New at Winter park

New features, shops, and trails for the Winter Park 2017/2018 Ski Season

New in The Village at Winter Park

James and Parry’s: In Winter Park Resort Village, this trendy retail shop offers clothes for warmth, ensembles for fashion, unique gift selections, and memorable additions to home décor.  Right across from our friendly polar bear, you’ll see this brick corner shop beckoning you in.  Serious shoppers or casual walk-throughs will enjoy the stylish merchandise.  This is a great shop for finding Winter Park logo wear to take home a memento of great times in the mountains. Open daily 8a.m. to 8p.m.

 

Coming soon: Crazy Mountain Brewery is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village, 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift.  A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. This Edwards, Colorado-based brewery is bringing their unique ales and lagers to our ski village. Look for the opening this ski season, then, schuss on in for a flawless brew after a picture-perfect day on the slopes!

 

New on the Slopes of Winter Park

 

Super Gauge Digital Screen Pilot Program: A revolutionary pilot program is happening right here at Mary Jane.  We’re raising the bar, as you lower the restraining bars! Five chairs on Mary Jane’s Super Gauge will delight their riders with these newly installed digital screens that are a first in the ski industry. These handy screens will provide resort area pertinent information: such as real-time terrain openings, upcoming resort events, weather updates, and even CDOT info on I-70 traffic conditions.  For this nation-wide digital debut, five lucky chairs are equipped with this slick technology from the Centennial start-up, Alpine Media Technology.  Give chair 86 a go!  On that seven-minute ride to the top, users can access the bright and visible screens to 

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plan a route, avoid the busiest lift lines, and arrange an après ski date.  Powered up on each pass on the bull-wheel, these digital screens may very well make your day on the mountain easier and fuller than ever before.

 

Sober Englishman: Crossing the top of the renowned “Drunken Frenchman,” this improved and renamed trail allows easier access from the top of Winter Park over to the Mary Jane trail.  Past visitors may remember this as the exciting, but daunting “Do or Die” trail.  This now Intermediate trail is a half-mile long, 20-feet wide run, that is snowcat maintained.  Follow it from The Lodge at Sunspot, through the trees, to the top of the Mary Jane.  Your post-ski boasts will include talk of disembarking the Zephyr, meeting up with a Sober Englishman, crossing paths with a Drunken Frenchman, gamboling briefly with a Gandy Dancer, and meeting up with the Grande dame, Mary Jane!

 

Waffle Cabin: This fueling station has been practicing the art of “Waffleology” at their spot in the Village central for quite some time.  Now, these yummy liege style, warm waffles are being served up fresh on the slopes.  If your hungry friends or famished kids have not already pointed the new locale out to you, the newest Winter Park Waffle Cabin can be found by the Looking Glass and Olympia lifts. Follow the scrumptious smells!  Pick up an Original or add to perfection by asking for Belgian chocolate drizzle.  Hot and cold beverages are also available.  What a wonderful way to warm up and treat the family, and yourself, while up on the mountain.  You can still find the original Winter Park Waffle Cabin in the Village at 15 Parry Peak Way. Another site is open at the base, on weekends, near Gemini Express.  With three locations serving it up, it would be truly awful to leave without a waffle!

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At Winter Park and Mary Jane, the legendary trails await, and the Village continues to make available the foods and drinks that delight their guests.  Add to your list of favorite stops, or be one of the first to claim a brand new favored gem!

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February 9th, 2018

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Keen to get first tracks on a powder day, or need to deposit the kids in ski school in time?  Knowing where to park your car, or where the bus shuttles drop off is paramount to a stress free start to your ski day.

There is an abundance of free parking available, plus premium paid parking locations for those seeking the most convenient access to Winter Park Resort.

This article focuses on Winter parking options….but GREAT NEWS….during the summer months all parking is free at Winter Park Resort!

 

Winter Parking At Winter Park Resort 

Winter Park Resort area still offers tons of free winter parking with over  3,200 spots of FREE vehicle real estate available!

Below, we’ll break down the free lots at both Winter Park Base and Mary Jane Base, plus list the options for paid parking within the Village itself.    Some lots are a hearty hike away others are a shuttle stop and drop from the lot.

To see a map of the Winter Park Base Area parking lots, click here.


WINTER PARK BASE AREA

A quick run down of the parking lots from closest to furthest out from Winter Park Resort Base

North Bench Lot: FREE
Walk-In: 200 – 275 yard walk-in/walk-out access to Winter Park base area.   Guests should follow signs to go directly to West Portal Station via the railroad pedestrian bridge.   This is also the designated Charter Bus Parking location.

Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40.  Turn right onto Old Town Drive at the Lakota traffic light (first traffic light out of town), then take an immediate left and take the filter road past Blue Spruce Lot to enter the North Bench Lot.

