Grand Park, Colorado

Cozens Pointe

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Colorado Tubing

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

 

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

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

Tabernash is the destination of choice for some fine culinary treasures.  Award-winning Tabernash Tavern’s Chef Alberto Sapien cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients into meals that are a feast for both eye and mouth.  The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside.  Just up the road, in the Devil’s Thumb Ranch complex (3530 County Road 83) there are two other solid choices, Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon and Heck’s Saloon, both serve up meat, fish, and vegetarian options in elegant lodge settings.  

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

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

Tabernash Dining

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

 

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February 5th, 2018

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$avings on the $lopes and $urroundings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Take advantage of multi-day lift tickets or passes.

Lift ticket deals exist all the time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Creative.

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

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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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Each morning at 7:30, Tashi and Lhakpa arrive at Mountain Rose Café and setup their jewelry stand. Their smiles are radiant, at once calm and enthusiastic.

A peaceful reminder of Buddhist and Sherpa culture, each visit to Tashi and Lhakpa’s stand leaves guests more at ease, and more beautifully accessorized, than when they arrived.

Beads and gems gleam in the sun as visitors stop by to peruse. A young girl shyly touches a beaded necklace. Her other hand pulls her dad to the table.

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Natural stone jewelry set in silver.

“Namaste! How are you?” rings the friendly greeting of the Sherpas. The girl’s father reciprocates the bow, then turns to his daughter and the necklace,
“This is all the way from Nepal. Have you heard of Mount Everest?”

The journey to Winter Park from the Khumbu region
of Nepal is not for the faint of heart. The Lukla airport, nearest to the Sherpa’s Ama Dablam Lodge,
has been called the most dangerous in the world.
“I’m scared, so what?” Tashi says, “It’s what we do.”

Every summer, Tashi and Lhakpa leave their lodge and travel nearly 8,000 miles to spend the summer biking their wares between their stands. They have been coming
here together since 1999 (Lhakpa since 1998).

In the morning, you can find them at Mountain Rose Café, and in the afternoons they set up at Epic Mountain Sports, both on Main Street in Winter Park.

They attend every festival and every farmer’s market, featuring jewelry, clothing and accessories reminiscent of their home’s beauty. The pair have become a staple in Winter Park’s culture, and nearly every local you encounter has one of their unique pieces of jewelry.

Every piece is beautiful and special, a small homage to a faraway place, treasures made more valuable after last spring’s devastating earthquake.

“We lost some friends,” Lhakpa says. It’s evening, and he and Tashi are carefully selecting yogurt at Safeway in Fraser. A stillness washes over them. “We will need to do a lot of repairs.”  The couple take a moment and look at one another before moving their cart down the aisle.

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You can find Lhakpa & Tashi’s handmade jewelry stand daily at Mountain Rose Cafe until 2pm, and at Epic Mountain Sports from 2pm on.

A few days later, Tashi and Lhakpa are packing up at Mountain Rose to set up at Epic Mountain Sports.  It’s windy and cool outside, and the pair are all smiles. When asked how long they work each day, they both beam.

“If the weather is good, we work until 8PM,” Lhakpa says.
“We work hard,” Tashi says, “It’s a lot to get here.”
“We are very lucky,” Lhakpa says.

Both Sherpas continue packing a bag of silver bracelets. The sun breaks through the clouds, and the prayer flags whip in the breeze.

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June 30th, 2015

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ski trainWinter Park Resort recently teamed up with Amtrak to offer a one-day round trip ski-train offer in honor of Winter Park’s 75th anniversary celebrations. 

In an unbelievable show of love for what used to be a treasured form of travel to Winter Park for Denver area skiers, all 400 tickets were sold out within 12 hours of going on sale.

For those that haven’t heard of the ski train, this was a long standing service from downtown Denver to Winter Park Resort.    It ran from 1940 until 2009, when it subsided due to increased insurance and service costs.

As Winter Park is one of the few ski resorts in North America that can be viably serviced by train, there was a resounding sigh of sadness the day the ski train ceased to chug its way up to the mountains, and we’re all hoping that this recent show of support will act as a catalyst to reinstating the train at some point in the future.

