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!

Winter Park Waffles


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!


Stay close to the slopes to have direct access to all of Winter Park’s newest features.

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February 9th, 2018

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Grand Park, Colorado

Cozens Pointe

You will want to kiss yourself for coming upon this vacation treasure! It is all about location, location, location!  Cozens Pointe is a vacation condo destination that has the good fortune to be in the right place for complete retreat perfection.  Views and access are what make these luxury condos such a draw for visitors to the Fraser Valley area.

With so many vacation home options, why consider Cozens Pointe?  Here are it’s stand-out features.

Views. First, there are the views of the “purple mountain majesty” on display from most any window.  Sunrises, sunsets, and times in-between, each holds its own special magic.  Take in the views from the deck or living room, while toasting your good times.  Byers Peak will provide the backdrop for those memories.


Comfort and integrity are the motivating factors in the design and construction of these newly crafted homes in the heart of Grand Park. While your eyes will immediately appreciate the coziness of the inviting interiors, the attention to the invisible elements of air quality, heat retention, and sound reduction will silently, but assuredly, make your stay more comfortable.  This is the setting for families to be together for conversation, meals, and fun.  Each unit has the feel of home with well-equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, quality beds, and spaces to gather.

Access. Of course skiers and boarders just love that Winter Park Resort is an easy 5-mile drive or free shuttle ride away.  The Lift (has a stop at Murdoch Center–.5 mile down the hill).  Check the route and stops:

Yet these centrally located condominium complexes have so much more to experience in the nearby environs. Within a ten-mile radius you can build vacation memories to last a lifetime.  Here we present a sampling of places to go, things to do, and establishments to enjoy.  And from Cozens Pointe they are easy to get to with your warm and cozy rental home waiting for your return.

Mountain Sunset

Recreation. Anglers and cyclists, runners and ramblers, swimmers, snowmobilers, and tubers, all have the necessary provisions in close proximity.


Cross-country ski trails surround and abound.  The 11-mile Fraser River trail is about a mile away and the “Lunch Loop” trail behind Cozens Ranch Open Space and Ponds offers groomed tracks for classic Nordic skiing, a trail for runners, walkers, and snow-shoeing.  For other back-country ski options, check out:  and,



Fishing–Fraser River, the first main tributary of the Colorado River, has accessible small to medium-sized stream fishing at a variety of sites. Lion’s Club Fishing Ponds—just south of the Fraser Safeway– stocks two ponds.  One pond is reserved for kids (14 and under) and the disabled. In the same vicinity are the Cozen’s Ranch Open Space Ponds with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.

Bicyclingpaths snake their way throughout Grand Valley.  Even in winter you can take a spin on the paved path along the Fraser River Trail.  Have a go on those super fat-tired bikes: rentals are available at Beaver Sports Shop, in Winter Park—reserve at 970-726-5988.

Runners and Walkersjust across the entrance into Cozens Pointe on Old Victory Road, you can link up to the maintained Fraser River Trail.  Turn right when you get to US Hwy 40, and it is only a mile to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center (1 Main Street, phone 970-726-8968). This deluxe center has a full gymnasium, weight room, workout classes, and daycare.

Swimmersthe recreation center is also home to an indoor aquatic center: 20-foot loop slide, lap pool, lazy river, diving board and whirlpool.

TubersFamily fun on nearby tubing hills is a true vacation adventure.  Historic Fraser Tubing Hill (455 County Road 72, phone: 970-726-5954) is open 10 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. Right next door is The Colorado Adventure Park, phone: 970-726-5779.

Colorado Tubing

Snowmobilers.  With over 1,000 miles of snowmobiling trails throughout Grand County,  “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado” ™, has terrain for all levels of thrill-seekers.  Bring your own machines or rent at one of the local outfitters—Grand Adventures has three locations.  The online site will hook you up:


Dining and Sipping.  With Fraser only a half mile away, Tabernash less than five miles to the west, and the town of Winter Park just two miles heading back to the east on Hwy 40, there is a treasure trove of dining options.

