’s Thumb are ready to showcase their great taste in food and dining  at the soft opening of Volario’s this August 15th.

With a full remodel of both restaurant and menu, we will officially bid a fond farewell to one of Winter Park’s old time favorites (Gasthaus Eichler), and a big ‘Hello’ to what will surely become the hot new ticket in town.

Serving a full menu of Meditteranean delights from 4pm daily, Volario’s will be offering apres ski antipasta, stone baked pizzettas, traditional Meditteranean entrees, and a special menu bambini for the little ‘uns.

Price point wise, it’s also a big thumbs up.  Antipasta plates will go from $4-14, Pizzettas from $13-16, and Entres from $25-29; and anyone who has sampled the Ranch House Restaurant at Devils Thumb, knows that you can expect a very high standard of food & service for those prices.

For more info, check out www.volarioswinterpark.com

Out Door Restaurants winter park co

Image courtesy of DaVinci

All Decked Out At Da Vinci
Diners are now soaking up the sun, along with the stellar views on the new sun deck at Da Vinci in Cooper Creek Square.

Extending its cool vibe outdoors has been a major project for Da Vinci, and a nice little face lift for the external north face of downtown’s favorite mall.

We highly recommend checking it out over a spot of lunch this summer, and putting it on your list of apres-ski haunts, as we suspect it’s going to be an awesome spot to watch the alpenglow light up the continental divide this winter.

For the latest Da Vinci news and events, visit  www.davinciwp.com

Hideaway Park Brewery
Winter Park welcomes its first nano-brewery in the form of Hideaway Park Brewery.

Located next door to Fraser Valley Hot Dog, Hideaway Park Brewery is a fabulously unpretentious tap bar offering hand crafted beers (that are brewing all around you), and a good bit of banter while you’re supping on your brew of choice.

The on-tap menu includes an IPA, summer ale, stout and red ales; and while the brewery will not be serving food, they will allow you to bring in a box of your favorite take out to munch on while you’re having a drink.

Hideaway Park Brewery is open Wednesdays – Sundays, on an afternoon/early evening schedule, so be sure to check out the opening times below to make sure you stop by at the right time.

Summer opening hours:Wednesday/Thursday from 3 PM – 7 PM, Friday/Saturday from 12 PM – 8 PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon – 6 PM.

Want to know more?  Visit www.hideawayparkbrewery.com

Lunch Rock At Mary Jane

New Restaurant On The Slopes Of Mary Jane

Lunch Rock Restaurant, winter park resortExciting news for the upcoming 2014/15 season at Winter Park Resort: a brand new Lunch Rock will be opening it’s doors at the summit of Mary Jane.

Out with the old and in with the new, was definitely the theme of this exciting new development at Winter Park Resort.  

In a nutshell, the characterful but outdated (and outgrown!) Lunch Rock Cafe is no more…and the new and improved 16,000 ft Lunch Rock Restaurant is currently under construction.  

As more and more skiers flock to the Jane Side to access Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Ridge, The Cirque, Eagle Wind and the bumps of Mary Jane, it became clear to the management at Winter Park Resort, that skiers really needed a better equipped meeting and eating spot on the Jane Side.   The new Lunch Rock Restaurant will feature an expansive 150 seat sun deck, and 250 seat indoor restaurant and bar, set inside a stunning structure that reflects the mountain elements and history of Winter Park.  Constructed of steel, wood & stone, the restaurant design will feature beetle kill pine, and energy saving strategies that support the resort’s eco-friendly policies.

In the words of Gary DeFrange, President & COO of Winter Park Resort:

“We wanted a bigger facility,” says Gary DeFrange, President and COO of Winter Park Resort. “But as we thought about what this facility should be, we wanted to make sure we stayed with the tradition, so the building needed to look like it belonged and it needed to look like it was really something we would build at Mary Jane. As you look at the architecture, you’ll see that.”

Although most visitors will enjoy the Lunch Rock Restaurant during a well deserved mid day break from skiing, the facility will also be available for weddings, retreats and corporate events.

