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.

Ikon passholder?

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.

Labor Day is coming soon – see activities and events!

Labor Day is coming soon – see what activities and events you can enjoy on your escape to the mountains for the last big summer weekend!

If you have been looking to get to Winter Park before the “official” summer event schedule ends, learn more about the activities and events to enjoy.

The Zoppe Family Circus will be in town at Grand Park.  This Italian Family Circus has been entertaining guests for 175 years and has a one ring circus with small animal acts, trapeze acrobatics and silent comedy act by Charlie Chaplin. Purchase tickets and choose from 8 different performances from 9/1-9/4.  StayWinterPark has condo rentals at the Hi Country Haus which is located across the street from the circus – make an overnight escape and save 20%!

Another great indoor activity for all ages, watch Almost Heaven at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Grand Lake.  This show celebrates the songs of John Denver with a unique theatrical narrative.  Grand Lake is a short drive from the downtown area of Winter Park and the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.  RMNP offers experiences that are unforgettable including wildlife viewing, hikes, watching waterfalls, driving the highest paved road in the USA, wildflowers in a mountain meadow or just the unbeatable quiet and solitude.

Friday evenings in Winter Park you can enjoy free music at Cooper Creek Square and on Saturday get some shopping done at the Labor Day Block Party and Sidewalk Sale.

The Winter Park Resort is open for all of the hiking, biking, mini golf and outdoor fun with the alpine slide, chairlift rides, disc golf, and human maze.

Need something to get your adrenaline pumping?  Book an offroad vehicle adventure with Grand Adventures for a Continental Divide tour or go enjoy the zip line at the YMCA of the Rockies.

Call StayWinterPark at 1-800-215-6535 to reserve your Labor Day vacation rental –  stay longer and enjoy more.  We offer lodging options that range from hotel rooms to 7 bedroom homes.

End of summer festivals with StayWinterPark

End of summer festivals with StayWinterPark – don’t miss out on the great outdoor festivals before Labor Day is here!

As a touch of fall is in the air, there are 2 great weekends left to enjoy summer outdoor fun.  The weekend of August 19th, the Winter Park Uncorked Wine Festival will take place from noon to 5pm at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park.  This festival offers a large selection of wine from large and small vineyards, samples of food and live music!  Starting at 12, the Pelta-Tiller Trio will play, followed by the Andy Hackbarth Band from 3pm – 5pm.  Tickets are available for the VIP, GA and an entrance ticket.

At the Winter Park Ski Resort on August 19th and 20th,  you can temp your taste buds with chili sampling.  Free admission and tasting tickets are $1 from 12pm to 5pm each day.

If relaxing with wine in the mountains isn’t what you are looking for, August 26th has the Winter Park Music Festival at Hideaway Park.  This is a free event and features 3 great bands with a throw back to the 80s – 12:30-2pm the Rick Lewis Project, 2:30-3:45pm Dee Snider and the headliner Bret Michaels from 4:30 – 6pm.  Need more 80s?  Come to the Winter Park Pub for a rare appearance by Huge in Germany at 6pm.

Remember that StayWinterPark offers a number of condos within walking distance of Hideaway Park – reserve your lodging with us, park the car and enjoy!

The biggest “festival” event for August, will be the total solar eclipse!  StayWinterPark has a great lodging special so you won’t miss anything.  Check in on Sunday and get Monday at 50% off!  You can relax, view the solar event and then be able to relax back in your vacation rental and share your pictures, stories and comments with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Summer Fun in Winter Park – beat the heat and enjoy festivals!

Summer Fun in Winter Park – beat the heat and get ready to kick off the festival season in the COOL mountain air!

The official start of summer was on June 21st with the celebration of Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and typically the hottest day of the year.  This is very evident by the scorching temperatures that have occurred around the US this week.  Daily high temperatures in Phoenix were 117 degrees for the 3 day in a row; Las Vegas has temperature from 113-117 and Palm Springs is forecasted to be a toasty 120 on Wednesday.  The heat will also extend into Texas with triple digit temps and upper 80s to low 90s in the mid-west.  Sounds like a need to escape and enjoy “mother natures natural air-conditioning” and beat the heat with StayWinterPark!  We offer a number of vacation rentals in the cool Rocky Mountains with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s.  Check our weather widget on the home page – see the relief you can enjoy and check out latest Deals to save you money on your escape!

