Mary Jane’s Dream Home – Stay At The HGTV Dream Home!

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Living The HGTV Dream

I’m not a big one for pinning my hopes on scratch cards or life changing lottery wins, but there’s something about the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway that lures me in every year.   Seriously, I’m going on 10 years of entering my email into that magic box every morning like a well trained puppy!

As with most Dream Home groupies, I enjoy losing myself in the fantasy world of what it would be like to live in such a home, in such an incredible location.  

Well, now you can test out one of those fantasies, even if your name isn’t necessarily on the deed!  That’s right the 2007 HGTV Dream Home, based in none other than Winter Park, is now part of our luxury home rental program and available to rent this winter.


Mary Jane’s Dream Home, The Perfect Vacation Property

Mary Jane's Dream House SpecsLocated in the exclusive, gated community of Bridger’s Cache, Mary Jane’s Dream Home is one of only a handful of properties snuggled into the woodland below the slopes of Mary Jane at Winter Park Resort. 

An alluring blend of rustic mountain architecture and unique and charming interior design, Mary Jane’s Dream Home certainly lives up to its coveted title; but what really stands out about this home, is its innate livability and warmth.

Upon entering the home, you’ll be in awe of the grand beam construction throughout the home, yet find yourself immediately at ease and immersed in the warm hues and plush, welcoming décor.   As you explore the home, you’ll find yourself unable to stop yourself from sinking into an inviting sofa, or doing a quick Goldilocks mattress-bounce on a bed or two along the way.   As the kids charge through the lower level, claiming their bunk and reveling in having their very own movie den and wet bar, you’ll no doubt find each of your adult guests on one of the many private balconies, gazing out at the breathtaking surroundings and breathing in the fresh mountain air.

hgtv dream home winter parkWith multiple lounging areas and four sumptuous bedrooms to relax in, there are plenty of little hideaways when you need some downtime, but vacationing with friends and family is all about sharing experiences, and the social center of Mary Jane’s Dream Home has to be the fabulous main level. 

Complete with a cozy lounge with fireplace and huge picture window framing the winter wonderland outside, super cool kitchen (with ample room for multiple chefs!) and large dining table to gather and enjoy a home cooked feast, when it’s time to bring everyone together, Mary Jane’s Dream Home delivers. 

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Snuggled In The Woods Below Mary Jane 

Ah yes, skiing.  I was so wrapped up in the delights of this home in itself, I almost forgot about the world-class skiing on the doorstep….almost.

Winter Park Resort is a front runner in Colorado’s ski resort rankings, with 3000+ acres of skiing terrain that can both challenge the most experienced skier, and stir up a new found passion in a first timer.   Perfect for families and groups of mixed abilities, Winter Park Resort splits its area into seven distinct territories, click here to check out our latest guide to the Seven Territories Of Winter Park Resort.

Mary Jane’s Dream Home sits below the slopes of Mary Jane Territory – the local’s favorite, and home to the best bump skiing in North America.   A one minute car ride will get you to the Mary Jane Base Area lifts, or hop on the Corridor Trail (100 yard walk) and buzz your way down to the main base area of Winter Park, with Ski School access and ‘Parkside’ lifts. 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE and browse the full listing for Mary Jane’s Dream Home (with photos, interactive floor plan and sleeping arrangements).


Mary Jane opens under 80 inches of snowfall

IMG_5867Mary 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.

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!


Group Ski Lessons at Winter Park and Mary Jane


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.


Early Season deals Winter Park lift ticketsVASQUEZ 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.



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.


highest colorado ski resortsPARSENN 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.



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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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.


Still need to book your Winter Park getaway?  Click here to browse our 150+ vacation rentals at Winter Park Resort, Downtown Winter Park & Fraser.

2015 Christmas Events In Winter Park, CO


Winter Park Lights Up For The Holidays

Snow laden trees, warm glowing fires and sparkling slopes of freshly groomed snow – the holidays are always a magical time of year in Winter Park, Colorado.

If you’re headed to Winter Park this Holiday season and want to take part in some of the local festivities, check out our quick line-up of Christmas event highlights in Winter Park below.

