Winter Park Vacation Rental

Perched above Winter Park is the coveted Rendezvous Neighborhood

When you visit Winter Park, one of the best ways to enjoy our beautiful area is to stay near the trails. With that, you still want the convenience of modern amenities and access to shopping and night life.

Rendezvous is one of Winter Park’s most exclusive addresses, which boasts trail-side forest living and lots of activities year-round.  This hidden gem of a neighborhood is only a short drive to restaurants and Winter Park Resort, with shuttle service available in the winter.

Rendezvous Winter Park offers large, open spaces with plenty of room to accommodate large families. Each home is its own unique take on mountain living with beautiful stone and handcrafted wood accents.

Private balconies and garages throughout the neighborhood and several homes include private hot tubs and large porches, perfect for a night of relaxed stargazing.

All of the three-and-four-bedroom homes in Winter Park’s Rendezvous can sleep eight or more people and are beautifully decorated with lots of comfortable seating, and lots of windows and outdoor seating to enjoy the stunning mountain and forest views.

 

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Professionally Decorated

 

 

Guests can stay in these properties year round, and the prime location makes these homes fantastic places for summer or winter activities.

These are spacious and comfortable getaways- you and your family will want to make these homes part of your vacation traditions!

On the hillside between Fraser and Winter Park, Rendezvous is a perfect choice for active families who want to explore Rocky Mountain National forest, and Grand County’s amazing trail systems.

Just steps away from the Fraser River Trail, runners, bikers and cross-country skiers can enjoy quick access to a beautiful trail alongside the river and Colorado wildlife.

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Private Hot Tubs

 

The views are incredible from this area, and miles of trails run throughout the neighborhood.Visitors can also enjoy Mary’s Pond, a beautiful retreat named for Mary Cozens, the wife of Winter Park’s Rendezvous developer Billy Cozens.

 

Families staying at Rendezvous near Winter Park can enjoy the finest in mountain living, with spacious homes designed for relaxation and comfort, but also quick access to outdoor activities.

 

Picnic and play at the playground at the Fraser River trailhead, with beautiful mountain views for your family vacation memories.

Winter Park Playground

Playground and Picnic Area on Fraser River Trail

 

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June 27th, 2018

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4th of July Celebrations In Winter Park, Colorado

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…

 


WINTER PARK’S 4TH OF JULY EVENTS 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Friday Music Series

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


Free entertainment at winter park resort

 

Music On The Square

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


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Coca-Cola Family Movie Night

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


Free activities at winter park resort

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Run For Independence

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


Winter Park 4th Of July Events

 

Live music at Cooper Creek Square

What?     Live music by Steve Skinner

Where?   Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park

When?    4 PM – 6 PM

How Much?  FREE


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Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Annual Kids Fishing Derby

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


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Fitness In The Park

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


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Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Hanging with The Huskies

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


Sled dogs Winter Park

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Go Wild In Winter Park

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.

Fraser Picnic in the Park

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


Bike trails for beginners and children in Winter Park

 

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Winter Park 4th Of July Celebration

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


Winter Park Fireworks

 

 

 

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June 25th, 2018

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

Traditional local events this Week:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Festival Sign

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

Outdoor Suggestions:

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

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

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

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

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

Downhill Mtn Bike

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

 

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

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August 1st, 2017

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

2017 Blues From The Top Lineup

Saturday, June 24

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

Sunday, June 25

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

 

 

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

But What Else?

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

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

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

See all of our activities deals here

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

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June 21st, 2017

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Something we really love about Winter Park is the seemingly limitless access to live music, and a lot of it’s free to attend. We can’t wait for the Solshine Festival, The Winter Park Music Festival, and all kinds of other acts peppered throughout the rest of summer. Here are a few acts that we’re definitely looking forward to seeing live. 