The gossip circle around Winter Park has always maintained that when the line is completed between Denver International and Downtown Denver, the Winter Park Ski Train will suddenly resurface.   Of course the big wigs at Amtrak deny such stories stating that talks need to happen between Union Pacific, RTD and more…I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (and continue the gossip in the meantime).

For now, will stand by to salute the lucky travelers who made it on to the ski train for its singular journey into Winter Park on March 14th.

For everyone else looking to enjoy a safe voyage to Winter Park this spring, we highly recommend getting behind the wheel of a 4WD or AWD vehicle to navigate the snowy roads to the high country.

Book a stay with Winter Park Lodging Company this March or April and enjoy our special guest discounts on Four-Wheel-Drive SUVs and All-Wheel-Drive Minivans from Denver International Airport.

Click here to check out our special rental car rates with Alamo Rental Cars.

March 1st, 2015

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The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

Bowling alley winter park co foundryLooking for a little après ski away from the typical bar scene?   We love The Foundry Cinema & Bowl for a fun night out of bowling, movies and entertainment for all ages.   

With two movie screens, eight lanes of bowling billiards, shuffle board and a full service bar, you won’t run definitely short of things to do. 

Chances are, once you walk through the doors of the Foundry Cinema and Bowl, you’re going to be there for a while, so you should probably plan on grabbing some food for your group. 

The Foundry’s stone-baked pizzas are awesome, and can be enjoyed in the bowling lounges or in the movie theaters, alongside your favorite beverage. 

Bar at the Foundry in Winter Park ColoradoSo let’s talk about those movie theaters.  If I’m honest, I’ve never been terribly comfortable in the somewhat restrictive seating of typical movie theaters….that was until I took a trip to the Foundry Cinema & Bowl. 

I’m not kidding when I say that the Foundry offers a different type of experience for movie goers.

First off, there’s the plush, oversized stadium style seats that a) are blessedly free of the irritating flip-up base, and b) come with an extendable snack table and drink holder – wow.   

The theaters themselves have all the high tech bells ‘n’ whistles and latest releases doing the rounds at larger cinemas, but only seat around 80 movie-goers, allowing for a more intimate viewing of your favorite flick. 

The Foundry Winter ParkLast but not least, movie goers are actively encouraged bring a slice of that special stone-baked pizza, or a glass (yes, real glass) of their favorite beverage into the theater to enjoy during the screening. 

Clearly I’m a fan of the Foundry Cinema & Bowl, but you really should stop in to check it for yourself on your next visit to Winter Park, CO. 

For the latest rates, screening information and to book a lane in the bowling alley, visit The Foundry Cinema & Bowl.

February 1st, 2015

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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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Winter Park Resort snow playingFamily Friendly Thumbs Up

Winter Park Resort continues to receive praise and recognition in national surveys and travel press polls. 

Last month we were happy to boast Winter Park’s #6  ranking in the World Press Journal’sTop 10 Authentic Small Towns Of North America’; and this month Winter Park takes the podium in 3rd Place in The World Property Journal’s ‘Top 10 US Ski Spots’.

Also this month, we get the nod of approval from Skinet.com with an overall ranking of 15th place for  Skinet.com’s ‘2015 Top Ranked Ski Resorts’ poll, and #10 rankings in ‘Best Terrain Park’ and ‘Most Kid-Friendly’ categories.

Here’s a snap shot of some of the survey comments:

Best Terrain Park “The greatest strengths of the resort are its variety of terrain and terrain parks.’ “The moguls and terrain park are top-notch.” “Great beginner terrain park.”

Most Kid Friendly “Super kid-friendly.” “Winter Park is a great place for a family ski vacation.” “Fabulous for the family.” “Very family-friendly.”

A Kid Friendly Destination

Winter Park Resort has long been recognized as a kid friendly ski destination, with a multitude of terrain that can test or boost confidence. But let’s not forget the great steps have been taken to cater to families off of the slopes too.   