Note: this lot fills up fast as resort workers and early morning race teams start parking here from 7.15 AM, but there is a 30 minute drop-off area that stays conveniently clear for those just want to drop and go.

Blue Spruce Lot: FREE

Walk In (approx. 350 yards) Or Park & Ride On Weekends/Holidays: This small parking lot is located just to the right of the entrance to North Bench on Old Town Drive.

If you’re fine with shouldering your skis for a morning stroll, you can walk through North Bench lot from here; otherwise, wait for the weekends when the Old Town free bus shuttle runs from 7.30 AM – 6.30 PM.

F & G Lots: FREE
Daily Park & Ride shuttle parking.  The daily bus service operates from 7.40 AM – 10 PM, dropping off guests at resort bus terminal near the Cabriolet.

Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40, go straight through the Lakota traffic light (first light out of town) and at the second traffic light, turn right and an immediate left to go to F LOT, or turn left at the traffic light to enter the G LOT.

Old Town Lots: FREE park & ride (shuttle service on weekends/holidays)

On the North side of the resort, along Winter Park Drive & Old Town Drive, there are four lots that are free to park:Blue Spruce (mentioned above), Lone Tree, Adolf’s & the Bus Barn.

Each have identified shuttle stops to and from the Village at Winter Park Resort and served by a free shuttle on the weekends and holidays, 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM from November 18 to April 1, 2018.

Family fun at winter park resortPay Lots at Winter Park Base.

Village Parking Garage: located on Winter Park Drive off Highway 40 at the Winter Park Resort base.

There are 200 spaces of covered parking on levels 1 and 2 of the Village Parking Garage.  This is the closest paid parking to the ski lifts, located approximately 100 yards from the Zephyr Express Lift.

$25 full day; $15 half day (arriving at noon or later).   If you are heading to the Village for a meal or entertainment in the evening, The Village Parking Garage is free from 3:00 PM to 6:59 AM every day.

Level 3 Parking Garage is strictly drop-off and short term parking:  first sixty minutes are free, then $8 per hour.

 

Vintage Lot: located directly off Highway 40 on Winter Park Drive, at Winter Park Resort’s main entrance.

A large paved lot, with over-flow available at Lots B and C, has easy access to the Village via the free open air Cabriolet gondola lift (kids love it!).

Parking cost is variable, depending on peak times and holidays, but general cost is $10 daily on weekends/holidays, and $5 daily for weekdays.

Self-serve pay stations are at each lot; or, use the Parkmobile app.


 

 

MARY JANE BASE AREA

All parking at Mary Jane Base is free at this time.   Access to Mary Jane and her parking options can be found by turning off Hwy 40 (approximately 1 mile East of the main Winter Park Resort entrance) at the Mary Jane Resort sign onto Mary Jane Road.

Here’s our run down of the closest to furthest out from Mary Jane Resort Base. 

Dotsero Lot: FREE park & walk-in.

Located at the main base of Mary Jane, this large lot offers an easy walk to the Super Gauge Express Lift, Mary Jane Ticket Office & Mary Jane base restaurants.  Needless to say, it fills up fast, so arrive there early….or make it an afternoon ski and arrive after 2 PM when the early birds start heading home and spaces begin to open up again.

The Dotsero lot is located at the very end of the Mary Jane road, approximately two miles from US HWY 40.

Tailgating at winter parkUtah Junction Lot (AKA The ‘C’ Lot): FREE park & walk-in

The ‘C’ Lot is named for it’s proximity to the two chair ‘Challenger’ lift, and it’s a locals favorite that is known as party central: expect grills going, friends gathering, and tailgates down, this lot fills up quickly.

The majority of terrain accessed from the Challenger lift is blue/black and higher, so if you are looking for more gentle terrain, ski down to the Super Gauge Express via the green Shoo Fly trail.  This parking lot also has the benefit of public restrooms at the lot’s edge.

Utah Junction Lot will be the third lot in from US HWY 40 on the left.   s the second lot in, also on the left.

Corona Siding Lot: FREE park, then ski, hike, or shuttle to the slopes.

The Corona Siding Lot provides access to the Corona Way Trail, though it is a bit of a hike/side-step up a gradual slope to get to the main ski trail down to the lifts.   As with all of the Mary Jane parking lots, you have the option to free shuttle in, for easier access.

Corona Siding Lot is the first parking lot on the left as you drive down Mary Jane Road from US HWY 40,

Rollins Pass Lot: FREE park & ride.

Rollins Pass Lot will be the first lot on the right as you enter onto Mary Jane Road. From this lot, you will most likely want to ride in on the free shuttle.


At the time of this research and posting, these free options were all available.  Also, take note that no overnight parking is allowed in either Winter Park or Mary Jane lots.