See the whole story, and view a short film of the conceptualization and construction of the Lunch Rock Restaurant at www.lunchrock.co

 

Picking The Right Vacation Rental

New Intereactive Floorplans Make Choosing The Right Vacation Rental Even Easier

Winter Park VacationsWe understand that planning a vacation can be a tricky business: there’s activities to plan, transportation to arrange, equipment to rent, and finding the right vacation rental for all your family’s needs.

At Winter Park Lodging Company, we’re always trying to make the booking process easier, so that you can spend less time trawling through endless websites, and more time planning the fun stuff.

One of the big reasons our guests love to chat with our reservation team during the booking process, is so that they can ask specific questions about the layout of the property.

We understand that most families or groups are going to have specific needs when it comes to sleeping arrangements.  For example, parents are going to want to know the proximity of their room to the kids’ room, guests with mobility challenges are going to want to know how many flights of stairs there are in the property, and multi-family groups are going to be looking for at least two living spaces with entertainment outlets for the children.

Long story short, we recognized the need for floor plans in our property listings.  And not just any old floor plan, we wanted a plan that would take our guests on a virtual tour of our vacation homes, with a birds eye view of the floor plan for each level of the home, plus full color photos.

Partnering with cutting edge floor plan provider TruPlace, we are excited to announce that we have completed floor plans for 30% of our properties currently feature an interactive floor plan, and we intend to have the remaining 70% completed by the end of September.
Vacation rentals with floorplans

How do they work?  Simply click on the floor plan button on our property listing and a complete plan of the home will appear on your screen.

An image is shown in the center of the screen, with the floor plan on the right side of the screen.  Now, hover your mouse pointer on different rooms on the floor plan, and you will see the image change to a view of each of the areas you hover on.  You can even see key views from some of the rooms or decks by pausing your mouse on each of the dots.

Notice also, the tabs at the top of the floor plan.  Click on each of the levels (Main, Upper, Lower, All) to see the specific layout of each floor.

Or, perhaps you would prefer to see a complete gallery of all of the images, including exterior shots, garages, and shared amenities?   Click on the tabs above the main image to view a more traditional view of the full gallery, slideshow and a mapped location of the property.

Initial feedback from our guests has been extremely positive, with many saying they’ve never felt more confident in booking a vacation rental.    Additionally, many of our property owners have shared that they love looking through some of the other properties in our program, to get inspiration for interior design ideas and furnishing updates.

Take a look for yourself.   We’ve offered a quick selection of some of our vacation homes with floor plans below.   Click on the links below to open the listing, then click the FLOOR PLAN TOUR button to open up the interactive floor plan and gallery portal.

High end vacation rentals in winter park

Base Camp 456

4 bedroom loft at winter park resort

Base VIllage Loft 101

modern condos in winter park

Trailhead Lodges 723

Modern Townhome on free shuttle

Elk Trail Townhouse

Music On The Mall at Winter Park

Things to do in winter park coloradoGet A Taste For Cooper Creek Square This Summer

Many of you will be familiar with quality shops and restuarants in Downtown Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square.

For those who have yet to discover its charms, you’ll find a great mix of artisan crafts, souveniers, coffee shops and fine dining options, plus a selection of free events throughout the year.

Regular Events At Cooper Creek Square

Music On The Mall…And A Little Something On The Side
Every Friday (through August 29th), 6pm – 8pm

New this year, Cooper Creek Square is offering a tasty addition its Music On The Mall free music series: free courtyard table service from any Cooper Creek Square restaurant!   Simply grab a table around the stage & fountain, and an onsite server will offer you a special Music on the Mall menu with tasty offerings from Casa Mexico, DaVinci, New Hong Kong, Mountain Grind, Smokin’ Moes, Star of India & The Sushi Bar.

We LOVE this concept, because each table of diners can order from multiple retaurants at once, avoiding the ‘where shall we go’ discussion.   Add some cracking live music, and we have ourselves a winner!