Leftover Salmon, August 1 Solshine Music Festival, at Hideaway Park. Admission: FREE

 

Cowboy Dave, August 6 for High Note Thursdays at Hideaway Park. Admission: FREE

 

Trout Steak Revival, August 8 at Winter Park Beer Festival, brought to you by Always Mountain Time. Admission: $30 advance GA

 

38 Special, August 15 at Winter Park Music Festival. Admission: FREE

 

Lou Gramm, August 15 at Winter Park Music Festival. Admission: FREE

Bring your lawn chairs and come on up,  hope to see you soon! If you are planning a summer concert vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

July 30th, 2015

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Tempting though it may be to chase after animals for that fantastic Instagram photo, the wildlife in Grand County can pose a serious risk to hikers and bikers. When provoked, an animal attack can be deadly, both to you and the animal, so if you’re lucky enough to spot one, please observe from a distance!

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Here are a few tips for hikers who want to avoid hostile animal encounters in the wild.

  1. Stick to the trail. This will not only keep you from getting lost, it also preserves the natural ecosystem and prevents you from waltzing into an animal’s territory.
  2. Let them know you’re coming. Now is not the time for stealth-hiking. Converse with your hiking buddies and make a little noise. That doesn’t mean you have to shout! Lots of animals have acute hearing, and your ordinary hiking sounds will prevent you from accidentally sneaking up on a mama bear.
  3. DO NOT THROW FOOD. You see signs everywhere saying “pack in/pack out” and that means don’t feed the wildlife. This trains animals to become dependent on human litter, which we definitely don’t want. Yes, that includes your apple core. We know, it’s natural, but we don’t care. Don’t be that guy!

So, what to do if you accidentally cross paths with a potentially dangerous animal? If avoidance doesn’t work, your next steps can save your life.

Moose: These guys can be unpredictable, and are perhaps the most dangerous of encounters you may have. They’re enormous, and faster than you. If you see a moose, wait patiently for it to move along, or slowly retreat the other way. If the moose appears agitated (ears back, lips smacking) it’s time to retreat. Get between two trees and wait for the moose to leave. If he charges, RUN. DO NOT STAND YOUR GROUND. More information on moose encounters here.

Bears: You may notice that locals differ in opinion on what to do if you encounter a bear. Most encounters with our county’s black bears will be peaceful and non-aggressive. Still, it’s best to avoid contact to prevent an attack. If you see them from afar, make some noise to alert them to your presence so they can retreat. Respect  its space, and always give the bear an escape route. If the route isn’t clear, as a last resort you can try to “move” the bear by “getting big,” that is, lifting your jacket over your head and demanding that the bear “GET OUT OF HERE.”  If the bear is acting aggressively (say, a mama bear defending her cubs), listen to her message. You’re too close and she wants you to leave, so the polite thing to do is comply. More information on bear encounters here.

Lions: If you see a mountain lion, she has already seen you (so they say). Take this encounter very seriously. It’s time to create some distance, backing away while facing the lion. “Get big” with your jacket, and speak slowly, firmly and loudly to let this predator know that you’re a big guy too. If the lion lunges, fight back by any means possible. Protect your neck and throat, and use whatever tools you have on hand to fend off the lion. More information on lion encounters here.

Now, hopefully we haven’t scared you! Animal encounters are rare, but it’s best to be prepared just in case. Sometimes on a quiet evening, you get the chance to see a fox or an elk walk through your back yard, and there’s truly nothing better than watching them from a distance. 

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July 29th, 2015

Posted In: Environment, Helpful hints, hiking, rocky mountain national park, Safety, Wildlife, Winter Park Summer activities

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We had a late start to our summer here in Winter Park, and May was particularly rainy at 3.74 inches (average May rainfall is 2.15 inches). Excess rain presents a dilemma in the early days of the season. On one hand, you have to be conscious of such things as lightning, and you must schedule your hikes with safety (and proper gear) in mind.

On the other hand, an abundance of rain has one the most beautiful results imaginable: a stunning array of wildflowers decorating the mountain landscape.

