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Wednesday, Apr 14

Spring into Summer with All That’s New at the Grand Lake Lodge

April 14, 2021

GRAND LAKE, Colo.—April 14,  2021—Nestled in the pines and cradled on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake Lodge is an historic Colorado destination. Perched on a hillside above Grand Lake Village, Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Grand Lake Lodge offers guests a basecamp that is a blend of adventure and relaxation. 

 

This summer, Grand Lake Lodge re-opens on May 21, 2021, with even more to offer guests and visitors. 

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

The Huntington House Tavern provides a memorable meal that is as unforgettable as the views. Guests can enjoy daily brunch and a pre-fixe dinner menu (three courses for $51) that highlights the chef’s current favorites like smoked gouda and beer cheese soup, grilled elk chops with a blackberry demi-glace, and a mixed berry crumble with a graham cracker dusting.

 

In the morning, for a quick bite, visit Circle Tours Coffee which serves Steamboat Coffee and pastries. 

 

The après hour brings the opportunity for a special wine and cheese tasting that’s free for guests on the deck. Looking for something more decadent? Indulge in a sweet social hour including milk and cookies.

 

Artistic Endeavors

The beauty of the Grand Lake Lodge’s location is inspiring with daily programs throughout the summer including:

 

Sunday 

  • From 6-8 p.m. Matt Brown, an acoustic singer and song writer will perform at the Huntington House Tavern. 
  • Monthly, singer/songwriter Peggy Mann will be performing covers and original songs.

Monday

  • Get your “Zen” on at 8 a.m. with yoga on the deck that combines spectacular views with calming poses.

Tuesday

  • Enjoy a glass of wine at the Pavilion with stunning views of Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain.

Wednesday

  • At 4 p.m. local author, Avis Grey, spins yarns and tells tall tales on the deck, drawing in guests and locals alike.

Thursday

  • From 4-6 p.m. channel your inner artist with a “Sip and Paint” session. It’s free to guests and $35 for non-guests.

 

Registration is required for yoga and “Sip and Paint” events. Inquire at the front desk for space availability. 

 

Thoughtful Touches

Grand Lake Lodge unveiled newly renovated guest cabins for the century anniversary and recently announced even more special touches to elevate the overall experience. Room amenities now include products from ZENTS, powerful potions and incredible ingredients that truly transform the skin. To help guests learn more about the property and surrounding areas, Grand Lake Lodge offers a history tour. Meet by the front desk to start your journey through the past or sign up for a bee experience from Tabernash Honey who has hives on the property. You can find some of these products plus so much more from Colorado and the surrounding areas in the Lodge Boutique or shop online

 

Of course, these new amenities and activities are just icing on the cake that is Grand Lake Lodge. For a century, guests have flocked here to enjoy the myriad activities that are available like hiking, biking, boating on Grand Lake, fishing, rafting and even hot air ballooning. Whether you’re actively exploring the outdoors or simply soaking up the peace on the expansive deck, Grand Lake Lodge is waiting to welcome you for the summer.

 

About Grand Lake Lodge (GrandLakeLodge.com)

Grand Lake Lodge is a historic retreat nestled above the Town of Grand Lake and situated on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Opening in 1920, the Grand Lake Lodge offers guests a place to stay within the heart of the Rockies. With 70 newly renovated guest cabins and a number of amenities on the property, the lodge has grown to accommodate visitors from wedding parties to weekend explorers. Accommodations on the property range from two-person rooms to a grand 25-person cabin. On-site property amenities include a number of entertainment options: outdoor pool, game room, and access to the basketball, horseshoe, and volleyball courts. There are also a number of hiking trails accessible from the lodge that weave into the national park and even a short path that leads down to the Grand Lake Village. Guests can also unwind at the Huntington House Tavern and relax on the “Colorado’s Favorite Porch”, which boasts picturesque views of the small mountain town and sprawling lakes below.

 

About Highway West Vacations (highwaywestvactions.com)

Grand Lake Lodge is part of the Highway West Vacations brand. Offering unique camping, glamping and boutique hotel accommodations in 12 distinct destinations across the great American West, including, Grand Lake, Colo., Crescent Lake, Ore., Volcano Village, Hawaii, and several properties along the California Central Coast. Each location is inspired by its local surroundings with artistic touches and modern amenities that showcase its unique environment. 

