Winter Park is the Best Location for Your Meeting or Event

Winter Park, Colorado has many features that make it the perfect destination for your meeting or event while still being close to home. Winter Park has more than just scenic venue space. Endless activities and lodging for every season ensure a well-rounded trip to celebrate, work, play and relax.


Winter Park is less than a two-hour drive – without traffic – from Denver’s urban life. Follow I-70 West to US-40 West from Denver to access the mountains in no time. If you want to avoid sitting in traffic or prefer public transportation and scenic rides, hop on the Amtrak from Denver’s Union Station.

During ski season, book your travel on the Winter Park Express which runs on Saturdays, Sundays and the first two Fridays of the month. The train stops conveniently at the base of Winter Park Resort. Amtrak’s other option is to take the California Zephyr from Union Station which runs daily to Fraser, just five miles from Winter Park. Once there, take a free shuttle, The Lift, to easily get between the two towns.

Recreational Opportunities

Winter Park is a great location for meetings and events because it offers many other activities to experience in your free time. During the winter, enjoy two ski resorts – Granby Ranch and Winter Park Resort – and numerous Nordic centers in the vicinity for snowshoeing, sledding and more. The west side entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is also less than an hour’s drive from Winter Park and has multi-use trails open year-round. Hike through wildflower meadows in spring or cross-country ski across the park in winter.

Many resorts, ranches and recreational tour companies offer seasonal activities such as horseback riding, tubing, rafting, fly fishing and mountain biking. And if outdoor recreation doesn’t excite you, try shopping in Cooper Creek Square, spending a day at the spa or visiting one of the historic museums! There’re all types of activities in Winter Park that are sure to please everyone!

Abundant Lodging

Winter Park’s popularity means that there are plenty of lodging options to fit your needs. There are vacation rentals with meeting venues for corporate retreats, cabins for family reunions, condo complexes for ski groups and private townhome complexes for the whole wedding party. With all types of amenities to choose from, guests will be satisfied, and your meeting or event will go off without a hitch!

Start planning your trip to Winter Park. With breathtaking mountain views, close proximity to Denver and limitless recreational activities, Winter Park makes the ideal meeting and event location for your next special gathering. StayWinterPark can help you find the right vacation rental for your entire party.

Meeting & Event Space in Winter Park and Fraser

For a unique meeting or special event experience, consider hosting guests at one of the many group venues in Winter Park, Colorado. Meet company goals and get work done while being surrounded by scenic views or say “I do” at the top of your mountain wedding. Many of Winter Park’s meeting venues also offer convenient lodging and numerous activities year-round from shopping to skiing to fly fishing. There are spaces, activities and accommodations for your entire group at Winter Park. Here are just a few!

Winter Park Resort

The meeting and event spaces at Winter Park Resort can accommodate up to 250 people and feature various amenities including AV equipment, Wi-Fi, catering and breakout rooms. Nine different meeting spaces offer options for scenic views, outdoor space, private bar and bathrooms, and more. Host any type of event from an après ski dinner party to a corporate event to a wedding. Winter Park Resort offers recreational activities year-round and various lodging options.

Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch offers a meeting and event venue along with many on site activities. Two conference spaces include flexible set ups of tables and chairs, AV equipment and Wi-Fi. Seat up to 400 attendees or as little as five. There are also options for private dining or catered receptions to meet your event needs. Many activities can be booked for private sessions such as the climbing wall, zip line, canoeing or challenge courses. Snow Mountain Ranch also has a variety of convenient lodging options for your entire group.

Iron Horse Resort

The Iron Horse Resort features private meeting rooms and event space. There are 4,550 square feet of flexible space with the ability to accommodate up to 120 people. The facilities include a business center, copier and fax services and wireless internet access. The Iron Horse is also a great venue for weddings and parties. The ski-in, ski-out resort offers condominium lodging and numerous recreational activities nearby.  Check out StayWinterPark’s vacation rentals at this location!