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When we think of wildlife, it’s easy to gravitate toward animals. We stop sometimes to snap a photo of a moose or a fox, but in wildflowers we find a more subtle beauty, a quiet artistry that surrounds us, and doesn’t run away when we stop to take a picture.

We’ve been celebrating this year’s abundance with pictures on Instagram and Facebook, and this week we finally decided to take a hike with the sole purpose of photographing some flowers. These can be spotted all over the valley, though this particular set of photographs was taken at the top of Rollins Pass (if you decide to go there, make sure you have a four-wheel drive vehicle!).

Can you guess the names of each of these flowers? Answers below!

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(Special thanks to Wildflowers of Colorado for helping us research each flower)

  1. Moss Campion Plants (Silene acaulis)
  2. Leafy Cinquefoil (drymocallis fissa)
  3. Alpine Kittentail Flowers (besseya alpine)
  4. Alpine Daisy Flowers (aster alpinus)
  5. Alpine Mertensia Flowers (mertensia alpine)
  6. Bistort Flowers (polygonum bistortoides)

There are some truly fantastic hikes out there, and we absolutely encourage you to go out and snap some of your own photos. That said, remember to teach children not to pick them and to keep pets from trampling them! It’s important to stay on the trail to maintain the delicate ecosystem balance, and to keep our wildflowers coming back every year.

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July 27th, 2015

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Mountain Biking Winter Park

Are you ready to fall in love?

Mountain Biking Basics Part 2:
Building Your Skills

Mountain biking can seem pretty intimidating to the uninitiated, but if you take your time and build your skills, you might just find yourself falling in love with this rapidly growing sport.

This article shares some helpful tips that I found valuable when I was learning to mountain bike, and should help you get on the fast track to exploring the many trails in and around Winter Park, Mountain Bike Capital USA.

  1. Rent a good bike.
    Having the right type of mountain bike can drastically improve your confidence on the trail.  Good bike rental stores will offer a range of mountain bikes and will help you choose the right bike, adjust the suspension to your body weight, and fit the bike for your height.   Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park, rents front and full suspensions bikes from $32 – $40 for a full day (save an additional 20% as a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company).
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    Start mellow.
    If it has been a while since you last rode a bicycle, you’ll need to give your body a little time to remember how to balance and maneuver.   Spend some time riding on a flat, easy trail to get a feel for the bike.  Practice some starting and stopping, shift your gears up and down, and weave left and right to practice turning.

  3. Look ahead
    It sounds obvious but many beginner mountain bikers will often look at the ground right in front of their front wheel, or worse yet, get fixated on the object that they are trying to avoid (like a tree or rock) instead of the path they want to take.   Just like in skiing, our bodies will tend to follow our line of vision, so focus your eyes on the trail about 15-20 feet ahead of your front wheel to navigate a clean path through obstacles.
  4. Gear Down & Lean Forward On Uphills
    When approaching an uphill climb, shift to a lower gear before you get to the hill so that your legs are spinning nicely when you start your ascent.  Stay seated, lean forward and pedal, pedal, pedal up the hill –  you’ll be amazed at what you can climb if you just keep pedaling.
  5. Shift Weight Back On Downhills
    When riding downhill, you want to stand up off your seat and shift your weight backwards, so that you are slightly behind the saddle and less likely to get pitched forward on steep terrain.  Keep control of your speed by feathering your breaks (break, release, break, release) and try to stay relaxed, keeping your wrists and elbows soft to help absorb any bumps.     Many riders like to lower their saddle when riding a downhill trail.
  6. Break Before Corners
    Mountain bike trails tend to be quite winding with lots of twists and turns.  If you are going down a twisty trail, try to break before you enter the corner then gently release during the turn

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    Winter Park has trails for all ability levels

    to check your speed and avoid skidding.   As you gain confidence and balance, you’ll naturally start to lean into the turn with the bike which will help you flow through the turn.

