Here in the South, winter is usually fairly short lived although we are beginning to wonder. If you’re a snow bunny and visions of fluffy flakes and powdery slopes are still dancing in your head, take our advice and jet to Winter Park, Colorado, where cold weather fun reigns. 67 miles west of Denver, here you’ll find over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 25 lifts, five terrain parks and a charming slopeside village with top-notch lodging, shopping and dining.
- Ski, of course. Or snowboard, that works too. Experience the area’s “Seven Territories”: Winter Park, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Ridge, The Cirque, Eagle Wind and the Terrain Parks. Sign up for lessons in advance at www.winterparkresort.com.
- Ski Bike. While we love the warm weather activity of downhill mountain biking (Winter Park is one of the best spots to partake), ski biking is a fun and different way to experience the slopes. At Winter Park you can get schooled on the ins and outs of ski bikes and rent a Lenzport Ski Bike, essentially a mountain bike with skis!
- Tubing. The newest tube park in Colorado, Coca-Cola® Tubing features four individual lanes, exciting banked curves, a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top and the comfortable Hill House warming lodge, with restrooms and gourmet hot chocolate service. Fun for the whole family!
- Go bowling. When you are looking for a little indoor fun, warm up at the bowling alley. We aren’t joking. The Foundry isn’t your mama’s bowling. Here you’ll find plush leather sofas, gourmet pizza and cocktails delivered to your lane, and one the swankiest public restrooms we’ve seen.
- Relax. Wind down and melt those winter blues away with a massage at Alpenglow. Hot stone, aromatherapy or Thai massage, the possibilities are endless.
- When it comes to finding a place to stay, we recommend turning to Winter Park Lodging Company, where their motto is right up our alley – “Play Hard, Rest Easy!” Top of the line accommodations for two or for the entire family sit in the middle of the village, where everything is easily accessible.
- We love a bed and breakfast and The High Mountain Lodge is as charming as its name. Families, singles, couples and even pets are welcome. At High Mountain, you are treated to a hearty breakfast, casual après-ski, bike, and hike happy hour and a simple supper. All rooms have private entrances and most have fireplaces. You can warm up in the indoor atrium pool, sauna, or hot tub.
- It’s vacation, indulge! There’s no better place to do just that than at Goody’s, where you can enjoy authentic French crepes, locally made ice cream, and Italian sodas. It’s any sweet tooth’s dream.
- Cheeky Monk, offers a taste of Belgium right in The Village at Winter Park. At this Belgian Beer Café, you’ll find the rarest and best beers, an impressive drink menu, featuring 14 Belgian imported beers on draught and 20 Belgian imported bottles. Beers are hand-selected to pair with the flavorful dining menu highlighting the uniqueness, style, and taste of each beer, so drink up!
- Throw it way back at Snoasis, a fun and lively spot that is tucked in the side of the mountain and has gorgeous views of the half-pipe and terrain park, all with a 70s and 80s vibe.