Headwaters Event Center

Winter Park’s newest event center is located in downtown Winter Park and is Colorado’s newest non-profit hub with 28,000 square feet of rental space for indoor and outdoor events that are the perfect for private dinners, meetings, receptions or a special event. This building has been designed from the ground up to be an “off the grid” facility with solar power and natural gas generators with a very modern decor. Check our gallery of pictures and past events to help you plan your next event.  The Hi Country Haus condominiums are also within walking distance of the event center – call to book your lodging with StayWinterPark and your event at the Headwaters Center today.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Plan a meeting or event at Devil’s Thumb Ranch with their event planning team. The ranch features rustic event spaces for rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings and retreats, outdoor parties and more. Different spaces can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 350 people. Devil’s Thumb Ranch has lodging for up to 350 guests as well. Partake in outdoor activities such as zip lining, fly fishing and horseback riding, or enjoy relaxing spa services on site. There are two restaurants at the ranch and customized menus are available for private events.

Deno’s Mountain Bistro

Deno’s Mountain Bistro can accommodate group dining through reservations and also has a private tasting room. Plan a business outing, rehearsal dinner or birthday party! The tasting room features 600+ bottles of wine and can sit six for full dinner service or 10 standing. Enjoy some award-winning wine and a blend of American and Mediterranean cuisine.

Plan Your Stay

Now that you have some inspiration for your next group function, start planning your retreat with StayWinterPark. Choose from a variety of vacation rentals from cabins to condos in a location that’s convenient for you.

Fall Festivals You Will Love

With cooling temperatures and changing foliage, the Fall season brings new festivals and seasonal events to Winter Park, Colorado you will be sure to enjoy. This transitional period marks the beginning of ski season, holiday markets and festive celebrations fit for all ages. Purchase gifts for everyone on your list, try out new autumn beers and watch as the towns light up for the holidays. Below, we’ve listed a few Winter Park Fall festivals and events coming up!

Winter Park Fall Fest

The 15th annual Winter Park Fall Fest will feature fun for the whole family with live music, games, face painting, adult beverage tasting, farmers market and more. The festival will take place in three different locations including the Rendezvous Events Center, Headwaters Center and Rendezvous Tent in Fraser. The event is free, but some activities require tickets.

Date: Sep. 15, 2018

Time: 12-5 p.m.

Location: 78841 US Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482

Pimp Your Pumpkin

Enter the Pimp Your Pumpkin adult decorating contest at the Creekside Eatery at the Crooked Creek Saloon. Listen to live music, sip autumn beers and compete for cash prizes! Participation is $20 at the door.

Date: Oct. 26, 2018

Time: 8-10 p.m.

Location: 401 Zerex St, Fraser, CO 80442

Halloween Bash

Trick or treat at Cooper Creek Square businesses for the annual Halloween Bash. The event also includes a DJ and dance party, photo booth and games. This is a spooky event perfect for the whole family. The event is free.

Date: Oct. 27, 2018

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: 47 Cooper Creek Way, Winter Park, CO 80442

Granby Tree Lighting Ceremony

Enjoy carriage rides, visits with Santa and carolers at Granby’s Tree Lighting at The Lot. Take a family portrait, enjoy gourmet s’mores and hot cocoa at this festive event. The event is free.

Date: Nov. 16, 2018

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: 516 E Agate Ave, Granby, CO 80446

20th Annual Holiday Artisan Fair

Shop for unique arts and crafts from regional and local artists at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. Enjoy fun visits with Santa and food concessions.

Date: Nov. 17, 2018

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: 1 Main St, Fraser, CO 80442

Holiday Shopping at Karen Vance Studio & Gallery

Get started on your holiday shopping by browsing prints, cards and original artworks at Karen Vance Studio & Gallery. Enjoy refreshments as you shop for unique gifts. The event is free.

Date: Nov. 21 – 25, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving)

Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location: 1 East Meadow Mile, Winter Park Ranch, 80442

Wonderland of Lights Celebration

Visit with Santa, watch street performers, enjoy treats and shop at Cooper Creek Square’s Wonderland of Lights show. Grab a free fiber optic wand while supplies last and get your holiday gifts! The event is free.

Date: Nov. 23, 2018

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: 47 Cooper Creek Way, Winter Park, CO 80482

Holiday Market and Tree Lighting

Witness the annual lighting of Winter Park Resort’s Holiday tree. Starting at noon, visitors can shop handcrafted goods from local artists while listening to live music. Vendors will be selling unique items ranging from jewelry to pottery to baked goods. The event is free.

Date: Nov. 24 – 25, 2018

Time: 12-7 p.m.