Fraser has been growing their restaurant scene through the years.  For casual pizzeria dining, try Elevation Pizza, at 551 Zerex Street. They have been serving up Italian-style pizza for the past seven years. There are a couple of solid choices for those craving south-of-the-border fares: Azteca Mexican Restaurant (5 County Road 72) and Julio’s Mexican Grill (745 Zerex) serve the standards and some nice surprises.  Azteca’s Arroz con Pollo is especially tasty, and Julio was spot on in recommending their creamy flan. Sharkey’s Eatery (221 Doc Susie Avenue) is an American café known for their breakfasts and burgers. They will gladly take to-go orders, too: 970-726-TOGO. Sports Bar and mountain dining room all under one roof can be found at Crooked Creek Saloon (401 Zerex Avenue). They also have great soups-of-the day and a salad bar.

Tabernash is the destination of choice for some fine culinary treasures.  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.  The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside.  Just up the road, in the Devil’s Thumb Ranch complex (3530 County Road 83) there are two other solid choices, Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon and Heck’s Saloon, both serve up meat, fish, and vegetarian options in elegant lodge settings.  

Winter Park, town.  Only two miles away from your stay at Cozens Pointe, every corner, each building level, and any appealing nook will hold some type of fare that is worthy of trying.  There are far too many selections to list here, and several prime choices are covered in our other blogs.  However, from the grand-daddies, Hernando’s Pizza Pub (78199 US Hwy 40) and Deno’s Mountain Bistro (78911 US Hwy 40) to the fresh upstart Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos (78707 US Hwy 40) or The Ditch (78941 US Hwy 40), there are options at any price range, fast or leisurely, with a plethora ethnic dishes, sprinkled throughout this fun walk-about town.

Sipping Sites. Also nearby, are several establishments dedicated to the art of fine drinking.  Right along Hwy 40, in downtown Fraser, is our very own Winter Park Winery.  Their beautiful bottles alone are worth the visit. Then you can savor some sips of wine or whiskey at Grapes & Grains in Cooper Creek Square. Also in town, there is Idlewild Spirits and Distillery, holding forth with mellow spirits and creative cocktails in the first Distillery Pub in the U.S.

Tabernash Dining

Again, there is so much more to experience in the forests, towns, and waterways of the Grand Valley, Winter Park areas of Colorado.  This smattering of activities are available right in your Cozens Pointe backyard, venture a bit further, and you will quickly come upon even more possibilities.  Granby, Grand Lake, and Hot Sulphur Springs are wonderful half-day excursions from your Cozens Pointe stay.  Take advantage of the central location and fill your days with adventure or still yourself in the beauty.



Cozens Pointe—enter for the ease, exit for the excitement!

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February 5th, 2018

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$avings on the $lopes and $urroundings

Book Direct with a local company, they are the area experts and can frequently bundle your savings with connections to other local deals.

Lodging: Book Direct, book early and book local.  Local lodging companies know the territory! If you book directly with a local lodging company, you will avoid third-party fees, while working with people that are members of the community and are best able to accommodate particulars in regards to budget, property specifics, and connections to local specials, in-house and reciprocal discount packages, and current events. Quality lodging companies are expert at taking care of details. At the time of booking your lodging, always ask about any reciprocal deals that they may be able to set up for you concerning the other provisions for your upcoming vacation: lift tickets, equipment rentals, event discounts, etc. Lower rates on lodging are most obtainable during mid-week, non-holiday periods. Consider booking a vacation rental right at the resort.  Though it would seem that ski-in/ski-out properties would be more costly, there are great savings to be had when you have easy access to food and drink at your place of lodging.    

Make advanced bookings—for every component:  from lodging to car rentals, to lift tickets, to gear packages.

Lift Tickets—the reason you’re headed up to Winter Park Resort and Mary Jane during the snow season is to spend some prime time on those legendary ski trails.  When planning ahead, there are methods to save more and ski more.  The two best means of ski vacation savings are to utilize advance online purchasing and to ski multiple days.  Walk-up window rates can cost up to $159 for a day on the slopes.  However, when you make your plans more than a week in advance, you can save up to $35.00 a day, by going to the Winter Park Resort site and purchasing your lift tickets on-line.  Additionally, when you are skiing more than a single day, and who isn’t, your savings are even higher: at least seven days in advance, buy a QuickTrax Card online. Click below for more info on how we can help with lift tickets.  

