Getting ready for your trip to Winter Park and need some advice on what to pack, where to go and what to do? Here's a quick hit list of our top Winter Park vacation tips to get your Winter Park vacation started on the right foot!
PACK THE RIGHT CLOTHES
The weather can change greatly from day to day, or even hour to hour. In the winter it’s all about layers. Pack non-cotton base layers (cotton is rotten!), several mid layers, and a waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget a good pair of gloves, a hat and sunglasses. In the summer, be prepared for chilly evenings with a sweater and there’s always a chance of afternoon showers so bring a good rain jacket. Don’t forget a swimsuit year-round for the hot tubs and pools. All restaurants, no matter how fancy, are ok with fairly casual attire in Winter Park. No need to pack the heels!
PLAN YOUR TRANSPORTATION
There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck somewhere because there are no cabs or your shuttle stopped running. Whether you are renting a car, arranging a shuttle to and from the airport, or using an on call shuttle/town bus, be prepared and plan the ride prior to needing it.
Most town shuttles pick up every 30 minutes on the weekends and hourly during the week, so this is often the easiest and fastest way to get around between downtown Winter Park, Fraser and Winter Park Resort.
We can help with all your transportation needs. Give us a call at 970-722-0707 to get them lined up.
SO MUCH TO DO!
MAKE RESERVATIONS. SERIOUSLY!
Whether it is for restaurants, rental shops, lift tickets, or activities, booking ahead makes everyone’s life a lot easier. Busy season in Winter Park is just that, BUSY! To avoid waiting in long lines, and to expedite the process once you’re at the front of a line, it’s best (and often less expensive) to book everything you need ahead of time rather than just winging it. Your vacation planners can help find you the best deals.
Take advantage of expert knowledge and ask a local. The residents of this town play hard, and often have a wealth of knowledge about the activities in the area. This could be anything from signing up for a ski lesson, hiring a fishing guide, or simply picking someone’s brain on gear at a local ski or bike shop. One of the best places to chat up a local is on the chairlift or gondola.
The most simple tip of all, summer or winter, is to be aware of the power of the sun. At this altitude, you will burn quickly without protection. Use hats, sunglasses or goggles, and reapply sunscreen often. Need more info about the high-altitude in Winter Park? Here are our tips.
KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING
PACK & SHIP
Ship luggage and packages ahead of time. Address to our office (please call ahead) and we will hand deliver everything to your property. You can travel light and not have to worry about lost or delayed luggage.
Need to get a little work done while you're in Winter Park? Head to Green Spaces, a co-working space, in downtown Winter Park to get your projects done and still have time to go skiing or biking. A $9 day pass includes coffee, Wi-Fi, access to a printer/scanner, and even private meeting areas.
TAKE IT EASY & DRINK WATER
The adjustment to the altitude of a ski town can really take its toll. Don’t push it too hard on your first day in town, don’t be afraid to call it quits before the lifts stop running, and don’t be afraid to download on the gondola. Drink plenty of water and ease yourself into alcohol consumption. It can be helpful to over hydrate prior to arrival. Altitude sickness is the quickest way to turn a fun vacation into a miserable experience. Remember, you’re on vacation, so play hard, but rest easy.
DOWNLOAD THE WINTER PARK APP
Winter Park Resort has a new app that gives you up to date information on weather conditions, lifts & trails, events, and more. We highly recommend using this app during your winter stay to know what's going on at your favorite ski area. Download on iOS here or on Google here.