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Spring is in the air and things are happening in and around Winter Park.  Rivers and lakes are opening up to raft, fish, and paddle board, the mountain bike trails are drying out, the restaurants are re-opening from their off-season hiatus, and locals are returning from their desert/beach getaways excited and eager to get back to working and playing in Winter Park.

Although not every trail and restaurant are open in Winter Park during the Spring months, there is plenty to do and see while you are here (and usually it’s cheaper and less crowded, too).  Follow our guide below to turn your spring trip into an annual vacation!

Activities:

Spend the afternoon at Grand Lake

Just a 30 minute drive from Winter Park and on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, local Paddle Boarding Company Rocky Mountain SUP is open for business offering SUP rentals and lessons, SUP Yoga, and even Kayak rentals.

Take on the Aerial Adventure Park

Winter Park Adventure Quest aerial adventure park sprang up last summer and is a hit with families. Take your shot at the 24 separate challenge elements of the Aerial Adventure Park or sign up for their off-site rock climbing tour.  Winter Park Lodging Company guests save 10% on their next climbing adventure.

White Water Rafting

The water is running hard from late May through early June and this is the time when white water rafting offers the most thrills, although tame trips are still available.  Click here to find out what whitewater trip is right for you and save 10% with MAD adventures.

Mountain Bike Trails:

Dry trails await down the Fraser Valley towards Tabernash and Granby and even some in the Winter Park area.

Granby Ranch Summit

Popping Wheelies at Granby Ranch

Fraser River Trail:

The perfect trail to breathe the fresh spring air, take in the sights and get your legs warmed up for the biking season.  The Fraser river trail is a five-mile paved trail that gains 772 gradual feet in elevation and winds along the rushing Fraser river from Fraser to Winter Park Resort. This trail is also popular with walkers and rollerbladers.

Deadhorse/Saint Louis Creek:

Located west of Fraser and offers single track and dirt road riding all with Grand County’s highest peak in plain view, Byers Peak.  For a family friendly 7.5 mile ride, click here. Creekside, Zoom, Flume, and Chainsaw are all trails that will get the heart going and the smiles growing.  See the trail map here.

Granby Ranch:

Opens May 25th for lift access downhill biking offering trails from beginner to expert.  Granby Ranch also offers 20+ miles of single track trails through sun-soaked hillsides.  Ride Vista Ridge to the top for incredible views overlooking the Fraser Canyon.  Other local pics: Cabin Trail for the intermediate rider and Sidewinder/Out of Gas for the aggressive rider.  See the full trail map here

Mountain Biking can be intimidating, read our two-part series on Mountain Biking in Winter Park to gain a little knowledge and confidence to try it out.  It’s fun! Mountain Biking Tips From Winter Park, Colorado:

Part One, Gear up

Part Two, Building Your Skills

Dining:

It’s time to cash in those burned calories and fill your bellies on the town.  Most restaurants will be back open for memorial day weekend.

Local Spring Hot Spots

-Rest your bones on the deck and grab a locally brewed beer at Hideaway Park Brewery. They have a constantly rotating tap system so you are guaranteed something new and fresh.

-Hit Deno’s Happy Hour from 3-6 and try their legendary pork slider appetizer.

-Settle into Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos and Tequila Bar for an unforgettable Latian Asian fusion dining experience.  We strongly recommend the ahi poke ceviche tacos.

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The skies partially clear in between storms as the Sun sets on another fun-filled Winter Park weekend

 

Winter in Full Force

Update 02/06/2018. Winter has been upon us in full force since last Wednesday evening with snow falling every day.  No one day produced high numbers of snow totals but the continual snowfall each day made for the best ski conditions yet this year!  And as of Monday, it is still happening! Skiers and riders that to braved the wind and snow were rewarded with soft snow and low numbers of people on the slopes.  During the in-between times, the temps hovered around 30 degrees making it very comfortable to be on the chairlifts

 

Looking ahead, the snow machine that has been with us for the past week should finally give way to sunny warm days before another round of snow is forecasted for the upcoming weekend!  Check your snow tires and tune your skis because the winter fun is approaching full force in Winter Park, Colorado!