Thursday, December 24

1 – 5 PM  Santa visits the Village at Winter Park Resort
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Visit with Santa at the Village Gazebo (next to the ice skating pond) between 1 PM – 5 PM.  Ditch the mitts to make some holiday crafts, then gather the family for a 4 PM reading of T’was the night before Christmas by the bearded man himself.

3:15 – 5:15 PM  Christmas Carols in the Village

Like a good sing-a-long? Team up with the What The Dickens? Carolers! as they stroll through the Village between 3.15 PM – 5.15 PM.

5:30 PM  Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Winter Park Resort

The pinnacle of the Holiday celebrations at Winter Park Resort is the Torchlight Parade and fireworks.  Watch from below as skiers and riders bearing glowing torches weave their way down the mountain, followed by Santa and his elves.  Then watch in awe as fireworks light up the night sky, and colorfully lit snowcats move down the mountain in a perfect Christmas tree formation.

Following the show, an inter-denominational service will be held in the lower level of Balcony House and a Catholic service will be held in level 4 of West Portal.

Friday, December 25th.

Sunspot Holiday Buffet, from 5:30 PMHecks winter

Ride the gondola up the top of the mountain to enjoy a very unique dining experience at the Lodge at Sunspot.  Choose either the 5 Course Fine Dining options ($79.95/adult, $49.99/child under 10), or the Sunspot Holiday Buffet ($59.95/adult, $29.95/child under 10).

Price includes gondola ride, non-alcoholic beverages and dinner.  Reservations required: 970.726.1446

Saturday, December 26th

Ranch it up at Devil’s Thumb.   Work up an appetite with a cross-country ski or snowy horseback ride, then indulge (guilt free!) at their Cowboy Christmas Buffet Dinner while tapping your feet to live bluegrass.    Cowboy Buffet $59.95/adult (13 and up), $30/child (4-12).  To make a reservation call 970-726.5362

Thursday, December 31st

Head to Hideaway Park in central Downtown Winter Park to sled, dance and watch fireworks spark up the skies at 9 PM.

Afterward, dance it up at Ullrs, keep it classy at Volario’s, or take your pick of late night hot spots to ring in the New Year.

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Blow off the cobwebs with an early morning ski, zip up to the Continental Divide on a snowmobile tour, get wild with the pack on a dogsled ride, or soar to new heights on a hot air balloon ride.  It’s the start of a brand new year, make it a great one!

Still need to book your Holiday getaway?  Availability is disappearing fast, but we still have a few properties open for the Holidays.  Click here to browse all of our vacation rentals in Winter Park, Colorado.

New for 2015 – 2016

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Trailhead Lodges 323    3 Bed/3 Bath (Downtown WP)

Revel in mountain luxury! This modern home offers you privacy, convenience and fabulous finishes. 
* Clubhouse Pool & Hot Tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Private Balcony *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 10


Bridger’s Cache Ski Lodge    5 Bed/5.5 Bath (Mary Jane Base Area)

Just steps away from the base of Mary Jane and the Super Gauge Lift. This gorgeous custom log home next door to 2007 HGTV Dream Home
* 3-Car Garage *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Private Patio with Hot Tub *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 19


Snowblaze C24    2 Bed/2 Bath (Downtown Winter Park)

This fully-remodeled condo has it all with a prime year round location and a modern mountain feel that you won’t want to leave
*Clubhouse access with hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Free covered parking *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 7


Bear Crossing 745    3 Bed/3.5 Bath (Winter Park)

This pet-friendly Bear Crossing Townhome has everything you want in your Rocky Mountain retreat. Three master suites!
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Pet-friendly *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 11


Base Camp 470    4 Bed/4.5 Bath (Winter Park Resort Base Area)

A luxurious custom home in the beautiful Base Camp neighborhood. Incredible forest views from your private hot tub.
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Whole-house surround sound*Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 16


Moose Trail Lodge    5 Bed/5 Bath (Winter Park)

This beautiful, unique home home boasts three levels of high end wood furnishings and a modern, rustic feel for a perfect mountain getaway.
*Private hot tub *WIFI/Cable/DVD * Two-Car Garage *Washer/Dryer  *Sleeps 16


Planning a Colorado getaway? Browse our 150+ vacation rentals!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Trailhead Lodges

Trailhead Lodges are some of our favorite homes in Winter Park, right in the heart of it all!