Contact Security at 970-726-1500, for emergencies or to make special RV parking arrangements.


Free Winter Park Shuttle

winter park free busIf you don’t want to deal with Winter driving on your vacation, The Lift (Winter Park’s free bus shuttle service) should be music to the ears!  Truly stress-free, The Lift is available throughout Winter Park Resort, Mary Jane Resort, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops in between.  A twice daily shuttle to Granby also caters to those residing a little further from the slopes.

There are eight lines running on a daily basis; and all buses are wheelchair accessible.   Purple and yellow “The Lift” Resort Shuttle signs will indicate the stops on each line.

Most buses run every 30 to 60 minutes, but for the most up to date information, call 970-726-4163.

To view daily schedules and daytime/evening routes, CLICK HERE.     

The Lift information is also available on the free RideHop App.

January 10th, 2018

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Winter Park Blue Runs

Chasing the corduroy on ‘White Rabbit’

 

What’s Going On In Winter Park: December 12th – 19th, 2017

Four inches of new snow in recent days has given a nice boost to Winter Park’s early season snow pack; and with colder temperatures on the way, the snow-making team at Winter Park Resort have guns-a-blazin’ to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

The Zephyr Express lift is now open, providing access to the Olympia Lift and ‘Alice’ ski runs, as in “Alice in Wonderland.” Explore Alice’s fast and fun groomers like Jabberwocky, Dormouse, March Hare and White Rabbit, and you will have wonder and “Weeee!” as you ski.

Speaking of White Rabbit, both the upper section (Blue or Intermediate) and the lower section (Green or Easiest) are open.   White Rabbit is a wide open cruiser, that runs under the Olympia Lift.   Work on your style points, shake out some of those early-season cobwebs, and get those legs ready for bigger and steeper lines later in the season.

This Week’s Featured Events & Activities

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • Broom Ball—Winter Park Resort Village, 5 PM – 7 PM.
    Get your game on!  Join in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 12th thru March 29th, for free and friendly broom ball competitions.  Weather and attendance dependent, this is a chance to slip, slide, and score on the outdoor Village Pond.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Campfire Music Series, Winter Park Resort Village Gazebo
    Gather around the campfire for live music in the center of the Village at Winter Park Resort from 4 PM –  5 PM.
  • Women’s Classic Ski Clinic—Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash
    All levels of Nordic skiing women are welcome to join in the fun at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and spend time with an experienced instructor to help hone your current classic cross country skiing skills, or discover a new pleasure.    $45 pp for the clinic.  $85 includes trail pass and ski rental.
  • Open Mic at the Basement, Winter Park 9 PM to 2 AM

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Broom Ball—Winter Park Resort Village, 5 PM – 7 PM.
    Weather and attendance dependent, this is a chance to slip, slide, and score on the Village Pond.
  • Kid’s Night Out— Winter Park Resort Village, Private Lesson Center.
    Drop off the kids (ages 4 to 12 years old) from 5:30 – 8:30 PM for a fun evening of crafts, games, and a movie while you enjoy a little adult time to shop, dine or explore the Village.  Supervised by professional childminders, this service is offered free of charge when parents return with a $25 (per child) receipt from any shop or restaurant in the Winter Park Village.  Space is limited, so we recommend pre-registering the kids on the Winter Park Resort online site.

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Free Ice Skating Lessons, Winter Park Resort Village Pond
    Free ice skating lessons are offered very Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the outdoor ice skating pond, from December 15th to March 25th (excluding December 24th), from 4 – 5 PM.  Ice Skate rentals and sign up sheets are available at the Village Rental Store (right opposite Starbucks) – be sure to sign up before 3 PM to avoid disappointment.  Beginners or expert gliders are welcome, instructors will be on the ice to teach and encourage youngsters.   This activity is subject to change, depending on weather and ice conditions.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • Santa Claus Visits The Village—Winter Park Resort Village Gazebo
    Gather the kids and head to the Village Gazebo from 3 – 5 PM for a a little meet and greet with the big bearded fellow, Santa Claus!
  • Boulder Nordic Sport Season Kick-off Party & Biergarten—Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center (877-267-7547), all day. Free equipment demos of the latest Nordic gear, skiing adventures, and complimentary après ski biergarten refreshments.
  • Ski & Snowboard Association-Freestyle Mogul Olympic Selection, Winter Park Resort
    Watch the best and brightest US Freestyle talent battle it out on the Ambush mogul run (right at the base of Winter Park Resort) as they fight to earn their spot on the US Olympic Team.  Taking place from 9 AM – 5 PM, between December 16 through December 21.