Local Tip

Storm skiing can provide the absolute best conditions one could dream of but if one is not prepared to be out in wind and snow, the best skiing of your life can quickly turn to the worst. Must haves: Windproof and waterproof jackets and pants, a buff to cover your nose and face, a hood to block the wind, and most importantly, DRY GOGGLES. The night before a day of skiing, separate your goggles from your helmet or hat and lay them out in an open, warm, and dry area so they completely air dry.  If you do not, moister can become trapped inside only to appear on your first run during a snowstorm and block your vision.  No fun!

 

Local Run Choices:

Beginner: Moose Wallow (Winter Park Territory)- Start to play in the trees and keep your eyes peeled for Moose.

Intermediate:  Cranmer (Winter Park Territory)-  A wide blue square that lets you test your limits of speed.

Advanced: Trestle (Mary Jane Territory)- Put your nerves and knees to the test and see why they say “No Pain, No Jane.”

For the thrill seekers:  All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.

Snowing and blowing outside of  Winter Park Lodging Company’s office Monday morning February 5th, 2018.

Skiers and riders who braved the wind and snow were rewarded with soft snow and low numbers of people on the slopes.


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Off-slope Activity of the Week: Catch a movie and bowl a strike.  That’s right, take the family out for bowling and a movie at the Foundry Cinema and Bowl in Winter Park.  On top of 8 bowling lanes and a large movie theater with oversized luxury stadium seats, the Foundry also boasts wood-fired pizza, billiards and shuffleboard, and a full bar for the adults. Movies this week: The Hostiles and Maze Runner.  Call ahead to reserve your bowling lane

Restaurant of the Week: Tabernash Tavern.  The award-winning Tabernash Tavern’s Chef Alberto Sapien cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients into meals that are a feast for both eye and mouth. A locals favorite any night of the week. The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside.  

Events to check out this week: Disco Skate Night @ the Village Pond, The Village @ Winter Park Resort   Sat February 10th from 5-7 pm.

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Friday Morning Groomer Powder

A great combo of the two best parts of winter, snow and sunshine!

Update 01/29/2018. Mother nature was showing off this past weekend. Those who were fortunate enough to get out early on Friday morning were treated to a nice moderate powder morning with five inches falling after midnight.  Since all the snow fell after the resort finished their grooming the night before, the groomers skied like a white cumulus cloud.  Saturday offered up sunshine with soft snow and stunning views of the continental divide.  Powder hounds were still finding leftover in the trees.  A few more flakes were flying on Sunday keeping the ski conditions at Winter Park Resort excellent!

 

This week will be another great week to be out in the snow. We will have some spring-like conditions during the first part of the week so don’t forget the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.  Local forecasters are unsure of what will be next, there is a chance that Winter Park will fall in the bullseye of snowstorms starting Wednesday night, January 31st, 2018 through the weekend.  BUT (there is a but) there is a chance that the path can change and the snow will stay north. Put a trail map in your freezer and dance a snow jig and we will be fine just fine. Even if the snow doesn’t hit, the conditions will still be very good.

Local Tip:

During the spring-like days earlier this week, sleep in, enjoy a nice breakfast and let the snow soften up a little bit before hitting the slopes.  If you are planning a to come up on a weekend day, we recommend staying for the whole weekend, so you do not have to deal with the city traffic flowing into the mountains.  Were are still running 30% off these properties through the weekend for this exact reason.

Local Run Choices:

Beginner: High Lonesome Trail (Winter Park Territory)-Start to show off your skills under the High Lonesome ski lift.

Intermediate:  Parry’s Peak (Parsenn Bowl Territory)-  A  blue square rolling along the resort area boundary with breathtaking views of Parry’s Peak.

Advanced: Keep an eye out for Vasquez Cirque to open on the nice days and go for it if it is!

For the thrill seekers:  All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.

Milky Way

Clear and cold nights make for stunning stargazing from the Lakotas

 


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Off-slope Activity of the Week:  You should treat yourself to a spa day, you deserve it.  Click below to see our recommendations for spa treatments and massage therapy in Winter Park, Colorado.  Guests that stay with us receive a discount when they book with Blue Sky Massage.