Winter Park is also ready to start enjoying festival season!  Starting tonight, FREE live music at Hideaway Park with Big Head Todd and the Monsters; followed by 8:30pm Eric McFadden at the Winter Park Pub and 10pm party at Ullrs with Secondhand Street Band. This is a wonderful preview of a weekend of music – get out to enjoy the 15th Annual Blues from the Top weekend.

Friday – 6pm-8pm All Star Blues Jam at Cooper Creek Square.  6pm Tone & the Vibe at Winter Park Pub.  8pm – Cary Morin at Denos.  9pm – Category 5 featuring Jimmy Vivino & Kate Moss 3, Dany Franchi with Jimmy Carpenter & My Blue Guys at Smokin Moes.

Saturday – 11am – Blues festival at Hideaway Park – a full day of music, food and drink.  7pm – Lee Rogers Band at Winter Park Pub.  9pm – Blue Star Connection with Little Hurricane, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Smokin Moes.  10:30pm – Dragondeer at Ullrs.

Sunday – 11am – Blues festival at Hideaway Park – second full day of music, food and drink.  9pm – Andy Irvine’s Blues Collective at Winter Park Pub.

StayWinterPark still has a few rooms left (BOOK NOW before we are sold out!)  You can park the car and be within walking distance of all the events.  We also have vacation rentals in Fraser if you prefer a quieter weekend and need pool time!

Start planning your 4th of July weekend – call us at 1-800-215-6535 to book your mountain getaway and look forward to enjoying events galore – pancake breakfast, fishing derby, fireworks, bike and running races, live music and more!





A Memorial Day Salute!

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Memorial Day a day to remember those who have fallen to let Americans enjoy their freedom. A little bit of history on how Memorial Day became a day that Americans celebrate it was originally known as “decoration day.” Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Federal Decoration Day, was established in 1888, allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades without being docked a day’s pay. In 1967 the Federal government declared “decoration day” as Memorial day and has been celebrated ever since. In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3pm in an act of national unity. Memorial Day was originally celebrated on the 30th of May, but is now celebrated the last Monday in the month of May. At Stay Winter Park, we would like to extend our gratitude to our veterans and active duty military members. Since we honor our veterans and active duty members we offer a great deal to those people for this weekend. Come on out to Winter Park and get a great weekend of rest and relaxation.

Divide Music Festival – Winter Park

Divide Music Festival – Winter Park, it’s finally here!

This is the first year for the Divide Music Festival in Winter Park and it will offer 3 days of great music and fun.  The festival will be in Fraser and have national ads, along with the best of Colorado’s local music scene, best and brightest craft beers, local food artisans and some crafters.

Stay Winter Park has lodging within 2 miles of the festival if you need a place to stay!  There will be free shuttles running throughout town so no one will have to worry about parking.

The weather forecast in the beautiful Fraser Valley looks promising – enjoy the Colorado sunshine, daytime temps in the mid 70s and overnight temps in the 50s.  Perfect for a day of enjoying the music in the outdoor setting of the Divide Music Festival and comfortable overnight to enjoy the full moon!

See the detailed schedule and links for more information on the artists:

Friday, July 22nd – Box office opens at 9am and gates at 2pm.

2:45pmKayla Marque on the Peak Stage,  3:15pmAmzy on the Grand Stage, 4:15pmPopfilter on the Peak Stage, 5pmBleachers on the Grand Stage, 6:15pm – Edison on the Peak Stage, 7pmCake on the Grand Stage, 9:30pmEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.  Gates close at 11pm.

Saturday, July 23rd – Box office opens at 9am and gates at 11am.

12pmThe Coteries on the Peak Stage, 1pmFoxfield Four on the Peak Stage, 1:30pmRumours Follow on the Grand Stage, 2:15pm – Splyt on the Peak Stage, 3pm – Saint Motel on the Grand Stage, 4:15pm – Skylaw on the Peak Stage, 5pmCold War Kids on the Grand Stage, 6:15pm – One Flew West on the Peak Stage, 7pmPassion Pit on the Grand Stage and 9:15pmKid Cudi on the Grand Stage.  Gates close at 11pm.