With ice skating, tubing, mini rail jams, and kid-specific evening
adventure clubs
, Winter Park Resort has a firm focus on family both on and off of the slopes.

Downtown Winter Park also encourages fun for all ages, with special winter offerings that include a FREE mini sledding hill in Hideaway Park (with a stocked supply of sleds & saucers), FREE horse drawn carriage rides around Cooper Creek Square (every Saturday, from 3 pm – 6 pm), and FREE ice-skating rink in Cooper Creek Square (rent your skates from nearby Christy Sports).

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN WINTER PARK

Still planning your Winter Park ski vacation?  Browse our 140+ vacation rentals here, or speak with one of our friendly vacation planners today.

January 2nd, 2015

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Hot Off The Press!

We’ve just caught wind of an exciting new grocery delivery service, that will begin operating in Winter Park within the next week.

The Grocery Guys aim to take the stress out of your vacation, by shopping for, and delivering your personalized shopping list of groceries direct to your vacation rental or second home.

We have to agree that arriving at your vacation home, to find a refrigerator stocked full of your favorite things would be a splendid way to start your vacation.

So how does it all work?

Interested parties simply visit The Grocery Guys website (www.grocery-guys.com), and complete a quick and easy delivery form with your personalized grocery list.   For those that don’t want to think about a long list of items, there are also two starter packages available that will cover breakfast essentials and on-slope snacks.

To ensure that there is ample time to shop for your goodies, the Grocery Guys ask that all orders be submitted at least 48 hours before your preferred delivery date.  If a requested item is not available in a local store, a personal shopper will contact you to discuss alternative products.

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The Wagley Family (AKA The Grocery Guys)

For further information and pricing, visit www.grocery-guys.com

Who are The Grocery Guys?

Julie & Dustin Wagley are the local masterminds behind the Grocery Guys delivery service.

With three children of their own, they know just how exhausting it can be to pack up a family, make a flight, and simply get to their destination.

Who wants to fight the crowds and wait in line at the grocery store on the first day of vacation?   We hope our service to you minimizes the stress and worry of shopping so you can spend more time focusing on your friends and family!’

They also recognize that for visitors traveling to the area by airport transfer, the idea of having groceries delivered to your condo might be a little more appealing than juggling a week’s worth of groceries on the free local bus service.  

When can I place my order?

The Grocery Guys hope to begin taking orders in plenty of time for the busy Holiday season.  Their fun and informative website should be going live within the next few days, so keep ahead of the rush and check www.grocery-guys.com for the latest information.  

Still planning your Winter Park ski vacation?  Browse our 140+ vacation rentals here, or speak with one of our friendly vacation planners today.

December 7th, 2014

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Top Tips For Winter Driving In Winter Park, Colorado

With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, navigating the twists and turns of our mountain roads in the Winter Park area can be a bit of an adventure to the uninitiated. To help you have as safe and stress free driving experience, we’ve answered a few of the most commonly asked questions we tend to get asked about winter driving, and even added a few bonus items for good measure.

Can I bring my two-wheel drive car?

Ultimately this is your decision, but when asked, we always recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle as the safest option during the winter months.  Some local people do drive two-wheel drive vehicles, and swear that they get along just fine…but read the fine print and you will find that most use studded snow tires to help with traction, and if it’s a big snow day, many will delay a trip over Berthoud Pass until the road conditions have improved.

If you do decide to go with a two-wheel drive vehicle, give yourself an advantage by making sure that your tires are in top condition with good tread (if you have snow tires, all the better).  Purchase a set of snow chains before your trip to keep in the trunk, if you don’t need them you can always return them to the store, but at least they are there if you do.

If you would rather rent a four-wheel drive vehicle for your trip, check out our Winter Park Lodging Company discounted rates for 4WD Alamo car rentals from DIA

How is Berthoud Pass to drive over?

Berthoud Pass has gone through some major improvements in the past five years, and has become a much more enjoyable drive than in years past.  There are still many twists and turns to navigate, but many sections of the road have been extended to two lanes on uphill directions, and the addition of roadside reflectors and flashing corner signs have become a welcome improvement for unfamiliar drivers at night.

