Best Ski Resort is Winter Park

Stay Winter Park – Winter Park, CO Vacation Rentals

Winter Park Ski Resort has taken the win for the second year in a row as the  ‘Best North American Ski Resort’ based on USA Today’s Readers’ Choice 2021 10 Best panel comprised of ski and snowboard enthusiasts. These experts partner with the 10Best editors to pick 20 nominees in a given category and the popular vote determines the top ten. After 4 weeks of voting, the 2021 results were announced this week!!

Special mention goes to Devil’s Thumb Ranch who again won top honors in their respective category and Snow Mountain Ranch, coming in at number 5 in the Best Cross-Country ski resort category.

Best Ski Resort:

  1. Winter Park Resort – Winter Park, CO
  2. Sunshine Village – Banff, Alberta
  3. Palisades Tahoe – Olympic Valley CA
  4. Mount Bohemia – Lac LaBelle, MI
  5. Kirkwood Mountain – Kirkwood, CA
  6. Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain, CO
  7. Brundage Mountain Ski Resort – McCall ID
  8. Stowe Mountain Resort – Stowe, VT
  9. Lake Louise Ski Resort – Lake Louise, Alberta
  10. Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Revelstoke B.C.

Best Cross-Country Ski Resort:

  1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Tabernash, CO
  2. Tahoe Cross-County Ski Area – Tahoe City, CA
  3. Bear Valley Adventure Co – Bear Valley, CA
  4. Stokely Creek Lodge – Goulais River, Ontario
  5. Snow Mountain Ranch – Granby CO
  6. White Grass Ski Touring Center – Davis, WV
  7. Waterville Valley Resort – Waterville Valley NH
  8. Nipika Mountain Resort – Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  9. Strathcona Wilderness Centre  – Sherwood Park, Alberta
  10. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Jackson NH

About Stay Winter Park

Our vacation rental company is 100% locally-based and operated since 1972.  When you contact our offices we can look out our windows to share with you the local weather, ski conditions and best events coming into town.  The guest services department will be able to assist with the best restaurant and activity recommendations and we’ll be there if you need help with any part of your vacation planning experience.

Stay Winter Park offers a number of vacation rentals close to Winter Park Ski Resort. From ski-in ski-out rentals offering the ultimate mountain access, to private homes and condo complexes for large groups and families.  Plus, if you’re looking for an affordable way to get your family out on the slopes this season, you’ll find a number of incredible winter lodging deals and vacation packages for a last-minute ski trip or extended winter vacation.

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Stay Winter Park offers amazing savings with their lodging deals for pass holders. Enjoy the convenience of no blackout dates, and access to Copper Mountain (voted #5) as well as Steamboat Springs.  Choosing Winter Park as your base lodging destination provides easy access to both Copper Mountain and Steamboat Springs, both approximately 2 hours away, making for a great day trip in either direction!

We can’t wait to host you on your trip to Winter Park – winter or summer. Browse all our rentals or sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest events and lodging specials. The best way to experience Winter Park is when you Book Local and Book Direct.

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.

Relaxation and Leisure Around Winter Park

Don’t forget to make some time to unwind and relax during your visit to Winter Park, Colorado. Whether you’ve had a stressful day of corporate events or an action-packed day on the slopes, you’ll want to consider a rejuvenating experience at one of the Winter Park spas. Or, choose a lodging option that features heated pools and hot tubs to ensure relaxation at the start and end of every day.

Spa and Massage Services

Ranch Creek Spa

Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an 18,000 square foot facility offering numerous spa services. Surround yourself in a rustic, relaxing atmosphere with plush sofas and hot tea in front of the fireplace. Services include massages, hot stone massages, facials, soaks, wraps and couple’s treatments. There are even specials available for kids. If you can’t decide on what to get, Ranch Creek Spa offers different packages with multiple treatments! You can even book a yoga class to complete your rejuvenating spa experience. Open seven days a week.