Bump skiing lessons winter parkSunday, December 17, 2017

  • Santa Claus Visit—Winter Park Village Gazebo, 3 – 5 PM
    Santa is awaiting your visit, join him for merriment this weekend in Winter Park.
  • Ski & Snowboard Association-Freestyle Mogul Olympic Selection, Winter Park Resort
    Watch the best and brightest US Freestyle talent battle it out on the Ambush mogul run (right at the base of Winter Park Resort) as they fight to earn their spot on the US Olympic Team.  Taking place from 9 AM – 5 PM, between December 16 through December 21.
  • FREE Yoga in the Hill House, near the Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort
    Start your day off right with a free one hour yoga class at 7:30 AM in the Hill House.  Specially choreographed for skiers and boarders, this fun class will cater to all levels and abilities.

 

Monday, December 18, 2017

  • Ski & Snowboard Association-Freestyle Mogul Olympic Selection, Winter Park Resort
    December 16 through December 21, 2017, 9 AM – 5 PM, details above

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • Ski & Snowboard Association-Freestyle Mogul Olympic Selection, Winter Park Resort
    December 16 through December 21, 2017, 9 AM – 5 PM, details above

 

BONUS NEWS

If you’re planning a ski getaway in the New Year, keep the Fat Tire Music Series on your radar.  Held every other Friday, 3 – 5 PM, from January 5th through April 20th, 2018.   Just wanted to tantalize you all a bit regarding the tunes and drink specials that will be making the start of our weekends even more welcome.  Check back for information on the music and merry-making that will kick off your 2018 weekends on the mountain.

For more information on daily happenings and news from Winter Park, CO call our local vacation planners at 970-722-0707.

December 15th, 2017

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Holly-Jolly Season Winter Park Style

There is something just a little bit brighter, a morsel merrier, when you are able to spend your holidays in the alpine wonder of Winter Park! There is so much beckoning from the slopes, from the village, and from around town throughout the coming month.  Whether you are seeking adventure or contemplation, traditional or unique, solo or oh-so-many family and friends, you will find an activity to fulfill your holiday wishes.  

“And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself…”

Santa Claus sitting in a rocker, surrounded by glistening snow and sparkling eyes, on December 16th, 17th, and 23rd, Santa will be at the Village Gazebo.  What a wonderful way for families to be able to spend some time with Santa. You can plan an entire family-focused day, as you enjoy hot chocolate, ice skating, village wanderings amongst twinkling lights and Christmas carolers, before heading to the gazebo for photos and conversation with Santa, from 3-5p.m. Truly, memories that can last a lifetime will be made at this fun event.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

As you walk that Winter Park wonderland, delight in a December 24th day filled with holiday happenings. Before sleighing off into a night of gift giving, Santa Claus will be welcoming visitors at the Village Gazebo, from 1-5p.m.  By 3:15, Christmas carolers will bring added pleasure to the scene as they fill the air with songs of the season.

As the sun begins to set, seek out the heat of the bonfire at Winter Park Resort’s base, next to the Zephyr Lift.  From 4p.m. on, warm your hands and heart, revel in the caroling, and enjoy a steaming drink, while you anticipate the grand event: the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, scheduled to begin as the sun sets, at 5:30.  Down Lower Hughes they will come, skiers and boarders bearing glowing torches to light way for Santa Claus and elves from the North Pole. Keep watch–the skies will fill with the sparkle of a fireworks spectacular. What is Christmas without a tree?  Snowcats will conclude the celebration will a well-choreographed, illuminated Christmas tree formation that bids each and all a very merry Christmas and a Happy Ski Year!

Winter Park Fireworks

As the parade is ending, and the anticipation is building, there are still holiday happenings awaiting.  All are welcome to a non-denominational Christmas Eve service being held in the West Portal Station, 6p.m.

Good Eats and Happy Hours

  • Deno’s Local Favorite Happy Hour at Deno’s Mountain Bistro.  Enjoy everything from filet tips to shrimp tacos to $2.50 beers from 3 pm to 6 pm every day.
  • BBQ Fun Happy Hour at Smokin Moes from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.  $3 drafts, house wine $5 hot drinks, delicious pulled pork sliders, pb&J sliders, spicy hot links and more.
  • Christmas Eve feast at The Lodge at Sunspot—call 970-726-1446 to make your reservations. 
  • Breakfast Buffet and Prime Rib Buffet at Hecks Tavern at Devils Thumb Ranch. Prime Rib Buffet is $39 per person, children under 12 are 1/2 price. Breakfast buffet is $18.95 per person, children under 12 are 1/2 price. All Christmas week, open from 7:30 am to 9 pm. 970–726–7013
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It is the season to make merry, and Winter Park is inviting you up!

Good to Know

Mary Jane Ale Can Launch Party Update:

The New Belgium Ale that highlights our very own celebrity, Mary Jane, will premier its new can at the Launch Party, happening at the Derailer Bar, at Sunspot!

