Back Country Cat Skiing Winter Park, Colorado

We here at Winter Park Lodging Company were able to finally get out and take our first, this year, snow cat skiing trip with Powder Addiction.  Some very fun skiing and we had great weather and snow conditions.  The trip was full with eleven guys and a gal with the cat driver and two powder guides.  It was Winter Park local day at Powder Addiction.

It was almost everyones first trip cat skiing and there were some serious rippin’ skiers and boarders for all being newbies.  The guides were Greg, Hogo with Mr. Adam Burke taking the control of the snow cat.  I didn’t get all the names of the ski crew but I know I was there with, Pam, Nigel, Dave (dt), Paul, Pete birthday boy), Ryan, CW and Jeremy.  I think we did about ten runs and we were all pretty worked at the end of the day.  As I said it was a great day of skiing.

Tee above video was shot with the Contour HD 1080p helmet cam.  The compression that You Tube does doesn’t do the quality of footage justice.  Anywho, take a watch of the ski video I hope it gets you psyched to do some skiing.  Most of the footage in the video is shot on the lower half of Jones Pass as I think tree skiing come across a little better on video.  Artists on the video are Sun 60, X, Jesus and the Mary Chain and The Sugarcubes.

If you have not been Cat Skiing or haven’t been up to Jones Pass with Powder Addiction you are missing out.  Just an hour drive from Denver this is some of the best skiing to be found in all of Colorado.  As Warren Miller says” if you don’t do it this year, you will just be another year older when you do”.


February 28th, 2011

Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding

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Winter Park Resort Ski Video

The busiest weekend of the year has come and gone but we have some video to commemorate Presidents Day weekend here in Winter Park and Mary Jane.  The weather was absolutely fantastic for this years Pres. Day weekend with a bunch of new snow on Wed and Thurs before and blue sky sunny days all weekend long.

We had lots of guests here to enjoy the Winter Park Lodging Company’s digs and we even had some family visiting.  Relatives from Minnesota way  here to enjoy the three day weekend and they were very happy with the snow/weather conditions.  Crowds were not that bad if you know how to travel Winter Park and Mary Jane and steep slopes with threes and boulders seems to keep the crowds down.

The above ski video is shot on Cheshire Cat, Pine Cliffs, and Buckaroo Trees.  As you can see most of the skiing is on untracked lines with almost perfect weather.  Skiing is done by Michael Allen and Mark Allen of Rochester, Minnesota.  Camera work and skiing is by yours truly as is movie production and editing.  So if you think the skiing and/or movie isn’t up to snuff leave your thoughts below.

This is our first movie created in Apple’s Final Cut so I’m just getting a handle on the complexity of this technology, almost like putting a machine gun in a toddlers hands.  It may be a tad more power than is needed for our purpose but you can really create some cool videos.  Music is an old, old favorite – Guadalcanal Diary from Athens, GA.

We have been doing quite a bit of skiing this past week with a Powder Addiction cat ski trip and have taken the Winter Park Lodging Company mascot twins to WP Resort a few time this past week.  I will be working on a Powder Addiction video as well as a learning to ski at Winter Park video.  I know Y’all are holding your breath.  Anywho, stay tuned for some WPLCo skiing action.

And as Warren Miller says get out on the slopes because if you don’t do it this year you will only be another year older when you do.

February 25th, 2011

Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding, Videos, Winter Park Resort

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Winter Park Colorado Guest ReviewsWinter Park Lodging Company Guest Reviews

We try not to toot our own horn here Winter Park Lodging Company too much but sometimes you need to scream out that you are doing a darn good job.  We were checking out our guest reviews on Tripadvisor about Winter Park Lodging Company and man we have been feeling some love from our guests.  The best part about these reviews is that in most of them there are mentions of how WPLCo has performed with customer service, problem resolution and overall attitude.  We cannot always control nature, weather and the actions of others but we can control our reactions.

Yippppeeeeee, is what we say, we sometimes cannot anticipate what will happen with the structure and mechanics of a vacation rental condo/home but we can react and deal with the problem should one arise.  Here is to the office, maintenance and cleaning staffs at Winter Park Lodging Company (clap, clap, clap).   Amy, Val, Samantha, Rachel, Christina, Jill, Emily, Ryan, Eric, Sarah and last ,but definitely not least, all the WPLCo cleaning crews deserve a big congratulations.  Nice work Y’all!