Live Music, Face Painting, Bouncy House & Balloons
family mountain vacation
Every Saturday (through August 9th), 1pm – 4pm

 A little something for all the family; enjoy an afternoon of live music, face painting, crafts, a bouncy house, kids play area and a balloon artist.

Free Carriage Rides
Every Saturday (through September 13th), 3pm – 7pm

Clippety-clop, take a ride round the block!  A free horse-drawn carraige ride is the perfect accompaniment to dinner on ‘Restaurant Row’.

 

Looking for more ways to have fun on your family vacation to Winter Park? 

CLICK HERE to check out our Winter Park Resort summer activity guide.

CLICK HERE for our latest lodging deals in Winter Park, Colorado.

 

Winter 2015 Predictions

El Nino Planning A Visit?

Best skiing in americaI know, I know,its July.  Like everybody else in the nation, I am fully in the throws of BBQs, Biking and Boating…and yet, when i’m standing in line at the check out, I inadvertantly find myself scanning the shelves for the 2015 Farmers Almanac.

Nope, I’m not turning to turning to potato farming, but I am hoping to cultivate a few powder turns this winter, and the Almanca is my little teaser of what mother nature might throw our way.

Technically, the Alamanac doesn’t go on sale until late August; but the good folks at www.adventure-journal.com have been chatting with NOAA to bring us a little teaser of what may be in store this 2015 Ski Season.

One little disclaimer, we are still 6 months out from winter, and weather patterns can change, so consider this a tentative forecast.   But if there’s a glimmer of truth to it…we could be in for an EPIC season!

Winter 2015 snow forecast“Based on the latest temperature readings from the Pacific the scientist at NOAA believe that the 2014-2015 winter season will be heavily effected by an El Niño. It is still unclear how strong of an El Niño we should expect but it may be the strongest we have seen since the 1997-98 event.

So what does this mean for us skiers?

Colorado: Interesting news for Front Range powder-hounds: According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, 20-inch snowstorms are almost twice as likely to occur during El Niño years as neutral years. Most monster storms, though, hit during spring and fall, while mid-winters are relatively dry. Bust your skis out early and don’t get discouraged by a snow-free January – a late-season blizzard could be just around the corner.

- Quoted from AdventureJournal.com.   For the full article, click here to visit www.adventure-journal.com

We’ll update you with additional snow forecasts as they begin taking shape; but if you are feeling excited about the prospect of a big early season entrance, take a peek at our early bird ski special:

Stay Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve for FREE!

Visit Winter Park This July 4th

Fireworks For The Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day At Winter Park

Bring the family to the mountains of Winter Park, Colorado, this July 4th, and enjoy a jam packed weekend of free entertainment and events.

Start the celebrations of by joining the Winter Park locals this Independence Day, at Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration at the Fraser Ball fields.   Sit back and relax as the kids tire themselves out running & playing on the huge grassy fields, bouncing around on giant inflatables and dancing the day away to live music (act TBA).   Then, as the night draws close, wrap the little ones up in a blanket and get ready for the ‘oooooohhhhs & aaaaahhhhhs!’ as the sky explodes into color at the annual fireworks display.

Other events happening on July 4th include:

Music On The Mall with Andrew Duhon  Head to the Cooper Creek Square courtyard to enjoy free  live music between 6 pm – 8 pm.  If you’re hungry, but don’t want to miss the show, order a meal from any of the Cooper Creek Square restaurants, and they’ll deliver it right to your table in the courtyard.

Friday Music Series with The Raygunomics  Winter Park Resort also gets in on the Independence Day action with a free live show at the Village Gazebo, between 4 pm – 6 pm,  by The Raygunomics (rock).

solshine_med_rectAnd the weekend of family fun doesn’t need to stop there.   Wander through the Village at Winter Park Resort on July 5th to witness the artisan melting pot that is The Village Uncorked!  Or put a little wild in your western weekend and get your hands dirty at the High Country Stampede Rodeo.

And don’t miss out on Winter Park’s signature event, SOLSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL.   G-LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, will take to the stage at Hideaway Park at 6pm on July 5th, for this epic FREE event.  