Upscale decor and amenities at Trailhead Lodges


Trailhead Lodges = Location, location, location + a whole lotta class!

When you stay at Trailhead Lodges in Downtown Winter Park,  you’re only seconds from shops and dining, plus the ski shuttle stops right outside the entrance to pick you up to take you straight to the slopes.

Situated right beside Hideaway Park, summer guests love having the best seat in the house (literally!) for the highly acclaimed Hideaway Park outdoor music series, and winter guests can’t get enough of the family sledding hill in the snow!

Trailhead Lodges are particularly popular with families, who love the convenience factor of the location, plus the Clubhouse amenities that keep everyone entertained and pampered throughout their stay.  

Each of our Trailhead Lodges properties includes access to fabulous amenities: 
* Clubhouse With Outdoor Pool (heated in Winter), Hot Tub, Work Out Area, Outdoor Seating & Fire Pit
* Building Elevator Access To Middle & Upper Floor Condos
* Free Outdoor Parking
* On Free Winter Shuttle Route To Winter Park Resort
* Central Location Near Hideaway Park

Trailhead Lodges Vacation Rentals

Convenient location, yet tranquil and serene.

Did we mention the location?

The Trailhead Lodges complex is centrally located in Downtown Winter Park, right across from the summer festival site at Hideaway Park.   Built in 2007, the Trailhead Lodges offer 1, 2 & 3 bedroom condos with modern design & decor and easy access to shops, restaurants and summer and winter activities.


Feel free to cozy up and relax in these comfortable yet high-end homes.

Each condo features a high-end kitchen, patio or balcony, cozy gas fireplace and a building elevator for access to the middle and upper floors. If you are visiting during ski season, the free winter shuttle stops right outside the complex and will transport you to the slopes within a matter of minutes.

Perfect for families or groups of friends.

Our Trailhead Lodges vacation homes have been carefully decorated to offer a personalized feel, plus a variety of sleeping configurations to suit different sizes of groups.

For more photos, floorplans and to browse all of our Trailhead Lodges vacation rentals,  CLICK HERE 

Our Conversation With A Real Snowflake Photographer

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We’re so excited about all the snow we’ve been getting! To celebrate the snow, we wanted to focus on one of its most beautiful components: snowflakes! We love wandering the craft fairs here in Grand County, and one of the most remarkable booths at these events is Karla’s. It’s a beautiful and breathtaking display of tiny, intricate snowflakes, each in its own unique splendor on all kinds of surfaces, from coffee beans to aluminum foil. With the holidays quickly approaching, we thought this would be a great gift idea for loved ones, and while we were at it, we reached out to Karla to ask her about her process. Read on for the interview, or purchase your own snowflake prints at .  

If you’re thinking of visiting us over Thanksgiving, perfect timing! You’ll be able to check out Karla’s exhibit at the Old Fashioned Holiday Craft Show November 27 & 28 at the Arts Council Building in Grand Lake.


What inspires you? 

Seeing the look on peoples’ faces the first time they see a snowflake up close. I have seen a lot of emotions in my snowflake booth at shows. For me the message is, if a snowflake this small can impact someone so much, imagine what an impact we each can make in our lives every day. 

When did you take your first snowflake picture?

My first snowflake shot was taken December 2006 and I have since taken over 90,000 snowflake shots.

How long does each photo take to produce?

Every photo is different, with the new style. I shoot the snowflake on slides, so I end up cleaning up any dirt on the slides with photoshop. The rest of the pics are natural, no photo stacking or snowflake manipulation up to this point.

What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?

All of them. Every new snowflake is just as exciting as the first. I am a snowflake addict! 

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What did you do before you were the snowflake photographer?

Since 2006 my winter job is snowflake photography and my summer job and passion is custom landscaping in Grand County ( I create natural moss rock mountain landscapes, I built the pondless waterfall at the new courthouse, pondless waterfall for 9 news in Denver and I go on 9 news frequently to teach home owners about water and landscape things.

What’s the best time of day for capturing these images?