Location: 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, CO 80482

Festival of Trees

Support local nonprofits at this seasonal festival featuring a silent auction of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and menorahs. The event includes raffles, visits with Santa and a dessert auction. The event is free.

Date: Nov. 30, 2018

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Location: 1 Main St, Fraser, CO 80442

Winter Park has numerous fall festivals to partake in each year. What better way to embrace the season? Book your Winter Park vacation rental with StayWinterPark to start enjoying these exciting fall events. We have accommodations for all types of travelers from condos and townhomes.

Your Guide to the Best Live Music in Winter Park, CO

There are so many fun things to do in Winter Park, Colorado. From hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding, it’s almost impossible to be bored! If you’re looking for a little relaxation in between thrills, consider listening to live music. You can head downtown to see a local band or attend a popular event like the Colorado Music Festival. Whatever you choose, we promise you’ll leave with lasting memories! Keep reading for details on the best live music in Winter Park, CO.

This list is just the start! Find out where else you can experience live music in Winter Park, CO when check out our calendar of events page or talk with one of our Guest Services Team members – we can provide recommendations for local events, top restaurants, indoor/outdoor attractions, and more.  We’re a wonderful resource that will cut your trip planning time in half! 

How to Enjoy Live Music in Winter Park, CO

Festivals & Events

In the summertime, Winter Park hosts a variety of performances across a range of genres. Check out the Rendezvous Event Center where you’ll find weekly live music performed by local artists as well as concerts by national acts. We recommend packing a picnic dinner, your favorite beverage, and a blanket/chairs for a laid-back evening in the park.

The Colorado Music Festival (CMF) is another must-see during the summer months. It’s held in Boulder, CO, about 90 minutes from Winter Park. Founded in 1976, the CMF presents classical music concerts performed by professional musicians from around the world. The event draws over 20,000 people each year, so be sure to purchase your tickets early.

Music Series

If you’re visiting Winter Park during ski season, you’re in luck! There’s almost always something going on in Cooper Creek Square. Check the Winter Park Information Center or view the online calendar of events for details. Some of our favorite live music events include:

  • Campfire Music Series (December – March): Sing along to your favorite classics around the heat of a real wood fireplace! Guests are invited to warm up and enjoy music at the Village Gazebo every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. You’ll even get a free cup of hot chocolate.
  • Derailer Bar Music Series (January – April): Located at the base of Winter Park Resort, the Derailer Bar has a New Belgium Music Series on Fridays as well as a Coors Light Music Series on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. It’s a great place to chow down and take a break from the slopes.


There’s nothing better than warm food, cold beer, and great tunes after hours on the mountain. Head to the Winter Park Pub, The Basement, or Ullrs Tavern. They’re popular haunts where you can pull up a bar stool and get to know the locals. Pool tables and frequent live music complete the après-ski experience.

Make Your Reservations Today with StayWinterPark

After enjoying the best live music in Winter Park, CO, you’ll likely need some peace and quiet! Take an easy drive back to one of our vacation rentals and unwind. StayWinterPark has a wide range of private homes, condos  to choose from. Plus, our properties boast some of the best amenities in the area and are just minutes from Rendezvous Event Center and Cooper Creek Square.

If you’re traveling with the family, consider booking 61 Jabberwocky. This spacious, pet-friendly home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Fraser, CO.   A short 2 minute drive to Main Street and is a comfortable accommodations and modern amenities make 61 Jabberwocky ideal for a fun family getaway.

Check our availability and make your reservations today. We look forward to having you!

What You’ll See at the Wells Fargo Ski Cup This Year

If skiing is your winter sport of choice, you’re probably familiar with the Wells Fargo Ski Cup. This exciting annual event takes place in Winter Park, Colorado, and is the longest-running professional ski race in the country. The Cup also serves as a fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), an organization that supports therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. It’s a great event for a great cause! Read on to find out what’s happening at the Wells Fargo Ski Cup this year.

Plan a trip to Winter Park from February 23 – 25, 2018, and experience the Wells Fargo Ski Cup firsthand! For more information on fun things to do during your stay, contact our Guest Service Team – we can provide recommendations for local events, restaurants, kids activities, and more. 

