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Friday, Jun 07

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber to Reveal the 2019 Summer Event Poster Series

June 07, 2019

Winter Park, CO — The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber will reveal its 2019 summer event posters at the Winter Park Art District’s First Friday, June 7. This year’s reveal follows a 30-year Winter Park tradition of visually celebrating the town’s summer events with an iconic poster.

The original eleven paintings, acrylic on canvas and 24x36“, will be auctioned throughout the summer – starting June 3 and ending August 25. The bidding will start at $350 per painting with the funds raised on the Uncorked and Winter Park FallFest canvases going towards the G.A.P. Fund and the Grand Kids Learning Center, respectively. Bidders will be able to access the auction throughout the summer using Handbid, a mobile-based auction tool. All bidding activity can be viewed on a smart device, ensuring bidders can increase the bids on desired works of art. 

Shannon Foley Henn, Winter Park local and the owner of Uptripping, created the 2019 posters. “I love painting the summer series because it allows me to get into a fun and creative space for an extended period of time,” said Henn. “This year, I was inspired by iconic movies posters. I always know I am on track when I smile and giggle while I am painting, this year I did a lot of that!”

“Each year, we want the posters to be original and different from the previous series,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Chamber. “Shannon was truly innovative this year. The posters are quirky and light-hearted and don’t just promote date, time, and location; they also reflect the personality of the town and the spirit of our locals and guests.”

The 2019 poster series includes: 

 

  • High-Note Thursday (presented by Real Estate of Winter Park)
  • Fitness in the Park
  • Switchback Music Festival
  • Rendezvous Run for Independence
  • Winter Park 4th of July Celebration 

(presented by Roam and Rendezvous)

  • Tequila & Tacos
  • 37thAnnual Jazz Festival
  • Solshine Music Festival
  • Winter Park Uncorked
  • Country at the Park
  • Winter Park Fallfest

The original paintings are resized to 13x18”, printed, and sold during each event as well as at the Winter Park Information Center. 

For a list of the more than 230 events scheduled this summer, please visit playwinterpark.com.

About the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber was established in 1973 and is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6). Our membership is comprised of approximately 350 area business owners and operators who are directly or indirectly engaged in commerce fueled by the tourism industry in our area. The chamber is committed to promoting our members' businesses with the goal of creating a prosperous and healthy community. playwinterpark.com

Friday, May 10

Afar - Crowd-Free Private Reserves Could Be a Solution to Overtourism

May 10, 2019

Afar.com - Grand County's Latigo Ranch is highlighted by Afar for their effort of preserving the American West by sharing their 550 acres of ranch land with visitors. Ranch owner, Randy George, discloses how tourism helps ranchers maintain their western lifestyle.

Thursday, Feb 28

AAA - An Insider’s Guide to Winter Park, Colorado

February 28, 2019

AAA.com - Native reporter shares Winter Park memories and insider tips to best experience the region's shopping, dining and unrivaled activities.

"Winter Park has always been a popular ski area, highly favored among Colorado locals, in part due to its unpretentiousness. In fact, Winter Park takes its name from its origin: The resort was founded as a winter sports park for Denverites."

"On a group trip, it can be hard to find an activity that pleases everyone. Fortunately, the snowcat tour on Winter Park mountain really does have something for everyone. Thrill seekers will relish riding in the heaving, multiton Piston Bully as it pulls its way straight up (and down) the mountain slopes, and they will be the first to volunteer to sit up front with the driver as co-pilot. Meanwhile, ski nerds can geek out, as the snowcat driver explains what a snow dragon is, how fake snow is made, and where the ski runs in the Alice in Wonderland Valley got their names. And for the scenery lovers? The two hour-long ride provides jaw-dropping views of the mountain, the town, and the entire Continental Divide."

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Thursday, Feb 28

World Property Journal - Top 5 Great Winter Ski Getaways in U.S. Revealed

February 28, 2019

World Property Journal - Seasoned travel and tourism journalist ranks 5 best US ski resorts, listing his #1 choice as Winter Park Resort.

"At Winter Park, you can traverse the local winter wonderland the old-fashioned way, in snowshoes. Or you try a new way of doing it, on something called a ski bike. Or, you can try "dashing through the snow" on a snowmobile. And if you're up for outdoor adventure on your feet, there are miles of great winter trails here. After your day of adventure, you can take the new gondola up to the Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at 10,700 feet." 

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Thursday, Feb 28

World Property Journal - Top 5 Valentine's Day Getaways in America Revealed

February 28, 2019

World Property Journal - Travel and tourism journalist names favorite American destinations to celebrate Valentine's Day and features Kremmling's Latigo Ranch.

