The best part of spring is all that sunshine, slopeside stoke, and of course, goggle tan lines! Whether you’re riding around with friends, spending quality time with family, or enjoying happy hour in town with the locals (socially distanced, of course!), there are plenty of scenic spots to soak in the mountain sun this spring! BONUS: Set the mood with our Outdoor Hang playlist. Keep reading for our favorite spring hangouts, both on and off the mountain.
Derailer Sun Deck
Our favorite spot to indulge in a slopeside break is located at the base of Winter Park. Derailer offers a spacious patio where you’ll be able to enjoy fresh sammies or a hearty bowl of chili with your Mary Jane Ale, all while observing the action on the slopes. Open from 10am-5pm, you can grab a morning coffee between laps, or settle in for après once you’re done for the day. This spot’s particularly awesome for groups that have both skiers and non-skiers, since it’s so close to the slopes but still accessible by foot!
Relax and appreciate some of the best views Winter Park has to offer at the top of Mary Jane Territory. With beach chairs, ice cold beverages, and tasty strombolis, the luxurious feeling of this mountain top hangout may make you forget that you’re here to ski, not soak in the Vitamin D. Lunch Rock is perfect for a mid-day ski break, as it’s only accessible via chairlift.
Dotsero Parking Lot
Park, get ready, and tailgate like a local on the Mary Jane side. Only a short walk from Super Gauge, Pony Express, and Iron Horse, this lot has it all when it comes to convenience and fun! You’ll not only find powder hounds of the human variety, but of the canine variety, as well! Bring the portable grill for yourself, and a secret stash of dog treats for all your furry friends! You’re gonna love the incredible views and relaxed atmosphere in this slopeside lot.
Rendezvous Event Center
A favorite among many around the valley, Rendezvous Event Center has a playground, picnic areas, open field, skate park, and Hideaway Park Brewery nearby, all in the heart of downtown of Winter Park. This central park is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends or family! If there’s enough snow, you’ll also find free sleds for public use. This one’s a no-brainer for an easy, casual outdoor meetup!
On the mountain or in our amazing town, there are plenty of spots to soak up the spring sun, have some refreshing beverages, and make memories with the people you enjoy the most! Friendly reminder, masks are required to be worn throughout the resort unless seated for drinking/eating or actively skiing and riding down the mountain. They’re also required throughout the town. Pro tip: Use the town’s free bus system to get around. Check out the routes here.