Restaurant of the Week: Waffle Cabin. Did you skip breakfast on a powder morning?  Are the kids still hungry?  Hit the Waffle Cabin, specializing in “Waffelology,” serving up Belgian style waffles with an array of delicious toppings.  With three locations throughout the Winter Park Resort, you don’t have to go far or take time away from skiing to fuel up.

Events to check out this week:  Learn something new with free cross-country ski lessons at Grand Lake.  Get even further into the mountains in Grand Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park and learn to cross-country ski for free on Sat, Feb 4th, 2018.  Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

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Fresh Powder

Early morning dedication was rewarded at Mary Jane in Winter Park Resort.

Another Powder Filled Weekend!

Update 01/22/2018. Like the previous weekend, fresh snow was delivered to Winter Park Resort and like the previous weekend, locals and visitors alike rejoiced together on the slopes of Mary Jane and Winter Park. This weekend we found the snow to be smooth and silky on top of the groomed trails and a little more solid underneath on the off-piste trails and trees.  Ski-run of the weekend; Medicine Man (shhhhhhhhh!).  At the Downtown scene, the beer garden was lush at the finish line of the 5th annual Stagecoach Classic at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park.

 

This week will be another great week to be out in the snow.  Light snow is forecasted from Monday night into Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and another substantial snowstorm is scheduled to knock at our door around Friday this week.  So my advice is very similar to last week, get out early, ski in and around the trees for better visibility during a snowstorm, and hit those freshly groomed trails on the sunny days.

Local Tip:

Avoid the crowds by skiing during the week and save money on Winter Park Lodging by staying during the week.  We know that this isn’t possible for everyone so the next best thing is to plan ahead.  Prep your gear and food the night before and make sure you bring your ski boots inside the night before.  If you need to rent ski and snowboard gear, schedule an in-home delivery and fitting service (save up to 25% when you stay with Winter Park Lodging Company) to avoid a crowded rental shop.  Set yourself up for success by making sure the only thing you have to worry about in the morning is buckling your boots and getting on the chairlift.

Local Run Choices:

Beginner:  Switchyard (Winter Park Territory)- A nightly groomed green circle with the ability to ski around some friendly trees.

Intermediate:  Jabberwocky (Winter Park Territory)-  A  blue square with a nice pitch and playful options on the side.

Advanced:  Phantom Ridge (Mary Jane Territory)- An ungroomed black diamond that promises to tire even the strongest legs. Relief comes just in time as it dumps you out onto a groomed trail. Don’t forget to look uphill.

 

For the thrill seekers:  All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.

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Off-slope Activity of the Week:  Snowmobiling with Grand Adventures, save 10% when you stay with Winter Park Lodging Company.  Climb close to 12,000 feet and overlook the majestic Fraser Valley and Winter Park Resort. Beginner to advance tour options are available.

Restaurant of the Week: Deno’s Mountain Bistro.  With a friendly local vibe, Deno’s is home to Winter Parks favorite happy hour from 3pm to 6pm daily.  The Kitchen provides a wide array of options from delicious quick bites and appetizers to delectable fine dining meals.  Dinner reservations arecommended.

Events to check out this week:  Stop by for some apres ski at the Derailer Bar and see acoustic guitar playing poet, Rob Drabkin, at the Coors Light Free Music Series this Saturday, January 27th, 2018.   

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Ski Season is BACK!

This past weekend did not let down.  The snow started Wednesday, Jan 10th and did not quit until sometime on Sunday, Jan 14th.  Our inner children sprang to life as we woke up early each day to ski soft groomers and deep powder in the trees until our legs turned to jello.  Then we skied some more!  The snow conditions increased from good to excellent at both Mary Jane, Winter Park, and the rest of the Seven Territories at Winter Park Resort.  We are now up to a season total of 115″ of snow, that’s in the top three of the deepest snowfall amounts in Colorado this season and almost double some of the other resorts in the State. The Bottom Line is Winter Park is Ripe for Ripping!

 

Looking ahead this week we have some sunshine and blue skies in the forecast before a rather impressive winter storm brings snow to all of Colorado this weekend.  The skiing should stay perfect with cool temps, clear skies, and low crowds during the week.  Then, when the snow returns this weekend, expect conditions to return to deep and soft powder once again.  With a great base now in place, it’s time to explore the mountain.  It can’t get much better!