 

 

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Wednesday, Apr 14

Winter Park Resort Preparing to Open Trestle Bike Park and other Summer Operations on June 19, 2021

April 14, 2021

WINTER PARK, Colo., April 14, 2021 – The snow is still falling and the slopes are still open at Winter Park Resort, but simultaneously the resort is preparing for warmer weather and summertime mountain adventure. Winter Park Resort is anticipating opening its summer activities, including its famed Trestle Bike Park, on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

 

This summer, the resort is planning to also open other activities, including the Alpine Slide, e-bike tours, the mini-golf course, scenic gondola rides, and mountaintop guided hiking tours. As indoor capacity restrictions loosen, Winter Park will also bring back mountaintop dining and après options. After limited summer operations last year, the resort is excited to be planning for a summer with a more complete menu of activities and adventure.

 

Winter Park Resort’s closing day for the 2020/21 winter season is still planned for May 9. For more information about the 2021 summer season, visit www.winterparkresort.com/summer.

 

About Winter Park:

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been nominated as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com

 

Thursday, Apr 01

Winter Park Resort Launches “Adopt a Mogul” Program

April 01, 2021


WINTER PARK, Colo. – April 1, 2021 – Winter Park Resort, specifically Mary Jane Mountain, has long been known for its challenging mogul runs, beloved by visitors near and far for decades. After years of guest feedback searching for ways to preserve these famous moguls, the resort has launched a new program allowing guests to do just that. Winter Park announces the Adopt a Mogul program, available to anyone willing to care for their mogul over the summer.

 

Starting this month, when the resort usually begins disassembling its moguls for the summer season, for only $20 guests can adopt their favorite Winter Park mogul, pack it up and take it home. The only caveat is that those caring for a mogul over the summer must bring it back in the fall completely intact, to be reassembled for the next winter season. Anyone adopting a mogul will receive a certificate of authenticity and stewardship along with information and details about how to care for their mogul at home. 

 

“We are thrilled to offer guests their very own piece of Winter Park Resort,” said Sky Foulkes, president and COO of Winter Park Resort. “It’s a lot of work on our staff to disassemble our thousands of moguls every spring and take care of them over the long hot summer, only to attempt to reassemble them again for the next winter. So to have our guests show so much care, concern and generosity for our moguls is really inspiring, not just for me, but for our entire staff. We thank you, and our moguls thank you.”

 

To learn more or to adopt your very own Winter Park Resort mogul, visit https://www.winterparkresort.com/AdoptAMogul.

 

About Winter Park:

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been nominated as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com

 

Media Note: 

Happy April Fool’s Day! Winter Park Resort has had a lot of fun conceiving and creating the Adopt a Mogul program. As you may have guessed, you can’t actually buy a mogul and take it home, so for anyone willing to play along and for those who click through to our Adopt a Mogul landing page, we’re encouraging people to instead donate $20 to Protect Our Winters. All donations should be made to Protect Our Winters (POW) in an effort to help moguls everywhere thrive on mountains all over the globe. Winter Park Resort will match donations made today, April 1, 2021, up to $1,000.

Saturday, Mar 27

Winter Park Resort Drops Pass Holder Reservation Requirements Through the End of the 2020/21 Season

March 27, 2021

WINTER PARK, Colo., Mar. 22, 2020 – Winter Park Resort will no longer require reservations for pass holders to access the mountain effective Monday, March 22, 2021. After evaluating visitation patterns for this season and historical skier visit data, Winter Park determined that a reservation system was no longer needed to manage visitation numbers. The resort will continue to limit other mountain access products to help manage the volume of visitors through the end of the 2020/21 winter season.

 

Earlier this season Winter Park Resort recognized the need to balance people’s demand for skiing, riding and mountain adventure with the evolving state and county guidelines and restrictions. To help guests plan and know what to expect, the resort limited sales of daily lift tickets, implemented a pass holder reservation system, and launched “Shred Another Day,” a guide asking guests to do their part in safeguarding the longevity of the season. Those initiatives along with guest and employee vigilance have helped Winter Park remain open and operating this season.