Sunday, July 24th – Box office opens at 9am and gate at 11am.

12pmGasoline Lollipops on the Peak Stage, 1pm– Paper Lights on the Peak Stage, 2:15pm – Medic on the Peak Stage, 3pmJRJR on the Grand Stage, 4:15pm – Gipsy Moon on the Peak Stage, 5pmBlondie on the Grand Stage, 6:30pm – Redlands on the Peak Stage, 7:15pmMiike Snow on the Grand Stage and 9:30pmThe Fray on the Grand Stage.  Gates close at 11pm.

Golf season in the mountains – Winter Park and surrounding areas

Golf season in the mountains – it’s that time of year again to enjoy golfing at one of the four great Grand County golf courses. Winter Park, Colorado is an optimal location for golf season for its close proximity to all of the courses. Whether you want to practice your swing or play a round, there are options for golfers of all abilities in and around Winter Park.

Pole Creek Golf Course

The Pole Creek Golf Course is located minutes from Winter Park. This course is Grand County’s only 27-hole, public course. Pole Creek features three 36-par, 9-hole courses suitable for every skill level – Ranch, Ridge and Meadow. The 7,107-yard course features lush fields, significant elevation changes, two ponds and five lakes. There are also a variety of wildflowers and even wildlife to be seen. Amenities include the clubhouse restaurant, Bistro 28, a pro shop and rentals. Improve your game by using the practice facilities (putting green, driving range and chipping green) or taking group or private lessons. Appropriate golf attire is required.

Pole Creek Golf Club won the 2015 Caggys Award for the Reader’s Choice as one of the best mountain courses.

Grand Elk Golf

Grand Elk Golf features an award-winning, 18-hole course with low lying vegetation and rolling terrain designed by Craig Stadler and Tripp Davis. The creative and challenging course was inspired by some of the inland courses of the British Isles and is suitable for all players from juniors to seniors. Amenities include a golf shop, the Grand Elk Grille, serving “golf casual” food, and practice facilities with target greens, short-game practice area and putting green. There is also a pool and hot tub. Rentals, including GolfBoards, and lessons are available. Appropriate golf attire is required.

Granby Ranch Golf Course

Granby Ranch has an award-winning, 18-hole course suitable for golfers of all skill levels. The par-72 course has spectacular mountain views, rolling terrain and strategically placed sand traps, lakes and ponds to make for an exciting game. The Granby Ranch Golf Course amenities include a range, putting and chipping green, pro shop and the Granby Ranch Golf Academy. Players can work with a PGA-certified club fitter for lessons, clinics and camps. Rentals are available on-site and appropriate golf attire is required. No metal spikes allowed.

The Granby Ranch Golf Course is a favorite of locals and visitors for its friendly vibe and Rocky Mountain views.

Grand Lake Golf Course

The Grand Lake Golf Course is the farthest from Winter Park but still less than an hour’s drive away. This 18-hole, public course borders Rocky Mountain National Park and has rolling fairways surrounded by lodgepole pines, aspens and native flora. End a day of golfing at the clubhouse restaurant, Sly Fox or keep practicing at the putting green and driving range. Additional amenities include a pro shop, rentals and lessons. Appropriate golf attire is required.

An additional recreational option when you are done with your round of golf is to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Grand Lake – the western gateway to the Rockies.

Book the Perfect Lodging for Your Golf Getaway

Play at one or all of these golf courses near Winter Park surrounded by sweeping mountain views and fresh air. Prepare for a unique mountain golf experience in Grand County by booking your accommodations with StayWinterPark. For stunning views and a ninth tee-box right outside your window, consider 492 Golf Course Circle, a private home located in The Fairways at Pole Creek. Or browse through our other vacation rentals to find the perfect lodging for your Winter Park golf outing!

Check out the lodging specials, book online or call us – we’re here to help make your getaway a memorable one.

Festival Season in Winter Park Colorado

Festival season is almost here in Winter Park Colorado.

We think the best time to visit Winter Park is in the Summer!  There are huge music festivals, outdoor events, beer, food and wine celebrations and so many other amazing things to do outside:  biking, hiking, golf, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and fishing all under that marvelous Colorado sunshine.  You’ll be sure to sleep soundly every night of your visit – you’ll be so tired from having too much fun and adventure. Make Winter Park you summer destination today.

