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Party Time! Winter Park Resort Officially Unveils Mary Jane Ale Cans

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Winter Park Resort and New Belgium Brewing were on hand to serve up Mary Jane Ale samples and showcase the new cans.
Winter Park Resort and New Belgium Brewing were on hand to serve up Mary Jane Ale samples and showcase the new cans.

Party Time! Winter Park Resort Officially Unveils Mary Jane Ale Cans

By: Tyler Macleod

While skiers and snowboarders are anxiously awaiting the official opening of Winter Park Resort’s Mary Jane Territory for the season, there was still plenty of celebration for everyone’s favorite lady at the ski area on Saturday afternoon.

Crowds gathered outside of the Derailer bar in Winter Park Resort’s Village area around 12 p.m. for the official launch party of the much-anticipated Mary Jane Ale cans. Brewed by the iconic New Belgium Brewing Company since 2014, Mary Jane Ale was previously only available on draft at select establishments throughout Winter Park Resort. This season marks the first time ever that the popular brew has been made available to the masses, with it now canned, bottled and available at select liquor stores across Colorado.

Lots of Mary Jane Ale merchandise was given out throughout the day’s events.
Lots of Mary Jane Ale merchandise was given out throughout the day’s events.

For a state that is equally prideful of both its beer and skiing, it would be hard to find a better excuse to celebrate. While New Belgium Brewing has become a massive cultural icon in the recent craft beer renaissance, Mary Jane has long been regarded as one of the ski community’s best-kept secrets; sitting high on any diehard skier or snowboarder’s must-visit lists for decades. She has developed an almost cult-like following among those who have experienced the thigh-burning bump runs and adrenaline-pumping trees that make her unlike any other ski area in North America.

Mary Jane Ale Snow Blade Trophy
The coveted prize for the winner of the Snow Blade Competition. Who wouldn’t want a trophy made out of beer?

And while event-goers surely would’ve loved to have been taking laps down Mary Jane’s signature, un-groomed trails to officially launch the collaboration, there was still plenty of high energy and good vibes circulating around the base of Winter Park Resort on Saturday. With free tastings, games and giveaways throughout the afternoon, Mary Jane was clearly the center of attention, despite the territory still waiting to be open for the season.

As a DJ cranked tunes from the Derailer bar, skiers and snowboarders scoured the mountain for Mary Jane plaques, as part of a scavenger hunt in celebration of the newly canned beer. Together, Winter Park Resort and New Belgium Brewing handed out a barrel of prizes, with everything from Mary Jane Ale merchandise to a Winter Park season pass and even a custom, winterized New Belgium cruiser bike up for grabs.

Skier in a Mary Jane Ale cut out from New Belgium Brewing Company at Winter Park Resort.
Skiers and riders could actually put themselves in Mary Jane’s shoes…well, ski boots.

To cap off the celebration, Winter Park Resort also hosted what was unofficially the first Snow Blade Competition for the ski area, located at the base of the Larry Sale run and directly in front of the Derailer bar festivities. Competitors strapped into their blades and raced down a slalom-type course in hopes of earning the coveted Mary Jane Ale trophy, which, to no surprise, was constructed with the new Mary Jane Ale cans.

Iconic Colorado beer paired with iconic Colorado skiing – a match made in heaven.
Iconic Colorado beer paired with iconic Colorado skiing – a match made in heaven.

With no date set for the season opening of the Mary Jane Territory quite yet, Saturday’s Mary Jane Ale Can Launch Party was more than enough to hold over her biggest fans. And when she does officially open, at least the beer will be cold, canned and ready for the second round of celebrations.

Tyler Macleod

Tyler Macleod

An East Coast transplant, Tyler grew up just north of Baltimore, Md., where he studied Journalism and New Media at nearby Towson University. He moved to Grand County in the fall of 2011, and aside from a brief stint in Bozeman, Mont., has called the Fraser Valley home ever since. Currently, he is a freelance writer and photographer who spends the majority of his free time snowboarding, cycling, and hanging out at the local skatepark. Tyler recently became an owner-partner of Visit Winter Park Magazine and heads up writing and sales.

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Winter Park Resort Opening Day
Welcome to Winter
Smiles all around. Welcome back, winter!
Smiles all around. Welcome back, winter!

Welcome to Winter:

Winter Park Resort opens for the 2017-2018 season

By: Tyler Macleod

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year.

And no, despite the influx of holiday commercials and even the decorations already strewn up about town, we’re not talking about that time of year quite yet. We’re, of course, talking about ski season.

With a line of skiers and snowboarders awaiting the much-anticipated first chair, Winter Park Resort officially opened for the 2017-18 season at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning beneath clear blue skies.




