What will Santa bring your family this year? Well, if you’ve been really good (and I know you have) you’re family might be spending a weekend at the park – Winter Park – where you will find blankets of sparkling, fresh snow piled high on glorious slopes right outside your bedroom window…when you stay at the Winter Park Mountain Lodge. Oh, and you won’t have to endure the classic “are we there yet” because this lodge is a painless 67 miles northwest of Denver.
With a complementary shuttle bus from your hotel door straight to the base of the mountain, you’ll have hours of leisure and bonding time, and every parent knows that a little downtime is truly priceless. Even that hard-to-buy-for member of your family is going to be pleased with this gift! No traffic, no up-before-the-sun mornings, no parking…and the kicker: Winter Park Mountain Lodge won’t break the bank – check out their sweet ski-and-stay packages http://www.winterparkhotel.com/index.html.
So, you’re thinking it sure would be nice to have some adult time during your getaway, right? Well, you can! While my husband and I were enjoying our private snowboarding lessons (we ski, so this was super fun but not very pretty, ha) our kiddos were busy taking lessons of their own. The resort even had a “just because I’m three” class for our little one – she LOVED it! Our son cried when his lesson was over. All of our instructors were fantastic, and many had been recruited from other countries and do this year-round, traveling with the snow – I was impressed with their commitment and professionalism.
My husband and I enjoyed a quiet lunch at the top of the mountain…and then realized that if you go up, you have to find your way back down, yikes. At the end of the day, we were invited to take part in the celebration of the grand opening of the new Private Lesson Center at the resort (where I eased my snowboarding pain with a glass of wine, ahhhh). This beautifully designed center is located right next to the rental shop and has no shortage of conveniences and amenities for customers. The knowledgeable staff is happy to assist with every need, and I know this because I felt like an overgrown child with all my “where does this snap, I can’t get my foot in, I forgot my”, and everyone was extremely patient with me.
After a full day, we didn’t have to worry about a drive home, we took the shuttle bus back across the street to the Winter Park Mountain Lodge and soothed our sore muscles in the two large Jacuzzi tubs while our resilient children splashed around in the pool. The dry sauna helped a bit too, but I think I aggressively hugged the mountain one too many times. Luckily, the Lodge offers a charming restaurant/brewery on-site so we didn’t have to go far for dinner.
Winter Park Mountain Lodge was an amazing holiday getaway for our family and we greatly appreciated the personalized customer care. We enjoyed fresh-baked cookies upon our arrival, personalized snowmobile-guided sled transportation around the resort, our own, private snowboard instructor (thanks Barry!), and high-fives and laughs with the delightful staff at the Moffat Station Restaurant and Brewery – where my three-year-old insisted on “playing” a video poker game at the bar despite the selection of appropriate games available.
We wrapped up a fabulous weekend with a tour of the Winter Park/Fraser area, which was just beautiful! We explored the new Fraser Valley Recreation Center between the towns of Winter Park and Fraser and enjoyed swimming, a giant water slide, steam room, weights (ok, I was too sore for this), and ran out of time before making it to the climbing wall, but it was a great ending to an amazing weekend.
Dear Santa, thank you for the awesome trip to Winter Park this year…maybe, if we make your good list, can we go again next year?