New at Winter park

New features, shops, and trails for the Winter Park 2017/2018 Ski Season

New in The Village at Winter Park

James and Parry’s: In Winter Park Resort Village, this trendy retail shop offers clothes for warmth, ensembles for fashion, unique gift selections, and memorable additions to home décor.  Right across from our friendly polar bear, you’ll see this brick corner shop beckoning you in.  Serious shoppers or casual walk-throughs will enjoy the stylish merchandise.  This is a great shop for finding Winter Park logo wear to take home a memento of great times in the mountains. Open daily 8a.m. to 8p.m.

 

Coming soon: Crazy Mountain Brewery is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village, 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. This Edwards, Colorado-based brewery is bringing their unique ales and lagers to our ski village. Look for the opening this ski season, then, schuss on in for a flawless brew after a picture-perfect day on the slopes!

 

New on the Slopes of Winter Park

 

Super Gauge Digital Screen Pilot Program: A revolutionary pilot program is happening right here at Mary Jane.  We’re raising the bar, as you lower the restraining bars! Five chairs on Mary Jane’s Super Gauge will delight their riders with these newly installed digital screens that are a first in the ski industry. These handy screens will provide resort area pertinent information: such as real-time terrain openings, upcoming resort events, weather updates, and even CDOT info on I-70 traffic conditions.  For this nation-wide digital debut, five lucky chairs are equipped with this slick technology from the Centennial start-up, Alpine Media Technology.  Give chair 86 a go!  On that seven-minute ride to the top, users can access the bright and visible screens to 

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plan a route, avoid the busiest lift lines, and arrange an après ski date.  Powered up on each pass on the bull-wheel, these digital screens may very well make your day on the mountain easier and fuller than ever before.

 

Sober Englishman: Crossing the top of the renowned “Drunken Frenchman,” this improved and renamed trail allows easier access from the top of Winter Park over to the Mary Jane trail.  Past visitors may remember this as the exciting, but daunting “Do or Die” trail.  This now Intermediate trail is a half-mile long, 20-feet wide run, that is snowcat maintained.  Follow it from The Lodge at Sunspot, through the trees, to the top of the Mary Jane.  Your post-ski boasts will include talk of disembarking the Zephyr, meeting up with a Sober Englishman, crossing paths with a Drunken Frenchman, gamboling briefly with a Gandy Dancer, and meeting up with the Grande dame, Mary Jane!

 

Waffle Cabin: This fueling station has been practicing the art of “Waffleology” at their spot in the Village central for quite some time.  Now, these yummy liege style, warm waffles are being served up fresh on the slopes.  If your hungry friends or famished kids have not already pointed the new locale out to you, the newest Winter Park Waffle Cabin can be found by the Looking Glass and Olympia lifts. Follow the scrumptious smells!  Pick up an Original or add to perfection by asking for Belgian chocolate drizzle.  Hot and cold beverages are also available.  What a wonderful way to warm up and treat the family, and yourself, while up on the mountain.  You can still find the original Winter Park Waffle Cabin in the Village at 15 Parry Peak Way. Another site is open at the base, on weekends, near Gemini Express.  With three locations serving it up, it would be truly awful to leave without a waffle!

Winter Park Waffles

 

At Winter Park and Mary Jane, the legendary trails await, and the Village continues to make available the foods and drinks that delight their guests.  Add to your list of favorite stops, or be one of the first to claim a brand new favored gem!

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Cozens Pointe

You will want to kiss yourself for coming upon this vacation treasure! It is all about location, location, location!  Cozens Pointe is a vacation condo destination that has the good fortune to be in the right place for complete retreat perfection.  Views and access are what make these luxury condos such a draw for visitors to the Fraser Valley area.

With so many vacation home options, why consider Cozens Pointe?  Here are it’s stand-out features.

Views. First, there are the views of the “purple mountain majesty” on display from most any window.  Sunrises, sunsets, and times in-between, each holds its own special magic.  Take in the views from the deck or living room, while toasting your good times.  Byers Peak will provide the backdrop for those memories.

 

Comfort and integrity are the motivating factors in the design and construction of these newly crafted homes in the heart of Grand Park. While your eyes will immediately appreciate the coziness of the inviting interiors, the attention to the invisible elements of air quality, heat retention, and sound reduction will silently, but assuredly, make your stay more comfortable.  This is the setting for families to be together for conversation, meals, and fun.  Each unit has the feel of home with well-equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, quality beds, and spaces to gather.