Gear-up: Snow and recreation in the snow requires lots of equipment.  If you already own all of your own equipment and are coming from out-of-state, check into the possibility of pre-shipping some of your gear to your destination ahead of time.  This is often more cost-effective than the airline over-size bagging fees. Plus, it relieves some of the hassles of travel days, you just need to get yourselves to the land of snow. When renting, online advance equipment and clothing rental is going to save you time, money and stress.  The cost savings could be up to 40%! See below in the “partner company reciprocal budget deals” section
for ways to save up to 25% on ski rentals through Winter Park Lodging Company.  Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.

Invest in trip insurance.
You are booking early; life is full of surprises.  Insurance can save you thousands of dollars.  Should illness, an accident, or a host other unexpected misfortune come your way, good travel insurance can help one calamity not erupt into a financial disaster, as well.  Click below to learn more about trip insurance.

Always ask about age-related, job-related, and military discounts that may apply.

Ski resorts often offer college, military, and senior discounts.  Generally, all you need is documentation of your status and you receive a nice discount on lift passes.  If you work in a related industry it could be worth calling ahead and stating your name and business.  They might just offer you a special discount.  If you have a large group, call group sales at any resort and most of the time they will negotiate a price that is fair to you and them.

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Local lodging companies will do the same if you book direct with them.  Click below to see what we offer at Winter Park Lodging Company.

Ask about partner company reciprocal budget deals—for lessons, equipment, car rental, etc.

Not only will a local lodging company have the insider information on what the best thing happening is at the time, they will also have connections with other local businesses and provide reciprocating discounts with them. For example, if it’s rafting season, we provide 10% off with the local whitewater rafting outfit.  We provide discounts on everything ranging from outdoor experiences to retail savings in Winter Park and even car rentals!



Take advantage of multi-day lift tickets or passes.

Lift ticket deals exist all the time.

Multi-day pass—flexibility to choose a 2-out-of 3-days pass, or better, ski 7-out-of-10 days pass.  Savings vary and there is a limited inventory of these specially priced tickets.  Winter Park Resort offers discounts to seniors (70 years plus), children, students, and Military.  Notice, those little guys (kids 5 and under) can ski for $10, what a great ski deal!  Also, be on the lookout for “first-timers” deals.  You can often get lessons and learners slopes’ access for reduced pricing.

Passesextended vacations. You have the time, you have the desire—you are ready to spend more than seven days on the slopes.  A season pass is the way to go, even when buying midseason!  Take a look at the Winter Park Resort online site for unlimited lift passes, such as The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus (also includes six days at Steamboat) or all Winter Park/Mary Jane Pass for unlimited skiing for the rest of the season. There is a variety of ski options available, some which incorporate lift tickets for other resort areas; and other choices that are spring skiing specific.  For truly savvy savers, look at the upcoming year’s ski season pass in April or May: you will surprise yourself with how budget-friendly a ski pass can be!

Public transportation is most often the lowest cost, or even free.

Amtrak Winter Park Express: this unique experience train ride to Winter Park Resort is available January through March, on weekends.  Tickets range between $39 and $59; though, there are a limited number of early booking discount tickets avail for as low as $29.

Home James Transportation: Denver to Winter Park shuttle company.  Two hour trip in well-equipped shuttle vans.  $70-$100 per adult ticket.  Adjust pricing for groups. Half-price for children.  Deals and specials are often available online. 

Once you are up in Winter Park, the free, fun, and convenient shuttle service at your disposal is The Lift.  This public transportation will get you all around the resort, and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops and extended hours.  Download the RideHop app.  Use access code: lift.