Activities and entertainment from noon until 5p.m. include:

  • Mary Jane Ale samplings and giveaways
  • An outside DJ
  • A Bonfire
  • Snowblade competition
  • Yard games
  • On mountain scavenger hunt: search for Mary Jane on the trails for chances to win amazing prizes.  Scavenger instructions are located at the New Belgium tent.

 

Come for the skiing stay for the ale!

Also, remember that December 9th and 10th are also the perfect days to try out some sweet new equipment, as it is the weekend for Winter Park Resort’s Annual Demo Days: Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm.

 

Let it Snow!  

Check back often, Winter Solstice officially heralds on Thursday, December 21, at 1:28 pm Rocky Mountain Time!  The season is just gearing up.

 

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December 8th, 2017

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Fresh December Snow

Weekly Conditions Update Dec 5, 2017

Well it snowed, ALOT!  Winter Park came in as the big winner in Colorado on Monday morning with 7 inches of fresh fluffy new snow.  Steamboat began to catch up during the day on Monday when they received a hefty midday snowstorm, there was even a rumor of thundersnow.  When it looked like Steamboat was going to surpass Winter Park, the snow picked up in intensity and added FIVE MORE INCHES to the previous 7.  The final score, Steamboat:  11.5″ and Winter Park: 12″ (Sorry Steamboat, sometimes you have to share the Champagne).  The snow is smooth and silky underfoot and with this new snow and cold temps throughout the week, look for more and more terrain to be opening soon.

Next Chance of snow is Thursday, Dec, 7th

As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there are 8 lifts and 7 trails open; covering 50 skiable acres.

Cumulative snowfall of 41 inches, with five new inches in 24 hrs and 12 inches in the last 48 hrs.  There is an 18 inch base.

 

Events on the Horizon— so much to do. Have a wander and see what appeals to you!
  • At Winter Park Resort- snowshoe, snow cat tours, and tubing hill are all open!

Wednesday, December 6

  • Open Mic at the Basement, Winter Park 9:00pm to 2:00am
  • Campfire Music Series, Village Gazebo, Winter Park Resort, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Thursday, December 7

  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 4pm to 7pm

 

Friday, December 8

  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 4pm to 7pm
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Saturday, December 9

  • Demo Days, Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm. A chance to demo some big name ski products for free! Under seventeen year-olds will need a parent/guardian to sign the waiver.

 

  • Mary Jane Ale Launch Party, 12 to 5pm. Mary Jane Ale is coming to the mountain premiering her new limited edition can.  Join in with New Belgium Brewery to toast in the new ski season.  There will be free samplings, giveaways, music, and games.  Skiing plus brews plus sunshine equal perfect Winter Park day! If you are not already feeling lucky just being here on the mountain, you could go for the gold with prizes of a Winter Park 2017-18 ski pass, a custom “winterized” New Belgium Cruiser, VIP tour tickets, tickets to Winter Park tubing hill, First Tracks on Winter Park Territory, and much more! Launch Party location to be announced, dependent on mountain and trail conditions.
  • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am to 6pm
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    Sunday, December 10

    • Demo Days, Winter Park Resort, 9am to 3pm. A chance to demo some big name ski products for free! Under seventeen year olds will need a parent/guardian to sign the waiver.
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am to 6pm
    • Yoga in Hill House, at Winter Park Resort, 7:30am

     

    Good to Know

    Several new and exciting places have been opening in the area.  As you wander about, stop in and try out some of these places for food, brews, and fun.

     

    The Fireside Market & Eatery, is a family-owned business located at 78337 US Hwy 40, Winter Park.  A great place to find culinary items from around the world, as well as the home-cooking basics.  The staff is approachable and knowledgeable.  Whether you’re in the area for a week or forever, stop in to find your food delights.

     

    The Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro, (970) 363-7081, opened in Cooper Creek Square in July.  Offering authentic menu items from Nepal and India, this quality restaurant will welcome you for lunch or dinner.  Big windows and cozy furnishings provide the comfortable setting for satisfying those chai, tandoori, and curry cravings.

    Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village at 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift.  A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. Schuss in after a perfect day on the slopes!

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    December 5th, 2017

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    In Colorado, we love the opportunities and adventure that each season offers, but there is a special thrill that comes with the announcement, “Winter Park Ski Resort is open, with lifts running, and snow waiting!” Yes, our first of many ski trips of the season!

    Locate the essentials.  Make certain those skis you sadly put away last April are waxed and willing. Our verbal checklist upon departing the house, “Skis, boots, poles, pass.”

