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The staff, the mountain, it's family oriented.
The shuttle between Fraser and Winter Park doesn't have late night hours. So, if you're vehicle-less and leaving a bar at 1 or 2, it's either a long 5 mile walk to Fraser, or a hitch ride with a...
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Nice weekend getaway if you live nearby.
The skiing at Winter Park is really great. There is such a variety, and the trails are well-maintained and free from ice (at least when we were there). I particularly enjoyed the powder-filled trails through the woods up near the top. If you take the lifts all the way to the top, you can climb up a little more to the summit and see the mountains for miles in every direction. Beautiful!
Written Mar 28, 2006
A really wide open area - all you can ski! Right side is groomed, left is yours for plowing. Careful if you're not used to powder after a snowstorm.
Written Feb 10, 2005
I had the pulled pork dinner and it was excellent! The restaurant is huge, you would not think it is that big looking at it from the outside, it is tucked away on the basement floor of a large outdoor shopping center. Lots of stuff to do for kids, they have an arcade room and of course parents let their kids run and scream everywhere which was annoying.
Food was excellent. Great selection of local and Colorado micro beers on tap and in the bottle.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork dinner was excellent, lots of food. My husband had the pulled pork sandwich and he really liked it. The meats are smoked for 8-12 hours which gives them an excellent flavor.
Written Jun 9, 2005
There are a few things you should know...
1.-The key to safe mountain driving is to slow down and look further ahead than in normal driving.
2.-Unique mountain hazards include wildlife that can dart out in front of you, scenic overlooks that attract traffic, and heavy truck traffic that speeds up on downhill sections while slowing down going uphill.
3.- Four-wheel drive vehicles can lead to a false sense of security in rain, snow and ice.
4.- Observe posted speed limits on curves. Keep to the right of your lane when rounding a curve
5.- Blue Light warning! Colorado's snowplows use distinctive amber and blue lights to warn you well in advance that snow removal operations are underway. When you see these lights, slow down and use caution.
6.- Cell phones don't always work in the mountains.
Written Apr 21, 2005
If you are flying in for a weekend be careful: it is not easy to breathe at 12000 feet altitute! The fact that the base is at 9000 feet makes it not too easy to recover after day on slopes. Some of the people in our group had constanat headaches, were gasping for air, and I myself was having trouble sleeping. We flew in for a weekend, and towards the end I felt much better. Snowboarders will understand me: flat areas present a whole different obstacle. Skting is a very "taxing" exercise.
Written Feb 10, 2005