There are many pull outs along the side of the high way, which can be used to stop and take in the scenery, or to let faster drivers safely move past you.  During daylight hours you will see a lot of backcountry skiers hanging out or hitch hiking from some of these pull-outs, don’t be alarmed, that’s just a part of the local recreation around here. Here’s a little snippet of video I found on YouTube of a jeep driving over Berthoud Pass after a recent snow storm.

I heard that CDOT causes avalanches on Berthoud Pass on purpose, what’s that all about?

The Colorado Department of Transportation will often trigger snow slides on key areas of Berthoud Pass after large snowfalls, high winds, or if the snow conditions in the high country are simply deemed unstable, to avoid the snow from self-releasing onto the highway.  Any time that CDOT needs to carry out avalanche mitigation work, they will close the road over the pass, allowing themselves a clear path to activate a slide and then clear the road of any snow. To stay up to date on road conditions or closures, we highly recommend that you check cotrip.org or call 511 from your phone before heading up to the high country.   For specifics on Berthoud Pass, look for US 40: I-70 – Winter Park (Berthoud Pass).

Moose CrossingDo the roads get plowed regularly?

Yes, our local road crew do a wonderful job of keeping the roads plowed and gritted during the winter months.   There are times however, during heavy snow storms, that snow build up might happen in between plows, so be prepared to deal with some snowy driving conditions on these days…and consider taking the free bus shuttle to Winter Park to get to all that powder without the hassle of driving.

I’m flying into DIA, what are my options for 4WD car rentals?

There are many car rental agencies located at DIA.  If you have a lodging reservation with us, we can arrange a special discount for you with Alamo Car Rentals, who have many good quality all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles on offer.  Click here to learn more about our Alamo Car Rental Discounts. Alternatively, if you would rather let someone else do the driving, guests of Winter Park Lodging Company are privy to discounted rate on airport shuttles with Home James Transportation. 

WPLCO’s Top 5 Tips For Winter Driving
  1. Be aware of the weather forecast and driving conditions before you head into the high country.  We like Wunderground for local weather forecasts and CoTrip.org for road conditions  .
  2. Practice full visibility for you and others.  Use a brush and scraper to clear ALL the snow off of your vehicle (no peeking through a tiny hole in windshield), get your blowers going to avoid steaming up, turn on your lights in snow storms or foggy areas.
  3. Take it easy.   Accelerate and decelerate slowly on snowy or icy roads.  Be prepared to slow down or make maneuver well in advance, and give yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.  If someone is crowding you from behind, don’t panic, just use a pull off to let them pass you safely.
  4. Check your car’s vitals.  Give your car the once over before heading to the mountains, paying particular attention to your tire tread and pressure, breaks fluid levels, windscreen wipers & wash.   It’s also a good idea to throw in some snacks, water and a blanket, just in case you run into any unexpected delays on the journey.
  5. Give snowplows plenty of space.   Snow plows kick up a ton of snow and grit as they clear the roads, which greatly reduces visibility around them.  Keep a safe distance behind them to stay out of ‘the cloud’, and if you do pass them be aware of the wing blade, which is a plow extension that can stick out 10-12 feet to the side of the vehicle, and remember that the reason the plow is on the road it to clear snow…there’s a good chance that you may run into deeper snow pack on the road ahead.

If driving in snowy conditions just doesn’t sound like fun to you, don’t sweat it.   Winter Park has a wonderful, free bus service that services most neighborhoods in Fraser, Downtown Winter Park, Old Town and Winter Park Resort throughout the ski season.

Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company can also take advantage of our discounted rates with Home James Transportation, a reputable shuttle service that has been operating between DIA and Winter Park for years.  Click here to learn more about Home James Transportation.

One Last Piece of Advice

Enjoy the adventure!  Winter driving doesn’t need to be a stressful experience; take your time, enjoy the spectacular views around you, and you’ll be driving like a local in no time.

November 5th, 2014

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