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.

Tabernash Dining

“Never eat in a restaurant that has a bowling trophy on the cash register” -RIP Warren Miller


Settle in with a week to yourself at Winter Park Lodging Company.

Offering up to 35% off extended stays in early March, 2018.

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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.

Winter Park Waffles

Freedom is located somewhere outside the box” -RIP Warren Miller


Hurry, there are still a few properties left to book at 30% off this weekend

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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.

Powder Snowboarding

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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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“Skiing gives me eye trouble, I can’t see myself going back to work”


Stay Close to the slopes to be the first to access the goods

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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!

Dog Sledding in Winter Park

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January 18th, 2018

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

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spring 2_edited-1If you’re looking for something fun to spend your tax refund on, you’ll be surprised at how far your dollars will go on a Winter Park ski trip in April.

Long hailed by the locals as their favorite time to ski, the price of a lift ticket in April drops dramatically from the peak rates during Spring Break.

Winter Park Resort is currently offering a $99 Triple Play Pass, valid for 3 days of skiing or riding in April.  

Needless to say, this incredible rate is a limited time offer, with the price set to increase on March 3rd, 2015.  To take advantage of the Triple Play Pass early rate, click here to purchase it online before 3/2/15.

Ski Homes with hot tubs and viewsWith a season total of 212 inches of snowfall so far, and a snow base of over 5 feet, conditions are looking very favorable as we move toward springtime.    In addition to long days, warm temperatures and largely empty slopes, there is all kinds of end of season revelry to get involved in during the annual Springtopia & Spring Splash weekend.

April Lodging Deals
In addition to the discount skiing available, you’d be amazed at what you can pick up a vacation rental for during the month of April.  Given that Spring Break has come to a close by April, most companies will offer reduced lodging rates and reduced minimum night stays for the last few weeks of the season.

Book an 2 night April stay with Winter Park Lodging Company today, and get 50% off your 2nd Night! 



March 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 VillageWe begged, we pleaded and only when Winter Park Resort delayed opening day until November 15th, did the snow gods finally listen.

While the majority of the US shuddered at images of the Polar Plunge making it’s way down from Canada, Winter Park joyously threw its mitten clad hands in the air, as big fat flakes of snow started falling from the skies.

And it’s still falling!

The weather forecast below comes from (‘Predicting sick days since 1998’), and it is looking great for the season kick off in Winter Park, Colorado, with more than a foot on the books.

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So, does this mean for opening day?  Well, our contacts at the Resort remain coy about the runs that they plan to open on Saturday, but a gambling man might hedge their bets on Parkway & Larry Sale for good odds for now.

There’s also a few bonus events going on this Opening Day for Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, which puts the emphasis of the weekend more more on celebration, and less on getting as much vert’ as possible.   Get in the lift line early for a chance to score some commemorative swag, free drink coupons, and head to the Derailer bar between 3 pm – 5 pm for live music and fun.

Want to know more about Winter Park Resort’s 75 years in the making?  Check out Winter Park’s 75 year anniversary promo below.


Want To Join In The Fun?

If you would like to take part in the festivities and make a last minute trip to Winter Park for opening weekend, check out our 140+  Winter Park Vacation Rentals and take advantage of our 30% Off Flash Sale today, to save on Early Season lodging.



November 12th, 2014

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Ready, Steady, Ski.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



October 8th, 2014

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first week of skiing 012 Winter Park ColoradoWinter Park Resort has announced it 2014/15 operating dates as November 13th, 2014 – April 26th, 2015.

That makes it just 99 days to ski season!

Last ski season at Winter Park saw 377.5 inches of snow fall, and an extended season thanks to the mega snow pack that just refused to go.  Early indicators are hinting for a similar weather pattern this year…so keep doing that snow dance and keep your powder planks handy.

The introduction of the Cirque sled was all the buzz in  in 2013/14, and it’s sure to be another winner again this year too…who can argue with $10 annual sled pass?

This year however, the talk of the Village is most certainly the additional of Lunch Rock restaurant at Mary Jane.  This vast, 16,000 square foot, eating and gathering venue is rapidly taking shape at the top of the Super Gauge lift, and is going to make for a whole new experience Jane Side.   Check out last month’s Lunch Rock blog to learn more.

Ready to start planning your Winter Park ski vacation?    Book today to take advantage of our huge early bird winter lodging sale and take a whopping 33% off your entire stay.


  • Valid for all winter stays, except 12/25/14 – 01/02/15
  • Valid for most, but not all properties.
  • Must book by 08/31/14.
  • All lodging reservations enjoy special guest discounts on lift tickets, rentals and more.




We are also offering Christmas night & New Years night FREE if you book a stay from December 25th – January 2nd, plus many more lodging specials through out the year.

