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Trailhead Lodges 323    3 Bed/3 Bath (Downtown WP)

Revel in mountain luxury! This modern home offers you privacy, convenience and fabulous finishes. 
* Clubhouse Pool & Hot Tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Private Balcony *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 10


Bridger’s Cache Ski Lodge    5 Bed/5.5 Bath (Mary Jane Base Area)

Just steps away from the base of Mary Jane and the Super Gauge Lift. This gorgeous custom log home next door to 2007 HGTV Dream Home
* 3-Car Garage *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Private Patio with Hot Tub *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 19


Snowblaze C24    2 Bed/2 Bath (Downtown Winter Park)

This fully-remodeled condo has it all with a prime year round location and a modern mountain feel that you won’t want to leave
*Clubhouse access with hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Free covered parking *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 7


Bear Crossing 745    3 Bed/3.5 Bath (Winter Park)

This pet-friendly Bear Crossing Townhome has everything you want in your Rocky Mountain retreat. Three master suites!
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Pet-friendly *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 11


Base Camp 470    4 Bed/4.5 Bath (Winter Park Resort Base Area)

A luxurious custom home in the beautiful Base Camp neighborhood. Incredible forest views from your private hot tub.
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Whole-house surround sound*Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 16


Moose Trail Lodge    5 Bed/5 Bath (Winter Park)

This beautiful, unique home home boasts three levels of high end wood furnishings and a modern, rustic feel for a perfect mountain getaway.
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Two-Car Garage *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 16


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Neighborhood Spotlight: Trailhead Lodges

Trailhead Lodges are some of our favorite homes in Winter Park, right in the heart of it all!


Upscale decor and amenities at Trailhead Lodges


Trailhead Lodges = Location, location, location + a whole lotta class!

When you stay at Trailhead Lodges in Downtown Winter Park,  you’re only seconds from shops and dining, plus the ski shuttle stops right outside the entrance to pick you up to take you straight to the slopes.

Situated right beside Hideaway Park, summer guests love having the best seat in the house (literally!) for the highly acclaimed Hideaway Park outdoor music series, and winter guests can’t get enough of the family sledding hill in the snow!

Trailhead Lodges are particularly popular with families, who love the convenience factor of the location, plus the Clubhouse amenities that keep everyone entertained and pampered throughout their stay.  

Each of our Trailhead Lodges properties includes access to fabulous amenities: 
* Clubhouse With Outdoor Pool (heated in Winter), Hot Tub, Work Out Area, Outdoor Seating & Fire Pit
* Building Elevator Access To Middle & Upper Floor Condos
* Free Outdoor Parking
* On Free Winter Shuttle Route To Winter Park Resort
* Central Location Near Hideaway Park

Trailhead Lodges Vacation Rentals

Convenient location, yet tranquil and serene.

Did we mention the location?

The Trailhead Lodges complex is centrally located in Downtown Winter Park, right across from the summer festival site at Hideaway Park.   Built in 2007, the Trailhead Lodges offer 1, 2 & 3 bedroom condos with modern design & decor and easy access to shops, restaurants and summer and winter activities.


Feel free to cozy up and relax in these comfortable yet high-end homes.

Each condo features a high-end kitchen, patio or balcony, cozy gas fireplace and a building elevator for access to the middle and upper floors. If you are visiting during ski season, the free winter shuttle stops right outside the complex and will transport you to the slopes within a matter of minutes.

Perfect for families or groups of friends.

Our Trailhead Lodges vacation homes have been carefully decorated to offer a personalized feel, plus a variety of sleeping configurations to suit different sizes of groups.

For more photos, floorplans and to browse all of our Trailhead Lodges vacation rentals,  CLICK HERE 

Our Conversation With A Real Snowflake Photographer

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We’re so excited about all the snow we’ve been getting! To celebrate the snow, we wanted to focus on one of its most beautiful components: snowflakes! We love wandering the craft fairs here in Grand County, and one of the most remarkable booths at these events is Karla’s. It’s a beautiful and breathtaking display of tiny, intricate snowflakes, each in its own unique splendor on all kinds of surfaces, from coffee beans to aluminum foil. With the holidays quickly approaching, we thought this would be a great gift idea for loved ones, and while we were at it, we reached out to Karla to ask her about her process. Read on for the interview, or purchase your own snowflake prints at .  