Stay during mid-week, non-holiday periods.
If you have the luxury of being able to get away during the week you will not only deal with a lower number of people on the slopes and on the roads, you will find lower prices on lodging, activities, and dining.  Most businesses offer great mid-week deals and specials.  At Winter Park Lodging Company our prices average $50-$100 less per night from Sunday through Wednesday.
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Mid Week Ski Slopes

Groceries and DIY meals and snack are the cheapest way to go.

Food: For cheap eats, the same tricks apply when on vacation that you practice at home.  Groceries always cost less than restaurants. If you’re coming up from Denver, pick up your food-stuff in the city, it is more economical than in the mountains.  Though, there are several moderately priced grocery stores in town, too.  Liquor stores are going to be significantly cheaper than bar service.  So, stock your vacation kitchen with convenient food and beverage supplies, and have greater control over the budget. There is even a local company, the Grocery Guys, that will shop for you if you’re wanting groceries waiting at your property.  You can still choose those times for indulging in culinary splurges.  Another tip for less money, additional fun, is to ‘pocket pack.’  Whether you put a backpack to work or use your parka’s pockets, there is a lot of portable nourishment that can keep you on the slopes while others are spending prime time and a chunk of change on the slope-side fare. Make it a meal on the go, and you’ll be in the dough!

Check out the free events calendars, before you go and upon arrival.

Activities & Events: Ski towns are vacation towns—they know how to radiate hospitality.  Free events and activities abound: concerts, classes, recreation, and discovery are the standard inviting happenings in Winter Park.  Once you know your travel dates, get online to access the resort, the town, and the Chamber of Commerce’s calendar of events. Check out the Winter Park Resort site for upcoming events on the mountain; and, for the town of Winter Park: .  Your vacation stay may need to be prolonged just to attend the fun and free specials!

Get Creative.

Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.  Ski towns generally have great selections of gently used clothing and equipment available in these shops.  For kids that are quickly out-growing their garb, this is an especially appealing option. This last budget-smart option may present major savings but is relationship specific. Should you have friends or family living in Colorado, have a look at end-of-season bargains on equipment at the rental shops.  Pick up a pair of skis, boots, a snowboard, at incredible mark-down prices.Then, have your friend or family member store that equipment for your yearly trip.  A fun possibility–you and the friend go in together on a high-end pair of skis, and the friend can ski on them during times when you’re not using them.  We have a few friend groups for which this has actually been a wise financial success.  It saves the vacationers money and rental worries, and the keeper of the goods gets some time on shared equipment that may offer different thrills than their primary equipment.  The idea has been tested— it is worth consideration.

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1-23-2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry

January 29th, 2018

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Top New Downtown Winter Park Eats & Drinks

Are you hungry?  Are you thirsty? Are the kids ready for a treat?

Here are some newly opened restaurants, cafes, a market, an ice cream stand, and even a food truck, all ready to satisfy those cravings.  Try one—or visit them all—you will not be disappointed in these delightful places that are focused on serving up what they do best!

Alley Bar, the après-ski/ evening menu side of Opa! Charlie’s Gyros
78415 US Highway 40 (next to the Conoco Gas station in Downtown Winter Park).

Phone: 970-363-7387,

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, a favorite gathering spot for Greek cuisine, in downtown Winter Park, has recently expanded their hours to open The Alley Bar for late afternoon and evening apres bites and drinks.  The night menu boasts sliders, $3 lemon-drop shots, and other fun pub grub, to appreciate as you relax to the sounds of live music.

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros’ regular hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 AM to 3 PM.   The Alley Bar extended hours are offered: Thursday—11 AM to 8 PM, and Friday & Saturday—11 AM to 9 PM.   Free parking, casual, good for kids, full bar.


restaurants in winter parkDurbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro
47 Cooper Creek Way, Downtown Winter Park (second floor of Cooper Creek Square)

Phone: 970-363-7081

Known for its hospitality and lovely interior, this fine, but affordable, restaurant specializes in curry, momos, mixed grill, biryani, and other gastronomic delights from the Himalayan region. Happy hour every day, 2:30 PM to 5 PM

Open daily, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.   Free parking garage available.   Good for groups, family friendly, take-out available.



grocery stores winter parkFireside Market & Eatery
78337 US Highway 40, in central town of Winter Park.