Access. Of course skiers and boarders just love that Winter Park Resort is an easy 5-mile drive or free shuttle ride away.  The Lift (has a stop at Murdoch Center–.5 mile down the hill).  Check the route and stops: http://www.wpgov.com/264/Routes

Yet these centrally located condominium complexes have so much more to experience in the nearby environs. Within a ten-mile radius you can build vacation memories to last a lifetime.  Here we present a sampling of places to go, things to do, and establishments to enjoy.  And from Cozens Pointe they are easy to get to with your warm and cozy rental home waiting for your return.

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Recreation. Anglers and cyclists, runners and ramblers, swimmers, snowmobilers, and tubers, all have the necessary provisions in close proximity.

 

Cross-country ski trails surround and abound.  The 11-mile Fraser River trail is about a mile away and the “Lunch Loop” trail behind Cozens Ranch Open Space and Ponds offers groomed tracks for classic Nordic skiing, a trail for runners, walkers, and snow-shoeing. http://www.playwinterpark.com/winter-park-fraser-xc-trails  For other back-country ski options, check out: http://skigrandnordic.org/backcountry-xc-skiing/  and, https://www.visitgrandcounty.com/stories/where-to-cross-country-ski-top-trails/

 

 

Fishing–Fraser River, the first main tributary of the Colorado River, has accessible small to medium-sized stream fishing at a variety of sites. Lion’s Club Fishing Ponds—just south of the Fraser Safeway– stocks two ponds.  One pond is reserved for kids (14 and under) and the disabled. In the same vicinity are the Cozen’s Ranch Open Space Ponds with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.

Bicyclingpaths snake their way throughout Grand Valley.  Even in winter you can take a spin on the paved path along the Fraser River Trail.  Have a go on those super fat-tired bikes: rentals are available at Beaver Sports Shop, in Winter Park—reserve at 970-726-5988.

Runners and Walkersjust across the entrance into Cozens Pointe on Old Victory Road, you can link up to the maintained Fraser River Trail.  Turn right when you get to US Hwy 40, and it is only a mile to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center (1 Main Street, phone 970-726-8968). This deluxe center has a full gymnasium, weight room, workout classes, and daycare.

Swimmersthe recreation center is also home to an indoor aquatic center: 20-foot loop slide, lap pool, lazy river, diving board and whirlpool.

TubersFamily fun on nearby tubing hills is a true vacation adventure.  Historic Fraser Tubing Hill (455 County Road 72, phone: 970-726-5954) is open 10 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. Right next door is The Colorado Adventure Park, phone: 970-726-5779.

Colorado Tubing

Snowmobilers.  With over 1,000 miles of snowmobiling trails throughout Grand County,  “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado” ™, has terrain for all levels of thrill-seekers.  Bring your own machines or rent at one of the local outfitters—Grand Adventures has three locations.  The online site will hook you up: www.grandadventures.com

 

Dining and Sipping.  With Fraser only a half mile away, Tabernash less than five miles to the west, and the town of Winter Park just two miles heading back to the east on Hwy 40, there is a treasure trove of dining options.

Fraser has been growing their restaurant scene through the years.  For casual pizzeria dining, try Elevation Pizza, at 551 Zerex Street. They have been serving up Italian-style pizza for the past seven years. There are a couple of solid choices for those craving south-of-the-border fares: Azteca Mexican Restaurant (5 County Road 72) and Julio’s Mexican Grill (745 Zerex) serve the standards and some nice surprises.  Azteca’s Arroz con Pollo is especially tasty, and Julio was spot on in recommending their creamy flan. Sharkey’s Eatery (221 Doc Susie Avenue) is an American café known for their breakfasts and burgers. They will gladly take to-go orders, too: 970-726-TOGO. Sports Bar and mountain dining room all under one roof can be found at Crooked Creek Saloon (401 Zerex Avenue). They also have great soups-of-the day and a salad bar.

Tabernash is the destination of choice for some fine culinary treasures.  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.  The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside.  Just up the road, in the Devil’s Thumb Ranch complex (3530 County Road 83) there are two other solid choices, Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon and Heck’s Saloon, both serve up meat, fish, and vegetarian options in elegant lodge settings.  

