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Derailer and Doc’s Roadhouse Winter Park Resort

We got out of the house yesterday and spent our second day up on the hill at Winter Park Resort.  We still need some snow but what was on the slopes was pretty good and made for a fine early season ski day.  We skied with Mr. John Glancy, the unofficial mayor of Winter Park and our ski patrol pro, and Dave, John’s ski patrol buddy.  As I said skiing was decent and the day was  a good time but my skiing companions got me into a couple of places I would usually shy away from.  We visited The Derailer Bar for a quick beer and chips and finished the day at Doc’s Roadhouse.  These two Intrawest owned and operated eateries have been around for awhile and reviews are always mixed.

Some people think Derailer and Doc’s are great and others try to avoid at all costs.  I recently have been of the later mind and have not visited either watering hole the last few years.  My reasoning has been that if Intrawest runs their food operations as they do some of their other operations I definitely didn’t want them mucking around with food and drink that I was going to consume.  Well,  I was skiing with two Winter Park Resort employees and they actually wanted to go into these establishments then they must not be all that bad. And true to their word we had a grand time and we talked to some great people on both sides of the bar.  The beers were cold and on special (but why are the employee discounts different at each bar John asked?) and the food was served with a smile and was tasty.

Intrawest describes Doc’s and Derailer as the following:

Derailer Bar is Winter Park Resort’s most coveted deck-space, offering great grilled fare and daily specials in addition to the best views of the resort.  The Derailer Bar is a casual outdoor grill open daily, starting at 11 a.m., with full bar service available on weekends. The whistle blows at 2pm for Happy Hour, which is 2 hours from 2-4pm. Open daily.

With a kid-friendly menu, Doc’s is a great place for the entire family. Located at the base of the Zephyr Express Lift, Doc’s offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners. Doc’s also offers carry-out items fresh from the kitchen to take back to your condo. With a full bar, you don’t want to miss Doc’s Happy Hour with discounted beer specials, its famous margaritas and a fabulous bar menu. Open Daily 8am – 11pm. Come n’ get it!

At Deralier we had a few beers and chips with queso dip.  Chips were from a bag and dip from a can but they were salty and little spicy and went well with our beer.  Our bartender Sally (she is darling) was friendly and let us know when happy hour was and that on Friday’s they have a live music apres ski.

At Doc’s we had cheesy fries, more canned cheese, with crispy waffle fries that weren’t bad.  I had a bacon cheddar burger that was above par for ski resort food.  Our bartender Trevor, a friend of John’s, gave great service and was very welcoming.

So overall, I have changed my thinking and and in a pinch we will visit Doc’s and Derailer again.  They do have two of the better locations on the ski hill and they are staffed with some great folks that do their jobs well.

Here is to a change of heart!

December 6th, 2009

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