Phone: 970-363-7750

With a soup bar, salad bar, fresh sushi, delicious bakery temptations, ready-to-eat Mexican grill entrees, hot pizza, ice cream counter and Stubborn Soda on tap; Fireside Market is a cut above your ordinary grocery store.

Whether you are shopping for high quality cuts of meat, crisp produce, or just want to pick up a ready-made flavorsome meal, this market is a one-stop shop for all your culinary needs.  Open daily: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Free underground parking plus bike parking available, kid friendly.



The perk coffee winter parkThe Perk
78977 US Highway 40, downtown Winter Park (at first traffic light entering town from the East).

Phone: 970-281-7971

This cozy coffee cottage will draw you in with its light, inviting interior and comfortable furnishings, making it an easy place to linger. Community is integral to the company’s mission, whether you are in Grand County for a day or a decade, this is great place to gather and sip—espresso, teas, or coffee drinks, while nibbling a perfect cinnamon roll.  They also serve hot chocolate, chai, and lactose-free options.

Open Sunday through Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM; Friday & Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM.  Free WiFi access with beverage purchase.  Dogs allowed, outdoor seating available, street and private lot parking.


 Charlies’ Frozen Treat Shop
78966 US Highway 40 (in the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop)

Phone: 970-531-4656, 78966

Another stop in downtown Winter Park that you really don’t want to miss!  It’s never too cold to indulge in the perfection of great ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and gelato.    Serving up sweet frozen treats with a wide variety of toppings four days a week.

Thursdays from 12 Noon – 8 PM, Friday & Saturday from 12 Noon – 9 PM, Sundays from 12 Noon – 8 PM.   Take-out, bike parking, private lot parking, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, free WiFi, military discount. 


Stuffed – Fraser Food Truck
76827 US Highway 40, Fraser (in the parking lot of Rocky Mountain Moonshine Liquors, or across the highway by Ski Broker)

This Fraser based food truck serves up fresh and flavorful runsas (aka German bierocks)—a savory yeast dough pocket-sandwiches with a variety of delicious fillings that are certain to satisfy a hearty appetite.

Open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesdays through Sundays, from 8 AM – 2 PM (though hours may vary).


And there you have it, our top new establishments welcoming you in the town of Winter Park—or a bit west, in Fraser, Colorado.  Tune in next week for our shiny new welcome mats in Winter Park Resort!

–January 2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry

January 18th, 2018

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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.

Tabernash Dining

“Never eat in a restaurant that has a bowling trophy on the cash register” -RIP Warren Miller


Settle in with a week to yourself at Winter Park Lodging Company.

Offering up to 35% off extended stays in early March, 2018.

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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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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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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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Winter Park Lodging Company has a great lineup of properties for you to cozy up in:

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January 18th, 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.


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.




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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Big & Beautiful Home Rentals At Winter Park Resort

If you are looking for more spacious accommodations with stress-free access to Winter Park Resort you need to check out Bridger’s Cache and Base Camp On Jane Creek.   These two neighborhoods are the undisputed King’s of luxury lodging at Winter Park Resort, with high demand all year round, thanks to their top class amenities, expansive floor plans, and enviable locations near the slopes.

Bridger’s Cache (pictured above) offers an exclusive collection of free-standing homes, burrowed into a gated community at the base of Mary Jane’s ski trails; while Base Camp On Jane Creek is a small community of luxury Townhomes, a mere quarter mile away from Winter Park Village.

Which locale will best suit your requirements?  Here, are our top 5 features for each of these large ski-in/out properties at Winter Park.