Even with the recent dry weather and warm temperatures, the resort’s snowmakers worked around the clock to ensure another successful opening for the ski area. And despite only a few lifts and runs open – four trails to be exact – skiers and snowboarders eagerly took advantage of the accessible terrain to brush off the rust and break in the new equipment.

Nothing like a good carve to brush off the early-season rust.
Nothing like a good carve to brush off the early-season rust.




With many skiers and riders clad in costumes and retro ski gear, opening day at Winter Park Resort proved to be yet another fun-filled celebration to kick off the long ski season ahead. While some took to the Gemini lift for some casual turns or even some deep carves beneath the midday sun, others took advantage of the early-season terrain park located in Sorensen Park. With 11 features ranging from handrails to boxes, the park crew made sure to appease skiers and riders of all ability levels, while utilizing the easy accessibility provided by Sorensen Park’s platter-style tow rope.

And when their legs started to show some early-season fatigue, skiers found solace in the dollar-priced beers offered by Winter Park Resort’s Derailer bar, where –because of the clear skies and mild temperature – skiers could sit and watch from the patio as fellow riders cruised down the Parkway trail beneath the Gemini lift.

The early-season terrain park in Sorensen was a big hit for skiers and riders alike.
The early-season terrain park in Sorensen was a big hit for skiers and riders alike.

This season marks the 78th year of operation for Winter Park Resort, and with new management taking over the ski area’s operations, there is plenty of excitement and anticipation for what the future has in store. Recently, a new partnership between Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners acquired a number of ski resorts through the purchase of Intrawest – the company that previously managed Winter Park Resort, in addition to owning nearby Steamboat Resort among others.

Winter Park Resort Opening Day Even with just a few runs open, skiers and riders were happy to be back on the mountain.
Even with just a few runs open, skiers and riders were happy to be back on the mountain.

But for now, it seems as though skiers and riders are simply looking forward to more snow – and hopefully more open terrain – in the immediate future. With a major storm forecasted later this week, perhaps an early holiday gift of powder isn’t out of the question. Welcome to winter. We hope to see you out there!

Winter Park Resort Opening Day The lifts were spinning, and the sun was shining.
The lifts were spinning, and the sun was shining.
Tyler Macleod

Tyler Macleod

An East Coast transplant, Tyler grew up just north of Baltimore, Md., where he studied Journalism and New Media at nearby Towson University. He moved to Grand County in the fall of 2011, and aside from a brief stint in Bozeman, Mont., has called the Fraser Valley home ever since. Currently, he is a freelance writer and photographer who spends the majority of his free time snowboarding, cycling, and hanging out at the local skatepark. Tyler recently became an owner-partner of Visit Winter Park Magazine and heads up writing and sales.

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7 Reasons Winter Park Resort is the best ski resort in Colorado




No. 1
Ski Train

The Winter Park Express returned this ski season, 2016/17 Ski Season, to the Winter Park Resort. The ski train runs weekends and holidays from Union Station Downtown Denver to the Winter Park Resort. This alone makes Winter Park Ski Resort the best ski resort in Colorado.

Amtrak manages this Ski Train transportation service. The Ski Train departs Denver’s Union Station at 7:00 am and arrives at Winter Park Resort at approximately 9:00 am. The return trip leaves the Winter Park Resort at 4:30 pm and arrives back in Denver at Union Station at approximately 6:40 pm.

Winter Park Express Ski Train Moffat Tunnel

No. 2
Mary Jane

I’ve used this analogy before. Mary Jane is the Wicked Step Sister of the Winter Park Resort; you’ll find this side of Winter Park Resort loaded with bumps, trees, diamonds and at the end of the day you’ll be sore and glad you picked us as the best ski resort in Colorado.

Look for stickers around town declaring the wickedness that is Mary Jane.
“No Pain, No Jane!”
“Don’t groom the Jane. – God”




No. 3
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)

Based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field in Denver, The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) helps thousands of disabled children and adults get on the snow and learn more about themselves and sports each year.

Since 1970 the NSCD has provided ski lessons to those in need.

The NSCD mission statement “We enable the human spirit through therapeutic sports and recreation.”.

This  makes Winter Park Resort the Best Ski Resort in Colorado. Choose Winter Park Resort and indirectly help the NSCD.

The National Sports Center for the Disabled

No. 4
Off I70

If you’ve ever been skiing in Colorado, you’ll know about the parking lot they call I70 West of Denver.
Skip this scene and take exit 232 to Winter Park, Colorado. You’ll be skiing while your friends are sitting on I70 on their way to other resorts.