Location: 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478

Phone: 970-726-1054

Alpenglow Massage

Conveniently located at the base of Winter Park Resort, Alpenglow Massage offers all types of massages. Services range from deep tissue massages to Thai massages to aromatherapy massages that will be sure leave you feeling at ease. Children ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Open seven days a week. Walk-ins are also welcome based on availability.

Location: 105 Parry Peak Way, #200, Winter Park, CO 80482

Phone: 970-726-2363

Hot Tubs, Pools and Saunas

Beaver Village

Book a stay at the condos at Beaver Village to end your days relaxing at the heated indoor pool or soaking in one of three hot tubs – great options for families, family reunions or group gatherings.

Hi Country Haus

Hi Country Haus features private condos with numerous shared amenities for the community. A stay at one of these condos includes access to the pool and spa area which is enclosed by large glass windows. Spend time at the indoor pool or hot tubs. A large sundeck offers outdoor lounging and a third hot tub to relax in.

Iron Horse Resort

The Iron Horse Resort gives guests access to an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs and a furnished sundeck while staying at one of their condos. You’ll never have to worry about relaxing with these added amenities.

Enjoy the maximum relaxation and leisure by booking your vacation rental with StayWinterPark. Choose units in one of the communities listed above or filter through different amenities from private hot tubs at one of our vacation homes to ski in ski out access to fitness centers to find your perfect lodging in Winter Park.

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.

Winter Outings for Groups & Meetings

What better time for a company retreat or family reunion than the snow-filled Winter in the mountains? Winter Park, Colorado offers a variety of group activities for visitors of all ages. Book a group dog sledding experience focused on leadership, soak in natural mineral hot springs or ski down your choice of 166 trails.

Group Venues

If you’re looking for somewhere to host a meeting, conference, catered event or private dinner party, the facilities at Winter Park Resort and Snow Mountain Ranch have numerous options. Both locations have venues with AV equipment and Wi-Fi and are suitable for catering. Accommodate as many as 500 guests while participating in the variety of winter activities offered at both locations.
StayWinterPark also has options for lodging and meeting venues at our Beaver Village Condos, Hi Country Haus or Meadow Ridge Resort.

Group Activities

Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe

Winter Park Resort

Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Winter Park Resort and explore seven different territories of varying difficulty and terrain. Skiing at Winter Park Resort is fun for all skill levels with 166 trails to choose from. Groups of 20 or more can receive special rates on lift tickets.

Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch

If downhill skiing and snowboarding isn’t your thing, visit the Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on more than 75 miles of trails. There are beginner loops perfect for families and longer trails with steeper climbs for the more advanced.

Group Dog Sledding Experience

For a unique group activity and fun learning experience, consider dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch. Groups between 15 and 25 members have the opportunity to book a private dog sledding experience with a customized presentation. Through the sport of dog sledding, you can learn about various qualities and characteristics ideal for your group. Presentations can focus on faith, leadership, teamwork and more.


Ranch Creek Spa

Rather spend your day at the spa than on the snow? Visit Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, an 18,000 square foot spa overlooking the Continental Divide. Book a facial, hot stone massage, wrap or more for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.  There are also special spa services just for kids.

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa

Enjoy the amenities of a spa combined with the natural hot springs at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa. Choose from a variety of spa services and soak in natural mineral-rich water that flows through the resort’s 21 pools and baths. The pools are suitable for families, and children under age two are free.

Arts & Culture

Cozens Ranch Museum

Learn about pioneer life from the late 1800s at the Cozen Ranch Museum. The museum features restored buildings that remain from a large ranch once covering 700 acres. Discover photographs of the Cozens family, antique furniture and other artifacts at the first homestead in the Fraser Valley.

Grand County Blues Society

Listen to some live blues music put on by the Grand County Blues Society. Some Winter Park venues include The Headwaters Center and Ullrs Tavern. Check out their upcoming events.


Cooper Creek Square

Cooper Creek Square is more than a shopping destination for unique and local items. The outdoor shopping center features various dining options, outdoor fire pits, a free ice-skating rink and special events, offering activities for the whole group to enjoy.

The Village

The Village at Winter Park Resort is home to various retail shops, equipment shops and gift shops. Browse outdoor apparel, authentic Colorado souvenirs or unique home décor. There are also many dining options from creperies to bistros to tea markets.