Top 5 Reasons To Stay At Bridger’s Cache In Winter Park Resort
  1. Ski Trail Access—The Bridger’s Cache community has two convenient options for quick entry to the ski slopes.   The Corridor Connector Trail is accessible at the North end of the neighborhood and is a green ‘cat-track’ trail to Winter Park Base; most skiers will find this a quick and easy ski to Winter Park (but little kiddos might need a tug-a-long or a little skating practice on the flatter sections).   Alternatively, the Bridger’s Cache gated entrance is only 300 yards from Mary Jane’s Base—drive or walk, and you’re there for first tracks.
  2. Seclusion —a gated community with just a handful of uniquely designed homes, secreted away in the woodlands at the foot of Mary Jane’s renowned trails.  If you are looking for a serene mountain setting, it’s hard to beat Bridger’s Cache at Winter Park, yet the ski trails, Village shops and entertainments are within easy reach.
  3. Designed For Group Entertaining – all of our residences at Bridger’s Cache offer multiple social areas making them a wonderful fit for multi-family assemblies.  Each home has its own unique design and architecture, but anticipate classic mountain great rooms, reading nooks, movie lounges/game rooms, sociable dining & kitchen designs, outdoor hot tubs and spacious bedrooms.
  4. Innovative & Striking Décor—Rocky Mountain rugged meets the ultimate in contemporary comfort and amenities.  These homes are not your typical vacation rental; the attention to design is evident and memorable.  Guests commend the beauty and coziness of these homes time and time again…hit the links below to see for yourself!
  5. Enviable Amenities — all of our Bridger’s Cache home rentals offer the finest amenities: expansive gourmet kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, large heated garages, multiple decks, mesmerizing gas fire places and the finest soft furnishings.
Top 3 Homes To Rent In Bridger’s Cache At Winter Park

Each of the following homes is equal in charm, yet unique in design  – which one would you most like to call ‘home’ on your next Winter Park adventure?

Bridger's Cache winter parkMary Jane’s Dream Home— Sleeps up to 16 guests

This 2007 HGTV Dream Home is a curiosity for the many fans of the network’s one-of-a-kind artisan homes; its unique history and unbeatable setting makes a stay here an extraordinary experience.

4,500 square foot of living space unfolds into four bedrooms, two lounge areas, a loft reading nook, private study, and four covered balconies.   A new private hot tub, three car garage and laundry room top it all off to balance the creative taste in design, with all the practical necessities of large family gatherings.

 Click here to view Mary Jane’s Dream Home


winter park ski in ski out houses to rentBridger’s Cache Ski Lodge – Sleeps up to 19 guests

Named in 5280 Magazine’s Colorado’s Most Splendid Ski In, Ski Out Properties  this beautiful home lives up to its acclaim.   Soak in the classic lodge ambiance of the Great Room with its grand fireplace, rich leather furnishings and regal moose presiding over the party; or head down to the lower level recreation room with movie lounge, foosball & extended wet bar.

Our largest home at Bridger’s Cache, guests will enjoy three levels of opulent living space with four King master suites, a bunk room with three sets of twin over full bunk beds, two laundry rooms, and a heated changing room with boot and outerwear storage within the 3-car heated garage.

 Click here to view Bridger’s Cache Ski Lodge


luxury ski out homes to rent at winter parkJane’s Ski Chalet – Sleeps up to 15 guests

Be one of the first to stay in this brand new ski home (built in 2017) with direct ski access to the Corridor Ski Trail.

Bright and engaging throughout, you’ll love the clean, contemporary design and modern amenities, including six large Smart TVs, gourmet kitchen with six burner Thermador range and brand new hot tub that overlooks the ski trail.   The main level ‘sunken’ lounge with toasty fireplace looks out to the snowy surroundings through floor to ceiling windows – making it a perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes.

When it’s time for bed, head to one of the four large King bedrooms to sink into high quality linens and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Click here to view Jane’s Ski Chalet


Base Camp At Jane Creek

Base Camp at Jane Creek

If you are looking for high-end, spacious accommodations within easy access of the base Village at Winter Park Resort, Base Camp on Jane Creek could be just your ticket.

These luxury townhomes offer expansive floorplans, high-end amenities (including private hot tubs and double lounge areas) and hikeable ski access to a green connector trail to the main lift base at Winter Park.  Built to the highest of standards, you can anticipate classic mountain decor with rich wood floors and high quality furnishings throughout.