With the incredibly cold spell we had early this month we had some issues with pipes and heat and such but the team WPLCo responded admirably in all cases.  Here is what one of our Tripadvisor reviews had to say:

We had 3 families with 6 adults and 5 elementary age kids staying here. There was room to spread out and be together. Each family even had it’s own bathroom, but the kitchen living room was big enough for all of us to be in at once.
We were supposed to be in a different place that’s pipes burst. The WP Lodging Co. was great about finding us this house (a great upgrade) and communicating the problem (even though we were skiing all day without our phones on) I was pleasantly surprised how great they were about getting us a new place that could accommodate our large group on such short notice and without us being available. We would use their service again!

And here is another great review for Winter Park Lodging Company with a condo unit at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge:

We have stayed in several different condos at Zephyr and this one is the best so far. We had four adults and two six-year-olds. The extra seating in the living area was perfect and provided plenty of room to spread out and relax. The two bathrooms were very large and the extra bunk beds in the master were perfect for us. The condo was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed during our stay. It was easy to get in and out to access the village. The only negative is that you can hear the garbage and delivery trucks in the morning because of the room’s location but that did not bother any of us. We also did not use the ski lockers because it was a little harder to get the kids gear out to the slopes. This was easily solved by using Winter Park Rental’s free slopeside overnight storage closer to the Kids’ School area for our skis. However, it would be perfect for adults or older kids who could handle their equipment. You can glide out the door and right down to the Zephyr lift.

This is the second year that we have used Winter Park Lodging and the experience was great. Everyone is helpful and the process is easy. We’ve used other booking companies for Winter Park before but I will never use anyone but Winter Park Lodging Company again.

Here we toot away at the great job that Winter Park Lodging Company has been doing!  So if you happen to talk to one of the WPLCo office ladies or Maintenance men or cleaning crews expect to be WOWed with some great customer service.

February 15th, 2011

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winter park co cross country ski under moonMoonlit Cross Country Skiing Winter Park, CO

Looking to get out of the house and see how beautiful the evenings can be here in Winter Park and Grand County? There is not a more fun event than the Full Moon Cross Country ski at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  There are two left this year, Feb 18 and March 19, 2011.

Head out to the Thumb and arrive a little before six and you are in for a fun, beautiful workout.  Join them for skiing, bonfires, marshmallows and hot chocolate under the full moon!  Get your cross country ski on and warm up with the bonfire and hot chocolate.

The event starts at 6PM and goes until 9PM.  No need to rush though as you can start pretty much anytime you like but need to be finished around 9PM.

If you haven’t been out to Devil’s Thumb you are missing one of Grand Counties treats!  With more than 100km of groomed trails nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek valley at the base of the Continental Divide, DTR is the premiere Nordic center for Colorado cross country skiing. Whether you enjoy skate, classic or snowshoeing; there’s something there for everyone.

Novices can start the day with a private or group lesson from one of their friendly instructors. More seasoned Nordic enthusiasts will find their advanced technique clinics helpful. And, of course, a wide variety of quality cross country ski equipment is available for purchase or rental – including infant sleds and skijoring rigs (cross country skiing with dog assistance). They are open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Don’t let the snow season get by without a moonlit night of skiing, head out and enjoy Devil’s Thumb Ranch one of the next full moon evenings.

February 15th, 2011

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DTR feed sleighHorse Drawn Sleigh Rides Winter Park, CO

Looking for some fun for the kids and the whole family? Devil’s Thumb Ranch is offering guests of Winter Park Lodging Company a 10% discount on their interactive feed sleigh rides at their Cabin Creek Stables.

The feed sleigh rides are offered at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily. Reservations are required, as space limited on these popular rides.

The feed sleigh ride heads out into the nearby meadow where a herd of 50+ hungry horses eagerly await their breakfast or dinner.  Guests are encouraged to help the wranglers throw the hay off the back of the sleigh as they learn some of the stories of the horses, along with some interesting facts on keeping a herd in our cold climate.  When the hay as been fed out to all the animals, the sleigh will come to a rest, and guests can have an opportunity to pet on all the friendly critters as they come up to the sleigh to say ‘hi’.   The sleigh will then take a short ride around the scenic trails overlooking the Fraser Valley, before returning back to the barn for some well deserved hot chocolate and smores.

To book a sleigh ride at Cabin Creek Stables, call 970-726-5632.

For more details on Cabin Creek Stables, and the many other activities on offer at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, click here.  