No. 5
Winter Park and The Seven Terrain Parks!

Yup! Seven Terrain Parks! Think Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, only more fun.

  • Starter
  • Bouncer
  • Gangway
  • Ash Cat
  • Re-Railer
  • Rail Yard
  • Dark Territory
Terrain Park Territory Sign

No. 6
Seven Territories

To continue with Winter Park Resort’s theme of seven
The Seven Territories of Winter Park Resort ™ Seven is better than one territory!

railyard Winter Park Resort

No. 7
Dollars

Cheaper than those Hoity Toity Colorado ski resorts.

You won’t see many if any expensive fur coats in Winter Park. You can still book Winter Park, Colorado lodging for less than $99 a night, and a day lift ticket will set you back less than $140. Purchase your lift ticket here. Winter Park Resort Lift Tickets

The money you save on lift tickets and lodging can go towards your apres ski day!

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Winter Park, Colorado Influencer, Husband, Father, Home Cook, Avid Reader, Mayor of the Town of Fraser and the Publisher of Visit Winter Park Colorado Magazine. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado

Only have a couple of days to spend in Winter Park, Colorado? Don’t fret; we’ve outlined an action packed 48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado for you.

About Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado – located on the western slopes of the Colorado Rockies is an outdoorsman’s paradise. With stunning scenery, hiking, skiing, boarding, fishing, climbing and countless outdoor activities we are the perfect location for 48 hours of fun in Colorado.

A short drive, 67 miles northwest from downtown Denver to Winter Park, Colorado, and only two hours from Denver International Airport, to Winter Park, Colorado. Winter Park and the Fraser Valley should be your only stop for a Colorado Ski getaway. Don’t bother sitting in traffic on the I70 corridor when you could be skiing over an hour sooner with us!

Pre-trip planning:

Book your Winter Park, Colorado Lodging
Wax your skis/board
Purchase your lift tickets

Need to rent skis or a snowboard? Here’s our list to expedite your ski and board rentals in Winter Park, Colorado.

Christy Sports – Our go to for ski rentals
Powder Tools – Our go to for snowboard rentals

Both located at Cooper Creek Square, downtown Winter Park, Colorado.

The Seven Territories of Winter Park Resort:

Winter Park Territory – Known for groomers and family friendly skiing.
Vasquez Ridge Territory – Known for its remoteness and powder stashes.
Parsenn Bowl Territory – Known for its views, bowl, and high alpine skiing.
Terrain Park Territory – Winter Park Resort has seven Terrain Parks. From beginner boxes to rails, jumps and one superpipe.
Mary Jane Territory – “No Pain, No Jane!” Known for its bumps and tree skiing.
Eagle Wind Territory – Known for tree and glade skiing.
The Cirque Territory – Backcountry skiing at it’s finest!

With 3,081 skiable acres, 25 chair lifts, 29 feet of snow annually Winter Park Resort is a world-class big mountain experience.

Day one – 48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado

Since we’re on a tight schedule were going to keep you in the Winter Park Territory your first, you’ll have access to the village for a late lunch.

Friday
8:30 am
On the mountain
Winter Park Territory

Ski as many laps as you possibly can!

12:30 pm
Lunch on the mountain
Pizza Pedal’r

After getting a few runs in stop by the Winter Park Village. With lots of options for lunch, you can grab a bit and be back on the slopes in a few minutes.

Our choice for this trip is the Pizza Pedal’r. The Pizza Pedal’r won our best pizza award last year voted on by you, our readers. So you know it must be good.

Go for a whole pizza, you’re burning lots of calories on the slopes, and you are on vacation!
Whole pizza prices $11.50 to 21.50

Our favorite pizzas:
Berm – Pizzaiolo Red Sauce, Artichoke, Chicken, Sundried Tomato, Feta Cheese
Granny Gear – Pizzaiolo Red Sauce, Pepperoni, Sausage, Onion, Mushroom, Black Olive
Gnarl – Garlic-Infused Olive Oil, BBQ Chicken, Pineapple, Fresh Tomato, Feta Cheese

best pizza in Winter Park Colorado

4:00 pm
Apres Ski
Doc’s Roadhouse

You can’t go skiing and skip the Apres Ski! (Unless you don’t drink, if that’s the case stop reading and Click Here to escape)

Once the lifts quit turning, and you hit your last run stop by the base for a cocktail and hash over how awesome the snow was with a local.
Doc’s Roadhouse is the perfect to wind down and grab a beer.

7:00 pm
Dinner
Your choice,

After a short nap and getting cleaned up at your Winter Park, Colorado Lodging. Head to a local Winter Park Restaurant.