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August 7th, 2014

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Night Skiing & Events At Granby Ranch

night skiing at winter parkSometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy your ski addiction.   If you’ve never tried night skiing, March is the month to do it.  Warmer evening temperatures make for comfortable lift rides, and snow conditions are prime for slicing up the lit groomers.

Night skiing is offered at Granby Ranch, another local ski resort, 20 miles west of Winter Park.  Offered on Fridays & Saturdays, from 5pm-8pm, at the bargain rate of just $14 per person, night skiing is a seriously good deal and a whole lotta fun when the sun goes down.

Our thought is, if you going to head that way, why not make a night of it?  Granby Ranch is home of the The Grill, which is currently hosting a week long Tuscan cuisine series.

Celebrity Chef Tuscan Week

Tuscan Week, Grnaby RanchThis special event, March 4th through March 10th, will welcome Italian guest chef Sergio Lorenzi to take the helm of the Grill at Granby Ranch.  Internationally recognized as one of the top 50 European Master Chefs by the International Academy of Gastronomy, Sergio has shared his knowledge Italian food magazines, written a culinary book, and held a Michelin star at his restaurant, ‘SERGIO’.

Each day in the Granby Ranch Tuscan series will feature a multi-course dinner for under $45, as well as a la carte options for antipasti, primi, secondi & dolci courses.

Seating is limited, so we highly recommend reserving your table by calling 970-887-5200.

If you’d rather sample more local flavors, check out Brickhouse 40 in central downtown Granby.  Open daily, and serving up a mixed Mediterranean affair from their open kitchen, Brickhouse 40 is widely acclaimed for their Greek specialty dishes.

The Tabernash Tavern is also conveniently located by the highway in the tiny town of Tabernash (halfway between Granby & Winter Park) and is one of the areas premiere eating spots.  This little oasis of deliciousness books out in seconds, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time (970-726-4430).

March 6th, 2014

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Winter Park’s Having The Best Season In Years!

parry_edited-2Sure, Winter Park Resort has been serving up a little slice of paradise since 1939, but with this much snowfall, we’re talking about a whole new level of utopia.

With recent snowfalls bringing our season total to 293 inches (and falling) and a resort snow base of 6.5 feet, the outlook for spring is looking great, with an anticipation that the entire mountain will be skiing well, long into April.

If you’ve been waiting patiently for that steal of a deal, or you want to get one last fix before the season ends, the smart money’s on April.

Long hailed by the locals as their favorite time to ski, April serves up long, warm days of largely empty slopes for skiers.  Plus, there is all kinds of end of season revelry to get involved in during the annual Springtopia & Spring Splash weekend.

All Access April

Winter Park Resort Triple Play Pass – On Sale Now For $109
Check out the Triple Play Pass (available with lodging reservation)  that is currently on sale for $109.  It entitles the holder to enjoy three, unrestricted days of skiing in the month of April (yep, skiing for $36/day).  The price will be increasing as the season progresses, so grab your pass soon!

April Lodging Deals
In addition to the discount skiing available, you’d be amazed at what you can pick up a vacation rental for during the month of April.  Given that Spring Break has come to a close by April, most companies will offer reduced lodging rates for the last few weeks of the season.  Check out Winter Park Lodging Company’s April lodging special here.



March 6th, 2014

Posted In: Deals, Deals & Discounts, Winter Park Resort


Powder…it’s a beautiful thing

Winter Park is having a phenomenal year with 133 inches of champagne powder falling from the skies, and cool temps keeping the snow fresh and light for days after each storm.   So, when the powder comes, where should you go to get deepest, freshest tracks possible?  We really couldn’t put it better than our friends at local television channel, TV 17, did in their Winter Park Insider’s Guide – Powder Skiing and Snowboarding.   This short film takes you on a whistle stop tour of WP’s favorite powder pockets from Vasquez Ridge, to the trees & shoots of Mary Jane, and the deep gladed runs of frontside and backside Parsenn Bowl.


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Learning to ski or ride powder does take a little practice and time, but as soon as you master the technique, you’ll never look back.   There are a hundred different ‘How To’ guides and You Tube videos out there offering tips and advice for new powder puppies; so rather than go through a step by step tutorial, we decided to go through our office and ask some of our fully fledged WPLCO powder dawgs their #1 top tip for shredding the sherbert.

Fun in the powder at winter parkCrystal: Reservations

‘When you’re on a board, you’ve got to keep some momentum up to avoid sinking down into the snow.  Look ahead and try to give yourself plenty of space around other skiers & riders.’

Sandie: Reservations

‘Never ever…ever, wear sunglasses in the powder.  It’s goggles or nothing…quite literally, after you’ve dropped your sunnies in the powder!’

Al Furlone: Property Care

‘Face the fall line and try to stay forward, it’ll keep you balanced and not fighting the snow.’