Local Tip:

During the sunny days take a look at the grooming report and get out early to enjoy soft corduroy turns.  When the snow returns, get in line before the lifts open, find fresh snow and good visibility near or in the trees.

Local Run Choices:

Beginner:  White Rabbit- A nightly groomed wide open green with fun features on the side, a family favorite

Intermediate:  Lonesome Whistle-  A nightly groomed blue square that points north.  Expect soft snow.

Advanced:  Aces and Eights- An ungroomed black diamond that holds snow for days after a storm.  Even when it has been skied, the snow stays soft.

All three of the above-mentioned trails can be skied from the Pioneer Express lift in Vasquez Territory meaning a whole group of ability levels can ski different trails yet still ski together.

For the thrill seekers:  All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.

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Off-slope Activity of the Week:  Dog sledding with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.  Take a break from the slopes and put yourself into the shoes of mushers.  Feel the love and excitement of a dog sled team as they take you around the Fraser Valley.  Friendly dogs and knowledgeable guides make this a great family activity!

Restaurant of the Week:  Pepe Osaka’s Fish Taco Tequilla Bar and Grill.  A unique Latin and Asian fusion restaurant with a bar that mixes sweet, savory and spicey.  A must try in Winter Park!

Events to check out this week:  The Fifth Annual Stagecoach Classic Ski Race and Tour, Saturday, January 20th:  A 15K or 30K ski race starting at Devils Thumb Ranch and ending at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park.  Try your hand in the ski race or just hang at the after party with food, music, and beer at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park!

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January 18th, 2018

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Holly-Jolly Season Winter Park Style

There is something just a little bit brighter, a morsel merrier, when you are able to spend your holidays in the alpine wonder of Winter Park! There is so much beckoning from the slopes, from the village, and from around town throughout the coming month.  Whether you are seeking adventure or contemplation, traditional or unique, solo or oh-so-many family and friends, you will find an activity to fulfill your holiday wishes.  

“And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself…”

Santa Claus sitting in a rocker, surrounded by glistening snow and sparkling eyes, on December 16th, 17th, and 23rd, Santa will be at the Village Gazebo.  What a wonderful way for families to be able to spend some time with Santa. You can plan an entire family-focused day, as you enjoy hot chocolate, ice skating, village wanderings amongst twinkling lights and Christmas carolers, before heading to the gazebo for photos and conversation with Santa, from 3-5p.m. Truly, memories that can last a lifetime will be made at this fun event.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

As you walk that Winter Park wonderland, delight in a December 24th day filled with holiday happenings. Before sleighing off into a night of gift giving, Santa Claus will be welcoming visitors at the Village Gazebo, from 1-5p.m.  By 3:15, Christmas carolers will bring added pleasure to the scene as they fill the air with songs of the season.

As the sun begins to set, seek out the heat of the bonfire at Winter Park Resort’s base, next to the Zephyr Lift.  From 4p.m. on, warm your hands and heart, revel in the caroling, and enjoy a steaming drink, while you anticipate the grand event: the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, scheduled to begin as the sun sets, at 5:30.  Down Lower Hughes they will come, skiers and boarders bearing glowing torches to light way for Santa Claus and elves from the North Pole. Keep watch–the skies will fill with the sparkle of a fireworks spectacular. What is Christmas without a tree?  Snowcats will conclude the celebration will a well-choreographed, illuminated Christmas tree formation that bids each and all a very merry Christmas and a Happy Ski Year!

Winter Park Fireworks

As the parade is ending, and the anticipation is building, there are still holiday happenings awaiting.  All are welcome to a non-denominational Christmas Eve service being held in the West Portal Station, 6p.m.

Good Eats and Happy Hours

  • Deno’s Local Favorite Happy Hour at Deno’s Mountain Bistro.  Enjoy everything from filet tips to shrimp tacos to $2.50 beers from 3 pm to 6 pm every day.
  • BBQ Fun Happy Hour at Smokin Moes from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.  $3 drafts, house wine $5 hot drinks, delicious pulled pork sliders, pb&J sliders, spicy hot links and more.
  • Christmas Eve feast at The Lodge at Sunspot—call 970-726-1446 to make your reservations. 
  • Breakfast Buffet and Prime Rib Buffet at Hecks Tavern at Devils Thumb Ranch. Prime Rib Buffet is $39 per person, children under 12 are 1/2 price. Breakfast buffet is $18.95 per person, children under 12 are 1/2 price. All Christmas week, open from 7:30 am to 9 pm. 970–726–7013
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It is the season to make merry, and Winter Park is inviting you up!