Deno’s – American bistro small plates, steaks, and a huge wine list. $$$

Fontenot’s – Seafood, steaks, Cajun. $$$

Leo’s Kitchen – Burgers, steaks, Italian $$

9:00 pm
Catch a movie
The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

Check what’s playing at the Foundry Cinema & Bowl while you’re eating lunch. The Foundry Cinema & Bowl is the only movie theater in the Fraser Valley. Located in Fraser, Colorado, don’t worry, Fraser is adjacent to the Town of Winter Park.

The Foundry Cinema & Bowl has two movie theaters, and eight bowling lanes, watch a movie or go bowling with your group.

Day two – 48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado

Saturday
8:00 am
Fuel up
The Mountain Rose Cafe

Breakfast at The Mountain Rose Cafe is a must. Delicious breakfast items with a fair price!
$$-$$$

9:00 am
Day two on the mountain
Mary Jane Territory

Ok, you’ve got your first day of skiing, and you’re looking for more challenging territory than Cranmer, Balch, and Hughes. Head to Mary Jane Territory for a more extreme ski day.
If the resort has opened Mary Jane, that is. Which doesn’t happen until to Christmas or thereabouts each year.

Mary Jane Sign, Winter Park Ski Resort

12:30 pm
Lunch
Lunch Rock

Mary Jane Territory Restaurant, Lunch Rock opened in the 2014/15 season with great fanfare. The killer views make up for the prices, remember you’re at a ski resort restaurant at an elevation of 16,000′. Of course, the prices will be higher!
$$$-$$$$

4:00 pm
Apres ski again
The Ditch on 40
Tabernash Tavern

Head downtown Winter Park for this Apres Ski.
The Ditch on 40 – Specializing in New Mexico hatch green chili, try the Ditch Burger with a signature cocktail!
$$
Tabernash Tavern – Located just 10 minutes from Winter Park, Colorado. The Tabernash Tavern has an awesome Apres Ski menu.
$$$

The Ditch on 40 photos

5:30 pm
Nap
zzzzzz

7:00 pm
Dinner
Azteca

The best Mexican food in the Fraser Valley, Azteca offers some truly authentic menu items.
$$$

Photo credit Ullr's Tavern Facebook

9:30 pm
Dance the night away
Ullrs Tavern

Ullrs Tavern will have a Dj or band playing every Saturday night during ski season.

Day three 48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado

Sunday
10:00 am
Brunch and plan your next Winter Park, Colorado Vacation
Carver’s Bakery Cafe

Have a mimosa to ease the pain of dancing and drinks from last night.

There you have it, 48 hours, yeah I know how to add, it’s a little over 48 hours. Sleeping in, catching a late brunch and planning the next 48 hours in Winter Park, Colorado was well worth it!

Philip Vandernail

Winter Park, Colorado Influencer, Husband, Father, Home Cook, Avid Reader, Mayor of the Town of Fraser and the Publisher of Visit Winter Park Colorado Magazine. Drop him a line at [email protected]

Winter Wilderness Series

Yes, we admit the start to the season has been a slow one! Winter Park Resort Ski and Snowboard enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for more terrain to open. Looking through the resort’s Facebook page there have been many comments in the threads:




Winter Park Resort's Facebook
Source: Winter Park Resort's Facebook
Winter Park Resort's Facebook
Source: Winter Park Resort's Facebook

Sometimes I think we all forget that there is only so much snow the resort can make and how much control Mother Nature really has in opening more terrain.

But what happens after a week of continuous snow storms? Does the resort scramble to get more terrain open? OR is there a process in which they let more terrain open? I would love to find out more on how the process works!

Winter Park Resort is sure pretty in white!
Winter Park Resort is sure pretty in white!

Jason (our talented designer) and I went out Friday morning after 11 inches in hopes Zephyr lift would be open. As we drove to the resort Zephyr was running but the black chairs (no longer covered in snow) were missing people! After parking and taking the bus to the Village at Winter Park Resort we were surprised to only see Arrow and Gemini lifts open. But the way I look at it is any day out on the mountain is a GOOD day!

The line at Arrow lift
Getting to the base today (Friday, December 9) was not so promising

If you are heading up tomorrow (Saturday the 10th) you should be happy to know that Winter Park Resort reported opening up Zephyr lift that accesses new terrain!

Zephyr opening tomorrow
Zephyr opening tomorrow (DEC 10, 2016)

Sunday (December 11) Winter Park Resort will be opening Mary Jane! This always speeds up access to more runs and more territory to play in. Although there will be more crowds (Saturday and Sunday), I encourage people to enjoy just being out again. There is plenty of snow coming our way!