 

“Our pass holders are incredibly important to the entire Winter Park community. They’re our most loyal fans and cheerleaders and they’ve been patient and diligent through all the twists and turns of this season,” said Sky Foulkes, president and COO of Winter Park Resort. “We’re grateful to our pass holders and want to recognize their dedication.”

 

Along with eliminating pass holder reservations, Winter Park Resort will also kick off Pass Holder Appreciation Week on April 5 to say thank you to pass holders who’ve helped the resort get through the season despite challenging circumstances. There will be exclusive pass holder deals and perks throughout the week, including $89 Friends and Family lift tickets, discounts off select gear, discounted tubing sessions and more. Check out Pass Holder Appreciation Week to learn more. 

 

All other current policies and procedures, including wearing a mask across the resort, no indoor dining and pre-booking all services will remain in effect through the remainder of the 2020/21 winter season. Winter Park Resort will continue to provide updates on its website, e-mails, and social media sites.

 

About Winter Park:

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been nominated as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com

 

Media Contact:

Jen Miller

303-638-9626

[email protected]

    

Saturday, Mar 27

Winter Park Resort Recognizes its Own Trailblazing Women and Marks Women’s History Month

March 27, 2021

WINTER PARK, Colo., March 10, 2021 – Winter Park Resort has long been welcoming women into what has traditionally been a community mostly made up of men. The stories and history of Colorado and of skiing are rich and compelling, but the recognized contributions of women to our shared history are more limited. That’s why during March 2021 Women’s History Month, Winter Park Resort is recognizing a few modern-day women blazing a trail and challenging the idea about what it means to be a woman in the mountain outdoor industry.

 

It wasn’t until Winter Park’s more recent history that women’s impact on the growth and development of the resort became more obvious. Today’s Winter Park Resort’s management team is nearly half female. More and more women are showing up in other traditionally male-dominated departments like ski patrol, lift operations and mountain adventure.

 

Winter Park Resort is the oldest continuously operating ski resort in Colorado – 81 seasons strong. Its history is well documented and tightly connected to Denver’s own history, having been founded as “Denver’s Winter Park” by Denver Parks and Rec pioneer George Cranmer in 1940. Throughout the development and expansion of the resort, women were always present, and of course, many women came to enjoy what brought it all together in the first place: the snow-covered slopes and wilderness of the Fraser Valley, serenely tucked along the majesty of the Continental Divide. 

 

Winter Park Ski Patrol has long been highly regarded and looked up to as a model for successful ski patrols across North America and even the world. Two of the five ski patrol leaders at Winter Park are female and almost 25 percent of the rest of the staff are women. There’s a similar picture in lift operations, where there is solid female representation at the top and a quarter of those on the team are women. The Winter Park Adventure and Supply Company is run by a woman who is directly responsible for encouraging, leading, and guiding guests who don’t ski or snowboard to venture out into Winter Park’s wilderness.

 

“We wanted to shine the light on the true picture of what participating in the outdoors looks like, and Women’s History Month is the perfect opportunity to do that,” said Liz Agostin, vice president of marketing and communication for Winter Park Resort. “The outdoor industry still has some work to do when it comes to including women and others, but Winter Park Resort is well on its way recognizing women and their importance in getting other women on the mountain and into the great outdoors.”

Winter Park Resort has hundreds of trailblazing women, creating an even more inclusive mountain community for everyone. Here are a few examples: two who represents the future of Winter Park Resort; and one who has already left her mark.

 

  • Kara Flores – First female on-mountain Winter Park Ski Patrol Supervisor. Kara has been skiing since she could walk thanks to parents who also have a love for the sport. She went through the junior ski patrol program in high school when her passion for skiing and the Winter Park community really took hold. After college, she joined the Winter Park Ski Patrol full time and never looked back. She continues to advocate for women and girls to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and experience the freedom and connection a day on the slopes brings.