Your Guide to the 2018 Wells Fargo Ski Cup

Friday, 2/23

Now in its 43rd consecutive year, the Wells Fargo Ski Cup brings together the world’s top skiers with disabilities, amateur skiers, snowboarders, and Denver celebrities. The weekend kicks off on Friday as racers arrive at Winter Park Resort. They’ll take their qualifying runs, participate in a racer clinic, and learn racing techniques from NSCD staff and coaches. Guests are welcome to watch the action from the slopes.

Saturday 2/24

Head back to the resort on Saturday for the Corporate Challenge, the highlight of Ski Cup Weekend. Cheer on your favorite skiers as they rocket down the slopes on monoskis. Teams are randomly grouped into heats and the top three move on to the finals. The NSCD athlete on each of the top teams wins a cash prize to finance their training for the 2018 Paralympics.

Local Tip: Be sure to stick around for the apres-ski bash, awards ceremony, and night tubing!

Sunday, 2/25

Don’t miss the Kid’s Snowplow Sprint on Sunday! It’s a wonderful event that allows children of Wells Fargo Ski Cup guests to race the same course as the professionals. They’ll even be joined by mascots from Winter Park and Colorado sports teams. Capping off the weekend is the Sarah Holm Memorial World Disabled Invitational where professional athletes from around the world compete for cash prizes. Visit the NSCD website for a full schedule of events.

Make Your Reservations with StayWinterPark

Lodging for the Wells Fargo Ski Cup is going fast! Be sure to book your stay with us as soon as possible. We have a wide variety of vacation rentals to choose from, including private homes, town homes, and more. Plus, our properties are just minutes from downtown Winter Park and the world-class ski resort. 

If you’re traveling with a large group, consider booking Timber Lake 341. This three-level townhome is perfect for families who want to spread out. Enjoy a large, open floor plan, upscale furnishings, and amenities like a private hot tub and garage. Spectacular views of the Continental Divide complete your experience.  

To make your reservations, check our availability online or give us a call.
We look forward to having you!

The Outdoor Retailer in Winter 2018 Is One of the Best Events

If you work in the outdoor sports industry, plan to attend the Outdoor Retailer in winter 2018. This world-renowned trade show is the best place to showcase new and innovative gear, apparel, footwear, and accessories. It’s held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from January 25 – 28. Here are some of the things you’ll see there.

The Outdoor Retailer in winter 2018 is just one of many great events coming up this year. To find out what else Colorado has to offer, contact our Guest Service Team for info on local events, restaurants, activities, and more. 

Experience the Outdoor Retailer in Winter 2018

Show Events & Categories

Did you know that Outdoor Retailer is the largest outdoor sports expo in the world? Here, industry brands, retailers, reps, and suppliers gather to learn about the newest trends and products. Check out the full list of exhibitors attending this year and enjoy conferences, training sessions, and educational opportunities in the following categories:

  • Backpacking, camping, and hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Fishing
  • Health, fitness, and nutrition
  • Snowsports
  • Watersports
  • Pet Products
  • Lifestyle
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • … And more!

Why Colorado?

After being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, for over 20 years, the Outdoor Retailer recently moved to Denver. This transition makes sense; Colorado is already a mecca for recreation, boasting year-round activities like skiing, snowboarding, rafting, hiking, and horseback riding. With Outdoor Retailer, our state can take the next step in advocating for recreation as a cultural, social, and economic force.

Register for the Event

The Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show takes place Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is still open so be sure to purchase your badge as soon as possible!

Can’t make it to this year’s event? There’s no need to worry. Outdoor Retailer will be in Denver, CO, for the next five years, offering a wide range of events and festivals. Here are a few dates to keep in mind for 2018.

  • SIA Industry + Intelligence Day: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show: Jan. 25 – 28, 2018
  • SIA On-Snow Demo: Jan. 29 – 30, 2018
  • Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: July 23 – 26, 2018
  • Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: Nov. 8 -11, 2018

Plan Your Trip to Colorado with StayWinterPark

If you’re looking for a place to stay during the Outdoor Retailer in winter 2018, consider a vacation rental in Winter Park! StayWinterPark is sponsoring the event, and our private homes and townhomes are just an hour from Denver. Plus, our properties boast some of the best amenities in the area and offer easy access to downtown Winter Park and the world-class ski resort.

Search Downtown Winter Park Lodging walking distance from Main Street and is convenient to various shops, restaurants, and Hideaway Park. These units are perfect for couples and families alike!

To make your reservations, check our availability online or give us a call.
We look forward to having you!