Good to Know

Mary Jane Ale Can Launch Party Update:

The New Belgium Ale that highlights our very own celebrity, Mary Jane, will premier its new can at the Launch Party, happening at the Derailer Bar, at Sunspot!

Activities and entertainment from noon until 5p.m. include:

  • Mary Jane Ale samplings and giveaways
  • An outside DJ
  • A Bonfire
  • Snowblade competition
  • Yard games
  • On mountain scavenger hunt: search for Mary Jane on the trails for chances to win amazing prizes.  Scavenger instructions are located at the New Belgium tent.

 

Come for the skiing stay for the ale!

Also, remember that December 9th and 10th are also the perfect days to try out some sweet new equipment, as it is the weekend for Winter Park Resort’s Annual Demo Days: Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm.

 

Let it Snow!  

Check back often, Winter Solstice officially heralds on Thursday, December 21, at 1:28 pm Rocky Mountain Time!  The season is just gearing up.

 

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December 8th, 2017

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Weekly Conditions Update Dec 5, 2017

Well it snowed, ALOT!  Winter Park came in as the big winner in Colorado on Monday morning with 7 inches of fresh fluffy new snow.  Steamboat began to catch up during the day on Monday when they received a hefty midday snowstorm, there was even a rumor of thundersnow.  When it looked like Steamboat was going to surpass Winter Park, the snow picked up in intensity and added FIVE MORE INCHES to the previous 7.  The final score, Steamboat:  11.5″ and Winter Park: 12″ (Sorry Steamboat, sometimes you have to share the Champagne).  The snow is smooth and silky underfoot and with this new snow and cold temps throughout the week, look for more and more terrain to be opening soon.

Next Chance of snow is Thursday, Dec, 7th

As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there are 8 lifts and 7 trails open; covering 50 skiable acres.

Cumulative snowfall of 41 inches, with five new inches in 24 hrs and 12 inches in the last 48 hrs.  There is an 18 inch base.

 

Events on the Horizon— so much to do. Have a wander and see what appeals to you!
  • At Winter Park Resort- snowshoe, snow cat tours, and tubing hill are all open!

Wednesday, December 6

  • Open Mic at the Basement, Winter Park 9:00pm to 2:00am
  • Campfire Music Series, Village Gazebo, Winter Park Resort, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Thursday, December 7

  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 4pm to 7pm

 

Friday, December 8

  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 4pm to 7pm
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Saturday, December 9

  • Demo Days, Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm. A chance to demo some big name ski products for free! Under seventeen year-olds will need a parent/guardian to sign the waiver.

 

  • Mary Jane Ale Launch Party, 12 to 5pm. Mary Jane Ale is coming to the mountain premiering her new limited edition can.  Join in with New Belgium Brewery to toast in the new ski season.  There will be free samplings, giveaways, music, and games.  Skiing plus brews plus sunshine equal perfect Winter Park day! If you are not already feeling lucky just being here on the mountain, you could go for the gold with prizes of a Winter Park 2017-18 ski pass, a custom “winterized” New Belgium Cruiser, VIP tour tickets, tickets to Winter Park tubing hill, First Tracks on Winter Park Territory, and much more! Launch Party location to be announced, dependent on mountain and trail conditions.
  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am to 6pm
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    Sunday, December 10

    • Demo Days, Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm. A chance to demo some big name ski products for free! Under seventeen year olds will need a parent/guardian to sign the waiver.
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am to 6pm
    • Yoga in Hill House, at Winter Park Resort, 7:30am

     

    Good to Know

    Several new and exciting places have been opening in the area.  As you wander about, stop in and try out some of these places for food, brews, and fun.

     

    The Fireside Market & Eatery, is a family-owned business located at 78337 US Hwy 40, Winter Park.  A great place to find culinary items from around the world, as well as the home-cooking basics.  The staff is approachable and knowledgeable.  Whether you’re in the area for a week or forever, stop in to find your food delights.