Winter Park, town.  Only two miles away from your stay at Cozens Pointe, every corner, each building level, and any appealing nook will hold some type of fare that is worthy of trying.  There are far too many selections to list here, and several prime choices are covered in our other blogs.  However, from the grand-daddies, Hernando’s Pizza Pub (78199 US Hwy 40) and Deno’s Mountain Bistro (78911 US Hwy 40) to the fresh upstart Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos (78707 US Hwy 40) or The Ditch (78941 US Hwy 40), there are options at any price range, fast or leisurely, with a plethora ethnic dishes, sprinkled throughout this fun walk-about town.

Sipping Sites. Also nearby, are several establishments dedicated to the art of fine drinking.  Right along Hwy 40, in downtown Fraser, is our very own Winter Park Winery.  Their beautiful bottles alone are worth the visit. Then you can savor some sips of wine or whiskey at Grapes & Grains in Cooper Creek Square. Also in town, there is Idlewild Spirits and Distillery, holding forth with mellow spirits and creative cocktails in the first Distillery Pub in the U.S.

Tabernash Dining

Again, there is so much more to experience in the forests, towns, and waterways of the Grand Valley, Winter Park areas of Colorado.  This smattering of activities are available right in your Cozens Pointe backyard, venture a bit further, and you will quickly come upon even more possibilities.  Granby, Grand Lake, and Hot Sulphur Springs are wonderful half-day excursions from your Cozens Pointe stay.  Take advantage of the central location and fill your days with adventure or still yourself in the beauty.

 

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February 5th, 2018

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$avings on the $lopes and $urroundings

Book Direct with a local company, they are the area experts and can frequently bundle your savings with connections to other local deals.

Lodging: Book Direct, book early and book local.  Local lodging companies know the territory! If you book directly with a local lodging company, you will avoid third-party fees, while working with people that are members of the community and are best able to accommodate particulars in regards to budget, property specifics, and connections to local specials, in-house and reciprocal discount packages, and current events. Quality lodging companies are expert at taking care of details. At the time of booking your lodging, always ask about any reciprocal deals that they may be able to set up for you concerning the other provisions for your upcoming vacation: lift tickets, equipment rentals, event discounts, etc. Lower rates on lodging are most obtainable during mid-week, non-holiday periods. Consider booking a vacation rental right at the resort.  Though it would seem that ski-in/ski-out properties would be more costly, there are great savings to be had when you have easy access to food and drink at your place of lodging.    

Make advanced bookings—for every component:  from lodging to car rentals, to lift tickets, to gear packages.

Lift Tickets—the reason you’re headed up to Winter Park Resort and Mary Jane during the snow season is to spend some prime time on those legendary ski trails.  When planning ahead, there are methods to save more and ski more.  The two best means of ski vacation savings are to utilize advance online purchasing and to ski multiple days.  Walk-up window rates can cost up to $159 for a day on the slopes.  However, when you make your plans more than a week in advance, you can save up to $35.00 a day, by going to the Winter Park Resort site and purchasing your lift tickets on-line.  Additionally, when you are skiing more than a single day, and who isn’t, your savings are even higher: at least seven days in advance, buy a QuickTrax Card online. Click below for more info on how we can help with lift tickets.  

Gear-up: Snow and recreation in the snow requires lots of equipment.  If you already own all of your own equipment and are coming from out-of-state, check into the possibility of pre-shipping some of your gear to your destination ahead of time.  This is often more cost-effective than the airline over-size bagging fees. Plus, it relieves some of the hassles of travel days, you just need to get yourselves to the land of snow. When renting, online advance equipment and clothing rental is going to save you time, money and stress.  The cost savings could be up to 40%! See below in the “partner company reciprocal budget deals” section
for ways to save up to 25% on ski rentals through Winter Park Lodging Company.  Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.

Invest in trip insurance.
You are booking early; life is full of surprises.  Insurance can save you thousands of dollars.  Should illness, an accident, or a host other unexpected misfortune come your way, good travel insurance can help one calamity not erupt into a financial disaster, as well.  Click below to learn more about trip insurance.

Always ask about age-related, job-related, and military discounts that may apply.

Ski resorts often offer college, military, and senior discounts.  Generally, all you need is documentation of your status and you receive a nice discount on lift passes.  If you work in a related industry it could be worth calling ahead and stating your name and business.  They might just offer you a special discount.  If you have a large group, call group sales at any resort and most of the time they will negotiate a price that is fair to you and them.

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Local lodging companies will do the same if you book direct with them.  Click below to see what we offer at Winter Park Lodging Company.

Ask about partner company reciprocal budget deals—for lessons, equipment, car rental, etc.