    With temperatures in the mid-forties and blue skies smiling down, this is the perfect time to check out your equipment and loosen up the muscles for the new ski season.  There were eight lifts already running when we arrived.  We saw people at the base renting equipment to try out for the upcoming snowfall.  

    Conveniently, right at the base of Winter Park, there was a tent set up for us to try out our RFID ski passes to make certain that everything was current and functioning.  Super simple, before we scurried onto the Arrow lift.  

    Early skiing.  There are no crowds, plenty of enthusiastic employees, and the calming beauty of a day in the Rocky Mountains.  Our smiles were wide as we took in the views.

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     It was also fun to see several groups of beginner skiers taking an early season class; working on their skills while the sun still shines and before the truly deep snow descends.

    It was a short foray.  Enough to pick up a breakfast burrito from Moffat Market, assemble my accoutrements, and to whet my appetite for the upcoming season of friends and family swooshing down these expansive Winter Park/Mary Jane trails, creating new memories.

    Upcoming Events & Activities:

    First Weekend of December:
    Friday, December 1
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm
    • Festival of Trees, Grand Park County Recreation Center, Fraser, 4-8pm
    • Ullrs Tavern presents the Kyle Hollingsworth Band with guests Haley Jane and the Primates, Winter Park 8pm

     

    Saturday, December 2

    • Pet pictures with Santa Paws, 10am-1pm, Hideaway Park Bandshell, Main Street/Highway 40 Winter Park
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm

     

    Sunday, December 3
    • Yoga in Hill House, at Winter Park Resort, 7:30am
    • Model Railroad Christmas Display, Granby, 10am-6pm
    • Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club BINGO, Carver’s Winter Park, 6pm

     

    Wednesday, December 6
    • Open Mic at the Basement, Winter Park 9:00pm to 2:00am

     

    • Campfire Music Series,  Village Gazebo, Winter Park Resort, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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    While in the area, this is the perfect time and place to get a fresh Colorado Christmas tree.

     

    Here’s what you need to know–

     

    WHEN CAN I GET MY PERMIT? November 1st through December 24th, or through January 6th from the USFS Office in Granby only.

    COST  Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of five (5) trees per person.

    WHERE CAN I GET MY PERMIT

    United States Forest Service Granby office * closed holidays
    9 10 Mile Dr, Granby, CO 80446

    Country ACE Hardware in Granby * closed holidays
    627 W Agate Ave, Granby, CO 80446

    Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply in Fraser * closed holidays
    541 Zerex St, Fraser, CO 80442

    Winter Park Information Center 
    78841 U.S. HWY 40 Winter Park, CO 80482

    Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce 
    14700 US-34, Grand Lake, CO 80447

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    Stay With Us

    Winter Park Lodging Company has a great lineup of deals and specials for Winter events for you to take advantage of!

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    December 1st, 2017

    Posted In: Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Park Activities, Winter Park News

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    Mary Jane Is Open (And She’s Lookin’ Good)

    If you haven’t heard the news, it’s been DUMPING snow in Colorado over the last month (November 2015).

    As a result, we’re enjoying the best early season skiing in years; so much so that Winter Park was just placed in Snowbrains,  Top 10 Snowfall Totals In North America Right Now.

    Since opening day we have seen 80 inches of fluffy, perfect powder fall from the skies and currently have 72 trails open between Winter Park Territory & Mary Jane Territory; and with another storm heading our way this weekend, we suspect that it won’t be long before even more of Winter Park territories start opening up.

    With all this open terrain in mind, we thought this would be a good time to do a quick refresher on the Seven Territories Of Winter Park Resort, so that you can spend less time studying the map, and more time seeking out those powder stashes!

     

     

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    WINTER PARK

    Expert Only: 0%     Most Difficult: 20%    Advanced: 32%   Intermediate: 21%   Beginner: 27%

    Winter Park Territory begins at the main base area and shoots up to a staggering 10,713 feet via the Zephyr Express.  From here you can take your pick of green/blue/black groomers, tear up incredible terrain parks, test your speed on the Nastar, or join in a lesson with the highly acclaimed Ski & Ride School.   Given its diversity, Winter Park Territory is very popular with families and groups, so can tend to be one of the busier areas of the resort during peak ski times.

     

     

     

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    VASQUEZ RIDGE

    Expert Only: 0%     Most Difficult: 51%    Advanced: 3%   Intermediate: 36%   Beginner: 10%

    This little gem is often one of the quietest areas in the Resort and an absolute playground for the advanced intermediate skier.   Accessed via a cat track from the base of the Olympia Express lift, Vasquez is a great mix of blue/black groomers, with some really fun, short tree run options.  Most of the runs in this area filter back into a very low angle cat track to get back to the main Pioneer Express chair lift, so snowboarders should be prepared to do a little skootching , or better yet, borrow some poles from a skiing buddy to help with the run out.

