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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Powder Skiing Winter park

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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There are so many incredible sights to see in beautiful Winter Park, and sharing them with someone special can be the cherry on top of a perfect vacation. Why not book a romantic one-bedroom condo with its own private hot tub? 

And once you find your lodging, it’s time to plan your activities. Dinner and a movie is always a good go-to date, but we wanted to compile a few unique date ideas for an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a special weekend for your sweetheart, here are a few of our favorite creative date ideas.

1. Surprise Spa Day

We’re big fans of Sheila at Blue Sky Massage, and she is available to come to you for an in-home massage if you want to surprise your sweetie with a relaxing, stress-reducing massage after a day on the slopes.

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2. Hot Air Balloon Rides

What a romantic idea! An early morning balloon ride with your partner- just think of the views! Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Rides offers a champagne toast and continental breakfast to accompany this unique and beautiful experience. Pricing and info on Grand Adventure’s website.

 

3. Snowshoe Picnic

So they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! It’s such a cool way to get out in nature and enjoy a cool new experience together. Multiple places around the valley offer snowshoe rentals, guided tours, or great scenic routes to try on your own. More information from the Winter Park Fraser Chamber website.

 

4. Dog Sledding

There is something so magical about being pulled through the sparkling snow by a team of huskies! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers this amazing experience, plus an educational tour of the kennels if you’d like to learn more about these spectacular animals. Pricing and info on Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s website. 

Here’s a clip of what some patrons had to say about their experience. 

 Have fun together, reconnect, and remember to snap a couple of pictures! 

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October 5th, 2015

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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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October 2nd, 2015

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

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Take A Day Off

If you’re visiting Winter Park for more than a few days, you might want to consider taking a day away from the slopes to rest the legs and sample some of the area’s other attractions on a day away from the slopes.  In this article, we’ll showcase some of the alternative pastimes to skiing and snowboarding during your Winter vacation in Winter Park.

  1. Rev It Up On A Snowmobile Tour

Ride the divide with Grand AdventuresWinter Park is perfectly positioned on the precipice of the Continental Divide, and there’s no better way of experiencing this, than by getting into the high country.  For those of us that don’t have the time spare to go for a very long hiking adventure, the best way to achieve this is on the back of a snowmobile.   Grand Adventures is the leader of the pack in snowmobiling in Grand County, and offer a variety of guided tours and self-guided daily rentals in the Winter Park Area.    Furthermore, Winter Park Lodging Company guests enjoy a 10% discount on snowmobile tours with Grand Adventures.

Click here to read about the snowmobile tour that the team at WPLCO enjoyed last year with Grand Adventures.

Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Grand Adventure snowmobile Tours.

  1. Whoosh Through The Woods On A Dog Sled Rides

Dog Sled Rides Of Winter ParkFor a truly unique and exhilarating experience, go for a dog sled ride with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.  This top notch outfit will bundle you up with your loved ones and whisk you through the pristine woodland and meadows around Fraser.    This company takes exceptionally good care of their 70+ dogs and encourages riders to spend some time with the friendly pack after your ride.

Click here to read about my dog sledding experience with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park last year.

Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.

  1. Go For A Spin On A Fat Tire Bike

winter fat bikes in coloradoPeople who love biking, love biking whenever they can…even in the snow.  To help the cause, some clever bike fanatic out there invented the Fat Tire Bike: a regular mountain bike with oversized tires to help you stay afloat on snowy trails.  Being the MTB Capital of the World, Winter Park has embraced fat biking with gusto, offering free groomed trails around the towns of Fraser and Downtown Winter Park, plus even more options on the paid trails of YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Ranch in nearby Tabernash.

Fat bikes can be rented at:

Icebox Mountain Sports.  Four hours $39, 8 hours $44, or 24 hours $59. 970.722.7780

Devil’s Thumb Ranch  $45 gets you a fat bike rental and access to their 20k of biking dedicated trails. 970.726.8231

Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA   $60/full-day, $40/half-day and access to 10km of biking-dedicated trails.   888.573.9622.

  1. Explore the lesser travelled trails on cross country skis or snowshoes

XC skiing in winter park coloradoThere’s a world of beauty out there to be explored, and a great way to get a little deeper into woods is by cross country skiing or snowshoeing.  Winter Park & Fraser is surrounded by national forest with a fantastic network of trails for all levels of ability and fitness, click here to see our winter map.  With options to rent equipment and go it alone, or go to one of the areas highly acclaimed xc centers at Devils Thumb Ranch or YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you are truly spoilt for choice for cross country adventures in the Winter Park area.

