A Mountain Playground

Corporate Retreats Colorado Rafting TripWINTER PARK, Colo.  Summer in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level is the ideal time to visit Winter Park Resort for refreshing temperatures, spectacular scenery, and abundant recreation for the entire family. The green-covered slopes are home to a variety of activities that are an irresistible magnet for the young and the young at heart.

Located just 67 miles from Denver, “The Park” is easily accessible to anyone craving an escape to the mountains. The drive from Denver International Airport to Winter Park is less than two hours. Once in Winter Park, the activities are non-stop from early June through Labor Day and extended weekends only until September 25th.

One of the resort’s most popular activities is top-to-bottom mountain biking for intermediate to advanced riders. Cyclists and their trusty set of wheels are whisked to the summit of Winter Park Mountain via the Zephyr Express chairlift. From there, riders can access the resort’s 50-mile network of interconnected trails. One chairlift ride with a bike costs $39/adults and $29.00 for children 12 and under for a full day. Bike rentals are an additional cost and available at the base of Winter Park Resort.

Trestle Bike Park!

This park is 28 miles of free ride trails, 1800 vertical feet, 3 skills parks and over 75 stunts and features.  The Resort provides easy access to the park via Zephyr Express and the Olympia Express.  Adult half day pass $41 and children half day pass is $29 (hours are from 1pm-5pm); adult full day pass is $46 and children are $34 (hours are 9:30am – 5pm).   Twilight hours are on Wednesday and Friday from 4pm -7pm; adult cost is $34 and children are $23.  At the base of the mountain, you can rent full suspension bikes, body armor and lift packages.

For those who prefer hiking boots to bike pedals, Winter Park has designated trails exclusively for hikers. Please refer to the Winter Park Resort’s website for trail maps and trail status.

Thrill seekers of all ages are drawn to Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide. A quick 6-minute scenic chairlift ride on the Arrow takes you to the top of the track. Riders climb into a plastic alpine equipped with rollers and brakes excitement becomes a reality as you feel the rush of the 610-foot vertical drop. Over 3,000 feet of dips and swooping turns. The parallel tracks (one for slower riders) are accessed from the Arrow chairlift.

A popular brain-teaser for the directionally challenged is the Amaze’n Human Maze “Maze mice” must find four different checkpoints in the ever-changing labyrinth full of twists, turns and dead-ends before exiting and posting their time. Players compete against the clock (for prizes) and each other (for bragging rights) while attempting to find the fastest way out.

Catch one of the latest mountain crazes and play a round of disc golf. The course has been relocated to the Discovery Park. The course’s 20 holes works its way across ski trails with magnificent views of the Continental Divide. The course is free with the purchase of a chairlift ride. Disc rental is available at the base of the resort.

Or, putter around the base of the slopes on the 18-hole Mountainside Mini Golf course. This original course depicts some of the features and folklore of Winter Park and the Fraser Valley’s history.

Guests get a high-flying rush on the Leaps & Bounds Bungee. Safely harnessed, all ages can flip and get huge altitude jumping on this trampoline tethered by bungee cords.

For a truly unique experience, the GyroExtreme is a human-sized sphere that allows riders to move themselves upside down and all around to create a sensation similar to weightlessness. Height restrictions apply.

To rise above the crowd, slip on a harness and check out the Outdoor Climbing Wall. This 24-foot wall offers three different routes with varying degrees of difficulty and has an automatic belay system. If it’s raining outside, you can still enjoy the indoor climbing wall.

Winter Park is offering 3 great activities for the summer:

T-Bar Mini Zip Line is an adventure for children looking for the heart pumping experience of flying through the air.

Bouncy Snowcat is children can jump until they are out of energy!

Mary Jane Mineral Panning is a step back into the gold mining era. This is fun for the whole family to search for gems in a new wooden pan.

All base activities may be purchased individually, however, the Adventure Pass offers the best value. The pass includes unlimited use of Alpine Slide, Mini Golf, Zephyr Scenic lift ride (does not include bike transport), Human Maze, Outdoor Climbing Wall, GyroXtreme and Leaps n’ Bounds Bungee, the zip line and bouncy snowcat. With so many one-of-a-kind adventures on and around the mountain, the only thing missing is a Winter Park Private Home Rental to return to at the end of your thrill-seeking day. Unique and distinctive lodging options that won’t break the bank are great for entertaining friends and family over dinner for animated storytelling of all your day’s happenings.

For a relaxing change of pace, outside dining is a natural at Winter Park. At the base of the mountain, the resort offers many choices to suit appetites of all ages. Stop by Back Bowl Soup Company, Cheeky Monk, Club Car, Coffee and Tea Market, Derailer Bar, Doc’s Roadhouse, Goodys Mountain Creperie, Lime – An American Cantina, Lunch Rock, Mary Jane Market Cafe, Moffat Market, Pepperoni’s, Five Mountain Tavern, Pizza Pedal’R, Z’S Coffee and Starbucks. Summertime favorites such as salads, items hot off the grill, drinks and daily happy-hour specials. The Lodge at Sunspot, a stunning log restaurant surrounded by large, sunny decks, serves barbecue at Winter Park’s 10,700-foot summit, accompanied with breathtaking views.