     

     

     

     

    MARY JANE

    Expert Only: 1%   Most Difficult: 59%  Advanced: 15% Intermediate: 19% Beginner: 6%

    Mary Jane’s legendary bump runs don’t need a lot of introduction, but this curvy lady has a lot more in her armory than Volkswagon sized moguls.  Beginners and intermediates will love the long Mary Jane trail to Arrowhead groomer and the cruisy blues around Sunnyside lift; and more advanced skiers can build up bump skills on a variety of short pitches around Golden Spike/Sterling way and test their stamina on longer runs like Trestle and Drunken Frenchman.  For the expert skier, Mary Jane definitely delivers, with leg juddering mogul runs (yep, those VWs again), steep and technical tree runs galore, and the Double Black chutes – arguably the most technical terrain at the Resort.

     

     

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    PARSENN BOWL

    Expert Only: 0%     Most Difficult: 20%    Advanced: 49.7%   Intermediate: 30.3%    Beginner: 0%

    Parsenn bowl is the perfect introduction to skiing ungroomed terrain for intermediate level skiers and riders.   Ride the aptly named Panoramic Express to 12,000 feet and take in the incredible views of mountains all around, then ski down 1714 feet of vertical drop via blue groomers  that dip their way through perfectly gladed forest, or make your own trail and test out your powder turns down the wide open face of Parsenn bowl.   The Panoramic Express also serves as the access lift to get over to The Cirque and Eagle Wind territories.

     

     

     

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    EAGLE WIND

    Expert Only: 0%     Most Difficult: 96%    Advanced: 4%   Intermediate: 0%    Beginner: 0%

    Eagle Wind is all about the tree skiing – good, steep, powdery tree skiing!  This ungroomed area sits across the valley from The Cirque and is an absolute blast after (or during!) a snow storm.   Served by the Eagle Wind chairlift, skiers and riders traverse along the top of the ridge to take their pick of pillowy lines through the steep pockets of trees and valleys.  All of the ski runs end at the lower egress cat track, making it easy to get everyone together if you lose each other in the woods.

     

     

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    THE CIRQUE

    Expert Only: 25%     Most Difficult: 75%    Advanced: 0%   Intermediate: 0%    Beginner: 0%

    Touted as in-bounds with an out-of-bounds attitude, The Cirque offers close to 400 acres of ungroomed, double black diamond skiing through steep, technical terrain.  Skate, hike or ride the Cirque Sled (extra pass required to take the sled) along the top of The Cirque until you find the perfect line and then take the leap.  While all of the terrain in this area hits the bullseye for a double-black rating, some lines are more forgiving than others, so expert level skiers shouldn’t be intimidated by how it looks from Eagle Wind – it’s a really fun spot and if you have the skills, it’s well worth the effort.  As with Eagle Wind, all of the Cirque runs will dump you out on the Egress cat track, where you’ll need to take the Eagle Wind chair back up to Parsenn Bowl/Eagle Wind territory, or continue on the Egress to go all the way to the Pioneer Express and Vasquez Ridge territory.

     

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    December 4th, 2015

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

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


    There’s the incredible Base Village Loft Amenities:

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

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

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

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

     

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

    October 5th, 2015

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

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    Who Wants A Monster Ski Season?

    I do, I do, and with all this talk of El Nino, we might just get one.

    El Nino Coming To ColoradoYou can’t have missed the all the talk on the news of the El Nino weather pattern that continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, and what that cycle might mean for skiers this coming winter.

    References to ‘Godzilla’ and comparative studies to the 1998 El Nino (AKA the ‘King Kong’ of `98) that smothered Colorado in feet of powder suggest that we could indeed be in for a MONSTER ski season.  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    So what exactly is El Nino?  Well, after extensive research, I was able to put together the following definitions.

    El Nino – Defined By Dictionary.com as:

    A warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the cost of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes cause catastrophic weather conditions.

    El Nino – Defined By Old Time Skiers as:  Powder

    El Nino – Defined By Chris Farely as:

    Yes, it’s still a little early in the day to make definite predictions, but with all this crazy weather talk, this half-full kind of gal is eyeballing some new powder skis for this ski season!

    While we’re on the subject of the upcoming ski season, Winter Park has a couple of changes going on that are well worth mentioning.

    The first, is the introduction of new Hands-Free RFTD lift passes.   These chip embedded passes will replace all paper tickets and should significantly speed up the lift boarding process at all base area lifts.

    How do they work?  Simple.  Skiers just stow away the pass in their jacket pocket and the soon to be installed lift gates will automatically open when the pass holder walks through the scanner.  Rumor has it that your ski pass photo might also pop up for the Lift Crew to verify you as the pass holder, so make sure you smile pretty for the camera this year.

