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Hidden Gems of Winter Park – Winter Edition

Though our charming town of Winter Park feels miles and miles away from it all, nestled in Arapaho National Forest over the Continental Divide, it’s only 66 miles from Denver. Don’t be fooled by our convenient location, Winter Park is the epitome of Colorado unfiltered.

You may already know about Winter Park’s 3,000+ acres of world-class terrain and hundreds of activities to do outside of skiing and riding. But you might not know about these activities that are off the beaten path. Check out these 6 hidden gems of Winter Park this winter.

Snowcat & S’mores Tour

Don’t end your day when the sun goes down! After a day of skiing the legendary Mary Jane Bumps or sliding down the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill, kick back and relax on a scenic snowcat tour. Load into the heated tour cat and watch the sunset over the Fraser Valley with Parry Peak illuminated by alpenglow. Make your way to the top of Vasquez Ridge where you’ll enjoy s’mores and beverages for the entire family. Tours are on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evenings only, so get yours booked before it’s too late!

Albert ★★★★★ – “We had a great time on this tour. … John, our guide, was great. He gave us a lot of history about Winter Park and was helpful in taking many pictures of our family (better than selfies). We would definitely recommend this tour.”

Hot Springs

Think swimsuits & snow don’t mix? Think again! There’s nothing quite like soaking in hot springs to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul after a day in the snow. The Hot Sulphur Springs Resort is about a 35-minute drive from Winter Park. They have 21 natural hot springs ranging in temperatures from 95º to 112ºF and are open from 8am-10pm daily. That means you have plenty of time to ski or ride all day, grab food from Doc’s Roadhouse (you can order online!), head back to your slopeside lodge, and get at least 2 hours of quality relaxation before the end of the night. Hot Sulphur Springs Resort also offers Swedish and Deep Tissue massages for the ultimate comfort and recovery.

21 pools at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort!

Guided Early Lift Access

What’s better than waking up early, loading the Gondola 1-hour before the lifts open, and skiing fresh powder with a local? We can answer that for you, nothing! Our Ski and Ride guides are the best in the business. We can confidently say that our guides will show you a spot on the mountain that you never knew existed. Most of our guides have been skiing here for 10+ years. They can share facts about the terrain, knowledge of the area, and why Winter Park got voted the Top Ski Resort in Colorado 😎.  

Want to ski this? Book a Ski and Ride guide!

Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe in The Fraser Experimental Forest

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to spend time in nature, take in the views of the beautiful snow-covered mountains, and of course, get a great workout in. Our favorite place to do these activities is in the Fraser Experimental Forest. On your way to the Experimental Forest, stop by Epic Mountain Sports to get your rentals! The Experimental Forest is on County Road 73 and is just west of the town of Fraser. For beginners, Northwest Passage is a great option because it’s relatively flat and has wide-open views. For those who want to step it up a notch, take a shot at Flume. Enjoy as you walk next to a creek with iconic views of Byers Peak!

Tin Cup Tavern

Tin Cup Tavern is one of the newest places to come to Fraser. Whether it’s for those afternoon cocktails, catching up with friends, or grabbing a drink after a long day of adventures, Tin Cup Tavern is the place to go. They also have daily happy hour from 4-6pm and weekly events like open mic night on Mondays and live music on Thursdays.

*BONUS EVENING ACTIVITY* The Foundry

Bowling, movies, pizza, and beer, what more would you want? The Foundry is the only movie theater & bowling alley in the area and is a great place to spend the evening with the crew. With 8 lanes of bowling, billiards, and arcade games, everyone will find something they love, no matter the age. Plus, grab some pizza & an adult beverage and watch a movie in one of the full-size theaters. Located conveniently in Winter Park, The Foundry is sure to be right up your alley 😉.

Full bar with hot food, 2 theaters, 8 lanes of bowling, and arcade games at The Foundry!

This winter, whether it’s your 1st, 5th, or 100th time visiting Winter Park, discover something new! Read our ‘100 Things To Do This Winter’ blog for more ways to Venture Out.

Want a deal to help lock in your winter trip? Book lodging & lift tickets at 25% off and receive free perks. Get a complimentary Sunset Snowshoe Tour, Ski Bike Tour, Guided Early Access, and more when you become a Winter Park Insider.

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