Best temperatures 0 to -20 degrees, this gives more working time on the shot. No wind, usually morning, but if it is snowing I am out.

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What’s your favorite thing about Grand County?

I love everything about Grand County, I love late September waking up and going to bed hearing the Elk bugling. The crisp fall mornings, with beautiful sunrises. Walking into City Market on Tuesdays and knowing you will see and socialize with at least 10 of your local neighbors. I love the support you feel in this County, the fundraisers for those in need, cannot be topped with the generosity of this County, we should all be proud to be a part of it, I know I am.

For more on Karla and to order your very own snowflake prints online, check out  or give her a call at 970-509-0433 to see what she has in stock at home!


Pack your bags and come on up, hope to see you soon! If you are planning a winter vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

Winter Park Lodging Company Ski Giveaway

instaday1v3We’re SO excited to be enjoying the first snows of the season, and that Winter Park Resort is opening for ski season in just a couple of weeks!

To celebrate, we’re giving away…that’s right GIVING AWAY… a pair of Dynastar Cham 107 High Mountain Skis (175cm) on Opening Day, November 18, 2015.   

These are a seriously sweet pair of skis, too!  

On The Snow awarded them their ‘Editor’s Choice’ in their Powder Ski Division 2014, and followed suit with their very own Editor’s Choice Standout award 300 skis tested.

And for the techy folks out there, here’s what Dynastar say about their Cham High Mountain Ski: 

Cham High Mountain skis are next-generation freeride-adventure skis designed for breaking new trails to high alpine adventure. Levitation Profile combined with a new, ultra-lightweight and durable wood core delivers easier touring with the Cham series’ unique blend of float, maneuverability and stability in all snow conditions.

ENTER THE DYNASTAR CHAM 107 GIVEAWAY – entry has now closed

WINNER ANNOUNCED!  Congratulations to Katie K  (Omaha, NE), you are the winner of our Dynastar Cham ski giveaway. 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Base Village Lofts

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 

Date Ideas Around Winter Park



There are so many incredible sights to see in beautiful Winter Park, and sharing them with someone special can be the cherry on top of a perfect vacation. Why not book a romantic one-bedroom condo with its own private hot tub? 

And once you find your lodging, it’s time to plan your activities. Dinner and a movie is always a good go-to date, but we wanted to compile a few unique date ideas for an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a special weekend for your sweetheart, here are a few of our favorite creative date ideas.

1. Surprise Spa Day

We’re big fans of Sheila at Blue Sky Massage, and she is available to come to you for an in-home massage if you want to surprise your sweetie with a relaxing, stress-reducing massage after a day on the slopes.



2. Hot Air Balloon Rides

What a romantic idea! An early morning balloon ride with your partner- just think of the views! Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Rides offers a champagne toast and continental breakfast to accompany this unique and beautiful experience. Pricing and info on Grand Adventure’s website.


3. Snowshoe Picnic

So they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! It’s such a cool way to get out in nature and enjoy a cool new experience together. Multiple places around the valley offer snowshoe rentals, guided tours, or great scenic routes to try on your own. More information from the Winter Park Fraser Chamber website.


4. Dog Sledding

There is something so magical about being pulled through the sparkling snow by a team of huskies! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers this amazing experience, plus an educational tour of the kennels if you’d like to learn more about these spectacular animals. Pricing and info on Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s website. 

Here’s a clip of what some patrons had to say about their experience. 

 Have fun together, reconnect, and remember to snap a couple of pictures! 


We hope to see you soon! If you’re planning your romantic getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 



It’s finally arrived! To celebrate, here’s a lovely song to listen to while you watch the snow fall with us!

Just think, you’ll be flying down the slopes in no time.



Speaking of flying down the slopes…did you know that we are just six short weeks to Winter Park Resort’s ski season opening day of November 17th?!

With the countdown officially on, it’s time to shape up for ski season.  Take a peak at our feature on Ski Vacation Workouts for our top tips on getting your body ready for the slopes.

Or, if you prefer to do your training on the slopes, check out our early ski season lodging special,  save 20% on 3 night stays between November 17th – December 18th, including Thanksgiving!

We hope to see you soon!