Dinner at either The Ranch House Restaurant or Heck’s Tavern is some of the best eatin’ you will find here in Winter Park or the whole Fraser Valley.  If you have never been out to Devil’s Thumb you are missing one of the top destinations in Grand County and Colorado for that matter.

So if your heading up to Winter Park let us here at the Winter Park Lodging Company set you up with the best deals and most fun activities that be had on your Winter PArk winter vacation.  Check out all the special deals WPLCo has to offer guests of the Grand County and the Fraser Valley.

Come on up and get to horsin’ around and have a grand time in Grand County, Colorado.

February 14th, 2011

Posted In: Holidays, Horseback Riding, Kid's Activities

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ZB WInter Park COWinter Park Lodging Company Sticker

Winter Park Lodging Company has won the ZB award.  What is the ZB award you ask?  Well, the Zb award the most creative use of the Winter Park/Fraser Valley mascot ZB.  And why is our mascot named ZB here in Winter Park, Colorado? ZB is the original Colo license plate numbers that were given for Winter Park and the Fraser Valley ( see picture to the right).

Whew that is complicatedZB Winter park resort!

Here is the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce announcement of our big win in the promote ZB contest:

Winner Announced: The Chamber is pleased to announce the winner of the “ZB’s Launch for Lunch Contest” held in January.  Drumroll please… the winner is Winter Park Lodging Company for their incredibly creative ZB sticker.  Also, an Honorable Mention to Grand County TV18 / Outside Television for including ZB in a commercial.  Check it out by clicking here.

We won we won we won!  Look for ZB all through the town of Winter Park, CO.

February 14th, 2011

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Winter Park private ski lesson dealsWinter Park Ski School Deals

The Winter Park Resort Private Lesson Center continues to receive rave reviews! Presidents weekend is right around the corner and the skiing is looking to be fantastic the rest of February and March.

The Winter Park Private Lesson Center has many new promotions that they will be offering Private Lesson Guest from he Thursday before Presidents weekend February 17, 2011 and will run through the end of March.  Please feel free to stop by the PLC with any questions.

– The new online rate for the Full Day Private Lesson will be $499; No other discounts apply.

– There will be a $25 discount for ALL Full Day Private Lessons booked 7 days in advance over the phone.

– All Season Pass holders will be offered last year’s rates at $489 for the full day and $365 for the half day if they book their lesson(s) by February 28, 2011; no other discounts apply.

– If 3 consecutive half day lessons are reserved 48 hours in advance online or 7 days in advance by phone the guest will get the three lessons for a total of $1035; that’s $345 each lesson.

If you are looking to improve your skiing or have just taken up the sport, there is not a better way to improve than a private lesson at Winter Park Resort. Group private lessons are also a great way for the family to experience the thrill of skiing together and improving your skiing and boarding skills.winter park resort ski instruction

Ask for Tom Gulden (pictured at right) one of our favorite Winter Park Resort private ski instructors or one of the other Winter Park Lodging Company recommended private ski instructors.

La Nina has delivered a wintery punch this season with incredible snow conditions at Winter Park and Mary Jane.  Check out the snow conditions, lodging deals, photos and videos at

February 6th, 2011

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Nastar Lodging Winter Park CO2011 Nastar Champioships Winter Park, Colorado

The Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships will return to Winter Park, March 24 – 27, 2011.  Winter Park Resort is proud to host the 2011 NASTAR National Championships. The 71st Anniversary season at Winter Park Resort will be celebrated with over 1,200 Nature Valley NASTAR qualifiers from across the country coming here to the Colorado Rockies for three days of competition, exciting events and world-class skiing and riding.

The top three finishers in each division at each of the NASTAR resorts will come to Winter Park to compete in the NASTAR National Championships.  With over 95,000 races in 28 states the NASTAR champions will be decided on the slopes of Winter Park.

This is the second year for the competition to take place here in WP and last years NASTAR event was a complete success.  If you are looking to come to NASTAR Winter PArk championship now is the time to book your stay.  Winter Park Base Lodging was sold out last year and this year is getting there also.  The No. 1 provider of Winter Park Resort Lodging is Winter Park Lodging Company.  So let WPLCo book your NASTAR Championship Lodging-Winter Park for you today.