Round off the weekend, with a trip to Winter Park Resort  to watch some of the thrills & spills of the Trestle Gravity Games mountain bike competition, or take the kids to the Lions Club Ponds (next to Safeway), to enjoy the free annual fishing derby from 12 noon.

Whatever your pleasure, Winter Park has something in store for everyone this 4th of July, 2014.

Still looking for lodging?  Check out our properties here, and take advantage of our 3RD NIGHT FREE LODGING SPECIAL.

Winter Park Resort Opens For Summer 2014


Winter Park Resort & Trestle Bike Park will open for the summer season on Saturday, June 14th, 2014.  
Join in the fun as the Village comes alive, with a full line up of events and activities throughout the summer.

WP Chocolate FestivalFirst to kick off the season (and sweeten the deal), is the Winter Park Chocolate Festival, held in the Village on June 14th, from 10 am – 4 pm.   Stroll through booths of sheer chocolatey decadence, and purchase a $10 taste ticket to sample the wares.    Live music by top Celtic band, Skean Dubh, will provide a foot tapping backdrop to the many events going on throughout the day, including a chocolate pudding eating contest, chocolate & beer pairing demo, truffle competition & chocolate making demo with chef Paxton Gross.

Other FREE weekly events in the Village at Winter Park include Coca-Cola Family Movies Night, Friday Music Series, S’mores By The Fire & Intro To Geocaching.  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.

Trestle Bike Park

Freeride-friday-Trestle-bike-park-300x169Trestle Bike Park, at Winter Park Resort, also begins full operations on June 14th.   Offering 3 lifts, to more than 40 miles of nerve tingling downhill trails, Trestle Bike Park is becoming the hot topic in the downhill mountain biking community.    

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 $39/day, or a Half Day for $29.   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 (June 29 & August 10).  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.  Click here for further info on this, and other mountain bike camps at Winter Park Resort.

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:

Epic Singletrack Series
Hailed as the largest cross-country series in Colorado, the Epic Singletrack Series attracts both novices and top athletes from around the country. 

Race 1: Saturday, June 14 – Excel Roofing Hill Climb Kick Off
Race 2: Saturday, June 28 – X Country
Race 3: Saturday, July 12 – Race Rendezvous
Race 4: Saturday, July 26 – Colorado Epic XC at Colorado Freeride
Race 5: Saturday, August 9 – Point to Point
Race 6: Saturday, August 23 – Excel Roofing King of the Rockies

Trestle Gravity Series
6 downhill races over 3 weekends with race categories from Pro To 14 & Under.

Weekend 1: July 5 & 6 
Weekend 2: July 20
Weekend 3: August 30, 31 & September 1

Co freerideColorado Freeride Festival
The cream of the crop from all over the world, head to Winter Park to battle it out on Slopestyle, Enduro & More.

July 23: Training (slopestyle only)
July 24: Air Downhill, Slopestyle Training, Family Bike Fest In The Village
July 25: Specialized Enduro stages 1&2, Slopestyle training & qualifications, Family Bike Fest In The Village
July 26: Epic Singletrack XC, Specialized Enduro stags 3 & 4, FMB Gold Slopestyle Finals, Intergalactic Pond Crossing, Family Bike Fest.
July 27: Specialized Enduro final stage

For all other events at Winter Park Resort & surrounding areas, check out our event listings here. 

Stay & Save With Winter Park Lodging Company

If you book a mid-week stay this summer, make sure you ask for a $10 OFF Winter Park Resort Activity Voucher.   These vouchers are valid Monday through Friday, for $10 off a full 1-day Adventure Pass, or a full 1-day Trestle Bike Park pass for up to 4 people.*  

*All 1-day passes must be used on same day and must be purchased in-person and on-site at Winter Park Resort, in one transaction with one form of payment.  Valid Monday through Friday only. Adventure Pass and Coca-Cola® Family Four Pack valid through September 1, 2014; Trestle Bike Park pass valid through September 26, 2014. 1 voucher per lodging reservation.

CHECK OUT OUR GREAT LODGING DEALS HERE.