Click here to learn more about Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Winter Park, CO.

  1. Spend a day as a Kid

WPLCO tubing 2011Kids have fun, and if we want to drink from that eternal fountain of youth, we’d better start acting like them.  Kid-friendly activities don’t cost a lot, and can make for a really enjoyable day for fun loving adults too.   Great kid-friendly pursuits in Winter Park include snow tubing, ice skating and sledding.  Heck, we won’t even judge you if you choose to build a snowman…..sorry ‘Ice Sculpture’.

  1. Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

Treat your body and mind to day of pampering at one of the many excellent spas on offer in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley.  If you are staying at the Resort and want to take a quick stroll to heaven, check out Alpenglow Massage in the main Village.   If you are staying in Downtown Winter Park, Blue Sky Massage and Bella Vita Spa offer a fantastic range of services to rejuvenate the soul; and if you really want to go all out and spend a day in the lap of luxury, head to Ranch Creek Spa at Devils Thumb Ranch.

  1. Relax at home

How often do you really get a chance to just relax at home for an entire day.  Our vacation homes should feel like a cozy and welcoming home away from home (minus the chores!), giving you the perfect retreat to relax by the fire, read a good book, or play a board game with the family.  If you want to combine a day at home with a little TLC for your body, call Sheila DuCharme  of Blue Sky Massage who will bring the spa to you, with her mobile massage offerings.

To find out more about Winter Park activities during the summer or winter months, click here for our full guide.

February 1st, 2015

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Thinking of taking a break from skiing for a day?  Want to see as much of the valley as possible?  If you answered ‘yes’, you need to check out the snowmobile tours at Grand Adventures.

Some of our staff members took a recent snowmobile tour with this quality operation and here’s a snapshot of what they said:

wow, these are comfy….whoops, found the gas…..this is fun….oooh hand warmers….throttle on….we’re going down there??….I’ve never seen the valley from here…..I feel the need, the need for speed….oh, oh, I think I’m stuck…so, where can I buy a snowmobile?’

Grand Adventure Snowmobile Tours

Snow mobile tours in winter parkGrand Adventures is the largest snowmobile operation in Colorado with more than 350 miles of groomed trails to explore, and a fleet of more than 200 top of the line snowmobiles.   They offer both guided & unguided tours in Winter Park’s extensive National Forest.

We took the popular 2 hour Continental Divide guided tour, which is a perfect introduction to snowmobiling for all levels of rider, including first time drivers.  From the outset, we had complete confidence in the professionalism of all the staff.  We were kitted out with our helmets and boots, and then briefed on what to expect on the ride, safety rules, and how to operate the snowmobiles.

Being type-A’s (must be a ski resort thing!), we all wanted to drive, so we were each issued our own sled; but these machines are like luxury cars, and can be ridden very comfortably by two people at once (only thing missing is the coffee cup holder).

The Tour

The tour itself is an absolute blast.  We started out at a steady pace, giving everyone the chance to get a feel for the sled, practice keeping a safe distance between each other, and learn how to lean into turns.   Very quickly, we started to relax and gain confidence on our snowmobiles and the pace picked up a bit as we zipped up the mountain trails with huge grins on our faces.  Just when we were starting to feel like x-games candidates, our guides took a pause and said ‘Ok, you guys are doing great, so we’re going to try a little single track riding’….hmnn, suddenly those butterflies again!  We left the main road, to cruise down a narrow trail that wound its way through the forest along a frozen creek bed.  It was absolutely stunning, and the nerves quickly subsided as we begin to enjoy the challenge of the trail and feel like we are really riding.

History in winter parkThe tour continued in a similar vain with some road riding, combined with some single track, and incredible views of the valley from an elevation of close to 12,000 ft (that’s 3,000 ft higher than when we started out).  We took a few stops along the way to take some pictures, stretch out our legs, and learn a little history of the area.  My favorite stop was at the old Trestle of the historic “Moffat” railroad that linked Winter Park with the Front Range via Corona Pass.

