The days are still long and the sunshine still plentiful as we enter into August in Winter Park. There is plenty to do in the beautiful weather and abundant sunshine.
National Night out in Granby: Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Polhamus Park in Granby. There will be multiple events including; a hot dog picnic, bounce house, volleyball, human hungry-hungry hippo, an outdoor movie, and more! Check out our neighbors to the west for some free family fun!
Camp Fire Sing Along: On Wednesday, August 2nd, Visit the Village Gazebo from 4-6 PM to listen to your favorite songs, take in the gorgeous scenery and enjoy a cozy campfire at Winter Park Resort! Free to all who want to enjoy!
High Note Thursdays: This week’s free musical act is the Home Groove Band, an American Jam band with “tight vocal harmonies and some tasty jams.” The show begins at 6 at Hideaway Park in Downtown WinterPark.
Free Friday Night Music Series: Head to Winter Park Resort to see Coral Creek this Friday, August 4th from 4-6 PM. Live performances of “new grass” band Coral Creek have been described as “transporting audiences from the beaches of the Carribean, down to the bayou, and back up to the high in the Colorado Rockies.”
Free Face Painting, Baloon Artist, and Bounce House: Visit Cooper Creek this Saturday for free face painting and balloon artist, as well as kids play area and bouncy house. Show off your family’s new cranial decore as you explore the shops and restaurants of Winter Park.
Winter Park Beer Fest: Beer aficionados rejoice, it’s time again for the 8th annual Winter Park Beer Festival! The event happens this Saturday, August 5th from 1:00-5:00 pm in Hideaway Park with live music on tap and 45+ brewers on hand. $30 pre-order or $40 day of the Beer Festival. Pre-order tickets and save here.
Fitness in the Park: Work the kinks out and feel great again this Sunday, August 6th at Hideaway Park from 9-10 am with an hour of yoga with Emily Kuderer, yoga expert of Synergy Collective
Fly Fishing: The Colorado and Fraser Rivers have been fishing fantastic with fish attacking terrestrials and great hatches occurring daily. Get out as the sun comes up to avoid the crowds and up your chances for success. If none of this makes sense, visit Winter Park Fly Fisher for a local guided trip and mention you’re staying with us to get 10% off your trip.
Mountain Biking: The recent rains have kept the dust down and the trails in great shape for the most part.
Local Tip: Be aware that some parts of trails have been washed out from recent heavy rains creating deep ruts down the middle. Just ride with caution and enjoy.
Local Suggestion: Plan a loop or three in the Idlewild zone that provides great riding for all ages and ability levels.
Hiking: Breathtaking views and trails line the mountains all around and above Winter Park. Local Tip: Avoid being caught above treeline during a lightning storm. If you plan on hiking in the high country check the local forecast before you go. If you decide to go, go early. Even on days when there is a low chance of storms we often see storms develop quickly in the afternoon this time of year.
Be sure to check out all of our activities deals with local business partners in the valley allowing you to play your hardest and then of course, rest easy.
Andy Radzavich August 1st, 2017
It’s all about the dirt as the Colorado Free Ride Festival takes over the trails of Winter Park Resort and conditions couldn’t be better.
Not only have the recent rains calmed the concerns of fire danger, the moisture has turned the dirt on the trails to what is commonly referred to as “BROWN POW” ( A term obsessive mountain bikers use when there is the perfect amount of moister in the trails to make them tacky, much like a skier would describe skiing after it has snowed all night).
To learn more, don’t take it from me, head to the Colorado Free Ride Festival happening all weekend at the resort. There are events every day from July 26-30th starting as early as 8:00 a.m. and running all the way through the day into the evening. Must see events include the Green Hornet Kids Race, Maxxis BMX stunt team, intergalactic pond skimming and the Downhill Finals. Check out the entire line up here
Participate in the local Headwater Trails Alliance 2nd annual Pub Crawl happening today starting at Five pm. Tickets are $40 and earn you one free drink at each pub stop and door prizes. click here for more information
Andy Radzavich July 28th, 2017
It’s finally here, SUMMER!! And with that, the ribbon cutting of the New Hideaway Park Stage and Summer Concert season openers, Big Head Todd and The Monsters playing a free show this Thursday Night, June 22, at 6:30.