"And on Valentine's night, you might be served grass-fed ribeye filet, Colorado lamb chops, or Bison Flank Steak Roulade, each surrounded by gourmet sauces and sides and garnishes. Before dinner you may want  to grab a glass of fine wine from the lodge, and watch a spectacular Rocky Mountain sunset with your Valentine from the deck, with frosty views of some of the most beautiful country in North America. Or, you might decide to celebrate the day inside your cabin, with a roaring fire in the hearth and a great bottle of wine."

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Thursday, Feb 28

Travel Weekly - Skiing a 'private national park' at the Devil's Thumb

February 28, 2019

Travel Weekly - Reporter spends two days enjoying everything Devil's Thumb Ranch has to offer—from Nordic skiing to ranch to table cuisine.

"It's like a private national park," is the description that Thad Carlson, the property's senior head of sales, used a couple of times during my two days at the resort as an invited guest. And while the cynic in me couldn't help but find something contradictory about the juxtaposition of the terms "private" and "national park," I understood where Carlson was coming from."

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Wednesday, Jan 16

Tips for Being a Good Steward During the Government Shutdown.

January 16, 2019

75% of Grand County Colorado is federally owned land, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapahoe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. Due to the government shutdown, these three areas are affected and are offering limited services during this time.

According to a Rocky Mountain National Park press release, as of January 12 snowplows began to clear the road to the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. A limited number of custodians started cleaning toilet facilities and trash receptacles. Some basic visitor services will reopen later in the week. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and basic information to visitors, but entrance fees will not be collected. 

These basic services are funded with revenue generated by recreation fees.

During the continued government shutdown, there will be no visitor services available (use of restroom facilities, trash collection or road maintenance in the Arapahoe National Forest and Bureau Land Management.

How to be a good steward of our public lands during the shutdown: 

  • Leave no trace – pack any trash with you, including toilet paper
  • Remember that all federal land rules and regulations apply
  • Do not disturb wildlife

The Government shutdown doesn’t mean a shutout in Grand County. Here are some ideas of ways to spend your winter vacation. 

  • Ice fishing– Come winter, Wolford Mountain and Green Mountain Reservoirs – along with Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake – offer ice fishing, replete with contests for all ages.

  • Skiing & snowboarding– Winter Park and Mary Jane Resorts have been among the country’s top spots for Rocky Mountain powder and backcountry skiing for more than 60 years. With nearly 400 inches of snow annually, Winter Park Resort has the most consistent snow for a Colorado ski resort year after year. Granby Ranch in the Granby area caters to families, with ski-in/ski-out condominiums, gentle terrain and one central base lodge.

  • Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort in Grand County has been named the top cross-country ski resort in the country by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award. Other options include the YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby Ranch, Grand Lake Touring Center, C Lazy U Ranch and Latigo Ranch. 
  • Tubing– Grand County is home to five snow tubing hills, including the legendary Fraser Hill, Colorado Adventure Park and Winter Park Resort (groomed, lighted and complete with lift).
  • Ice skating– Visitors can head outside for a free spin on the rink at Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square, or check out the Ice Box, Grand County’s NHL regulation-size, partially enclosed ice rink. 
  • Snowmobiling– Choose from a guided tour through pine forest to the top of the Continental Divide or rent or bring your snowmobiles for some independent backcountry adventure.

Get a complete list of Grand County’s winter activities and events at www.visitgrandcounty.com.

Friday, Jan 04

Budget Travel - Winter Park Ranks Among Affordable American Destinations

January 04, 2019

Budget Travel - The editors of Budget Travel highlight Colorado's Favorite Playground in their list of 51 Affordable Discoveries Across America. Winter Park is friendly, reasonably priced, inclusive and full of unmatched outdoor recreation.

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Tuesday, Dec 11

Grand County Makes Top Ten Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts

December 11, 2018

10Best.com -A panel of experts and 10Best.com editors have created their 2018 list of the 10 best cross-country ski resorts. Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash and Latigo Ranch in Kremmling both made the cut. "Nearly 65 miles (120 km) of groomed trails at the base of Colorado's continental divide make Devil's Thumb Ranch a favorite for skate or classic cross-country skiing. Beginners can sign up for private or group lessons, while more advanced skiers can push themselves in advanced technique clinics." "Skiers have a lot of terrain to choose from at Colorado's Latigo Ranch, including more than 31 miles (50 kilometers) of groomed trails and 200 miles (322 km) of powder-covered backcountry terrain. Day skiing is available for guests who don't plan to stay the night, and an equipment shop offers rentals–no lugging equipment across country." Read more.

Wednesday, Nov 21

Encompass - Winter in 3 Speeds: Fast, Faster, Fastest

November 21, 2018

Encompass — Fat Biking, Dog Sledding & Snowmobiling are highlighted in this article featuring Colorado winter activities. Read More.