 

  • Michelle Rees – An 11-year veteran lift operations crew leader, supervisor, and manager who turned her passion for snow, snowboarding and mountain adventure into an unexpected career. She started as a “liftie,” shoveling copious amounts of snow and bumping chairs for thousands of guests. She liked being outside, and she quickly saw opportunities for growth and moved up the ranks of lift operations to a key department leadership role. Michelle continues to get called “sir” almost on a daily basis, but that doesn’t bother her. She knows her own adventurous spirit is matched by many other women and hopes to encourage and inspire other women to continue to break stereotypes and build a career they love.

 

  • Retta Stanley – She was a tireless volunteer during the early years of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), founded and still headquartered at Winter Park Resort. According to her co-workers and other volunteers, she gave selflessly to NSCD while also being an early recipient and participant in NSCD programs. She battled cancer for nearly a decade and subsequently had a leg amputated. She continued to ski after losing her leg and eventually became a three-track national champion. Cancer ended Retta’s life in 1977 but not before she left an indelible mark on skiing, Winter Park Resort and the disabled athlete community. Her impact lives on with one of the most challenging trails at Winter Park named in her honor, Retta’s Run.

About Winter Park:

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been nominated as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit winterparkresort.com.

 

Media Contact:

Jen Miller

303-638-9626

[email protected]

 

Thursday, Mar 04

New Lodging, Restaurants, Tours and More (including yaks!) – Here is What’s New in Grand County

March 04, 2021

 

New lodging, restaurants, tours and more (including yaks!) – here is what’s new in Grand County

 

GRANBY, Colo.—March 4, 2021—As communities are opening up to visitors, there’s no better time to check out what’s new in Grand County. From new lodging options and restaurants to a shaggy new four-legged friend who’s taking up residence at local ranch, there is plenty of explore in Grand County. Here’s what’s new and notable for the spring, organized by town. 

 

Grand Lake

Kaiyote Tours explores RMNP

There are plenty of opportunities to explore Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) on your own but if you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, a guided tour is the way to go. Kaiyote Tours was founded by Kaiyote Snow, a self-taught naturalist, award-winning photographer and artist and former instructor for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. She and her company lead will get visitors off the beaten path for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing tours in the winter and hiking and over-night backpacking trips in the summer to learn about birding and wildlife in RMNP. 

 

Mystic Mountain Mushrooms sprouts in Grand Lake

If you’re not a fanatic about fungi, perhaps you should be. Mystic Mountain Mushrooms, located on a sacred hill near Grand Lake, not only cultivates certified organic mushrooms but also educates guests and customers about health benefit of each type and more. Sign up for the educational organic mushroom tour to learn how incorporating mushrooms into your diet is not only beneficial for your health, but for the environment as well. During each 45-minute tour, guests learn the life cycle of a mushroom, the history of mushroom cultivation, types of mushrooms and their health benefits, and more. 

 

Grand County Fat Bikes Delivers

If you haven’t tried fat biking, now is the time. These fat-bottomed bikes make traversing through snow a unique winter experience and Grand County Fat Bikes "GCFB" is the premier outfitter offering year-round mountain bike tours of Grand County with guided winter tours as well as winter fat bike rentals. To make adventuring even easier, GCFB now will deliver to your home or lodging so that you can hit the trails more quickly. 

 

Granby

Headwaters Hostel offers up comfy, communal living

Hostels are not as prevalent in the U.S. as they are overseas but they’re popping up in more and more resort towns in Colorado. Opened in Sept. 2020, the new Headwaters Hostel is the only year-round hostel available in Grand County and mixes a cabin-like interior with a hipster atmosphere and plenty of communal space. With COVID restrictions, the hostel can host eight to 10 people a night and the beds, which sit in shared rooms, cost $40 nightly. There is also a private room available for up to three people at $80 to $100 a night.

 

Fraser

New Taco Truck serves up traditional, untraditional treats

There’s never a bad time for tacos and Shreddy’s Tacos, a new food truck parked next to Fraser River Beer Co., is delivering “traditional, untraditional” eats. The menu of street tacos include carne asada, al pastor and nopales, also known as cactus, as well as breakfast versions. In addition to tacos, the menu includes finger foods like chips, fries, churro bites and homemade horchata. 