Rumor has it that Big Head Todd and special guest Collective Soul left a lasting impression on the Denver crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheater just 2 weeks ago. They are ready to get a little more personal with the Winter Park Crowd tomorrow night. We are very proud and excited to have them christen our great towns brand new Hideaway Park Stage… FOR FREE!
At Winter Park Lodging Company we are offering free nights stay for The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the rest of the weekend events. Check out our Hideaway Park Ribbon-Cutting Special.
After your full day of outdoor adventure on Friday, head to downtown Winter Park, Cooper Creek Square Music On the Square from 6-8pm. Enjoy free live music while two of Cooper Creeks restaurants feature some of their best menu items. This week, the line up is Blues All-Star Showcase and dinner by Casa Mexico and New Hong Kong.
One more music option is at the Winter Park Resort with their Friday, June 23, Music Series from 4-6pm. This Fridays artist is Hawthorne Roots
The main event this weekend is the 15th Annual Blues From the Top Festival presented by Grand County Blues Society. The concert runs approximately from 11am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday and features food vendors, shopping, and creative retailers.
Saturday, June 24
Sunday, June 25
Additionally, there will be a Youth Stage both days and a nightly after-party at Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse and Saloon featuring more performances of artists from the festival!
Right now it is prime time for biking, rafting and fly fishing.
We offer our guests 20% discounts for bike rentals at Epic Mountain Sports, 10% discounts for whitewater rafting with Mad Adventures, and 10% off Fly Fishing trips with Winter Park Fly Fisher.
See all of our activities deals here
This promises to be a glorious, exciting, fun-filled, and exhausting weekend. We promise that you will play hard and you will need to rest easy. If you haven’t yet, call us now and take advantage of a free night stay so you can squeeze every last drop from this blues filled weekend
Andy Radzavich June 21st, 2017
Sadly, due to personal health issues, Frankie Beverly has had to cancel all of his July tour dates. Not much information is available pertaining to the 70-year-old singer’s health issues but we wish him a smooth and speedy recovery.
Charlie Wilson has announced that he is stepping in to fill the great shoes of Frankie and Maze for the 2017 Winter Park Jazz Festival! Charlie, age 64, has had a lifelong music career much like Beverly. Charlie was the originator and lead singer of The Gap Band formed in the early 1970’s and produced 15 albums before retiring in 2010.
Charlie has since launched a successful solo career producing 8 albums, his latest, In It To Win It, released in February of 2017. He has recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Charlie has collaborated with countless to rap, jazz, and rhythm and blues icons such as Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, and Robyn Thicke. Charlie’s focus and drive is to continue to produce great music and display it live on stage. In his own words, “It’s championship time!”
Watch below as Uncle Charlie gets down at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest and get excited to see him this Summer at Winter Park Jazz Fest!
Andy Radzavich June 8th, 2017
We were a mixed group of ability, most of us had little to no climbing experience but were all excited.
We met Winter Park Adventure Quest owner Igor Guziur and followed him a short drive to his favorite climbing spot in Arapaho National Forest. At the base of the rock, we met his climbing guide, Beth. They had everything we needed, including all climbing gear and refreshments, to have a fun, carefree and safe time.
It was immediately clear that both Beth and Igor were professionals. Like all great guides, they took the complication and worry out of the sport so that we could focus on climbing to our heart’s content.
We spent the afternoon climbing and belaying up and down the rock choosing routes of varying difficulty. Beth and Igor were always offering helpful and encouraging advice when we ran into problems. At the end of they day, everyone felt a strong sense of accomplishment, not to mention a great workout.