If you’re thinking of visiting us over Thanksgiving, perfect timing! You’ll be able to check out Karla’s exhibit at the Old Fashioned Holiday Craft Show November 27 & 28 at the Arts Council Building in Grand Lake.


What inspires you? 

Seeing the look on peoples’ faces the first time they see a snowflake up close. I have seen a lot of emotions in my snowflake booth at shows. For me the message is, if a snowflake this small can impact someone so much, imagine what an impact we each can make in our lives every day. 

When did you take your first snowflake picture?

My first snowflake shot was taken December 2006 and I have since taken over 90,000 snowflake shots.

How long does each photo take to produce?

Every photo is different, with the new style. I shoot the snowflake on slides, so I end up cleaning up any dirt on the slides with photoshop. The rest of the pics are natural, no photo stacking or snowflake manipulation up to this point.

What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?

All of them. Every new snowflake is just as exciting as the first. I am a snowflake addict! 

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What did you do before you were the snowflake photographer?

Since 2006 my winter job is snowflake photography and my summer job and passion is custom landscaping in Grand County ( I create natural moss rock mountain landscapes, I built the pondless waterfall at the new courthouse, pondless waterfall for 9 news in Denver and I go on 9 news frequently to teach home owners about water and landscape things.

What’s the best time of day for capturing these images?

Best temperatures 0 to -20 degrees, this gives more working time on the shot. No wind, usually morning, but if it is snowing I am out.

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What’s your favorite thing about Grand County?

I love everything about Grand County, I love late September waking up and going to bed hearing the Elk bugling. The crisp fall mornings, with beautiful sunrises. Walking into City Market on Tuesdays and knowing you will see and socialize with at least 10 of your local neighbors. I love the support you feel in this County, the fundraisers for those in need, cannot be topped with the generosity of this County, we should all be proud to be a part of it, I know I am.

For more on Karla and to order your very own snowflake prints online, check out  or give her a call at 970-509-0433 to see what she has in stock at home!


Pack your bags and come on up, hope to see you soon! If you are planning a winter vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

Winter Park Lodging Company Ski Giveaway

instaday1v3We’re SO excited to be enjoying the first snows of the season, and that Winter Park Resort is opening for ski season in just a couple of weeks!

To celebrate, we’re giving away…that’s right GIVING AWAY… a pair of Dynastar Cham 107 High Mountain Skis (175cm) on Opening Day, November 18, 2015.   

These are a seriously sweet pair of skis, too!  

On The Snow awarded them their ‘Editor’s Choice’ in their Powder Ski Division 2014, and followed suit with their very own Editor’s Choice Standout award 300 skis tested.

And for the techy folks out there, here’s what Dynastar say about their Cham High Mountain Ski: 

Cham High Mountain skis are next-generation freeride-adventure skis designed for breaking new trails to high alpine adventure. Levitation Profile combined with a new, ultra-lightweight and durable wood core delivers easier touring with the Cham series’ unique blend of float, maneuverability and stability in all snow conditions.

ENTER THE DYNASTAR CHAM 107 GIVEAWAY – entry has now closed

WINNER ANNOUNCED!  Congratulations to Katie K  (Omaha, NE), you are the winner of our Dynastar Cham ski giveaway. 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Base Village Lofts

Our newest Base Village Loft 113 features an open, social layout with beautiful high-end finishes.

We absolutely adore the Base Village Lofts at Winter Park, for a number of reasons!

There’s the incredible Base Village Loft Amenities:

  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Private one car garage
  • Private deck
  • Private washer/dryer
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • 2 minute walk from Zephyr chairlift
  • Free access to Founders Pointe Hot Tub/Amenity Deck (150 yards away)

Not to mention the incredibly convenient location. Located above the Village shops and restaurants, and a 2 minute walk from the Zephyr chairlift, the Village Lofts are the top choice for visitors looking for higher end lodging,with easy access to ski school, lifts and other Village activities.

We love that the Base Village Lofts offer luxury lodging in the heart of the Village at Winter Park Resort.

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These high-end, 3 & 4 bedroom vacation rentals offer the most spacious lodging option in the Village, each with stylish urban decor and furnishings, large living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private one-car garage. It’s so refreshing to stay in a location that’s just steps away from everything you want to do during your vacation, and you don’t have to scrape snow off your windshield to boot!


For more information, and to browse all of our Base Village Loft vacation rentals,  CLICK HERE 

Date Ideas Around Winter Park



There are so many incredible sights to see in beautiful Winter Park, and sharing them with someone special can be the cherry on top of a perfect vacation. Why not book a romantic one-bedroom condo with its own private hot tub? 