     

    The Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro, (970) 363-7081, opened in Cooper Creek Square in July.  Offering authentic menu items from Nepal and India, this quality restaurant will welcome you for lunch or dinner.  Big windows and cozy furnishings provide the comfortable setting for satisfying those chai, tandoori, and curry cravings.

    Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village at 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift.  A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. Schuss in after a perfect day on the slopes!

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    December 5th, 2017

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    In Colorado, we love the opportunities and adventure that each season offers, but there is a special thrill that comes with the announcement, “Winter Park Ski Resort is open, with lifts running, and snow waiting!” Yes, our first of many ski trips of the season!

    Locate the essentials.  Make certain those skis you sadly put away last April are waxed and willing. Our verbal checklist upon departing the house, “Skis, boots, poles, pass.”

    With temperatures in the mid-forties and blue skies smiling down, this is the perfect time to check out your equipment and loosen up the muscles for the new ski season.  There were eight lifts already running when we arrived.  We saw people at the base renting equipment to try out for the upcoming snowfall.  

    Conveniently, right at the base of Winter Park, there was a tent set up for us to try out our RFID ski passes to make certain that everything was current and functioning.  Super simple, before we scurried onto the Arrow lift.  

    Early skiing.  There are no crowds, plenty of enthusiastic employees, and the calming beauty of a day in the Rocky Mountains.  Our smiles were wide as we took in the views.

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     It was also fun to see several groups of beginner skiers taking an early season class; working on their skills while the sun still shines and before the truly deep snow descends.

    It was a short foray.  Enough to pick up a breakfast burrito from Moffat Market, assemble my accoutrements, and to whet my appetite for the upcoming season of friends and family swooshing down these expansive Winter Park/Mary Jane trails, creating new memories.

    Upcoming Events & Activities:

    First Weekend of December:
    Friday, December 1
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm
    • Festival of Trees, Grand Park County Recreation Center, Fraser, 4-8pm
    • Ullrs Tavern presents the Kyle Hollingsworth Band with guests Haley Jane and the Primates, Winter Park 8pm

     

    Saturday, December 2

    • Pet pictures with Santa Paws, 10am-1pm, Hideaway Park Bandshell, Main Street/Highway 40 Winter Park
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm

     

    Sunday, December 3
    • Yoga in Hill House, at Winter Park Resort, 7:30am
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm
    • Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club BINGO, Carver’s Winter Park, 6pm

     

    Wednesday, December 6
    • Open Mic at the Basement, Winter Park 9:00pm to 2:00am

     

    • Campfire Music Series,  Village Gazebo, Winter Park Resort, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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    While in the area, this is the perfect time and place to get a fresh Colorado Christmas tree.

     

    Here’s what you need to know–

     

    WHEN CAN I GET MY PERMIT? November 1st through December 24th, or through January 6th from the USFS Office in Granby only.

    COST  Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of five (5) trees per person.

    WHERE CAN I GET MY PERMIT

    United States Forest Service Granby office * closed holidays
    9 10 Mile Dr, Granby, CO 80446

    Country ACE Hardware in Granby * closed holidays
    627 W Agate Ave, Granby, CO 80446

    Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply in Fraser * closed holidays
    541 Zerex St, Fraser, CO 80442

    Winter Park Information Center 
    78841 U.S. HWY 40 Winter Park, CO 80482

    Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce 
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    December 1st, 2017

    Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Park Activities, Winter Park News

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    The days are still long and the sunshine still plentiful as we enter into August in Winter Park.  There is plenty to do in the beautiful weather and abundant sunshine.

    Traditional local events this Week:

    National Night out in Granby: Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Polhamus Park in Granby.  There will be multiple events including; a hot dog picnic, bounce house, volleyball, human hungry-hungry hippo, an outdoor movie, and more!  Check out our neighbors to the west for some free family fun!

    Camp Fire Sing Along: On Wednesday, August 2nd, Visit the Village Gazebo from 4-6 PM to listen to your favorite songs, take in the gorgeous scenery and enjoy a cozy campfire at Winter Park Resort! Free to all who want to enjoy!