NASTAR National Champioships Event Schedule:

Thursday, March 24

  • 7:30am – 9:00pm Competitor Check-In* (Vintage Hotel)
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm Optional Race Clinic
  • 5:30pm – 8:30pm National Championships Opening Ceremony (West Portal Plaza) » Winter Park welcomes Nature Valley NASTAR competitors and their guests with an evening filled with exciting activities! » 5:30-7:00pm Complimentary food and beverages for credentialed competitors and guests with bracelet). »
  • 6:00PM – 6:45 Warren Miller Screening of the Directors Cut of Wintervention »
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm Live music by band TBD! » Chance to meet your fellow competitors from across the country.
  • 8:30pm Fireworks and torch light parade!

Friday, March 25 National Championships Competition Begins (DAY 1)

  • 7:30am – 12:00pm Competitor Late Arrival Check-In* (Vintage Hotel)
  • 9:30amRace Start Times Ages:
    • 21-44 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers right)**
    • Ages 45-54 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers left)
    • Ages 55-74 Platinum & Gold (Hughes Meadows)
    • Ages 21-49 Silver & Bronze (Upper Cranmer)**
    • Ages 50-74 Silver & Bronze (Middle Cranmer)**
    • Ages 75-95+ All Divisions (Lower Cranmer)**
    • Snowboard Division – all ages (Lower Cranmer)**
  • 11:15am
    • Ages 1-4 Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Divisions (Lower Cranmer)**
  • 12:30pmRace Start Times  Ages:
    • 5-8 Platinum & Gold (Hughes Meadows)**
    • Ages 9-12 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers left)
    • Ages 13-20 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers right)
    • Ages 5-10 Silver & Bronze (Middle Cranmer)**
    • Ages 11-20 Silver & Bronze (Upper Cranmer)**
  • 3:30pm Friday’s Competition End
  • 3:30pm – 6:00pm Post-Race Ceremony (West Portal) »
  • 3:30 – 5:00pm Live music »
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm Introduction of U.S. Ski Team stars and competitor raffle to win great gear
  • 5:30pm Family Challenge Awards Ceremony

» Guests are welcome to attend (no bracelet required).

Saturday, March 26 National Championships Competition Begins (DAY 2)

  • 9:30am Race Start Times Ages:
    • 5-8 Platinum & Gold (Hughes Meadows)**
    • Ages 9-12 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers left)
    • Ages 13-20 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers right)
    • Ages 5-10 Silver & Bronze (Middle Cranmer)**
    • Ages 11-20 Silver & Bronze (Upper Cranmer)**
    • Ages 75-95+ All Divisions (Lower Cranmer)**
    • Snowboard Division – All Ages (Lower Cranmer)**
  • 11:15am Ages 1-4 Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Divisions (Lower Cranmer)**
  • 12:30pm Race Start Times :
    • Ages 21-44 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers right)
    • Ages 45-54 Platinum & Gold (Lower Hughes, skiers left)
    • Ages 55-74 Platinum & Gold (Hughes Meadows)**
    • Ages 21-49 Silver & Bronze (Upper Cranmer)**
    • Ages 50-74 Silver & Bronze (Middle Cranmer)**
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm Live Music
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm Awards Ceremony (West Portal Station) » U.S. Ski Team & Olympic stars will present medals to the first, second and third place winners in each age & gender category in each division. » National Title winners (i.e. the first place finisher) in each age & gender category in each division will receive an invitation to race on Sunday. » Guests are welcome to attend (no bracelet required).
    • Awards will be prensented to age categories in the following order:
      • 95+, 90-94, 85-89, 80-84, 75-79, 70-74, 65-69, 60-64
      • 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-20
      • 55-59, 50-54, 45-49, 40-44, 35-39, 30-34, 21-29
  • 6:30pm – 10:00pm Awards Reception (West Portal) » Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages for all National Championships competitors and their guests (cash bars available). » Swap stories with members of the Nature Valley NASTAR community, autograph session with U.S. Ski Team & Olympic stars and more!

» Guests are welcome to attend (guest bracelet required for admittance).

Sunday, March 27 Nature Valley NASTAR Race of Champions (National Title Winners Only)

  • 10:00am (Lower Hughes)
    • Non-Alpine Female – All Ages (snowboard, telemark & physically challenged)
    • Alpine Female – All Ages
    • “Race of Champions” Awards Ceremony (Lower Hughes finish area)
  • 11:00am (Lower Hughes)
    • Non-Alpine Male – All Ages (snowboard, telemark & physically challenged)
    • Alpine Male – All Ages
    • “Race of Champions” Awards Ceremony (Lower Hughes finish area)
  • 12:00pm Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships Ends

February 1st, 2011

Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Park Events

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