And once you find your lodging, it’s time to plan your activities. Dinner and a movie is always a good go-to date, but we wanted to compile a few unique date ideas for an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a special weekend for your sweetheart, here are a few of our favorite creative date ideas.

1. Surprise Spa Day

We’re big fans of Sheila at Blue Sky Massage, and she is available to come to you for an in-home massage if you want to surprise your sweetie with a relaxing, stress-reducing massage after a day on the slopes.



2. Hot Air Balloon Rides

What a romantic idea! An early morning balloon ride with your partner- just think of the views! Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Rides offers a champagne toast and continental breakfast to accompany this unique and beautiful experience. Pricing and info on Grand Adventure’s website.


3. Snowshoe Picnic

So they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! It’s such a cool way to get out in nature and enjoy a cool new experience together. Multiple places around the valley offer snowshoe rentals, guided tours, or great scenic routes to try on your own. More information from the Winter Park Fraser Chamber website.


4. Dog Sledding

There is something so magical about being pulled through the sparkling snow by a team of huskies! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers this amazing experience, plus an educational tour of the kennels if you’d like to learn more about these spectacular animals. Pricing and info on Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s website. 

Here’s a clip of what some patrons had to say about their experience. 

 Have fun together, reconnect, and remember to snap a couple of pictures! 


We hope to see you soon! If you’re planning your romantic getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 



It’s finally arrived! To celebrate, here’s a lovely song to listen to while you watch the snow fall with us!

Just think, you’ll be flying down the slopes in no time.



Speaking of flying down the slopes…did you know that we are just six short weeks to Winter Park Resort’s ski season opening day of November 17th?!

With the countdown officially on, it’s time to shape up for ski season.  Take a peak at our feature on Ski Vacation Workouts for our top tips on getting your body ready for the slopes.

Or, if you prefer to do your training on the slopes, check out our early ski season lodging special,  save 20% on 3 night stays between November 17th – December 18th, including Thanksgiving!

We hope to see you soon!

Drive Like a Pro in the Snow!


Snow is perhaps one of our favorite things, but driving in it can be intimidating if you’re not from an area visited frequently by Old Man Winter.  Here are a few ways to stay safe while traveling in snowy conditions and keep you comfortable behind the wheel!


First, don’t panic. If you start to swerve, remain calm and turn into the swerve. This should correct your tires and get you back on track. Try not to slam on your brakes (or the accelerator!). Reacting calmly can diffuse the situation quickly to avoid accidents.


Remember that all-wheel-drive does not make you invincible. We do recommend that you have an AWD or 4WD vehicle to take in the snow for better traction. All-wheel-drive makes your car better at accelerating on slick surfaces. However, it won’t allow you to stop on a dime! The roads can be slick! You still need to slow down and pay attention in bad weather. To quote our friends at Popular Mechanics, snow banks are not puffy and cushiony! Losing control and hitting one can seriously damage a vehicle. Slow down.


Snow tires are wonderful. You’ll notice a lot of locals in the mountains adding snow tires to their cars to get around more easily in the snow. If this is an option for you, we highly recommend it. Snow tires don’t miraculously teach you to drive in snow drifts, but they do offer the benefit of better traction and handling. This also extends the life of your summer tires!


To avoid getting stuck, try not to stop going uphill. Keep your tires in the areas that have been plowed, or carved out by other cars. Keep your pace slow any steady!


Be prepared. Keep a small shovel, an old blanket, and a pair of snow boots in your car. You might have to get out and use these things, and impractical footwear can really put a damper on your day. An old blanket can warm you if your car breaks down, or you can lay it under your tire to help you gain traction when you need to get out of a rut.

Now, get out there and enjoy your ski vacation!


alamocarNeed to rent a car? We’re happy to help you find the best deal on car rentals.

Talk to our Easy Ski Service about what car your group needs!

And feel free to bring your gear;  all of our car rentals come with a FREE FULL SKI RACK to transport that treasured gear up to the mountains.


Click here for more information about our Easy Ski Car Rental Services!


How To Stay Warm (All Day!) On The Slopes


There are definitely perks to a day on the slopes – the rush of wind through your face, the feeling of accomplishment when you finish a challenging run, the stories shared as you zip back up the lift… all of which can be quickly ruined when you haven’t dressed properly.

Here’s a list of tips to keep you warm enough to play all day.

