Winter Park Information
As the ski day ends, listen out for the steam train whistle that announces Derailer Bar at Winter Park mountain base is ready to serve up après-ski beer and drink specials.
Five Mountain Tavern in the Vintage Hotel (tel: +1 800 472 7017; www.vintagehotel.com) at Winter Park mountain base features the Churchill Bar. Here, customers can even see where Winston Churchill burned the bar with his cigar. It serves cold beer, cocktails and hot toddies by the stone firepit on the patio, and there's often live music.
There are several good nightspots in Fraser, chief among them is the Crooked Creek Saloon (tel: +1 970 726 9250; www.crookedcreeksalooncolorado.com), which is open until 0200 each night and hosts great live bands.
There are more than 40 restaurants in Winter Park and the nearby town of Fraser, with eight choices on the mountain or at the base of the slopes alone.
The Club Car restaurant at Mary Jane's base (tel: +1 970 726 1442) is a local favourite. It serves the signature Mount Mary Jane sandwich, seafood chowder and other hearty lunchtime staples.
Further out, there are steakhouses, sushi, tapas, delis, Mexican and pizza options. But, for a taste of the Old West, go to Smokin' Moe's Ribhouse and Saloon (tel: +1 970 726 4600; www.smokinmoes.com); this eatery offers an Oklahoma-style barbecue and other traditional regional favourites.
In Fraser, Elevation Pizza (+1 970 726 0066; www.elevationpizzaco.com), which will deliver to your condo in Winter Park too, has a reputation as one of the best purveyors of pizza in the region.
Beyond the slopes
Winter Park has continued to add off-slope attractions and now has a moderate selection of non-ski alernatives, although many are located in the nearby towns rather than the slopeside resort. Besides swimming pools and hot tubs in the resort's recreation centre, and a spa facility (tel: +1 970 726 2363; www.alpenglowmassage.com), most activities are outdoors.
On-snow alternatives to downhill sliding include snowshoe tours, snowcat tours, tubing, ice skating (two rinks – with ice discos staged on some evenings), sleigh rides, dog sledding and ski biking – riding on special bikes with skis instead of wheels. Most of these can be booked together via a central activities desk (tel: +1 970 726 1616).
Worthwhile trips away from the ski area include Denver (about two hours away), which boasts a zoo, cinemas, ice hockey matches, museums, galleries and shopping. There's also the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort (40 minutes away), where visitors can relax in natural hot-springs.
Winter Park is one of the more relaxed and family-friendly resorts in Colorado.
The Kids' Ski and Ride School (tel: +1 800 420 8093) at the base of Winter Park provides nursery services for babies from two months old and a ski school from age three. On the slopes, the Rendezvous Flats section of the Groswold's Discovery Park has fun, family-friendly features and easy terrain.
Off the slopes, the resort's friendly, relaxed atmosphere and affordable dining and accommodation is perfect for families. Daily free activities in The Village at Winter Park include mini rail jams, 'Kids' Night Out' evening events and free ice skating lessons.
There is a good range of shops in Winter Park and a greater choice in the town of Fraser.
Among the shops in The Village is Shirt Off My Back (tel: +1 970 726 5581; www.shirtoffmyback.com), which sells resort-branded clothes and ski gear. Other gifts and souvenirs can be purchased from Trail's End Mercantile in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Fraser is home to the Fraser Valley Center, which is a good place to hunt down gifts and souvenirs. Other options in the town include skiwear and souvenir shops, and half a dozen art retailers.
Purchase a personalised tracking device to digitally record your day's skiing, including details of routes skied, how many miles, how much vertical and even how many calories have been burned. Just pick up a small GPS tracking unit from Guest Services in the Balcony House at the start of the day.
Most accommodation in Winter Park comes in the form of spacious apartments along the road that cuts through Winter Park, while more stylish lodgings sit at the foot of the slopes in a mini-resort known as The Village. There are very few chalets and hotels in Winter Park itself, but there is a larger choice in Fraser.
A family-owned motel in central Winter Park, Trailhead Inn offers rooms, condominium or apartment style accommodation and also features an indoor pool and hot tub. Wi-Fi access is provided in all rooms.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 726 8843
Zephyr Mountain Lodge
Marketed as 'the closest you can sleep to the ski lifts without sleeping outside', Zephyr Mountain Lodge offers luxury accommodation just 35m (110ft) from the base of the Zephyr Express chairlift.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 726 8400
Winter Park Mountain Lodge
This friendly roadside lodge, situated outside of the resort but next to the ski centre, offers affordable accommodation and houses an on-site restaurant, brew pub and ski shop.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 726 8400
Wild Horse Inn
This hand-hewn log lodge on the outskirts of Fraser has spectacular views, feather beds and hot tubs – relaxation is guaranteed.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 726 0456
Snow Mountain Ranch
This YMCA of the Rockies complex has a lodge and cabins close to Winter Park and provides affordable accommodation with a friendly atmosphere.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 887 2152
Valley Hi Motel
A well-run motel just down the road from the slopes, Valley Hi Motel offers large, spacious double rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a hot tub.Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 970 726 4171