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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January 18th, 2018

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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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    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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    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.

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    August 29th, 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 Snowforecast.com (‘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.

     

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    November 12th, 2014

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    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
    Snowboarder

    ‘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
    Snowboarder

    ‘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
    Telemarker

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

    Steve Jones: Property Care Maintenance
    Skier

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

    powder skiingMalina Lieven: Accounts
    Telemarker

    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
    Skier

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

    Valerie Wise: Reservations
    Snowboarder

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

    Chris Bradford: Owner
    Skier

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

    January 8th, 2014

    Posted In: Helpful hints, Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Park Resort

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    Snow Guarantee

    Booking an early season ski trip can be a fabulous way to get your ski fix in for a bargain price…and even squeeze in a second trip if (like us) you just can’t get enough powder in your life!

    We also understand, that although we are already on track to a great snow season ahead (it’s dumping outside as I write this, it really is), there is always that underlying concern that there might not be as much snow as you you had hoped for, when you book an early stay.

    So, what can we do to put your mind at rest?  Lets start with the Winter Park Snow Guarantee.

    Yep, you heard right, a snow guarantee; if you book an early season stay, and decide that the snow conditions are not up to your standards, you may reschedule your trip for a stay later in the season.

    here’s the dealRendezvous homes at winter park

    1. The snow guarantee is valid for all early season reservations, for stays between November 13th – December 20th, 2013.
    2. If the snow conditions do not meet your standards, you are permitted a one-time opportunity to reschedule your trip (up to 48 hours prior to your reservation check-in time) to the same property, for another time this 2013/14 ski season.
    3. Rescheduling will be made on a space available basis, for the property you originally booked.
    4. The cost of your original reservation will be applied to your new dates, and any difference in price must be paid at the time of re-booking.
    5. Sorry, no refunds!

    Ski Homes with hot tubs and viewsWhy offer the snow guarantee?  We are confident that Mother Nature is going to deliver us plenty of snow over Thanksgiving and early December; just take a look at the shot of the slopes from one of our gorgeous Lakota property’s steamy hot tub, taken yesterday.  But, if for some reason the snow reports don’t fully live up to your expectations, we want to give you the opportunity to switch up your dates, so that you can have the best Winter Park vacation imaginable.

    Still not convinced?  How does 25% OFF ALL EARLY SEASON STAYS strike you?  Add that to Thanksgiving lift tickets on sale for as little as $48/day (based on our special rates for a 3 day lift ticket) and that early season trip might start looking pretty appealing.   

     

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    November 4th, 2013

    Posted In: Deals, Lodging, Our favorites, Skiing & Snowboarding, Snow Reports, snowfall, Uncategorized, Winter Park News, Winter Park Resort

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    First snow at Winter Park Resort

    First Measurable Snow in Winter Park, CO

    It is that time of year again when we can start looking forward to white fluffy snow being on the ground her in Winter Park.  That also means it os time for the fifth annual “guess the day of the first measurable snow at Winter Park Resort”.

    There are lots of amateur weathermen here in Winter Park prognosticating on the kind of snow year we will have this ski season.  I have heard that since we have been getting all this rain that we will have a great snow year and we will have a bad snow year.  Heard an old tale that snow will be as high as the skunk weed that is currently in bloom. Fireweed also seems to be an indicator of the amount of snow headed our way this year.  This years Farmers Almanac says that will have an above average snow year with colder temperatures than usual.  I say just bring on the snow!

    So, the 2013 First Measurable snow contests goes like this:

    • Guess the day of the first measurable snow
    • Winner gets a WPLCo SKI/WP t-shirt (shown below)
    • Guesses can be made below in the comments or on the Winter Park Lodging CO Facebook Page

    Rules for all tricky ones out there:

    • Only one guess per person
    • Measurable snow is more than half an inch
    • Guess must be in two days before actual snow
    • Measurable snow is at the base of Winter Park Resort

    Last year 2012 was a relatively late snow coming October 23th. In 2011, the first snow was October 6th with a small snow storm.  In 2010, first snow was a little late with an October 12th blizzard.  2009 brought us first snow on September 21st and 2008 was early with a September 10th date.  Last year I predicted September 13th and was off by almost a month.  So everyone put your Winter Park Resort Trail-maps in the freezer for good luck (and to make the snow gods happy) and get your snow dance on.  I will start things off with the fist snow prediction for ski season 2013/2014.

    Here is to tall skunk weed, an abundance of fireweed and snowstorms measured in feet.

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    September 9th, 2013

    Posted In: Environment, snowfall

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    First snow contest Winter Park Lodging COGuess the Day of the First Measurable Snow in Winter Park, Colorado

    The leaves have just started to turn here in WP and that means it is time for the first measurable snow contest. This the fourth Winter Park Lodging Company first measurable snow contest and we hope it brings some storms like we see in the picture to the left.

    Rules of the first snow contest are:

    Respond to this post with your guess on what date we will have the first measurable snow in Winter Park and you can win a FREE Winter Park season pass! If you’re the only one to guess that date, you win it outright. Otherwise, we’ll pick a winner out of a hat of all of those who guessed that date. Only catch: Must have 250 guesses by the time the snow falls in order to reward the prize. Hint: it has snowed as early as August in the past…

    One guess per person please and the guess must be 48 hours before the actual snowstorm.  Measurable snow is more than a half inch.

