Winter Park Guide

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Winter Park – A Destination For Adventure

Winter Park is located in Colorado, on the western side of the magnificent Continental Divide.  At only 67 miles(~1.5 hours) from Denver, Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to Denver International Airport.  Although best known for its world class skiing at Winter Park Resort, the area is also home to extensive mountain biking, music festivals and family recreation during the summer months.

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The Lay Of The Land

The Winter Park area is split into three distinct lodging zones:

We manage over 70 properties in and around Winter Park Resort, ranging from ski-in, ski-out condos to six bedroom private homes located within a mile of slopes.

For ski-in, ski-out and lodging within 150 feet of the slopes, take a look at  our Winter Park Resort Village properties at Zephyr Mountain Lodge, Fraser Crossing, Founders Pointe & Base Village Lofts.

For more spacious accommodations within a mile of the slopes, check out Base Camp on Jane Creek, Lakota, Old Town and Bridger’s Cache.

Winter Park Town rentalsDowntown Winter Park is located two miles west of Winter Park Resort and offers the richest variety of lodging, restaurants and shopping options in the area.

Summer festivals and events are often held in Hideaway Park, with a high demand for lodging nearby in Trailhead Lodges, Sawmill Station, Red Quill Village, Telemark, Hi Country Haus and Snowblaze.

Downtown Winter Park also offers the greatest selection of luxury stand-alone homes, perfect for larger groups looking for a special mountain getaway.

rendezvous vacation rentalsThe main town of Fraser is two miles west of Downtown Winter Park and four miles west of Winter Park Resort.

Our Fraser lodging options begin right at the Downtown Winter Park city limits, with the attractive Rendezvous development and Cozens Pointe/Grand Park.   You’ll find the majority of lodging however on the ridge and in the quiet woodland neighborhoods above the town.

Fraser is serviced by the free local bus shuttle service, so if you’re looking for a little more seclusion, but still want to access the slopes with ease, it’s a great option.

Winter Park Recreation & Activities

Your local guide to year round fun in Winter Park, Colorado.

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The 3000+ acres of world class skiing at Winter Park Resort attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Winter Park area every winter.

But don’t think that you have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy a visit to Winter Park during the colder months of the year.

From dog sled rides, to snowshoeing, to hot springs, there’s all kind of fun on offer for every age and ability of Winter Park visitor.

Family Bike Rides in Winter Park

Enjoy endless miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, zip-line adventure tours, horseback riding, water sports, yoga and so much more in Winter Park’s stunning mountains.

Like to be entertained on vacation?  Check our the full calendar of music, arts and culinary events on offer throughout the warm summer months.

Wagon Rides At Winter Park Resort

No kidding around, the free and cheap activities in Winter Park make it easy to show your kids a great time.

From the simplest of things like the little red wagons at Winter Park Resort Village, to the lazy river and water slide at the Grand Park Rec Center, you can create memories of a lifetime without breaking your budget.

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Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy a family vacation to Winter Park.

From endless mountain biking, to miniature golf, scenic chairlift rides and Colorado’s longest alpine slide, there’s something for every age of vacationer.

Head to Downtown Winter Park to enjoy one of the many summer events, or try a spot of fishing at the Children’s Fishing Pond in Fraser.

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If the weather is cold, or you just want to take a day off from skiing, we’ve put together some ideas for fun indoor activities away from the ski slopes.

We’ve also included some local spa information in here too, just in case you want to pamper yourself on that relaxing day off.

Winter Park Lodging Company guests save all over town with our partner discounts.

Winter Discounts

Epic Mountain Sports & Winter Park Resort Rentals

Save up to 25% on your ski, snowboard and other winter rental equipment at select stores.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Take 10% Off a family friendly feed sleigh ride at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash.

Colorado Adventure Park

Enjoy a 10% discount on tubing and children’s snowscoots at the Colorado Adventure Park in Fraser.

Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park

Save 10% on a dog sledding with our furry friends at Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.

Grand Adventures

Save 10% on a guided snowmobile tour with Grand Adventures in Winter Park.

Cooper Creek Square

Save $5 when you spend $30 or more at Cooper Creek Square – Downtown Winter Park’s quaint shopping mall with lots of shops and restaurants. Stop into the Winter Park Lodging Company office to pick up a coupon.

Summer Discounts
Epic Mountain Sports

Winter Park Lodging Company guests save 20% on mountain bike rentals at Epic Mountain Sports.

Mad Adventures Rafting

Brace yourself on exciting Clear Creek or relax on the Upper Colorado and save 10% with Mad Adventures Rafting.

Stand Up Paddle Colorado

Touted as the fastest growing sport in the world, stand-up paddle boarding is a fantastic way for the whole family to enjoy a day on the river. Visit our friends at SUP Colorado and save 10% on a guided river trip.

