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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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Mountain Sunset

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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Continental Divide

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.

Mary Jane territoryWinter Park Terrain Park


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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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Fresh December Snow

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
Mary Jane road sign
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 
    14700 US-34, Grand Lake, CO 80447

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

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

    These are a seriously sweet pair of skis, too!  

    On The Snow awarded them their ‘Editor’s Choice’ in their Powder Ski Division 2014, and 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. 

    October 29th, 2015

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

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


    There’s the incredible Base Village Loft Amenities:

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

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

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

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

     

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

    October 5th, 2015

    Posted In: Best of, Helpful hints, Local Info, Lodging, Our favorites, Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Park Resort, Winter Park Vacations

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    staywarm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October 2nd, 2015

    Posted In: Helpful hints, Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Activities in Winter Park, Winter Park Vacations

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    Winter Park Resort has announced the headline act in this year’s Springtopia celebration to be national rock act The Wallflowers.  The FREE end of season concert will begin at 1pm on Saturday, April 25th at the Village at Winter Park Resort.  

    Local acts Rob Drabkin and The Rick Lewis Project will stir up the crowd between 1 pm – 3.30 pm, before The Wallflowers take the stage at 4 pm.

    The Wallflowers have had a huge indie/rock following since their second, nationally acclaimed album ‘Bringing Down The Horse’ in 1996 blew up the charts with ‘One Headlight’ and ‘6th Avenue Heartache’ and won them a Grammy award for Best Rock Performance.  Fronted by Jakob Dylan (yep, that Dylan), the group delivers a classic rock sound with strong story telling lyrics and guitar driven melodies.

    The Springtopia celebrations will continue on Sunday, April 26th, with the annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash.  This annual event encourages skiers and riders of all ages to wiggle, weave and fall through a series of obstacles on the Larry Sale race course before attempting to skim across a pond of icy water and through the finish line.

    Pond Skimming Winter ParkThe Spring Splash race starts at 12 noon (registration 8 am – 10.30 am at The Balcony House) is limited to the first 100 participants.  As an ice-bath might turn some kiddos a little too blue, participants must be 18 years or older to enter.

    No matter whether you are a competitor, music lover, or just want to have one last leisurely ski on the mountain, closing weekend has a little something for everyone.

    Browse our Winter Park Vacation Rentals today to book your spring stay with Winter Park Lodging Company.

    March 31st, 2015

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

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    Winter Park ski schoolWe all know that taking lessons are the key to success for beginner skiers and snowboarders, but let’s not discount the value of a little tune up for seasoned skiers too.

    Ski and snowboard equipment has changed dramatically in the last 10 years with the introduction of twin tips, rocker technology, reverse camber and more.  If you are still skiing on a traditional ski, but looking to make the move to a more modern pair of planks, I’d highly recommend taking a lesson to sky rocket your learning curve on your new equipment.

    A short tune-up lesson from a pro’ will help you make the small but critical adjustments to your stance and skiing style, and (for the visiting vacationer) also give you the insiders edge to navigating Winter Park Resort…and finding those hidden gems that are often overlooked by the unfamiliar visitor.

    The following lessons and one-day camps are recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers, for full information on lessons and camps available for all levels of skier, contact the Winter Park Resort Ski & Ride School on 1-800-729-7907.  


    Mary Jane Quick Tips

     Bump skiing lessons winter park$139 (For a group of up to 7 people)

    This very cost effective lesson offers a group of up to 7 participants a personal coach from the Ski & Ride School Guide for 1.5 hours on the slopes, bumps & tree glades of Mary Jane.   Designed to give you an insiders guide to the best lines on ‘The Jane’, the session will begin and end at the base of Mary Jane,  and is suited to skiers/riders/telemarkers who are competent in blue/black terrain and up.

    For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

    Bob’s Bump Jamboree

    $109/pp (available January 16th, February 1st & February 20th only)

    These skier-only mogul clinics offer 6 hours of coaching with Winter Park’s bump specialists, plus lunch and take-away gifts from resort sponsors.   Participants will be grouped according to ability level and goals to ensure that all levels of bump skier gain the most from their lesson.  All participants must be able to comfortably ski blue terrain.

    For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

    Fresh Tracks Guide

    Be first on the mountain by signing up for the Fresh Tracks experience, a 1.5 hour tour that begins before anyone else is allowed on the lifts at 8 am.  Keep you beady eye on the weather channel, to time it right and start your day with ‘Fresh Tracks on a fresh helping of powder while everyone else looks on…yes!

    For further information & to book this lesson, call the Ski & Ride School at 1-800-729-7907.

    January 2nd, 2015

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    Ready, Steady, Ski.

    Getting fit for skiingIt happens every year.  Every spring, I swear blindly that I will squat and lunge my way through summer, then low and behold, it’s October, and the pins are not exactly the little pistons of steel I had imagined.

    The good news is, I’m not the only one.  October is quite possibly the busiest month of the year at the local Grand Park Rec Center in Winter Park, where all the locals are in a blur of ski conditioning as they countdown to opening day (November 12th, 2014, woohoo!).

    So, what is the best recipe for getting slope-ready fast?  Most ski conditioning classes focus on core strength, leg and back exercises to prepare your body for the impact absorption and quick bursts of action required when skiing or snowboarding.

    Kristen Domonell’s article for Life By Daily Burn offers a good, do-able range of exercises that you can perform without specialist equipment, or a trip to the gym.  I gave it a try last night in my house, and aside from some very ‘helpful’ face licking from the family dog, found it easy to follow and managed to get through the whole routine in about 30 minutes.  Furthermore, my body felt tighter and more balanced at the end of the workout, and I could feel it targeting my skier-muscles.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE & EXERCISE PLAN

    Yoga is another great exercise regime that will really pay off when you start hitting the slopes.  With the focus on core strength and flexibility, my favorite yoga moves are planks, warrior poses and chair poses.  Check out our Powder Yoga blog for our top 5 moves to keep you strong and stable on the slopes,

    Finally, if you just don’t have the time or motivation to follow a workout routine (and don’t worry, you’re not alone), incorporate a little strength training into your everyday actions.

    Don’t use your hands when you stand or sit down on a chair (and use just one leg to rise & sit if you’re feeling tough), perform one legged squats while you brush your teeth, stand on your toes while you dry your hair, and stand on one leg any time you are standing in line.  Yes, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a few strange looks, but just smile… those sparkly white slopes are on the horizon, and you are looking good!

     

     

    October 8th, 2014

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