Steve Jones: Property Care Maintenance

‘Get there first!  When people go for the easiest stash, go the extra mile to reach the lesser travelled terrain.’

powder skiingMalina Lieven: Accounts

Consider renting a pair of nice fat powder skis for a day.  The latest powder skis feature a rockered tip, (that keeps your tips from burying into the deep snow) and a nice fat waist underfoot (to keep you floating).

Debs Bridge: Marketing

‘Take a slightly narrower stance, so that your skis form one wide platform to help you stay afloat.’

Valerie Wise: Reservations

‘Lean back a little more on your back foot to keep your nose up & out of the snow’

Chris Bradford: Owner

Lean back and point your shoulders where you want to go…which should be down the hill!’

January 8th, 2014

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◊◊ Diamonds In The Rough ◊◊

Winter Park Resort is well known for Mary Jane’s mountainous moguls and extensive tree skiing, but it’s also starting to get national recognition for its’ big mountain terrain that feels more out of bounds than in bounds.  In this article, we’ll take a closer look the extreme side of Winter Park, and share some of our own favorite trails that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping.   All of the trails we mention below are considered highly technical, and can have serious consequences for the unprepared; so remember the golden rule, and always ski within your ability level.  


Extreme skiing at winter pArkThe Cirque is Winter Park’s most widely known extreme terrain and offers 1,332 acres of double black diamond terrain.  This ungroomed area offers skiers a natural playground of cornices, steep shots, and cliffs in a rugged backcountry-style environment (minus the worry of avalanches thanks to Ski Patrol’s controlled bombing work).   All of the Cirque terrain spits you out on to the cat track below Eagle Wind and does require a bit of skate to get back on a chair.  One big bonus, and new this year, is The Cirque Sled.  You can buy a season’s sled pass for a mere $10 and get dropped off at various drop off points, all season long!  This is not only going to help reduce the hiking element of skiing the Cirque, but it will also spread skiers out from one end of the bowl to the other and increase your chance of freshies.   You’ll find fun turns just about anywhere on the Cirque, but our personal favorite is to hop into the creamiest looking Alphabet Chute for some technical turns and then open it up through the widely spaced 100’s/Rollover trees.


Belle Fourche – Belle Fourche is most definitely a local favorite, and while not as ‘extreme’ as some of the other runs mentioned in this blog, definitely up there in its back-country feel.   Belle Fourche doesn’t see a whole lot of traffic, mainly due to the fact that most people zip right past the entrance as they barrel down the cat track to the main Eagle Wind runs.   This is excellent news for the cannier powder hound!  Look for the entry gate on your left as you cruise down the Village Way cat track off of the Panoramic Chairlift, you might have to do a little side stepping to get to it.  When you get to the top of the run, take a moment to enjoy the views of the Cirque and beyond, and then jump on in for some deliciously powdery tree skiing.  Start cutting right about two thirds down the run to traverse a little further toward the Eagle Wind chair.

if you want to read up more on Vasquez Cirque & Eagle Wind, check out this great article with Jamie Wolter, a long time ski patroller at Winter Park Resort.


Chutes at WInter Park ResortHole in the wall or as some of us call it ‘Worth The Walk’.  Hole in the wall is a short, tight chute accessed via the gate at the top of railbender/derailier trails off of the Challenger Chair.  To get to the chute, you’ve got to earn it.  Sidestepping and some hefty poling are all part of the deal if you opt to keep your skis on your feet, and snowboarders are going to have to pack their boards and start marching.  You’ll pass a couple of tempting opt outs (Baldy’s/Awe Chute), but to go for the gold, keep on going until you come to the last drop in point.  Hole in the wall is the classic hourglass with a wider entry and exit, and tight, steep crux point in the middle.   There’s no mandatory air involved, but this chute gets skied out fast (exposing some grabby rocks and stumps), so the chances of you being able to ‘point ‘em’ through the crux are very slim.  Instead, channel your nimbly-pimbly side and try to jump turn your way through the ‘hole in the wall’.   The chute will bring you out towards the bottom of Trestle; to make the most of the run, duck into the trees to the right and enjoy a little rock hopping and powdery tree skiing until you hit the cat track.


Trestle Trees AKA Topher’s  – is some of the steepest and rockiest tree sking you’ll find at Winter Park.  There are two entry points to the area, but the quickest entry point is a skier’s right traverse into the woods about a third of the way down Trestle.   The upper portion of this run is tight and technical terrain, which requires controlled jump turns and quick maneuvering skills to work your way down a rocky cliff band.  There are serious consequences to messing up in this terrain, so if you’re not totally confident, don’t push it.  Instead, ski Trestle all the way past the cliff section, and then cut into the lower angled trees below and enjoy some creamy turns all the way to the cat track.


Needless to say, there are many more hidden gems out there.   If you have a personal favorite join in the conversation below….


January 8th, 2014

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