Not only will a local lodging company have the insider information on what the best thing happening is at the time, they will also have connections with other local businesses and provide reciprocating discounts with them. For example, if it’s rafting season, we provide 10% off with the local whitewater rafting outfit.  We provide discounts on everything ranging from outdoor experiences to retail savings in Winter Park and even car rentals!

 

 

Take advantage of multi-day lift tickets or passes.

Lift ticket deals exist all the time.

Multi-day pass—flexibility to choose a 2-out-of 3-days pass, or better, ski 7-out-of-10 days pass.  Savings vary and there is a limited inventory of these specially priced tickets.  Winter Park Resort offers discounts to seniors (70 years plus), children, students, and Military.  Notice, those little guys (kids 5 and under) can ski for $10, what a great ski deal!  Also, be on the lookout for “first-timers” deals.  You can often get lessons and learners slopes’ access for reduced pricing.

Passesextended vacations. You have the time, you have the desire—you are ready to spend more than seven days on the slopes.  A season pass is the way to go, even when buying midseason!  Take a look at the Winter Park Resort online site for unlimited lift passes, such as The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus (also includes six days at Steamboat) or all Winter Park/Mary Jane Pass for unlimited skiing for the rest of the season. There is a variety of ski options available, some which incorporate lift tickets for other resort areas; and other choices that are spring skiing specific.  For truly savvy savers, look at the upcoming year’s ski season pass in April or May: you will surprise yourself with how budget-friendly a ski pass can be!

Public transportation is most often the lowest cost, or even free.

Amtrak Winter Park Express: this unique experience train ride to Winter Park Resort is available January through March, on weekends.  Tickets range between $39 and $59; though, there are a limited number of early booking discount tickets avail for as low as $29. www.amtrak.com

Home James Transportation: Denver to Winter Park shuttle company.  Two hour trip in well-equipped shuttle vans.  $70-$100 per adult ticket.  Adjust pricing for groups. Half-price for children.  Deals and specials are often available online. 

Once you are up in Winter Park, the free, fun, and convenient shuttle service at your disposal is The Lift.  This public transportation will get you all around the resort, and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops and extended hours.  Download the RideHop app.  Use access code: lift.

Stay during mid-week, non-holiday periods.
If you have the luxury of being able to get away during the week you will not only deal with a lower number of people on the slopes and on the roads, you will find lower prices on lodging, activities, and dining.  Most businesses offer great mid-week deals and specials.  At Winter Park Lodging Company our prices average $50-$100 less per night from Sunday through Wednesday.
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Mid Week Ski Slopes

Groceries and DIY meals and snack are the cheapest way to go.

Food: For cheap eats, the same tricks apply when on vacation that you practice at home.  Groceries always cost less than restaurants. If you’re coming up from Denver, pick up your food-stuff in the city, it is more economical than in the mountains.  Though, there are several moderately priced grocery stores in town, too.  Liquor stores are going to be significantly cheaper than bar service.  So, stock your vacation kitchen with convenient food and beverage supplies, and have greater control over the budget. There is even a local company, the Grocery Guys, that will shop for you if you’re wanting groceries waiting at your property.  You can still choose those times for indulging in culinary splurges.  Another tip for less money, additional fun, is to ‘pocket pack.’  Whether you put a backpack to work or use your parka’s pockets, there is a lot of portable nourishment that can keep you on the slopes while others are spending prime time and a chunk of change on the slope-side fare. Make it a meal on the go, and you’ll be in the dough!

Check out the free events calendars, before you go and upon arrival.

Activities & Events: Ski towns are vacation towns—they know how to radiate hospitality.  Free events and activities abound: concerts, classes, recreation, and discovery are the standard inviting happenings in Winter Park.  Once you know your travel dates, get online to access the resort, the town, and the Chamber of Commerce’s calendar of events. Check out the Winter Park Resort site for upcoming events on the mountain; and, for the town of Winter Park: http://www.playwinterpark.com/ .  Your vacation stay may need to be prolonged just to attend the fun and free specials!

Get Creative.

Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.  Ski towns generally have great selections of gently used clothing and equipment available in these shops.  For kids that are quickly out-growing their garb, this is an especially appealing option. This last budget-smart option may present major savings but is relationship specific. Should you have friends or family living in Colorado, have a look at end-of-season bargains on equipment at the rental shops.  Pick up a pair of skis, boots, a snowboard, at incredible mark-down prices.Then, have your friend or family member store that equipment for your yearly trip.  A fun possibility–you and the friend go in together on a high-end pair of skis, and the friend can ski on them during times when you’re not using them.  We have a few friend groups for which this has actually been a wise financial success.  It saves the vacationers money and rental worries, and the keeper of the goods gets some time on shared equipment that may offer different thrills than their primary equipment.  The idea has been tested— it is worth consideration.