At the mid-point of the tour we are led to a big open meadow and given the opportunity to hit the gas and see what those sleds could do.  Our one rule was to all go clockwise around the meadow, be aware of distances, and don’t take the sleds off into the powder (these machines aren’t designed for that type of riding, but some of the other tours do have powder fun on the agenda).  In a big old flurry of excitement, we all took off around the meadow, and within seconds one of our crew had inadvertently found themselves in the forbidden powder and going nowhere.  The guides took it all in good nature and just laughed saying, ‘yeah, there’s pretty much always one’.  Within minutes they had the snowmobile out of the snow and we were back off down the trail.

When we reach the end of the ride, everyone had an exhilarated glow about them, and was eager to share their experience with one another.    Some of our first time snowmobilers admitted to being nervous before the trip, but were now absolutely ecstatic that they went, and can’t wait to sign up for an even longer tour next time.

This tour is perfect for beginner to intermediate riders, and families looking to take a day away from the slopes.  There are also advanced tours available for the more experienced snowmobiler, and rentals for those who like to go it alone.

Grand Adventures is located in Winter Park and offers tours and rentals on a daily basis.  For further information, or to book a tour or rental, visit www.grandadventures.com, or call them on 970-726-9247.

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February 7th, 2014

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Dog Sled Rides In Winter ParkSee the world from a whole new perspective when you take a dog sled ride with our friends at Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.

This top notch outfit offers daily rides all year round and homes approximately 70 happy, healthy, Siberian Huskeys, who clearly love their day job.

Some of our staff at Winter Park Lodging Company were lucky enough to take a ride with the pack recently, and haven’t stopped talking about it since.

The Dog Sled Experience 

As soon as you drive into the kennels, the dogs know that a ride is right around the corner, and you can see them getting all amped up with excited anticipation, jumping up and down and howling into the air.   After signing in, we were given the opportunity to love on some of the younger dogs (‘the welcoming committee’) while our mushers selected dogs for the ride, and started hooking up the sleds.

Then it was time for us to get in on the action, and we were shown to the sleds; each sled can carry up to 350 lbs, so most  couples, and parents & kids can generally ride together.

The tallest rider sits at the back of the sled, with the smaller rider sitting between their legs, and back pads inserted between you to keep things comfortable for everyone.  Then you’re carefully wrapped up in a thick burrito of fleece and wool, which is so ridiculously cozy and comfortable,  it’s not uncommon for kids to doze off during the ride.

Non-skiing fun in winter parkAs we get closer and closer to ‘Go-Time’, the electricity in the air is tangible as the dogs strain against their tethers, and reach a fever pitch of barking.  Then, all of a sudden, we feel a whoosh, and we’re off!  An unbelievable silence falls, as the dogs take off and immediately settle into work, no more barking, just the sound of pounding paws on the trail as we leave the kennels behind us.

The thing I notice straight away is the fluid motion of the sled, no sudden jarring or changes in speed, just the whistle of the wind as you glide through the meadows and weave through pine groves. There’s maybe two inches between my rear and the snow, and I’ve never been so comfortable in my life!   Being so low to the ground, and close to the pack, makes you feel like you are running alongside the dogs, but you still feel completely at ease thanks to the undeniable partnership between musher and his team.

A quick word to the lead dogs from our musher, and we whip left or right through the spider web of trails, that allow each musher to split their sleds off in different directions, giving each guest sled an individual experience…only occasionally catching a glimpse of another sled in the distance (a spectacular sight in itself).

The ride lasts for approximately 45 minutes and offers stunning views of the mountains and surrounding vistas from one of the most peaceful settings within the Fraser valley.   Once in a while, the musher would take pause on the trail to let the pack enjoy a quick roll in the snow (tails wagging, tongues happily hanging from their mouths), and its a great time to ask about the personalities of your team of dogs.   Every dog is different, and all the staff know every one their individual personalities and history (most of the dogs were bred and raised on the ranch).

Perhaps the best moment for me came at the end of the ride, when guests are encouraged to say thank you to the pack with a friendly pet and kind words.  The dogs love human touch, and it bowled me over just how much these working dogs loved the affection; it makes it so abundantly clear that they are well handled and love their lives.

If you are looking for a truly unique and memorable experience during your visit to Winter Park, we highly recommend you try a dog sled ride with our friends at Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.

Sled prices range from $150 to $210 per sled; and tours depart daily at 9.10, 10.30, 12 noon, 1.45, 3.15 & 4.30 (top tip…the dogs are at their most lively during the early morning ride due to that fresh chill in the air).

Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park are located in Fraser, and have a world of information and online booking available at www.dogsledridesofwinterpark.com.  They can also be contacted by telephone at 970-726-8326. 

 

February 7th, 2014

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It is fair to say that when the snow starts flying, the big focus in Winter Park is the world class skiing to be had at Winter Park Resort.  But we all need a day away from the slopes from time to time, and with so many other activities on offer, it would be a crying shame to go home without trying out at least a couple of the following.

 

Ride the divide with Grand Adventures#1  Snowmobiling

Zip your way up to the Continental Divide and feel like you are on top of the world with Grand Adventures Snowmobile Tours.   Take in incredible views of the Winter Park Ski Resort, Fraser Valley & the Front Range Mountains during this beginner friendly 2 hour tour.   Perfect for the beginner to intermediate riders and families looking to experience Colorado’s backcountry on a snowmobile.

Click here for details of our Winter Park Lodging Company discounts with Grand Adventures Snowmobiling.

#2   Ice-skating

There’s something distinctly romantic about ice skating on a real pond as snowflakes fall around you.  Winter Park has a variety of ice skating venues on offer at little or no cost to any would be Nancy Kerrigans out there.

sleigh ride#3   safari Sleigh ride

If you’ve ever yearned to take a break from the high speed chase we call modern life and make a return to the more traditional values of good old fashioned ranchin’, it’s time you took a Feed Sleigh Ride at Cabin Creek Stables of Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Click here for our Winter Park Lodging Company sleigh ride discounts with Cabin Creek Stables.

#4   Dog sled rides

If you’ve ever longed to feel like Nanook and command your own sled of dogs, have we got the adventure for you.  Winter Park Lodging Company has partnered with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park to provide our guests with an exhilarating-once-in-a-life-time ride.

Click here for our Winter Park Lodging Company dog sled discounts with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.

snow-tubing-300x225#5   Tubing & sledding

A favorite activity among locals and visitors, young and old, families and friends is snow tubing and sledding.  Winter Park and the Fraser Valley has a variety of locations to choose from.

Click here for our Winter Park Lodging Company tubing discounts with Colorado Adventure Park.

#6   Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great and inexpensive way to escape the crowds and enjoy the simple splendor of reconnecting with mother nature.   Winter Park is home to a vast network of public trails that offer everything from an easy stroll along a sparkling creek bed, to a heart pumping hike to the high ground.

Click here for our Favorite trails for snowshoeing in the Winter Park Area.

hot-air-balloon-winter-park#7   Hot air balloon rides

A hot air balloon ride is a wonderful experience in all year round. Believe it or not, Wintertime is a great time to take flight aboard a hot air balloon ride. The temperature actually rises as you reach higher altitude, so while the rest of Winter Park is shivering away below, you’ll be feeling warm and toasty in your hot air balloon.

 

#8    skibiking

Join in the hot new craze on the mountain: skibiking, aka Frankenbiking!  Believe it or not, skibiking is very easy to learn and a really fun way to get around the mountain.  Winter Park Resort offers beginner and intermediate skibike lessons daily, and even offer night rides when the Sunspot Restaurant is operating.

Click here for our Winter Park Lodging Company hot air balloon ride discounts with Grand Adventure Balloons.

Mineral baths near Winter Park Colorado#9    Hot springs, hot tubs and spas

Sometimes a day off should be just that.  If you want to sit back, relax and give your body a little well deserved TLC check out the plethora of pamper palaces on offer in the winter park area.   A forty minute drive west of Winter Park will find you at the town of Hot Sulphur Springs, and the historic Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa.   Offering a full range of spa services, (including massage, body wraps and facials) and over 20 hot spring pools to choose from, the resort is a pure mecca of relaxation and natural wellness.  A little closer to home is Devils Thumb Ranch, a true paradise of mountain beauty and charm, with a jaw droppingly beautiful spa that you’ll never want to leave.

#10   broomball

Think ice-hockey minus the skates, pads and brawls.  Broomball is a fun, free activity on offer at the Village Pond at Winter Park Resort.

 

Click here for all other fun activities in the Winter Park area.

