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How to Spend Opening Weekend in Winter Park

Opening Day: November 17, 2021

Winter Park is ready to welcome skiers and riders back to fresh pow, Mary Jane terrain and legendary après parties. The 2021-22 winter ski season kicks off on Wednesday, November 17 with a first chair banner break at Winter Park Ski Resort. (Additional opening day activities to be announced — check back at winterparkresort.com) 

Here’s how to spend opening weekend in Winter Park.

SKI & RIDE

Dubbed Colorado’s best-kept secret and rocking an 80-year history, Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort. Take a few hot laps on opening day and you’ll see why Winter Park was voted as North America’s #1 Ski Resort by USA Today Readers and Colorado’s Top Adventure Town by Elevation Outdoors.

Spend opening weekend making your WP bucket list, embracing 3,060 feet of vertical rise and checking off iconic lines on Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Ridge, Eagle Wind and The Cirque. Get giddy about 3,081 skiable acres and 1,212 acres of off-piste terrain, including Vasquez Cirque and glade skiing. Look for the Mary Jane side of the mountain to open a week or two later, depending on conditions.

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURES

Come back all winter for special on-mountain sundown snowshoe tours, insane astronomy tours, moonlit uphill events and sunset guided skiing and riding. Did we mention the Vasquez Ridge s’mores snowcat tour?

STAY IN TRUE MOUNTAIN STYLE

Book your ski trip stays at the brand new Gravity Haus Winter Park and choose from 38 luxe boutique rooms just minutes from the resort in the heart of downtown. Members get up to 50% off rooms, but you don’t need to be a member to stay.

Your mountain crash pad awaits, complete with Dryland Fitness access, outdoor hot tubs, free fiber-fueled internet and much more. Pamper yourself with plush robes, yoga mats, eco-friendly body products, and fresh-sourced meals from Unravel Café. Dogs are welcome at Gravity Haus and get set up with their own doggie bed, bowl and treats. 

Catch Live Music

The après scene is strong here with endless options for late-night revelry. Breweries and tunes go hand in hand in Winter Park. Follow the locals to Ullrs Tavern, Idlewild Spirits and Winter Park Pub. You’ll find live rock, country, bluegrass and other genres bumping from upscale restaurants, patios and taverns. Don’t miss the new heated beer garden at Unravel Winter Park.

GEAR UP

Winter Park is a Haus Quiver destination, meaning you can pick up the latest premium ski and snowboard gear. Test drive an extensive roster of brand new alpine skis from K2, Icelantic and Faction and premium snowboards from Burton and Never Summer. Gear is perfectly tuned and ready for whatever the day may throw at you — powder, trees, corduroy and beyond.

Party in a Snow Cabana

Reserve a private 16-foot cabana on the Unravel Café patio at Gravity Haus Winter Park and curate your après scene with cozy ambiance and stylish trimmings. The eight-person cabana includes a dining table, loveseat, coat rack, heater, café lights, bluetooth speaker, charging station, free WiFi and board games. Select from pre-ski breakfast, lunch, après, dinner and late dinner reservations and enjoy the latest seasonally inspired Unravel Café dishes served directly to you and your crew.

Cheers. See you in Winter Park!

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