Mary Jane Opening!
Mary Jane Opening (Sunday DEC 11, 2016)!




We would love to see some pictures on Instagram! Tag us with #VWPwinter or the Winter Park Resort’s #SeizetheSeven, get out there and enjoy the new season.

Eric Vandernail
Eric Vandernail

Eric has lived in the Fraser Valley for over 12 years. He is passionate about the people of Winter Park & Grand County, VisitWinterPark.com and his other business O2 Creative. He enjoys blog writing, camping, skateboarding, snowboarding, painting and spending time with his two kids and husband Philip.

Visit Winter Park Winter Snowboarding Series #1

I started snowboarding in the early 90’s at age 14. My brother-in-law guided me to the moguls and said, go! Although my first snowboard experience wasn’t pleasant, I quickly caught on. My high school friends happen to be into it too and snowboarding quickly became part of my life.

As a teenager I carried a bad attitude toward skiers. It was part of the snowboard culture in the 90’s. Even though I was a “knuckle dragger” (as skiers like to say) at least I was not an average “two plank wanker”!

As I grew up with snowboarding, a car full of friends riding up I-70 to Loveland, Winter Park or A-Basin was part of our weekend ritual. I remember looking at ski reports (in the newspaper) on a daily basis, getting excited for new snow, waxing boards and comparing gear.




Arriving at the Winter Park Resort parking lot, getting our gear on was so exciting after driving in traffic on I-70. Once geared up, we brought the attitude with us to the lift line and on the way up we made fun of the one piece suit, two plankers as they fell and got tangled while looking up slope for their missing ski.

I was the cliché of a 90’s snowboarder. Bleached blond hair, bright baggy snowboard clothing (wearing A one Zero snowboard clothing hand-made in Silver Plume, CO) and baseless bindings. I felt invincible snowboarding in my teen years, no fear just having the time of my life.

Back then skiers had just as much attitude towards snowboarders. I remember times when skiers would start shit in the line, like not alternating and carrying a “I’m better than you” attitude (sometimes I still sense that from my skiing friends).

Besides my crappy attitude, I’m very grateful to have grown up with snowboarding, it has always given me the freedom and release from reality that I could not find anywhere else.

I think over the years skiers have realized that snowboarders are not going anywhere. Yes, we’re a small percentage compared to skiers but it has always been that way, a sub-culture of misfits and random people who happen to like snowboarding.

Over the years, I think snowboarders have mellowed out too (always some bad apples on both sides). I have to admit I’m not a fan of riding with skiers because it’s a completely different sport–while the terrain is the same we see the slopes differently.

Now a days, I see respect on both sides and it makes the experience enjoyable for everyone. I see that skiers and snowboarders are just out there to have fun and enjoy what each sport has to offer with their friends and family.

Yes, we snowboarders get stuck easier but I’ve had a skier put out their ski pole for a pull that got me going again.

Picture of skier and snowboarder
Skiing vs snowboarding is not really a "thing" anymore.

Anytime a skier or snowboarder thinks they are better than the other–it’s just bad for everyone. If there is anything I’ve learned from my past self is that being mean or having an attitude hurts everybody. With all the hate going on recently, kindness is more important than ever and what better way to show kindness and respect than on the buses, in the parking lots, on the lifts and ski slopes.

Photo of ski group
Celebrate diversity on the slopes!




Personal events in 2016 has changed me so much and I want to show more kindness and respect. I want to help someone up if they fall and retrieve their ski up slope. I want to smile and cheer with those around me (in the lines) as we wait for the lift to open on a powder day. As we close and enter a uncertain new year, I hope many others make this their goal because we are all in this together and we should celebrate diversity on the slopes. Everyone just wants to have fun out there, to find a little release from the everyday stresses in life.

Skiers and Snowboarders unite in love and respect. Who’s with me?

Eric Vandernail
Eric Vandernail

Eric has lived in the Fraser Valley for over 12 years. He is passionate about the people of Winter Park & Grand County, VisitWinterPark.com and his other business O2 Creative. He enjoys blog writing, camping, skateboarding, snowboarding, painting and spending time with his two kids and husband Philip.

Visit Winter Park Winter Skiing Series
Skiing

With Winter Park Ski Resort in our front yard and Granby Ranch in our backyard, we are Colorado’s Favorite Skiing Playground. In addition to world class downhill skiing we also have to tout Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch and Grand Lake Touring Center for Nordic skiing here in Grand County. We’re so into skiing that we groom the Fraser River Trail from Winter Park Ski Resort to downtown Fraser. So when you’ve finished a day of downhill skiing you can cross country ski from the resort to Safeway in Fraser!

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