Top 5 Reasons To Stay At Base Camp At Jane Creek In Winter Park Resort
  1. Ski Trail Access – Base Camp at Jane Creek townhomes enjoy exclusive trail access to the Corridor Ski Trail (to Winter Park Base Lifts) via a 200 yard snow packed hiking trail and access stairs.  Not feeling the hike?  No worries, just hop on the free neighborhood bus shuttle that will whizz you to Base Village before you know it.
  2. Private Yet Convenient – set in a quiet cul-de-sac in the woodland below the ski trails, you can enjoy a tranquil setting and yet only be only a quarter mile away from the shops,, restaurants and events at Winter Park Resort Base Village.
  3. Spacious Four Bedroom Accommodations—large groups, or multiple families will be comfortably at ease in these lavish homes with three levels of luxurious living space.   Guests will enjoy two living areas, a gourmet kitchen, multiple decks and a private gas grill.
  4. Heated Garage — during the winter months, a heated driveway and heated garage is a real luxury.   Use the space to keep your vehicle and ski equipment toasty warm, safe and secure.
  5. Private Hot Tub—cuddle under the mountain constellations in your very own private hot tub.   Guests find this is the perfect spot to relive the moments of their amazing days at Winter Park.

To view all our Base Camp at Jane Creek rental properties, CLICK HERE.

Looking for something smaller?

We have a large collection of ski in, ski out properties to rent at Winter Park Resort.  To learn more about our popular condos at Zephyr Mountain Lodge, Founders Pointe & Fraser Crossing and Base Village Lofts, check out our blog on Ski-In/Out Condos At Winter Park Resort. 

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January 7th, 2018

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If you’re looking for the ultimate in convenience and comfort at Winter Park Resort, look no further than the upscale, modern ski-in/out vacation rentals in the heart of the Village at Winter Park Resort.

From budget friendly studios, to spacious three bedroom ski condos below the slopes, this is our whistle-stop tour of where to stay at Winter Park Resort.  But first, what’s so great about staying by the slopes at Winter Park Resort?

Top 5 Reasons To Stay In The Village At Winter Park Resort

  1. winter park lift ticketsFirst Chair Made Easy
    Freshly groomed corduroy, or deep pillows of powder – whatever your poison, being in position to jump on the first chair after your morning coffee is worth its weight in skiing gold.
  2. Family Flexibility 
    Skiing with the family is great fun, but keeping everyone happy all day long can be a trying experience.  The beauty of staying in a ski-in/out condo is that multi-ability families can easily adjust ski days to cater to naps, lunch breaks, or an afternoon relaxing by the fire.
  3. Walk The Kids To Ski School
    Skis, boots, poles, helmets, goggles, gloves, snacks….getting the kids and all their gear from the parking lot to ski school on time (without tears) is quite the operation.   When you stay in the Village at Winter Park, being able to walk or wagon the kids to various activities makes for a much easier process for all.
  4. Avoid Driving & Parking Drama
    Parking at Winter Park Resort is actually pretty good, with lots of shuttle bus free lots available, or paid parking a bit closer to the Village itself.  But if you’re not a fan of driving in the snow, or herding your ski boot clad clan onto the bus every morning, then having skiing, entertainment and activities on your doorstep is a real treat.
  5. Watch The Action From Your Condo
    People watching is great.  People watching at the slopes takes it to a whole other level!  Relax on your balcony and watch the last of the day’s skiers snake down the mountainside, or take in the happy vibe of snow revelers enjoying the hidden treasures of the Village at Winter Park.

And let’s not forget about the family-friendly focus of Winter Park Resort, where entertainment and activities abound.  There is a calendar of family events, an array of dining and drinking establishments, unique shopping options, and skating and tubing fun, all within strolling distance of your ski-in/out vacation rental.

Lodging Options In The Village At Winter Park Resort

So, now that you’ve decided to stay at the slopes, which lodging option is best for you?  There are three key rental property options within the Village At Winter Park Resort; there are also larger properties available at Base Camp at Iron Creek and Bridger’s Cache (check back in next week for a spotlight feature on Base Camp & Bridger’s Cache).

