Looking for vacation ideas to spark up your 4th of July celebrations? Why not take the family barbecue to the BIG backyard this year, with a long weekend in Winter Park, Colorado?
Located just 70 miles west of Denver, Winter Park is the perfect mountain escape from the city – and one of the few mountain towns that still offers great lodging and activities at family friendly rates.
This year, the 4th of July lands on a Wednesday, making it the perfect opportunity to take a few extra days for mid-summer getaway? So what’s going on in Winter Park this 4th of July? Step aside Seth Meyers, it’s time for a closer look…
What? Live music by Ashton Lee.
Where? At the Gazebo By The Pond at Winter Park Resort
When? 4 PM – 6 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Live mix of rock, Americana and blues music by Sam Osborne & Gary Key.
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 8 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Outdoor Movie Showing of ‘The Lion King’. Bring a picnic and blanket.
Where? On the Great Lawn at Winter Park Resort.
When? 7 PM – 9 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Scenic 5 mile run/walk from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous after race celebration in Fraser.
Where? Begins at The Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort and follows the Fraser River Trail.
When? 7 AM TO 8:30 AM packet pick up, Race starts at 9 AM
How Much? $35
What? Live music by Steve Skinner
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 4 PM – 6 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Head to the Fraser fishing ponds for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Lots of prizes for young anglers!
Where? The Fraser fishing ponds (next to safeway).
When? 9 AM -Noon
How Much? FREE
What? Free outdoor fitness class of yoga, pilates, zumba or similar. Check back for details.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park, Pilates at Rendezvous Event Center
When? 9 AM – 10 AM, Yoga. 10:15AM- 11:15am, Pilates
How Much? FREE
What? Meet Winter Park sled dogs in their new dog park and optional dog sledding craft afterwards
Where? Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies
When? 10 AM -11 AM
How Much? Day pass at Snow Mountain Ranch 9includes a full day of various activities at the ranch: $20 for adults 13 years old and up, $10 for children 6-12 years old and free for children 5 and under
Use this day to try something new, or go with a tried and tested family favorite. Winter Park is a playground for all ages with amazing mountain biking and hiking trails, western horseback riding, white water rafting and a ton of family friendly activities on offer at Winter Park Resort (mini-golf, alpine slide, climbing wall and more!).
To see our complete list of summer activities, CLICK HERE.
What? Hunker Down performs live for this weeks installment of Fraser Picnic in the Park
Where? Old Schoolhouse Park, 153 Fraser Ave Fraser, CO
When? 6pm – 8pm.
How Much? Free
What? Live music, magic shows and fireworks with spark up the sky at the annual Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration in Downtown Winter Park.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 10 PM
How much? FREE
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Keen to get first tracks on a powder day, or need to deposit the kids in ski school in time? Knowing where to park your car, or where the bus shuttles drop off is paramount to a stress free start to your ski day.
There is an abundance of free parking available, plus premium paid parking locations for those seeking the most convenient access to Winter Park Resort.
This article focuses on Winter parking options….but GREAT NEWS….during the summer months all parking is free at Winter Park Resort!
Winter Park Resort area still offers tons of free winter parking with over 3,200 spots of FREE vehicle real estate available!
Below, we’ll break down the free lots at both Winter Park Base and Mary Jane Base, plus list the options for paid parking within the Village itself. Some lots are a hearty hike away others are a shuttle stop and drop from the lot.
To see a map of the Winter Park Base Area parking lots, click here.
A quick run down of the parking lots from closest to furthest out from Winter Park Resort Base
North Bench Lot: FREE
Walk-In: 200 – 275 yard walk-in/walk-out access to Winter Park base area. Guests should follow signs to go directly to West Portal Station via the railroad pedestrian bridge. This is also the designated Charter Bus Parking location.
Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40. Turn right onto Old Town Drive at the Lakota traffic light (first traffic light out of town), then take an immediate left and take the filter road past Blue Spruce Lot to enter the North Bench Lot.
Note: this lot fills up fast as resort workers and early morning race teams start parking here from 7.15 AM, but there is a 30 minute drop-off area that stays conveniently clear for those just want to drop and go.
Blue Spruce Lot: FREE
Walk In (approx. 350 yards) Or Park & Ride On Weekends/Holidays: This small parking lot is located just to the right of the entrance to North Bench on Old Town Drive.
If you’re fine with shouldering your skis for a morning stroll, you can walk through North Bench lot from here; otherwise, wait for the weekends when the Old Town free bus shuttle runs from 7.30 AM – 6.30 PM.
F & G Lots: FREE
Daily Park & Ride shuttle parking. The daily bus service operates from 7.40 AM – 10 PM, dropping off guests at resort bus terminal near the Cabriolet.
Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40, go straight through the Lakota traffic light (first light out of town) and at the second traffic light, turn right and an immediate left to go to F LOT, or turn left at the traffic light to enter the G LOT.
Old Town Lots: FREE park & ride (shuttle service on weekends/holidays)
On the North side of the resort, along Winter Park Drive & Old Town Drive, there are four lots that are free to park:Blue Spruce (mentioned above), Lone Tree, Adolf’s & the Bus Barn.
Each have identified shuttle stops to and from the Village at Winter Park Resort and served by a free shuttle on the weekends and holidays, 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM from November 18 to April 1, 2018.