Opt For Mittens. Keeping your fingers together keeps them warmer, whereas gloves allow for more surface area on your fingers to become exposed to cold. Some may find that mittens don’t allow for as much dexterity for some activities, so there’s always the option of Glittens! More on the gloves vs. mittens debate from REI, here.

Pre-Warm Your Boots, Socks, and Gloves. It’s habit sometimes to just throw your boots in the back of the car without thinking of it, but it could really benefit your toes to keep boots where the heat is running! You can also place hand warmers in your boots, and keep your gloves in your jacket before you don them for the day.

Give Yourself Plenty of Fuel. Keep your body’s furnace burning hot with plenty of calories. Make sure you factor in the extra exercise so you can load up on the right amount of food for your needs. Also make sure to stay hydrated! Your body’s working hard to stay warm and ski hard, so make sure you’re giving it what it needs to run effectively.

Carry Spares. You might find that you start getting kinda sweaty after a while, so maybe you’ll need a thinner hat or mitten. Keep spares in your coat to prevent excess perspiration (which, if you get too cold again, can contribute to hypothermia).

Layer Appropriately. A base layer can help trap heat close to you, and an exterior waterproof layer can keep the wet cold off of you. Having a few layers can help keep you prepared for fluctuating temperatures throughout the day. Here’s a great blog on layering for beginners!

The Right Socks Can Change Your Day. Resist the urge to wear multiple pairs of socks. This could end up working against you, causing circulation problems or blisters. Try wool (or Smart Wool) and remember that more is not necessarily better! Here’s a list of the top ski socks from Ski Magazine if you’re in the market.

It’s actually a myth that we lose most of our body heat through our heads, but that doesn’t mean you should skip a good stocking cap! And remember to wear sunblock and goggles. With these tips in mind, we hope you have a blast on your ski trip.  


We hope to see you soon! If you are planning your ski adventure in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

El Nino Impact For Colorado Skiing

Who Wants A Monster Ski Season?

I do, I do, and with all this talk of El Nino, we might just get one.

El Nino Coming To ColoradoYou can’t have missed the all the talk on the news of the El Nino weather pattern that continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, and what that cycle might mean for skiers this coming winter.

References to ‘Godzilla’ and comparative studies to the 1998 El Nino (AKA the ‘King Kong’ of `98) that smothered Colorado in feet of powder suggest that we could indeed be in for a MONSTER ski season.  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

So what exactly is El Nino?  Well, after extensive research, I was able to put together the following definitions.

El Nino – Defined By as:

A warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the cost of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes cause catastrophic weather conditions.

El Nino – Defined By Old Time Skiers as:  Powder

El Nino – Defined By Chris Farely as:

Yes, it’s still a little early in the day to make definite predictions, but with all this crazy weather talk, this half-full kind of gal is eyeballing some new powder skis for this ski season!

While we’re on the subject of the upcoming ski season, Winter Park has a couple of changes going on that are well worth mentioning.

The first, is the introduction of new Hands-Free RFTD lift passes.   These chip embedded passes will replace all paper tickets and should significantly speed up the lift boarding process at all base area lifts.

How do they work?  Simple.  Skiers just stow away the pass in their jacket pocket and the soon to be installed lift gates will automatically open when the pass holder walks through the scanner.  Rumor has it that your ski pass photo might also pop up for the Lift Crew to verify you as the pass holder, so make sure you smile pretty for the camera this year.

Next up for discussion is the opening and closing of a couple of stores and restaurants opening in Base Village.  Rocky Mountain Eyewear (next to Riverside Spirits) has been replaced by a traditional Candy Sweet Shop with an awesome selection of yumminess guaranteed to have your kids bouncing off the walls in no time.  The other big change is the departure of the Cheeky Monk, we’ve not heard what it will be replaced with yet, but will keep you posted with any updates.

The last (and admittedly very unofficial, but a gem of a rumor), is that we’ve head a whisper in the wind that Winter Park Resort is toying with the idea of taking on A-Basin & Loveland as the ‘Last Man Skiing’ resort for 2016.  Nothing has been confirmed by Winter Park Resort, and the last official word on the street was that the resort is still scheduled to close in Mid April, but the rumor going around town is that there’s a possibility that areas of the resort could stay open as late as May 7th???

Whatever the truth, so long as El Nino does his thing, we’re going to be in for an epic 2015/2016 ski season, so plan on coming up to Winter Park to join in the fun.

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