 

 

October 4th, 2013

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Winter Events Winter Park, CO Winter Events Only in Winter Park, CO

The Winter Park Signature Events are all set here in Winter Park, Colorado.  There are a few new ones to go along with the classics.  The signature events are the ones you will only find here in our little piece of paradise in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Here are all the Winter Park Signature Events for 2012 and 2013:

New Years Eve at the Icebox

DEc 31 from 7pm to 9pm at the Icebox Icerink

Celebrants will glide into the New Year in smooth style at this year’s Black Light Skating Party. Fraser Valley Sports Complex will host the event in its recently debuted “IceBox,” a naturally frozen and partially enclosed ice rink. Skaters can twirl and whirl the year away from 7-9 p.m. and can then ring in the New Year with a bang at the 9 p.m. fireworks show.

 Winter Park SnowDash

Jan 6 all day at Hideaway Park

This year Winter Park has partnered with Fit5280 to bring the extreme SnowDash race to Colorado’s favorite playground on Jan. 26. At over 10,000 feet, this adventure race is an obstacle course complete with snow, music, beer and plenty of cheer. Warriors welcome!

Winter Park Winter Carnival

Jan 26 and 27 all day at Winter park resort and town of wp

Honoring the birthday of local legend Mary Jane, this winter festival is not just for the historians. The two-day celebration, Jan. 26-27, invites one and all to take part in live music, a snow-sculpture contest, sledding races, snowshoe treks, fireworks, a parade and much more.

Grand Park Dog Days of Winter

Feb 16 and 17 all day at grand park

Grand Park will once again go to the dogs for the annual Dog Days of Winter sled dog races, Feb. 16-17. The International Sled Dog Racing Association-sanctioned races will offer slots for sled teams of four, six and eight dogs, a three-dog junior division and one- and two-dog skijoring, where mushers are pulled by their pooches atop cross-country skis.

SnowBall 2013 Music Festival

March 8 to 10 all day at Grand Park

The sound-packed weekend of songs and snow dance is back with a vengeance, Mar. 8-10, in Grand Park! Third time promises to charm as Winter Park seizes the title of host. A jam-packed lineup with music in a variety of genres makes this winter music fest a hit for all.

Winter Park Wipe Out

April 6 all day at winter park resort and grand park

This brand new adventure challenge race will have participants pin-balling around Winter Park, completing tasks and challenges like puzzle solving, clue finding and obstacle tackling. Each completed task earns a string of beads. Those who collect enough beads are able to “buy” their way back into The Gauntlet at Grand Park where live music and beer await.

A great lineup of signature events here in Winter Park, Colorado. Most of these events will be fully booked for lodging so make sure to get your preferred digs early. The snow is starting to fall and we are looking at having a great winter in WP.

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November 29th, 2012

Posted In: Winter Activities in Winter Park, Winter Park Events, Winter Park Music Festivals, Winter Park Resort

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Opening Day Winter Park Resort 2012/13Opening Day Ski Season 2012/12 at Winter Park Resort

Ski season at Winter Park/Mary Jane is steadily approaching. Winter Park opens on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  This will be the 72nd ski season that Winter Park is open for business.  That is the longest continually running of any resort in Colorado.

After last years less than stellar year the snow gods are looking to be kind to all the ski resort in Northwest Colorado especially WInter Park.  Most long term weather forecasts are showing Winter Park and Mary Jane having an above average year for snowfall.

Put the tail maps in the freezer, wash the car often in October and so a snow dance.  We are ready for ski season here in Winter Park, CO.  Check out the Winter Park Lodging Company First measurable snow contest.  Guess the day of the first measurable snow at Winter Park Resort and you could be skiing for free all ski season long at Winter Park and Mary Jane.

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September 4th, 2012

Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Activities in Winter Park, Winter Park Events, Winter Park Resort

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Tubing at Winter Park Resort CONew Sled Hill at Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort is in the process of opening a tubing hill at the Winter Park/Mary Ski area Base.  Beginning next winter, Winter Park Resort will offer homeowners and guests a tubing/sled hill. Tubers will start at the hill behind the Vintage Hotel, slide down four lanes under the Cabriolet (pictured to the left and we call them the teacups), before being taken up for another run via a magic carpet lift. The Vintage Hotel will feature a tubing ticket office and upgrades to food and beverage are being considered. The project planning is in the initial stages and construction is expected to begin soon.

That is right there will be a real tubing hill at the Winter Park Base.  The real little ones, grandparents and non-skiers will have some base activity as all the skies head out and hit the magnificent ski hills of Winter Park and Mary Jane.

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July 11th, 2012

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