Village Parking Garage: located on Winter Park Drive off Highway 40 at the Winter Park Resort base.
There are 200 spaces of covered parking on levels 1 and 2 of the Village Parking Garage. This is the closest paid parking to the ski lifts, located approximately 100 yards from the Zephyr Express Lift.
$25 full day; $15 half day (arriving at noon or later). If you are heading to the Village for a meal or entertainment in the evening, The Village Parking Garage is free from 3:00 PM to 6:59 AM every day.
Level 3 Parking Garage is strictly drop-off and short term parking: first sixty minutes are free, then $8 per hour.
Vintage Lot: located directly off Highway 40 on Winter Park Drive, at Winter Park Resort’s main entrance.
A large paved lot, with over-flow available at Lots B and C, has easy access to the Village via the free open air Cabriolet gondola lift (kids love it!).
Parking cost is variable, depending on peak times and holidays, but general cost is $10 daily on weekends/holidays, and $5 daily for weekdays.
Self-serve pay stations are at each lot; or, use the Parkmobile app.
All parking at Mary Jane Base is free at this time. Access to Mary Jane and her parking options can be found by turning off Hwy 40 (approximately 1 mile East of the main Winter Park Resort entrance) at the Mary Jane Resort sign onto Mary Jane Road.
Here’s our run down of the closest to furthest out from Mary Jane Resort Base.
Dotsero Lot: FREE park & walk-in.
Located at the main base of Mary Jane, this large lot offers an easy walk to the Super Gauge Express Lift, Mary Jane Ticket Office & Mary Jane base restaurants. Needless to say, it fills up fast, so arrive there early….or make it an afternoon ski and arrive after 2 PM when the early birds start heading home and spaces begin to open up again.
The Dotsero lot is located at the very end of the Mary Jane road, approximately two miles from US HWY 40.
Utah Junction Lot (AKA The ‘C’ Lot): FREE park & walk-in
The ‘C’ Lot is named for it’s proximity to the two chair ‘Challenger’ lift, and it’s a locals favorite that is known as party central: expect grills going, friends gathering, and tailgates down, this lot fills up quickly.
The majority of terrain accessed from the Challenger lift is blue/black and higher, so if you are looking for more gentle terrain, ski down to the Super Gauge Express via the green Shoo Fly trail. This parking lot also has the benefit of public restrooms at the lot’s edge.
Utah Junction Lot will be the third lot in from US HWY 40 on the left. s the second lot in, also on the left.
Corona Siding Lot: FREE park, then ski, hike, or shuttle to the slopes.
The Corona Siding Lot provides access to the Corona Way Trail, though it is a bit of a hike/side-step up a gradual slope to get to the main ski trail down to the lifts. As with all of the Mary Jane parking lots, you have the option to free shuttle in, for easier access.
Corona Siding Lot is the first parking lot on the left as you drive down Mary Jane Road from US HWY 40,
Rollins Pass Lot: FREE park & ride.
Rollins Pass Lot will be the first lot on the right as you enter onto Mary Jane Road. From this lot, you will most likely want to ride in on the free shuttle.
At the time of this research and posting, these free options were all available. Also, take note that no overnight parking is allowed in either Winter Park or Mary Jane lots.
Contact Security at 970-726-1500, for emergencies or to make special RV parking arrangements.
If you don’t want to deal with Winter driving on your vacation, The Lift (Winter Park’s free bus shuttle service) should be music to the ears! Truly stress-free, The Lift is available throughout Winter Park Resort, Mary Jane Resort, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops in between. A twice daily shuttle to Granby also caters to those residing a little further from the slopes.
There are eight lines running on a daily basis; and all buses are wheelchair accessible. Purple and yellow “The Lift” Resort Shuttle signs will indicate the stops on each line.
Most buses run every 30 to 60 minutes, but for the most up to date information, call 970-726-4163.
To view daily schedules and daytime/evening routes, CLICK HERE.
The Lift information is also available on the free RideHop App.
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Four inches of new snow in recent days has given a nice boost to Winter Park’s early season snow pack; and with colder temperatures on the way, the snow-making team at Winter Park Resort have guns-a-blazin’ to give Mother Nature a helping hand.
The Zephyr Express lift is now open, providing access to the Olympia Lift and ‘Alice’ ski runs, as in “Alice in Wonderland.” Explore Alice’s fast and fun groomers like Jabberwocky, Dormouse, March Hare and White Rabbit, and you will have wonder and “Weeee!” as you ski.
Speaking of White Rabbit, both the upper section (Blue or Intermediate) and the lower section (Green or Easiest) are open. White Rabbit is a wide open cruiser, that runs under the Olympia Lift. Work on your style points, shake out some of those early-season cobwebs, and get those legs ready for bigger and steeper lines later in the season.
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If you’re planning a ski getaway in the New Year, keep the Fat Tire Music Series on your radar. Held every other Friday, 3 – 5 PM, from January 5th through April 20th, 2018. Just wanted to tantalize you all a bit regarding the tunes and drink specials that will be making the start of our weekends even more welcome. Check back for information on the music and merry-making that will kick off your 2018 weekends on the mountain.
For more information on daily happenings and news from Winter Park, CO call our local vacation planners at 970-722-0707.
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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!
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 (stellarbooth.com) 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.
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.
Debs Bridge November 2nd, 2015
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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 Backcountry.com 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.
Debs Bridge October 29th, 2015