    High Note Thursdays:  This week’s free musical act is the Home Groove Band, an American Jam band with “tight vocal harmonies and some tasty jams.”  The show begins at 6 at Hideaway Park in Downtown WinterPark.

     

    Free Friday Night Music Series: Head to Winter Park Resort to see Coral Creek this Friday, August 4th from 4-6 PM.  Live performances of “new grass” band Coral Creek have been described as “transporting audiences from the beaches of the Carribean, down to the bayou, and back up to the high in the Colorado Rockies.”

     

    Free Face Painting, Baloon Artist, and Bounce House: Visit Cooper Creek this Saturday for free face painting and balloon artist, as well as kids play area and bouncy house.  Show off your family’s new cranial decore as you explore the shops and restaurants of Winter Park.

     

    Winter Park Beer Fest:  Beer aficionados rejoice, it’s time again for the 8th annual Winter Park Beer Festival!   The event happens this Saturday, August 5th from 1:00-5:00 pm in Hideaway Park with live music on tap and 45+ brewers on hand. $30 pre-order or $40 day of the Beer Festival.  Pre-order tickets and save here.

    Festival Sign

    Fitness in the Park: Work the kinks out and feel great again this Sunday, August 6th at Hideaway Park from 9-10 am with an hour of yoga with Emily Kuderer, yoga expert of Synergy Collective

    Outdoor Suggestions:

    Fly Fishing:  The Colorado and Fraser Rivers have been fishing fantastic with fish attacking terrestrials and great hatches occurring daily.  Get out as the sun comes up to avoid the crowds and up your chances for success.  If none of this makes sense, visit Winter Park Fly Fisher for a local guided trip and mention you’re staying with us to get 10% off your trip.

    White Water Rafting:  Local river guides, MAD adventures, are running trips down the upper Colorado for a family fun river adventure.  For a more exciting thrill ride, ask about rafting Clear Creek which is still running at fun flows, not normal for this time of year!  Click here for more info and mention you’re staying with us for 10% off your next trip!

    Mountain Biking: The recent rains have kept the dust down and the trails in great shape for the most part.

    Local Tip: Be aware that some parts of trails have been washed out from recent heavy rains creating deep ruts down the middle.  Just ride with caution and enjoy.

    Local Suggestion:  Plan a loop or three in the Idlewild zone that provides great riding for all ages and ability levels. 

    Downhill Mtn Bike

    Hiking:  Breathtaking views and trails line the mountains all around and above Winter Park.  Local Tip:  Avoid being caught above treeline during a lightning storm.  If you plan on hiking in the high country check the local forecast before you go.  If you decide to go, go early.  Even on days when there is a low chance of storms we often see storms develop quickly in the afternoon this time of year.

     

    Be sure to check out all of our activities deals with local business partners in the valley allowing you to play your hardest and then of course, rest easy.

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    August 1st, 2017

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    It’s Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend!

    It’s all about the dirt as the Colorado Free Ride Festival takes over the trails of Winter Park Resort and conditions couldn’t be better.

    Not only have the recent rains calmed the concerns of fire danger, the moisture has turned the dirt on the trails to what is commonly referred to as “BROWN POW” ( A term obsessive mountain bikers use when there is the perfect amount of moister in the trails to make them tacky, much like a skier would describe skiing after it has snowed all night).

     

    To learn more, don’t take it from me, head to the Colorado Free Ride Festival happening all weekend at the resort.  There are events every day from July 26-30th starting as early as 8:00 a.m. and running all the way through the day into the evening.  Must see events include the Green Hornet Kids Race, Maxxis BMX stunt team, intergalactic pond skimming and the Downhill Finals.  Check out the entire line up here

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    Along with watching mountain biking, you can also learn mountain biking:

    Watching the pros can make mountain biking seem intimidating and not everyone needs to bike like a pro to enjoy it.  Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital Weekend has set up coaches to help you and your family brush up on their mountain biking skills.  Alison Powers (5 x National Champion, USA Cycling Level 2 coach, grew up in Fraser) along with other high-level mountain bike coaches / professional riders who will offer personalized training and skills clinics for riders of all types and ages.  Learn more about this event here. 
    Along with learning mountain biking, you can talk about mountain biking:

     

     

    Participate in the local Headwater Trails Alliance 2nd annual Pub Crawl happening today starting at Five pm. Tickets are $40 and earn you one free drink at each pub stop and door prizes. click here for more information

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    July 28th, 2017

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    It’s finally here,  SUMMER!!  And with that, the ribbon cutting of the New Hideaway Park Stage and Summer Concert season openers, Big Head Todd and The Monsters playing a free show this Thursday Night, June 22, at 6:30.