 

Winter Park

France and India meet at new fine dining restaurant

It’s a unique combination but the new Namaste India restaurant blends the French culinary tradition with co-owners Sachin Sawant and Ricky Biswas’s Indian heritage at this new Winter Park restaurant (it opened in early November 2020). As the name suggests, the restaurant serves authentic Indian food, but also offers traditional French dishes and specialized tasting menus in both cuisines. Everything is made from scratch and both dine-in and take-out options are available. 

 

Sundowner Motel becomes newest Gravity Haus location

The former Sundowner Motel on US Highway 40 will soon become the latest Gravity Haus location (there are currently) properties in Breckenridge and Vail. The new 38-room hotel will feature a restaurant, a coworking space, a cafe and a gym and will be within walking distance of Lift bus stops. Though Gravity Haus is a membership-based business, the hotel and its amenities will be open to the public. The property is slated to open in summer 2021.

 

Kremmling

Latigo Ranch isn’t yakking around

Forget visiting Nepal or Tibet - Kremmling now has yaks. On July 3, 2020 Latigo Ranch had a special delivery: nine glorious, shaggy yaks. The herd included four cows, two calves and three yearling heifers. And on the next day, July 4, one last special delivery arrived—baby Liberty was born. The yak herd is the newest addition to this family owned and operated dude ranch and so far they’ve been a huge, hairy hit with guests. 

 

Grand County, Colo. (http://www.visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, ice fishing and ice-skating.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, six wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major Alpine ski resorts, four Nordic ski areas, four world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

 

Contact: 

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, [email protected], 970-531-2336

 

 

Wednesday, Feb 17

Grand Elk Golf Course Earns “Friendliest Staff” Honors in Record Year

February 17, 2021


Grand Elk Golf Course Earns “Friendliest Staff” Honors in Record Year

Granby, CO…Grand Elk Golf Course in Granby ranks No. 1 in the United States for staff friendliness on the Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice 2021 list and is the No 2 overall golf course in Colorado, up three spots from 2020., 

Mike Ritter, the PGA Head Professional at the club, said Grand Elk (
www.grandelk.com) hosted 18,498 rounds, shattering the previous yearly record of 12,000, during a season where indoor pandemic restrictions drove duffers to the links. 

The staff, five workers inside and 12 outside, includes a mix of retired and young people who appreciated the importance of customer service in a challenging time. 

“Because of the pandemic, guidelines from the state and county continued to change throughout the season, and  we changed our procedures and communicated the new regulations to Members and guests.” Ritter said, “ I’m proud of our 18 employees, who appreciated the importance of customer service during the challenges they faced during the season.” 

The Golfers’ Choice awards for public courses are based on over 265,000 reviews by recreational golfers received by the membership program GolfPass; 4,200 courses qualified for consideration. 

 

About:

Grand Elk Golf Club, opened in 2002, is a 520-acre community 90 minutes from Denver. In 2013, the Home Owners Association purchased the Grand Elk Golf Club. Under the new ownership, a sweeping overhaul has updated the course and the Clubhouse while revitalizing the Grand Elk community.

The course design was inspired by the Scottish “Heathland” courses, featuring the native sagebrush and valley wetlands at the headwaters of the Colorado River, and breathtaking Continental Divide vistas. The front nine plays through rolling terrain and the back nine plays along wetlands and wildlife habitat. 

 

Contact: Mike Ritter                                                    

[email protected]

970-887-9122                                                                                     

Grand Elk Golf Course Earns “Friendliest Staff” Honors in Record Year

Granby, CO…Grand Elk Golf Course in Granby ranks No. 1 in the United States for staff friendliness on the Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice 2021 list and is the No 2 overall golf course in Colorado, up three spots from 2020., 

Mike Ritter, the PGA Head Professional at the club, said Grand Elk (
www.grandelk.com) hosted 18,498 rounds, shattering the previous yearly record of 12,000, during a season where indoor pandemic restrictions drove duffers to the links. 

The staff, five workers inside and 12 outside, includes a mix of retired and young people who appreciated the importance of customer service in a challenging time. 