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January 29th, 2018

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Top New Downtown Winter Park Eats & Drinks

Are you hungry?  Are you thirsty? Are the kids ready for a treat?

Here are some newly opened restaurants, cafes, a market, an ice cream stand, and even a food truck, all ready to satisfy those cravings.  Try one—or visit them all—you will not be disappointed in these delightful places that are focused on serving up what they do best!

Alley Bar, the après-ski/ evening menu side of Opa! Charlie’s Gyros
78415 US Highway 40 (next to the Conoco Gas station in Downtown Winter Park).

Phone: 970-363-7387,

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, a favorite gathering spot for Greek cuisine, in downtown Winter Park, has recently expanded their hours to open The Alley Bar for late afternoon and evening apres bites and drinks.  The night menu boasts sliders, $3 lemon-drop shots, and other fun pub grub, to appreciate as you relax to the sounds of live music.

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros’ regular hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 AM to 3 PM.   The Alley Bar extended hours are offered: Thursday—11 AM to 8 PM, and Friday & Saturday—11 AM to 9 PM.   Free parking, casual, good for kids, full bar.

 

restaurants in winter parkDurbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro
47 Cooper Creek Way, Downtown Winter Park (second floor of Cooper Creek Square)

Phone: 970-363-7081

Known for its hospitality and lovely interior, this fine, but affordable, restaurant specializes in curry, momos, mixed grill, biryani, and other gastronomic delights from the Himalayan region. Happy hour every day, 2:30 PM to 5 PM

Open daily, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.   Free parking garage available.   Good for groups, family friendly, take-out available.

 

 

grocery stores winter parkFireside Market & Eatery
78337 US Highway 40, in central town of Winter Park.

Phone: 970-363-7750

With a soup bar, salad bar, fresh sushi, delicious bakery temptations, ready-to-eat Mexican grill entrees, hot pizza, ice cream counter and Stubborn Soda on tap; Fireside Market is a cut above your ordinary grocery store.

Whether you are shopping for high quality cuts of meat, crisp produce, or just want to pick up a ready-made flavorsome meal, this market is a one-stop shop for all your culinary needs.  Open daily: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Free underground parking plus bike parking available, kid friendly.

 

 

The perk coffee winter parkThe Perk
78977 US Highway 40, downtown Winter Park (at first traffic light entering town from the East).

Phone: 970-281-7971

This cozy coffee cottage will draw you in with its light, inviting interior and comfortable furnishings, making it an easy place to linger. Community is integral to the company’s mission, whether you are in Grand County for a day or a decade, this is great place to gather and sip—espresso, teas, or coffee drinks, while nibbling a perfect cinnamon roll.  They also serve hot chocolate, chai, and lactose-free options.

Open Sunday through Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM; Friday & Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM.  Free WiFi access with beverage purchase.  Dogs allowed, outdoor seating available, street and private lot parking.

 

 Charlies’ Frozen Treat Shop
78966 US Highway 40 (in the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop)

Phone: 970-531-4656, 78966

Another stop in downtown Winter Park that you really don’t want to miss!  It’s never too cold to indulge in the perfection of great ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and gelato.    Serving up sweet frozen treats with a wide variety of toppings four days a week.

Thursdays from 12 Noon – 8 PM, Friday & Saturday from 12 Noon – 9 PM, Sundays from 12 Noon – 8 PM.   Take-out, bike parking, private lot parking, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, free WiFi, military discount. 

 

Stuffed – Fraser Food Truck
76827 US Highway 40, Fraser (in the parking lot of Rocky Mountain Moonshine Liquors, or across the highway by Ski Broker)

This Fraser based food truck serves up fresh and flavorful runsas (aka German bierocks)—a savory yeast dough pocket-sandwiches with a variety of delicious fillings that are certain to satisfy a hearty appetite.

Open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesdays through Sundays, from 8 AM – 2 PM (though hours may vary).

 

And there you have it, our top new establishments welcoming you in the town of Winter Park—or a bit west, in Fraser, Colorado.  Tune in next week for our shiny new welcome mats in Winter Park Resort!

–January 2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry

January 18th, 2018

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