    So get out those crystal balls and give us your best guess and while you are at it let us all know if we are going to have a good snow year.  As of today Aug 22 there are 26 guesses on the Winter Park Lodging Company Facebook Page so we need 224 more guesses and you can win a free Winter Park/Mary Jane Resort season pass.

    Last year, 2011, the first snow was October 6th with a small snow storm.  In 2010 first snow was rather late with an October 12th blizzard.  2009 brought us first snow on September 21st and 2008 was early with a September 10th date.  Last year I predicted September 15th and was off by almost a month.

    So everyone put your Winter Park Resort Trail-maps in the freezer for good luck (and to make the snow gods happy) and get your snow dance on.  I will start things off with the fist snow prediction for ski season 2012/2013.
    Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow.

    August 22nd, 2012

    Posted In: snowfall

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    Snowfall At Winter Park/Mary JaneSnow forecast Winter Park Resort

    We have had an odd year of snowfall here in Winter Park, Colorado this 2011/2012 ski season but things are looking on the very bright side now, as this February been one snowy month.  So far this year we have had 126″ of snow and that is low for this time of year.  However, what a blessing this could turn to to be.

    Winter Park and Mary Jane has averaged around 340″ of snow the past 11 years (during ski season).  So what does this mean?  Well, I’m reading the tea leaves with the idea that WP is in for some monster late winter and spring snowfalls.  My prediction is that by the scheduled closing of WInter Park Resort on April 22 there will have been one 300″ of new snow at the Mary Jane snow station.  That will be over 175″ of new snow in the next 10 weeks.

    So look out! I’m saying we are going to have one of the best late winter anmd spring skiing seasons ever.  We did all the snow dances, put the trail maps in the freezer and we are going to get the fluffy white snow falling all season long.

    Here is snow history for last year and the ten years previous:

    2010/11 SEASON
    MONTH
    SNOWFALL (INCHES)
    PERCENT OF 10 YR. AVERAGE
    October 18.0 246.4%
    November 57.7 97.6%
    December 51.1 82.8%
    January 62.0 95.9%
    February 58.6 101.8%
    March 81.6 126.3%
    April 59.0 156.9%
    TOTAL
    388.0
    110.0%

    And here are the previous 10 years of snowfall history at WInter PArk and Mary Jane:

    PREVIOUS 10 SKI SEASONS

    SNOWFALL (INCHES) / PERCENT OF 10 YR. AVERAGE
    SEASON
    OCT.
    NOV.
    DEC.
    JAN.
    FEB.
    MARCH
    APRIL
    TOTAL
    2000/1 3.0 / 58.9 76.2 / 120.1 82.1 / 135.8 45.4 / 66.9 65.5 / 114.6 57.3 / 84.8 32.5 / 85.3 362.0 / 100.5
    2001/2 4.0 / 78.5 45.6 / 71.9 59.8 / 98.9 67.7 / 99.8 35.7 / 62.5 27.2 / 40.3 6.2 / 16.3 246.2 / 68.4
    2002/3 28.2 / 553.3 71.6 / 112.9 52.0 / 86.0 37.6 / 55.4 68.1 / 119.2 114.2 / 169.0 39.0 / 102.4 410.7 / 114.1
    2003/4 0 / 0 72.1 / 128.9 59.6 / 102.1 30.9 / 41.6 55.3 / 90.9 40.2 / 67.6 10.6 / 27.9 268.7 / 74.6
    2004/5 18.0 / 365.8 48.2 / 75.6 38.3 / 63.4 47.5 / 71.3 43.1 / 75.5 68.1 / 102.2 29.5 / 79.4 292.7 / 82.0
    2005/6 11.0 / 205.4 79.5 / 125.8 87.0 / 145.8 68.0 / 103.1 50.6 / 89.4 51.6 / 77.4 17.3 / 46.9 365.0 / 103.0
    2006/7 42.0 / 758.3 28.2 / 44.2 54.1 / 89.3 28.2 / 42.7 69.6 / 123.4 46.7 / 70.6 33.7 / 93.0 302.5 / 85.3
    2007/8 14.0 / 209.6 15.1 / 24.1 86.8 / 143.8 75.1 / 115.8 73.1 / 128.6 70.0 / 108.3 55.1 / 152.3 389.2 / 110.2
    2008/9 7.0 / 101.4 34.6 / 56.5 93.2 / 152.4 73.5 / 112.8 59.3 / 103.4 41.2 / 62.7 70.0 / 190.5 378.8 / 107.0
    2009/10 21.0 / 304.2 16.0 / 26.5 49.3 / 79.4 39.4 / 60.2 64.1 / 111.7 52.2 / 80.3 33.5 / 88.8 275.5 / 77.6
    AVERAGES
    14.8 / 121.5 48.7 / 118.5 66.2 / 77.2 51.3 / 120.8 58.4 / 100.3 56.9 / 143.5 32.7 / 180.2 329.1 / 117.9

    So there is a silver lining to the slow snowfall start here in Winter Park: we will be getting a bunch of snow in the next two and a half months.  Maybe some of the best ever spring skiing here in Winter Park, Colorado.

    So make sure to get your Winter Park Spring Ski Lodging early and have some grate spring skiing fun.

    February 14th, 2012

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