“Because of the pandemic, guidelines from the state and county continued to change throughout the season, and  we changed our procedures and communicated the new regulations to Members and guests.” Ritter said, “ I’m proud of our 18 employees, who appreciated the importance of customer service during the challenges they faced during the season.” 

The Golfers’ Choice awards for public courses are based on over 265,000 reviews by recreational golfers received by the membership program GolfPass; 4,200 courses qualified for consideration. 

 

About:

Grand Elk Golf Club, opened in 2002, is a 520-acre community 90 minutes from Denver. In 2013, the Home Owners Association purchased the Grand Elk Golf Club. Under the new ownership, a sweeping overhaul has updated the course and the Clubhouse while revitalizing the Grand Elk community.

The course design was inspired by the Scottish “Heathland” courses, featuring the native sagebrush and valley wetlands at the headwaters of the Colorado River, and breathtaking Continental Divide vistas. The front nine plays through rolling terrain and the back nine plays along wetlands and wildlife habitat. 

 

Contact: Mike Ritter                                                    

[email protected]

970-887-9122                                                                                     

Grand Elk Golf Course Earns “Friendliest Staff” Honors in Record Year

Granby, CO…Grand Elk Golf Course in Granby ranks No. 1 in the United States for staff friendliness on the Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice 2021 list and is the No 2 overall golf course in Colorado, up three spots from 2020., 

Mike Ritter, the PGA Head Professional at the club, said Grand Elk (
www.grandelk.com) hosted 18,498 rounds, shattering the previous yearly record of 12,000, during a season where indoor pandemic restrictions drove duffers to the links. 

The staff, five workers inside and 12 outside, includes a mix of retired and young people who appreciated the importance of customer service in a challenging time. 

“Because of the pandemic, guidelines from the state and county continued to change throughout the season, and  we changed our procedures and communicated the new regulations to Members and guests.” Ritter said, “ I’m proud of our 18 employees, who appreciated the importance of customer service during the challenges they faced during the season.” 

The Golfers’ Choice awards for public courses are based on over 265,000 reviews by recreational golfers received by the membership program GolfPass; 4,200 courses qualified for consideration. 

 

About:

Grand Elk Golf Club, opened in 2002, is a 520-acre community 90 minutes from Denver. In 2013, the Home Owners Association purchased the Grand Elk Golf Club. Under the new ownership, a sweeping overhaul has updated the course and the Clubhouse while revitalizing the Grand Elk community.

The course design was inspired by the Scottish “Heathland” courses, featuring the native sagebrush and valley wetlands at the headwaters of the Colorado River, and breathtaking Continental Divide vistas. The front nine plays through rolling terrain and the back nine plays along wetlands and wildlife habitat. 

 

Contact: Mike Ritter                                                    

[email protected]

970-887-9122                                                                                     

 

Tuesday, Dec 08

Grand County’s Pandemic Playbook: Take it Outside

December 08, 2020

Grand County’s Pandemic Playbook:  Take it Outside

 

It is undeniable. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended everybody’s life and schedule. The world as we know it is radically different than it was last year--whether we are talking about work, school, or recreation.  And there are plenty of messages about how to stay safe and sane.

 

In Grand County, Colorado, the recreation and hospitality industries are taking all the recommendations and guidelines very seriously.  And they have an easy prescription for the months ahead for staying safe and getting much needed recreation.  Take it outside.

 

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter Park Resort and Granby Ranch Resort have attracted skiers and riders for decades and both resorts are innovating and implementing strategies to keep children and adults happy on their snow-covered slopes. But there are dozens of other quiet trails and snowy meadows throughout the county where adults and families won’t even know they are following the recommendations for social distancing as they play in wide open spaces. 

Granby Ranch Resort has a new management team in place for the upcoming season—Ridgeline Executives—and is scheduled to open Dec. 11.  Bluebird Backcountry, near Kremmling is scheduled to open before Christmas.