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Zephyr Mountain Lodge

Best Ski -in/out at Winter ParkZephyr Mountain Lodge is Winter Park’s #1 choice for ski-in/out convenience.  Located just 50 yards from the main Zephyr Express Chairlift this is the closest lodging available to the lifts, right at Village center, at the foot of the ski trails in Winter Park Territory.

Built in 2000,there are two separate buildings that make up Zephyr Mountain Lodge: Zephyr Slopeside & Zephyr Riverside; both offer updated one, two and three bedroom vacation rental condos, comfortably accommodating parties of one to ten guests.

All Zephyr Mountain Lodge condos enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and free wireless internet.

Additional shared amenities include:

  • Shared outdoor hot tubs (two at both Slopeside & Riverside buildings)
  • Private ski locker for each property rental
  • Free on-demand shuttle
  • Work-out facility (located in Riverside building)
  • Underground parking  (additional daily fee required during ski season)
  • 50 yards to Zephyr Express Lift, 20 yards to the Private Lesson Center

If you want to ski to the lobby and be at the center of all things snowy and fun, this is the area for you.  Click here to browse all Zephyr Mountain Lodge ski-in/out vacation rentals.

Fraser Crossing & Founders Pointe

Winter Park Resort Condo RentalsLocated just 150 yards from Zephyr chairlift, these modern, side-by-side complexes were built in 2006 with guest comfort in mind.  Both Founders Pointe & Fraser Crossing offer spacious lodging in the form of studios to three bedroom vacation rentals, accommodating one to eight guests comfortably.

One of the most desirable features at both Founders Pointe & Fraser Crossing is their spacious amenity decks.  Centrally located on the third floor of each building, guests can enjoy a HUGE hot tub, gas grills, outdoor seating and an fireplace – with the ever charming views of the Village and ski slopes in full view at all times.

As with Zephyr Mountain Lodge, all Fraser Crossing & Founders Pointe enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and free wireless internet.

Additional Fraser Crossing & Founders Pointe amenities include:

  • Large amenity deck on third floor of both buildings with hot tub, grills & outdoor seating
  • Private ski locker for each property rental
  • Free on-demand shuttle
  • Underground parking  (additional daily fee required during ski season)
  • 150 yards to Zephyr Express lift
  • 2+ bedroom Founders Pointe & Fraser Crossing condos include a private washer/dryer

Fraser Crossing & Founders Pointe are perfect for those seeking easy access to the slopes, combined with all the modern amenities expected of today’s activity driven traveler.  Click here to browse all Founders Pointe & Fraser Crossing vacation rentals.

Base Village Lofts (AKA Parry Peak Lofts)

Parry peak lofts at winter parkBuilt in 2007, the Base Village Lofts are the most spacious and high-end accommodations available in the Village at Winter Park Resort.

Set above the shops and restaurants of Winter Park Village, these stylish three bedroom loft rentals offer spacious floorplans of 1500 – 1800 square feet of living space, a one car private garage (in the heart of the Village!), free access to the nearby Zephyr Slopeside hot tubs, and a gourmet kitchen equipped with all your culinary needs.

A single one bedroom loft is available for short term rental with all the same luxurious amenities, plus one-of-a-kind decor and furnishings in 750 square feet of living space.

Additional Base Village Loft amenities include:

  • Private one car garage
  • Gourmet kitchen with high end appliances
  • Enviable location above shops & restaurants
  • Jetted bathtub in master bedroom
  • Free access to nearby Zephyr Mountain Lodge outdoor hot tubs
  • 150 yards to Zephyr Express chairlift, 50 yards to ice skating pond
  • Private washer/dryer in every loft

The Base Village Lofts are a must for larger groups looking for higher-end lodging, with easy access to ski school, lifts and other Village activities.  Click here to learn more.

Looking for larger accommodations by the slopes?  Check back in next week for our guide to four, five and six bedroom properties by the slopes at Winter Park Resort.

December 31st, 2017

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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



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.


12-7-2017 Anne-Marie & Larry

December 8th, 2017

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