  7. One Finger Only
    If your breaks and handlebars are set up to allow you to do so, try using just your index fingers to apply the breaks.  Using just one finger allows you to keep the rest of your mitts on the handlebars, giving you greater control and grip when riding uneven terrain or obstacles.
  8. Know Before You Go
    Ask a local mountain bike shop for advice on which trails are suitable for beginner mountain bikers and get a trail map before you head out on the trail.  Trails will often splinter into many other trails, so check your map at trail junctions if you are unsure.  While smart phone Apps are definitely useful tools for planning your day, be aware that cell phone service can be often diminished in ‘the backwoods’, so always have a paper trail map as back up in your pack.
  9. Pack For Success
    Wear a backpack with plenty of water, snacks and supplies with you so that you are prepared for every eventuality.
     Click here to see our article on what to bring with you on the trail.
  10. Have fun!
    Take plenty of breaks to take in the views, celebrate your accomplishments and share the adventure with like-minded friends.

Tune in next month for our last installment of  Mountain Biking Basics: Best Beginner/Intermediate Trails In Winter Park

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July 5th, 2015

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mountain bike vacationsWinter Park (Mountain Bike Capital USA) is recognized as one of the top destinations for mountain biking in Colorado, with more than 600 miles of bike trails and two major downhill bike parks.

If you haven’t tried mountain biking before, Winter Park is the perfect place to give it a go.

There’s a great selection of novice and family friendly trail options, and although it may seem a little intimidating at first, a day or two of cruising through flower filled meadows, playing peek-a-boo with deer and moose in the woods, and taking in breathtaking views from the top of a climb and we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked for life.

To help you on the journey, we’ve put together a series of blogs that will answer many of the questions commonly asked by beginner mountain bikers.  We’ll cover the basics of gear (what to bring/wear), beginner riding skills and our top trail recommendations for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers in Winter Park, Colorado.

Mountain Biking Basics Part 1: Gear Up

Like most sports, having the right equipment will help you feel confident and comfortable.  If you’re just starting out, renting a full-suspension mountain bike won’t break the bank and will give you some extra confidence while you’re learning to tackle the trails.   Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company receive a 20% discount on bike rentals at our local partner store ‘Epic Mountain Sports’ click here for details.

For all other beginner mountain bike items, we recommend investing in the following gear.

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Chainsaw, Zoom & Flume trails are great trails for building your skills

Helmet – a good entry level bike helmet will set you back about $50 and is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment you’ll every buy – most mountain bikers that have taken a tumble or two would heartily agree.   For cross-country mountain biking in Winter Park, I like helmets with plenty of ventilation (hot head!) and a peaked visor to help on all those sunny riding days.

If you are a first time biker and renting your gear, most bike rental stores will also rent helmets – take a little time to pick one out that fits you well.

Gloves – Mountain biking can be a very aerobic sport, so your paws can get a little sweaty at times!  Buying a pair of light mountain bike gloves will help you keep a good grip on the handle bars when things get technical.

Sunglasses – A snug fitting pair of sunglasses will stop your eyes from watering while you zoom down the trails and protect them from dust, bugs, tree branches and other items that don’t belong in your orbitals.

Shoes – Your choice of bike shoes will depend largely on our pedal choice – flat or clipless.   Flat pedals are a simple platform pedal that can be ridden with normal tennis shoes and does not physically connect your foot to the bike.  Many intermediate/advanced cross-country mountain bikers progress to using special clipless pedals that require bike shoes with cleats.  This type of pedal & shoe combo provides the rider with more control of their pedal strokes, but does take a little bit of getting used to.  If you are trying out clipless pedals for the first time, set them to a loose release setting and practice getting in and out of them in a flat, safe area before you hit the trails.

Shorts & Shirt – There are endless choices for mountain bike clothing on the market today, from superlight Lycra wear, to padded protective wear.  Whatever style you choose to wear, wicking and quick dry materials will provide you with the most comfortable ride on the trail.

What’s In Your Pack?