     

     

    Rumor has it that Big Head Todd and special guest Collective Soul left a lasting impression on the Denver crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheater just 2 weeks ago.  They are ready to get a little more personal with the Winter Park Crowd tomorrow night.  We are very proud and excited to have them christen our great towns brand new Hideaway Park Stage…  FOR FREE!

    At Winter Park Lodging Company we are offering free nights stay for The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the rest of the weekend events.  Check out our Hideaway Park Ribbon-Cutting Special.

     

    After your full day of outdoor adventure on Friday, head to downtown Winter Park, Cooper Creek Square Music On the Square from  6-8pm. Enjoy free live music while two of Cooper Creeks restaurants feature some of their best menu items. This week, the line up is Blues All-Star Showcase and dinner by Casa Mexico and New Hong Kong.

     

    One more music option is at the Winter Park Resort with their Friday, June 23, Music Series from 4-6pm.  This Fridays artist is Hawthorne Roots

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    The main event this weekend is the 15th Annual Blues From the Top Festival presented by Grand County Blues Society.  The concert runs approximately from 11am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday and features food vendors, shopping, and creative retailers.

    2017 Blues From The Top Lineup

    Saturday, June 24

    • 11:00 am Austin Young Band
    • 12:30 pm Jimmy Vivino + The Kate Moss 3
    • 2:00 pm C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisianna Band
    • 3:30 pm Little Hurricane
    • 5:00 pm The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson

    Sunday, June 25

    • 10:00 am High Mountain Gospel Choir
    • 11:00 am Danny Franchi
    • 12:30 pm Analog Sun
    • 2:00 pm Alvin Youngblood Hart
    • 3:30 pm Carolyn Wonderland
    • 5:00 pm Anders Osborne

     

     

    Additionally, there will be a Youth Stage both days and a nightly after-party at Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse and Saloon featuring more performances of artists from the festival!

    But What Else?

    Winter Park offers a large variety of outdoor activities.  At Winter Park Lodging Company we offer special deals on activities if you stay with us.

    Right now it is prime time for biking, rafting and fly fishing.

    We offer our guests 20% discounts for bike rentals at Epic Mountain Sports, 10% discounts for whitewater rafting with Mad Adventures, and 10% off Fly Fishing trips with Winter Park Fly Fisher.

    See all of our activities deals here

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    This promises to be a glorious, exciting, fun-filled, and exhausting weekend.  We promise that you will play hard and you will need to rest easy.  If you haven’t yet, call us now and take advantage of a free night stay so you can squeeze every last drop from this blues filled weekend

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    June 21st, 2017

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    Charlie Wilson to Step Up and Replace Frankie Beverly and Maze

    Sadly, due to personal health issues, Frankie Beverly has had to cancel all of his July tour dates.  Not much information is available pertaining to the 70-year-old singer’s health issues but we wish him a smooth and speedy recovery.

    Charlie Wilson has announced that he is stepping in to fill the great shoes of Frankie and Maze for the 2017 Winter Park Jazz Festival!  Charlie, age 64, has had a lifelong music career much like Beverly.  Charlie was the originator and lead singer of The Gap Band formed in the early 1970’s and produced 15 albums before retiring in 2010.

    Charlie has since launched a successful solo career producing 8 albums, his latest, In It To Win It, released in February of 2017.  He has recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Charlie has collaborated with countless to rap, jazz, and rhythm and blues icons such as Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, and Robyn Thicke.  Charlie’s focus and drive is to continue to produce great music and display it live on stage.  In his own words, “It’s championship time!”

    Watch below as Uncle Charlie gets down at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest and get excited to see him this Summer at Winter Park Jazz Fest!

    2017 Winter ParK Jazz Fest is set to be yet another weekend of vivacity and vitality.  Tickets are still available, click the banner below to see the full line up and purchase your tickets

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    June 8th, 2017

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