 

 

Nordic and Cross-Country skiing

Backcountry skiing is an ideal way to escape the crowds and soak up some mountain serenity. Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are known as Mountain Bike Capital USA during the summer months and that extensive network of bike trails that rope their way throughout the valley are swiftly transformed into Nordic ski paths after a few winter storms.  For beginners just looking for a gentle meander through the woods, there are options like the Fraser River Trail stretching from Fraser for six miles to Winter Park Resort. The Jim Creek Trail with its trailhead directly across from the Resort’s main entrance offers an out-and-back moderate climb up a forested creek drainage. The Bamse and Travis Dog Loops at the YMCA of the Rockies about five miles outside Granby offer an easy and scenic loop on the northern section of their Nordic Center that allows skiers to bring their four-footed buddies along for the workout. And the Grand Lake Nordic Center, opening in December, has several groomed and intersecting trails that allow skiers to do a variety of circuits of varying lengths. 

 

Snowshoeing

Not so sure about kicking and gliding on cross country skis? Modern snowshoes that strap onto an individual’s own waterproof winter boots open up literally hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Arapahoe National Forest. Groomed trails are purely optional with these claw-bottomed footwear devices that are both simple to use and sturdy underfoot. They can be used on both groomed and unpacked snowy trails, leaving much of Grand County’s public forest lands accessible for exploring, or simply escaping.

 

 

 

The outdoor combination

The all-inclusive Latigo Ranch with its cozy and contemporary cabins in the midst of an outdoor playground is the ideal place to retreat and recreate. With 50km of groomed cross-country trails and more than 200 miles of ungroomed powder, it is easy to social distance while taking in abundant fresh air and giant vistas. Meals and rental equipment are included with the first guests checking in on Dec. 19.

 

Other options

Few things capture winter solitude and serenity the way ice fishing does. Fishing with Bernie in Granby or Spirit Lake Outfitters in Grand Lake can help novices get started in this unique winter pastime and assist with rods, bait, and how to punch a hole in the ice. From there, the thrill of trying to catch either Rainbow Trout or Kokanee salmon begins with the potential of bringing home dinner. For a roaring good time, consider climbing aboard a snowmobile for a tour along Continental Divide tour with Grand Adventures in Winter Park or exploring trails that surround Grand Lake and skirt the edges of Rocky Mountain National Park. If there are kids in the crowd, snow tubing is a must with tow-rope service at Winter Park Resort and in the town of Fraser at The Tubing Hill.

 

What about Dining?

And after a busy day taking in the views and burning plenty of energy in the cold, crisp mountain air, there is nothing more relaxing than settling into your accommodations and having dinner delivered right to your door. On the east and central sections of Grand County, restaurants such as Hernando’s, Elevation Pizza, and Azteca in the Winter Park/Fraser area will deliver a touch-free meal to your door. Takeout offerings ran the full cuisine gamut throughout Grand County. Deno’s Mountain Bistro is known for great burgers and pizza while Fontenot’s is a magnet for Cajun-style specialties and much more. The Granby Garage and Brick House 40 in Granby will have meals ready to go when ordered in advance for easy pickup. Debbie’s Drive-Through offers quick service right at your car. And if you are thinking about hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich, Java Lava and Mid Town Cafe in Granby can manage the takeout order. Grand Lake village has a loyal clientele who love the ribs at the Sagebrush, the burgers and soups at Squeaky B, with fresh baked bagels at Bighorn Bagels.

 

Classic comfort food that can be taken back to your lodging is also available on the west side of the county. Bait Shop Grill in Hot Sulphur Springs is the “go-to” spot to pick up some classic Colorado menu items to top off a day outdoors. Heading west on Highway 40 – Kremmling offers a variety of take-out options from Grand Adventure Brewing Company to Dean West or for a taste of the Far East while in the mountain west, the Mt Dragon Chinese & Sushi Restaurant.

 

Social distancing might be an unfamiliar concept when thinking about travel and recreation, but in Grand County it has always been a prominent part of what attracts visitors to the wide-open spaces of the Rocky Mountains. With a few minor tweaks and the occasional use of a face mask for brief periods when in public places, a winter getaway in Grand County can still deliver all the exhilaration and relaxation visitors have come to expect while staying safe in these unusual times and circumstances.

