Mountain Views and Microbrewery Less than a Mile from Winter Park Resort
More than 100 downhill runs and cross-country trails—some at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet—zigzag over the powdery slopes at Winter Park Resort. The complex also houses five terrain parks for snowboarders, and is set to open a tubing hill this winter. During the height of ski season, which kicks off in November, Winter Park's vibe is refreshingly low-key compared to its tourist-packed counterparts, Vail and Aspen. Winter Park Mountain Lodge sits right on the village's main drag, a stone's throw from its downtown boutiques, aspen-lined hiking trails, and world-class ski trails.
You can see Winter Park Resort's ski slopes from inside the lodge's rustic Moffat Station Restaurant and Brew Pub. Weathered yokes and old-west-themed decor lend the room a homey feel, and the fare is equally comforting; locally sourced entrees include hearty buffalo meatloaf, and there’s a selection of house-brewed beers.
The lodge's mountain-view rooms feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows that look out onto the surrounding peaks. Similar views surround the indoor pool area, where two 10-person hot tubs offer après-ski relaxation. When you're ready to hit the slopes, you can pick up gear at the onsite equipment store.
Winter Park, Colorado: Year-Round Outdoor Adventures and Quaint Shops in Picturesque Ski Village
Winter Park Mountain Lodge occupies the village's Main Street, just a short shuttle ride from Winter Park Resort. Though ski season is slated to start November 14, 2012, the park's surrounding mountains and forests still offer plenty to explore off-season. In autumn, you can see native aspens turn rich hues of red, gold, and orange on a 5-mile round-trip hike of Columbine Lake, which is skirted by the Continental Divide.
With 350 inches of snowfall annually, Winter Park Resort transforms into an alpine playground in winter. The Mary Jane portion of the resort includes three mountains, with the namesake peak proffering legendary mogul runs that start at 11,000 feet above sea level.
Winter also brings ice-skating and horse-drawn-carriage rides to downtown's quaint Cooper Creek Square. At the walkable outdoor mall, you can browse hand-painted russian nesting dolls or paint your own ceramic pottery.
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