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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.

Accessibility

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, condos for ski groups and private townhomes 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.

 

Plan your next group outing at one of the most-visited national parks in America – Rocky Mountain National Park. Get outdoors, enjoy nature and participate in some healthy team building less than an hour away from Winter Park, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) offers a plethora of group activities from rock climbing to volunteering to camping.

Hiking

RMNP has more than 355 miles of trails ranging in difficulties. Hiking offers a great way to exercise and view different parts of the park. There are trails suited for viewing wildlife, wildflowers, lakes or panoramic mountain views.

Some easy hiking trails for all skill levels in your group include the Adams Falls Trail on the west side of RMNP. This 0.6-mile round-trip trail has minimal elevation gain and features beautiful rushing falls at the end. Another popular option is closer to Estes Park. Hike the scenic Emerald Lake trail to view three alpine lakes across a distance of three miles. Or take a relatively flat stroll around Bear Lake, located at the Emerald Lake trailhead, for views just as stunning.

For the more adventurous and experienced hikers, groups can consider climbing Longs Peak, the highest peak in RMNP soaring above 14,000 feet in elevation. Hikers should take caution and prepare ahead for this more strenuous hike. The route features vertical rock faces, narrow ledges and steep cliffs.

Volunteering

RMNP group volunteering can offer a team building experience and an opportunity to help preserve the park’s natural beauty. There are a variety of summer projects that groups of up to 40 can volunteer for. Vegetation projects include supporting resource management and research personnel in exotic plant removal, restoration and seed collection. The minimum age for these projects is 12 years old. Other RMNP volunteer projects range from trail repair to forest fire prevention to building benches for the park! Make sure to check the group and age requirements along with volunteer information here.

Group Camping

Disconnect from the world and enjoy some group bonding while camping in RMNP. The park has numerous campsites depending on your group size and what amenities are preferred. All campsites can accommodate up to eight people, with two tents or a vehicle and one tent. For groups larger than eight, the Glacier Basin Campground has 13 groups sites, with tent camping only, that can accommodate up to 40 people. There are also campsites for RVs as well. Make a reservation or go to a first come, first served campsite, to conveniently access all of RMNP’s group activities.

If camping doesn’t interest your group, but still want to experience the splendor of the national park, let StayWinterPark find your group’s perfect vacation rental. Choose from fully equipped condos or private townhomes with all the amenities you might need. Stay comfortable during your summer outing to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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.

Collaboration and team work are important skills that should be honed at any company. Leave the confines of your stuffy offices, re-energize and take advantage of outdoor team building activities in Winter Park, Colorado. There are many unique outdoor team building benefits that can’t be found in traditional activities.

Team Building Benefits

Improved Health

Research has shown that nature can improve one’s mental health, offer stress relief and provide a mental boost. Studies found decreased levels of cortisol, lower heart rates and less negative thoughts for groups who spent time in nature. Outdoor team building exercises can be a great way for employees to take a break and reset.

Improved Communication and Productivity

Being outdoors can also foster social interactions and increase productivity. Studies revealed increased performance on creative problem-solving tests along with better focus and memory recall after being in nature. Outdoor team building activities can help your team to communicate more effectively while solving problems more efficiently.

Organic Interactions and Participation

Outdoor activities bring your team into a new setting and can promote more organic interactions and increased participation. The barriers of the workplace are removed, and employees will get to know each other on a more personal level. Your team can learn each other’s unique strengths while participating in a variety of challenges.

Boosted Morale

Taking your team somewhere new can show a company’s appreciation of its employees. Investing in your team can improve overall morale and satisfaction, which will transfer back to the workplace.

Team Building Activities

Outdoor team building activities require both mental and physical energy to reach goals. There are a variety of activities in and around Winter Park for every team member to exercise their strengths and skills. Get your team together and go whitewater rafting down the Colorado River, where each team member must work together to navigate the waters. Participate in group volunteer opportunities at Rocky Mountain National Park or sign up for a group dog sledding experience to learn the importance of teamwork at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Team building can be a key factor in giving your employees an advantage and differentiating your company from competitors. Winter Park is only a short distance from Denver but will feel like an escape into nature for your entire group. Start planning outdoor team building activities and take advantage of the benefits that will strengthen everyone’s skills in a healthy and adventurous way. Your employees will thank you for it. Let StayWinterPark help you book the ideal accommodations for your next company retreat.

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.

Spas

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.

Shopping

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.