“As a group of new climbers, we were all a little nervous at the beginning, but Igor and Beth made us feel so safe and comfortable that everyone was laughing and having a great time within just a few minutes. I can’t wait to try it again and would recommend to anybody – it’s such a great way to see another part of the valley while doing something fun and different.” Marketing Director, Debs Bridge
I have to agree with Debs, I would recommend it to anybody of all ages. Our Guest Experience Director, Amy Raegner, was exclaiming how her 10-year-old daughter would love it so much she would have to drag her away when it was time to go.
“Our climbing adventure with Igor was my first rock climbing experience ever! Both Igor and Beth really helped make this experience great for me and the rest of my coworkers. They were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly, patient. I can’t wait to go again” Hybrid Super Agent, Sam Uecker.
Spend some time with Winter Park Adventure Quest during your stay and discover some abilities you may not know you and your family have. You might become an addict! If your staying with us, you get 10% off on your next adventure (on top of any deals they are offering).
Andy Radzavich May 31st, 2017
Looking for vacation ideas to spark up your 4th of July celebrations? Why not take the family barbecue to the BIG backyard this year, with a long weekend in Winter Park, Colorado?
Located just 70 miles west of Denver, Winter Park is the perfect mountain escape from the city – and one of the few mountain towns that still offers great lodging and activities at family friendly rates.
This year, the 4th of July lands on a Tuesday, making it the perfect opportunity to take a few extra days for mid-summer getaway? So what’s going on in Winter Park this 4th of July? Step aside Seth Meyers, it’s time for a closer look….
What? Live music by Weston Smith.
Where? At the Gazebo By The Pond at Winter Park Resort
When? 4 PM – 6 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Live mix of rock, Americana and blues music by Sam Osborne & Gary Key.
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 8 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Outdoor Movie Showing of ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’. Bring a picnic and blanket.
Where? On the Great Lawn at Winter Park Resort.
When? 7 PM – 9 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Scenic 5 mile run/walk from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous after race celebration in Fraser.
Where? Begins at The Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort and follows the Fraser River Trail.
How Much? TBD
What? Free ice-cream plus live music, face painting, balloon artist, bouncy house & glitter tattoos.
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 1 PM – 4 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Wine & cheese festival featuring 40+ samples, cheese pairing presentations and local art exhibits.
Where? The Village at Winter Park Resort
When? 12 PM – 4 PM
How Much? FREE to look, buy taste tickets/commemorative wine glass at the event to sample.
What? Rodeo night in Fraser with bull riding, roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and the town clown.
Where? Fraser Rodeo Grounds, 1741 County Road 73, Fraser CO 80482
When? Junior rodeo from 3 PM, Main Performance 7 PM- 4 PM
How Much? Adults $10, Kids 6-12 yrs $8, Under 5’s FREE
What? Head to the Fraser fishing ponds for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Lots of prizes for young anglers!
Where? The Fraser fishing ponds (next to safeway).
When? 9 AM -Noon
How Much? FREE
What? Free outdoor fitness class of yoga, pilates, zumba or similar. Check back for details.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
When? 9 AM – 10 AM
How Much? FREE
Use this day to try something new, or go with a tried and tested family favorite. Winter Park is a playground for all ages with amazing mountain biking and hiking trails, western horseback riding, white water rafting and a ton of family friendly activities on offer at Winter Park Resort (mini-golf, alpine slide, climbing wall and more!).
To see our complete list of summer activities, CLICK HERE.
What? Live music, magic shows and fireworks with spark up the sky at the annual Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration in Downtown Winter Park.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 10 PM
How much? FREE
Debs Bridge May 23rd, 2017
As winter continues to fight to hold onto its crown in the high country, we know that inevitably Summer will soon take the throne.
Soon the rivers will be swollen with runoff water, fields will be green and hillsides will be lush with wildflowers – if you haven’t experienced summer in the mountains before, she’s a sight to behold, not to mention a sneaky seductress that has turned most of us seasonal ski-bums into year-round Winter Park lifers.