Grand Lake Marina

Save 10% on pontoon boats, whalers, kayaks or canoes and enjoy stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in Grand Lake.

Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park

Drive your own team of dogs on a summer dog cart ride with Dog Sleds Of Winter Park.

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Special Events In Winter Park, Colorado  

Click below for our year round guide for entertainment and events in the Winter Park area.

Airport Transfers, Taxies & The Winter Park Shuttle Bus

Don’t want to drive on your vacation?

Home James

Home James Transportation is the easiest and most reliable transportation service between Denver International Airport and Winter Park.

During peak travel season, they schedule up to 22 shuttles per day, and will drop you off right at your front door.

The Lift

Take advantage of ‘The Lift’ – Winter Park’s free year-round bus shuttle service between Fraser, Downtown Winter Park and Winter Park Resort.

Almost all of our properties are either on, or within easy walking distance of a shuttle stop, so it’s well worth checking out the schedule during your stay.

Valley Taxi

Taxi services are provided by Valley Taxi of Winter Park.

Their hours of operation vary depending on the season, so we highly recommend making a reservation in advance.

Contact Valley Taxi at 970-726-4940

Grocery Guys Winter Park

The Winter Park area is serviced by NOW TWO grocery stores – Safeway in Fraser and The Fireside Market and Eatery in Winter Park.  Safeway is a  full-sized store that is conveniently located on the free bus shuttle route, with a large liquor store right next door. The Fireside Market and Eatery is a small full-sized Grocery Store located in downtown Winter Park with a fresh eatery attached.

If the chore of grocery shopping doesn’t sound appealing on your vacation, we highly recommend ‘The Grocery Guys’ as a personal shopping service.  Simply upload your shopping list to the Grocery Guys website and they will deliver and carefully unpack your groceries in your rental property on your arrival day.

Be Indulged At Home

Bring the spa to your doorstep, have a local chef create a feast for your guests, and skip the lines with an in-home ski fitting.    When it’s cold outside, it’s a wonderful treat to have local providers serve you in the comfort of your vacation home.

Learn more about in-home massage, personal chefs, grocery deliveries and ski rental deliveries here.

Mountain Cuisine To Wow your Tastebuds

Winter Park has an abundance of restaurants, offering everything from sushi, to Mexican, to traditional steak house favorites.

Here we’ll break down our top picks for Winter Park Resort, Downtown Winter Park and Fraser.

Although walk-ins are accepted at all Winter Park restaurants, we highly recommend reserving your table during peak holiday times, or if you are a larger group.

NSCD At Winter Park Resort

Winter Park is the proud home to the nation’s premier adaptive sports program, National Sports Center For The Disabled.

Offering year-round programs for more than 3000 children and adults, this acclaimed program offers opportunities in skiing, rock-climbing, kayaking, horse riding and more to all ability levels.

Where To Store Your Equipment At The Slopes

If you rent your skis through Winter Park Resort Rentals, you can enjoy on-snow storage at the base of Winter Park for free.

If you are renting in town, or bringing your own equipment, and have a lot of gear to cart around, investing in some overnight storage might save you a headache when you’re trying to get the gang to the slopes.

Finding Your Way Around Winter Park

Maps, maps and more maps!

Here we’ll give you links to local town maps, plus Winter Park Resort ski maps, biking trail maps and shuttle routes.

Colorado Department Of Transportation

Stay advised of the latest travel and weather conditions with Colorado Department Of Transportation.

The highway information to look for between Denver International Airport and Winter Park are I-70 East to US Hwy 40 Empire-Winter Park.

Download their smart phone App or call #511 for recorded information.

Avoiding High Altitude Sickness

Winter Park is one of the highest elevation ski towns in Colorado, at 9,100 feet in town and up to 12,060 feet at the top of the highest chair lift at Winter Park Resort.

If you are not used to higher elevations, the reduced amount of oxygen in the air can cause High Altitude Sickness  – which can cause symptoms such as headache, breathlessness, trouble sleeping and more.

Here we outline some tips on adjusting to high altitude and avoiding accute mountain sickness.

Capture The Moments With Photography By Helen

Want to capture those special moments forever?  Sign up for a special photo session with Photography By Helen.

Helen injects her client’s personality into her photo shoots, making for a fun and easygoing environment that results in one-of-a-kind images.

Live in Winter Park/Grand County

If you are having thoughts of never leaving or spending a majority of your time in the mountains of Grand County, click the link below to see a list of our recommended expert and local realtors. These realtors have lived most of their life in Grand County and possess an intimate knowledge of the housing landscape.

Get The Local Scoop On Winter Park

Take a peek at our insider’s blog to all things ‘Winter Park’.

Get the latest news on events, restaurants, trails and more.