No matter what kind of group outing you are planning this Winter, there are activities for everyone in Winter Park, Colorado. Take the opportunity to experience a unique and engaging executive, family or organizational retreat this season.

Book Rooms For the Whole Group

Book accommodations for your entire group with StayWinterPark. Depending on your needs, choose from condos, town homes and private homes and more! There are even options for on-site meeting room space. We can work with groups up to 400 people. Call StayWinterPark’s group sales department at 1-866-627-2134 or fill out our Group Information Request.

7 of the Most Fun Summer Activities in the Rockies

Stay Winter Park – Winter Park, CO Vacation Rentals

We may be in Winter Park, Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have incredible experiences year-round! Visitors can enjoy several summer activities in the Rockies. Best of all, the Rocky Mountain region offers stunning views and vibrant scenery as the backdrop for your adventures! Read on to discover some of the best ways to spend your time here from your local experts, StayWinterPark!

Enjoy Sunny Skies and Warm Weather with These Summer Activities in the Rockies!

Explore Nature

As you approach your Winter Park destination, you’ll see why we are so proud to call this area our home. Each summer, our landscapes fill up with wildflowers and diverse wildlife. We highly recommend an outdoor excursion to explore our remarkable environment! Luckily, there are many different ways to do so. With over 600 miles of trails, it’s no wonder people refer to us as “Mountain Bike Capital USA”. Hop on a bike and pedal your way through unmatched mountain biking trails. For a more leisurely activity, feel free to go horseback riding or hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and take in the sights!

Conquer the Rapids

There are several reasons why adventurers and thrill seekers flock to our area. One of the attractions they come looking for is our renowned whitewater rafting! Whether you’re ready to take on class IV rapids or want to learn the ropes in smoother waters, we suggest giving it a shot!

Race Down the Alpine Slide

Did you know that Colorado’s longest alpine slide is right here in Winter Park? Head over the Winter Park Resort for a ride like no other. The slide features 3,000 feet of track and a vertical height of 600 feet. It’s a fantastic family-friendly activity, and each cart comes equipped with a brake so you can go as fast or slow as you like. It’s sure to be an exciting experience you won’t soon forget!


Enjoy Unique Summer Tubing Fun

When you think of tubing, you likely picture snow-covered slopes. What if we told you that you can experience that same thrill in the summertime, too? Snow Mountain Ranch recently unveiled a slope specifically designed for summer tubing. It features 300 feet of excitement and is one of only three in the country! Check it out next time you visit.

Experience the Thrill of Zip Lining

You can also have fun without your feet ever having to touch the ground! Set yourself up on a zip line adventure and experience what it’s like to fly. Best of all, you can do it while surrounded by scenic landscapes and forests! There are several unique lines to ride on, and each one is better than the last.

Play a Round of Golf

If you want to settle down for a relaxing morning, book a tee time at one of our top-rated golf courses. There are sections available for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Dick Phelps, a renowned golf course architect, even designed one of the courses! Pair your round of golf with views of the Rockies. You might be able to spot native wildlife like golden eagles and elk!

Cool off and Relax with a Refreshing Craft Brew

When all is said and done, feel free to grab a beer and kick back. Colorado is well-known for its craft beer industry, and Winter Park is no exception. Stop by one of our local breweries for a great way to relax after an excitement-filled day. Try several different varieties and meet with some of the brewers!

Stay in Luxury as You Experience It All!


When it comes to summer vacation, Winter Park, CO, truly has it all. Be sure to take advantage of our luxurious lodging so you can experience the wide variety of things to do in the area. StayWinterPark is your trusted resource for the best vacation rentals in town. We even offer special deals to help you get the most from your time here!

Take a look at Antlers at Lakota 406, one of our luxury properties in an excellent community. This tri-level, luxury townhome is in a convenient location with incredible views and top-notch amenities. There’s also a free shuttle service in the summer to take you downtown or to the resort. Don’t just picture yourself here, book your stay and experience it!

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