The iconic Julie Andrews is famous for her twirling frenzy atop Switzerland’s finest; well Winter Park not only approves, it does it’s very best to make ‘mountain twirlers’ of all its visitors with a non-stop line up of summer music events.
Here’s our quick at-a-glance schedule of music events to mark your calendar:
Every weekend starts off with High-Note Thursdays free concert on Hideaway Park’s brand new stage. These free events are lawn seating style and bring a range of musical styles from Americana, Bluegrass, Rock, Folk and more each week. Bring the family and kick off the weekend right with a free show on the lawn of Hideaway Park, every Thursday between 6-8 PM, June 29th- August 24th, 2017.
Friday music in downtown Winter Park is hosted by Music In The Square in the Copper Creek square. Local musicians and acts from Denver will be jamming away in the square. A variety of shops, restaurants and other establishments line the square for your enjoyment. This event runs every Friday between 6-8 PM, June 23rd-August 25th, 2017.
Winter Park Resort also hosts Friday Music Series on Friday nights during the summer. This series takes place at the resort base and features bands such as Coral Creek, Sweet Lillies, the Jazz Spiders and more. Music runs from 4-6 PM followed by the Coca-Cola Family Movie night on the Great Lawn. This is a prime event for the whole family, especially if you’re staying mountainside. Happening every Friday between 4-6 PM, June 16th-August 25th, 2017.
High Note Thursdays and Friday Music Series are just the start of weekend fun. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has a summer long lineup each weekend to fulfill your live music and dinning needs.
In early 2015 Winter Park announced a concept for a permanent year-round stage in Hideaway Park. The idea was to showcase the unique natural area surrounding the town of Winter Park and the beautiful Fraser Valley.
That concept comes to fruition June 22nd when the new Hideaway Park Stage in downtown Winter Park opens for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a BIG band! Following the ribbon cutting, Colorado’s own Big Head Todd and the Monsters take the Stage from 6-8 PM with FREE live music. Roughly defined as rock music, Big Head Todd and The Monsters have been around for over 25 years and have a groove rock style all their own.
The opening weekend, June 24th-25th, does not let up as the Blues From the Top Festival, presented by the Grand County Blues Society and named Colorado’s Best Blues Music Festival two years in a row, takes center of the new stage. Fabulous Thunderbirds headline this weekend long festival. Their sound has been described as is a mix of blues, R and B, and rock and roll. They too have been together for over 25 years
Other bands include Little Hurricane, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dany Franchi Band, and many more. The wide range and styles of blues music presented in a weekend long line up of bands will, at some point, have you on your feet, dancing and singing, awestruck by the music and mountains. Life is good.
As the summer heats up, so does the music. Enjoy Independence Day with Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration at Hideaway Park. This a FREE family fun event from 6-10 PM with a magic show, face painting and FIREWORKS! Country music musician, Buckstein, will be on stage for the event.
The Hideaway Park stage rolls right into the freedom weekend with High Note Thursday’s free concert followed by the second annual Tequila and Tacos on July 8th (time TBD).
This event showcases sampling tequila, tacos, outlandish fun and of course, live music. Tequila and Tacos, an off the charts hit last summer, is back by popular demand.
Become awestruck once again the weekend of July 16th with the 35th annual Jazz Festival. As always, the weekend begins with High-Note Thursdays free concert at Hideaway Park Stage. The main event Saturday through Sunday will bring big name Jazz acts such as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Nick Colionne, Marsha Ambrosius, and more. This event has been called the show stealer of all the summer events in Winter Park, that’s for you to decide.
The Beer Festival in Hideaway Park is the next event in the Summer lineup. This annual event at the park features over 25 brewers with unlimited beer tasting from noon to 5 pm August 5, 2017. There will be three music acts, food from local vendors and retail vendors, Price TBD). This is a great event to book one of our lodges at Trailhead or Sawmill, a stones throw from the stage (see below for special event lodging deals). “MMMMMM Beeerrrr”
The weekend of August 14th begins with High-Note Thursday followed by a sleeper event, the Solshine Music Festival. This free, weekend-long, blue grass show is part of Odell Brewing Company Summer Concert Series. The acts have not been announced but Leftover Salmon is rumored to be making an appearance. Past acts have included Little Feat and Trampled by Turtles.