 

Grand County, Colo. (http://www.visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, ice fishing and ice-skating.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, six wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major Alpine ski resorts, four Nordic ski areas, four world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

 

Contact: 

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, [email protected], 970-531-2336

 

Monday, Nov 30

Winter Park Resort Announces Anticipated Winter Opening Date of Dec. 3, 2020

November 30, 2020

WINTER PARK, Colo., Nov. 28, 2020 – After some natural snow accumulation and successful snow-making efforts this month, Winter Park Resort has set an anticipated 2020/21 winter season opening for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, pending state approval. 

 

“We’re stoked to open for the winter season and welcome skiers, riders and adventurers to play, reset, and recharge,” said Sky Foulkes, president and COO of Winter Park Resort. “We’ve planned, anticipated and prepared for our winter opening since launching our successful summer operations. We couldn’t be more excited to kick off winter and venture out again.”

 

To prepare for this winter season and with the health and well-being of guests, employees and the community in focus, the resort has modified and adjusted its operations to meet the demands of the current circumstances. Winter Park recently launched “Shred Another Day,” a guide to help guests know what to expect at Winter Park, and to do their part in safeguarding the longevity of the season. Visit “Shred Another Day” on the Winter Park Resort website for more information about what to anticipate this winter.

 

As previously announced, there are currently no lift tickets available, so anyone wanting to access the mountain will need a season pass product or other previously purchased lift access product. All other products and services, including rentals, lessons, guides and activities, must be pre-booked before arrival. Guests are encouraged to checkwww.WinterParkResort.com for the latest updates before heading to the resort.

 

About Winter Park Resort

Located just 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park Resort was voted Colorado’s Top Adventure Town, and USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. Boasting more than 3,000 acres of world-class terrain, Winter Park is nestled along the Continental Divide and is known for its unspoiled, pure nature and authentic Colorado vibe. Winter Park Resort is owned by Alterra Mountain Company and offers the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passesFor more information, please visit WinterParkResort.com.

 

Monday, Nov 30

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa Voted Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America by USA Today Readers

November 30, 2020

TABERNASH, Colo. (Nov 20, 2020) – Readers of USA Today once again named Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa as the #1 Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America. After a panel of Nordic ski experts nominated their top 20 ski resorts from over 300 venues that qualify, readers then voted for their favorite destination resulting in Devil’s Thumb Ranch once again in the #1 spot for the third year in a row.

 

“We are truly honored to win the Best Cross-Country Ski Resort for the third year running,” said Dan Abrashoff, General Manager for Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. “It is a real tribute to the Activities Center staff for their commitment to elevating our guest experience by providing outstanding customer service, trail grooming, and maintenance while preserving the land for future generations of Nordic skiers. This year especially, we know how important it is to offer safe and healthy outdoor winter recreation, and we look forward to opening our trails back up to the public.”

 

Located 75 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes north of Winter Park, the Ranch’s Nordic history began in the winter of 1975-76 when Dick Taylor, a 1964 Olympic cross-country team member, designed 35 kilometers of the area’s cross-country skiing trails. Today, the Ranch offers nearly 120km of trails nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek valley at the base of the Continental Divide. Whether you enjoy skate, classic, skijoring, or snowshoeing, the Ranch’s trails are open to all ages and experience levels. The team of Nordic experts at Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers training in a wide variety of private or group lessons.

 

$50 Savings on Beginners’ Ski Package

As a thank you for being voted the Best Cross-Country Ski Resort for the third year in a row, Devil's Thumb Ranch offers a $50 savings on our beginners' ski package! Receive a group Nordic ski lesson, a full day of rental equipment, and a full-day trail pass for only $60 per person. To book, contact Zach’s Mercantile at 970-726-8231.

*Group lesson is based on availability and limited to 6 people maximum. Season start and end dates are based on weather. Blackout dates include December 24–January 2, 2021. One-time-only per person.

 

2020/2021 Nordic Trail Passes

The resort will open its trails as soon as weather conditions allow. Devil’s Thumb Ranch looks forward to welcoming the public to experience their award-winning trails on skis, fat tire bikes, snowshoes, and more with the purchase of a day or season pass. Day passes are available to purchase on property at Zach’s Mercantile, while season passes are available to reserve online at bit.ly/seasonpasses2021