It’s advisable to always take a back pack mountain biking, to carry along some essential items that could potentially make or break your day.  CamelBak hydration systems are a great way to combine your water needs (with a removable bladder) and carrying needs in one package, but if you don’t already have one, any waist/chest fastening back pack will do.

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Water – Hydration is key in high elevations such as Winter Park, and you will want to carry lots of water with you on your mountain bike ride.  If you want to flavor up your H2O, add some electrolyte powders to your bottle for maximum effect.

Snacks – A little energy boost is never a bad thing on the trail.  To cut down on bulk, I’m a fan of Shot Blocks, granola bars and Gu.

Rain coat –  The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly.  Be prepared for all conditions by bringing extra layers and a waterproof with you.

Spare inner tube – If you get a flat, the quickest way to get back on the trail is to have a spare inner tube with you, so that you can quickly switch it out for the damaged one.

Patch kit  – This would be Plan C in the event that your spare inner tube also gets a flat!

Bicycle Pump

Bike Tool – You’ll need this to change a tire, adjust seats, and tighten up any loose bolts on your bike.  They are readily available from all good bike shops and retail from $15 – $70.

First Aid Kit – It’s always worth having the essentials with you in any outdoor activity, mountain bike riding is definitely not an exception.  I try to always carry a sam splint, assorted bandages, iodine/antiseptic wipes, butterfly bandages, and an assortment gauze pads and band aids whenever I’m hitting the trails.

Trail Map – Mountain bike trails have a tendency to offer a spider’s web of options that can quickly leave you further from home than you had intended.  Always know where you are and be aware of alternative routes home in case you get caught in some weather or a thunder storm.

Chain Lube – Perhaps not a necessity, but having a well lubed chain can really help to keep those wheels spinning nicely.

So now that you’ve got all your gear in order, it’s time to start working on those biking skills.  Tune in next week for Mountain Biking Basics Part 2: Beginner Rider Skills.

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May 31st, 2015

Posted In: Mountain Biking, Our favorites, Winter Park Summer activities

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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch Opens Summer Tubing Hill

YMCA Summer Tubing

Image courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA

Who says you need snow to hurtle down a mountain on an inflatable donut?  

The fun loving adventure hounds at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch have raised the bar with the opening of their year-round Snowflex tubing hill.

What-now?  Snowflex is a revolutionary man-made surface that mimics the absorption and sliding quality of groomed ski trails.  Hailing from Britain (where snow is a rare commodity and mainly limited to the Scottish highlands), the Snowflex system was designed to allow ski and snowboard enthusiasts a year round surface on which they could hone their skills.  For those familiar with the traditional plastic-carpet-style ‘dry’ ski slopes, this is a whole other beast…and a much more user friendly one at that!   This Snowflex slope is the first of its kind in Colorado, and just the 3rd to be built in the entire US.   

The Snowflex Tubing Hill at Snow Mountain Ranch is designed with rollers and short steeps that make for a really fun ride.    Using the same type of inflatable tube that you would for winter tubing, you can go round and round as many times as you like, without even loosing your breath thanks to the magic carpet escalator.   There’s also a handy concession hut at the top of the tubing hill, which makes for a great shady spot for parents or little ones to hang out in, while the older laugh themselves tired on the slopes.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SHORT VIDEO OF THE SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH SNOWFLEX TUBING HILL IN ACTION 

The tubing hill will be open year round, and is only for tubing purposes – no skiing or snowboard at this time.   Off-site guests must purchase a day visitor pass to the facilities at Snow Mountain Ranch which will give them access to the tubing hill, and many of  the other activities on offer at the Y, including swimming pool, mini golf, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails.

YMCA Daily Activity Pass

13 and older: $35 per person
6-12 years old: $25 per person
3-5 years old: $15 per person

For further information on the tubing hill and other activities on offer at Snow Mountain Ranch, call 970-887-2152 ext 4135.

August 7th, 2014

Posted In: Winter Park News, Winter Park Summer activities

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