If you’re a wine novice, prepare to have your pallet inundated with flavors you never thought existed. Savor the deliciousness as you take in the music and gaze at the mountain peaks while a different but familiar feeling of “awestruck” sets in.
Summer is going to be taking that crown from winter before you know it. While you may still long for some of those great powder turns you experienced this past winter, know that that void is easily filled with Summer fun in Winter Park. We have the music, the mountains, the trails, and the rivers.
We have the town and the best places to stay. Winter Park Lodging Company has you covered with fantastic lodges next to the stage in the heart of the action, options a little further away in town, or tucked into the hillsides for peace and quiet.
Andy Radzavich May 12th, 2017
Tags: winter park live music
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 highlights of Christmas events in Winter Park below.
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 4 PM – 5.15 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 at 5.30 PM..
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 ski-down, an inter-denominational service will be held in the lower level of Balcony House.
Holiday Buffet at The Lodge At Sunspot
The Zephyr gondola will start running right after the Torchlight Parade, to ferry hungry diners up to the Lodge at Sunspot for a Christmas Eve dinner they’ll never forget.
The Holiday Buffet menu features salad, soup, a carving station (with vegetarian option), vegetables & sides, and a desert bar.
$79.75 Adults, $49.95 Children under 10 years. Prices include gondola ride, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages (tax, gratuity & alcoholic beverages are additional).
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Please call 970-726-1466 for more details and to book your table.
Ranch it up at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash. Work up an appetite with a cross-country ski or snowy horseback ride, then indulge (guilt free!) at their Christmas Grand Buffet Dinner.
$49/adult (13 and up), $25/child (4-12).
To make a reservation call 970-726.7013
Open seven days a week, this pack will promise you a howlin’ good time and give you a view of the valley like you’ve never seen before – seriously good fun.
As a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company, you can save 10% on dog sled rides!
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 Deno’s DJ Dance Party, keep it classy at Volario’s, or take your pick of late night hot spots to ring in the New Year.
It’s the start of a brand new year, make it a great one!
@[email protected] December 4th, 2016
If you haven’t heard the news, it’s been DUMPING snow in Colorado over the last month (November 2015).
As a result, we’re enjoying the best early season skiing in years; so much so that Winter Park was just placed in Snowbrains, Top 10 Snowfall Totals In North America Right Now.
Since opening day we have seen 80 inches of fluffy, perfect powder fall from the skies and currently have 72 trails open between Winter Park Territory & Mary Jane Territory; and with another storm heading our way this weekend, we suspect that it won’t be long before even more of Winter Park territories start opening up.
With all this open terrain in mind, we thought this would be a good time to do a quick refresher on the Seven Territories Of Winter Park Resort, so that you can spend less time studying the map, and more time seeking out those powder stashes!
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.
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.
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.
Expert Only: 25% Most Difficult: 75% Advanced: 0% Intermediate: 0% Beginner: 0%
Touted as in-bounds with an out-of-bounds attitude, The Cirque offers close to 400 acres of ungroomed, double black diamond skiing through steep, technical terrain. Skate, hike or ride the Cirque Sled (extra pass required to take the sled) along the top of The Cirque until you find the perfect line and then take the leap. While all of the terrain in this area hits the bullseye for a double-black rating, some lines are more forgiving than others, so expert level skiers shouldn’t be intimidated by how it looks from Eagle Wind – it’s a really fun spot and if you have the skills, it’s well worth the effort. As with Eagle Wind, all of the Cirque runs will dump you out on the Egress cat track, where you’ll need to take the Eagle Wind chair back up to Parsenn Bowl/Eagle Wind territory, or continue on the Egress to go all the way to the Pioneer Express and Vasquez Ridge territory.
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@[email protected] December 4th, 2015