14th Annual Blues from the Top:  This is one of the top music event in the region including performances by Jimmy Hall, Eric Gales, Samantha Fish Band and many more!  If you are a music lover, Winter Park is THE place to be!  Staywinterpark and Destinations West are excited to be sponsors for this year’s event.

34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival:  For over 30 years, Jazz lovers have come to Winter Park to enjoy world class performances.  Book soon so you don’t miss this year’s line up including jazz legends Anthony Hamilton, Hazel Miller and the Isley Brothers.

Divide Music Festival:  This brand new festival in the mountains this year.  Some big acts from all over the world will perform – see Cake, Blondie, Kid Cudi, The Fray – many, many more!  This festival will also have some of Colorado’s best craft beers, local food artisans and crafters.

Winter Park Beer Festival:  The 6th annual event on August 6th.  This year is estimated to be bigger and better than previous!  Enjoy a huge variety of brews, mountain views and great live music.  Check out Staywinterpark as the proud lodging sponsor!

Still thinking of visiting Winter Park this summer to enjoy one of these great events?  NOW is the time to book your stay.  This is the perfect time to choose from our large inventory of wonderful Winter Park properties and better yet SAVE money!

Book now and save 20% off 3 nights or more!  This offer is for new bookings only and may not be combined with any other offers.  Certain nightly minimums and blackout dates will apply.  Book your stay by April 30th to take advantage of these great deals!

Call us at 1-800-215-6535!

Condominium Management Company acquires new management

As two longtime Winter Park, Colorado vacation rental and homeowner association management firms combine, Condominium Management Company acquires new management!

Robert Blay, co-owner and President of Condominium Management Company (CMC) and Staywinterpark., announced on Friday April 15th, CMC has purchased the Teverbaugh-Heaton Management Company (THMC) from Kristine Meyer.  THMC operates under the trade names Destinations West and Beaver Village Condominiums.

“We are very excited to merge these two companies together.  Kristy has built a very impressive business and together we will provide better service to all our homeowner clients.  The primary motivation for this merger is to consolidate the vacation rental marketing efforts of the two organizations to better generate direct bookings”, Robert explains.  The newly combined entity will manage over 200 rental properties.  “We will also achieve some economies of scale from operations but we do not anticipate any reduction in current staffing levels.  Our goal is to bring new guests to Grand County and improve the return for our property owners.”

Kristine Meyer will continue to provide her expertise to the organization for the foreseeable future.  “This sale  is a perfect opportunity for me to pursue some of my other ambitions while continuing to contribute to the success of the business.  Robert and I share very similar business perspectives and i trust that his leadership will guide this combined operation to benefit of the owner-clients and the employees” stated Kristy.

CMC is a local leader in homeowner association (HOA) management with over 30 associations currently under management.  Its sister organization – Staywinterpark is likewise a leader in the ever growing vacation home rental market with over 200 properties available for short term rentals.

April fun in the mountains of Winter Park CO!

April fun in the mountains of Winter Park CO!

Hard to believe, but there is only 1 month left of the Winter Park Ski Resort’s 76th year.  The Winter Park side of the main resort will be closing on 4/24, but Mary Jane will stay open until May 7th.  Make your lodging plans with Staywinterpark and save with one of our great lodging deals for this month.

April 2nd – Winter Park Wipe Out.  Don’t miss the fun of costumes and contest – scavenger hunt, unique challenges and specials for snow tubing and skiing.

April 9th – Free music at the WP Resort for the Coors Light Base Bash with Andy Straus Live.

April 16th – Free music with Kenny Lee Young for the New Belgium Music Series

April 23rd – Springtopia – Afternoon of free music featuring 3 bands at the resort.  The Rick Lewis Project, G.Love & Special Sauce and headliners:  American Authors.

April 24th – closing day!  Noon to 3pm – watch competitors enjoy the obstacle course and skimming or sinking at the pond.

April 30th & May 7th – free live music at Mary Jane.


It’s not too early to think about summer once you have enjoyed all the fun in April!  Staywinterpark is offering some early summer specials and the Fraser Valley will be hosting a number of music festivals and events starting at the end of June.  Call us today to book or sign up for our newsletter so you won’t be left out in the cold.