    Next up for discussion is the opening and closing of a couple of stores and restaurants opening in Base Village.  Rocky Mountain Eyewear (next to Riverside Spirits) has been replaced by a traditional Candy Sweet Shop with an awesome selection of yumminess guaranteed to have your kids bouncing off the walls in no time.  The other big change is the departure of the Cheeky Monk, we’ve not heard what it will be replaced with yet, but will keep you posted with any updates.

    The last (and admittedly very unofficial, but a gem of a rumor), is that we’ve head a whisper in the wind that Winter Park Resort is toying with the idea of taking on A-Basin & Loveland as the ‘Last Man Skiing’ resort for 2016.  Nothing has been confirmed by Winter Park Resort, and the last official word on the street was that the resort is still scheduled to close in Mid April, but the rumor going around town is that there’s a possibility that areas of the resort could stay open as late as May 7th???

    Whatever the truth, so long as El Nino does his thing, we’re going to be in for an epic 2015/2016 ski season, so plan on coming up to Winter Park to join in the fun.

    To browse our 145+vacation rentals in snowy Winter Park, CLICK HERE.

     

    August 29th, 2015

    Posted In: Environment, Local Info, Snow Reports, Winter Park Resort

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    Winter Park Summer VacationsWinter Park Resort base area opens for the summer season for Saturday, June 6th & Sunday June 7th, then daily from June 13th, 2015.   Trestle Bike Park & base area mini-golf also opens on June 13th, 2015.   Daily operating hours for Trestle Bike Park are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and 10:00 am to 5:30 pm for base area activities. 

    Winter Park Resort is fast becoming a top summer destination in the active vacation market, gaining national recognition as a must-do in downhill mountain biking communities, and building a stellar reputation as a terrific family destination with the development of base area activities and events throughout the summer months.

    So, what’s in store this summer at Winter Park Resort?  The season will get of to a sweet start with the annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival, held in the Village on June 13th, from 10 am – 4 pm.   Stroll through booths of chocolatey decadence, and purchase a taste ticket to sample the wares.    

    The Village Uncorked wine, art & cheese festival takes place on July 4th from 12 pm – 4 pm.  This popular event offers will be featuring workshop tents where special presenters will perform demonstrations, cheese workshops and a wine and cheese pairing course.  Regional wines and cheeses will be on sale, in addition to arts, crafts and photography works.

    WP Chocolate FestivalColorado Freeride Festival is the big ticket item in this summer’s mountain bike events.  With more than $40,000 in prize money on offer, this four day event is the largest freeride festival in the US and attracts the pro mountain bike athletes from around the world.  In addition to the pro events, the festival also encourages participation in events by all levels of riders, with a strider bike adventure course and fancy dress parades for kids.   Colorado Freeride Festival takes place from July 23rd – 26th, 2015.

    If you like a little spice in your life, don’t miss the High Altitude Flamethrower’s Chili Fest on August 15th & 16th, 2015.   This scrumptious event sees Colorado state chili chefs compete to earn a coveted spot to compete in the World Competition.

    Other FREE weekly events in the Village at Winter Park include Coca-Cola Family Movies Nights every Friday at sunset on the outdoor screen on the village lawn (next to private lesson center), free live music at the Friday Music Series every Friday at the Village Gazebo from 4 – pm, and Popsicles In The Village where you and your family can reward yourselves on a fun filled day, popsicles are offered on a first come, first served basis at the Gazebo Plaza from 4-5 pm.  For further details on any of these free events, call one of our friendly reservation team at the number on the left; or check out our Winter Park Resort activity guide here.

    Freeride-friday-Trestle-bike-park-300x169Trestle Bike Park, at Winter Park Resort, begins full operations on June 13th.   Offering 3 lifts, to more than 40 miles of nerve tingling downhill trails, Trestle Bike Park is one of the best in country.  

    Want to join in the fun?  For those with a little experience under their belt, a Full Day Adult Pass to Trestle Bike Park is available for $41/day, or a Half Day for $36.   If you’d like a tune up, or some tips & skills training before you go it alone, we’d highly recommend signing up for one of the Trestle Freeride 1 Day Camps (July 18th & August 8th).  These 6 hour workshops use video analysis, and top training methods to elevate your downhill riding to the next level.   A full day camp with lift ticket & full rental (downhill bike, full face helmet, leg & arm protection) will set you back $159.99, and in our book, is worth every penny of it.  For more information on all Trestle Bike Park lessons and tickets, call 970-726-1564.

    Trestle Bike Park will play host to many competitive bike events throughout the summer months.   Big bike events scheduled for summer at Winter Park Resort are:

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    May 30th, 2015

    Posted In: Mountain Biking, Summer Events, Winter Park Resort

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