Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Winter Events

 

–Winter lineup in ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’ includes Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary Gala–

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced its winter events lineup, including the 75th year anniversary bash for Winter Park Resort. Here is a look at the fun that’s in store for winter visitors to Colorado’s Favorite Playground. For a complete list of events in Winter Park please visit the Winter Park Events Calendar.

Dec. 13 – Tommelfest at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Fun for all ages, this season kick-off celebration includes free lessons, team sprints, grog & beer garden, keg toss, BBQ, retail specials and prizes.

 

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade
The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift at 4 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers. A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with holiday colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities. Immediately following the show at 6 p.m., visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House and Catholic Church services located in West Portal Level 4. Services are scheduled to last about an hour.

 

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hideaway Park
Come enjoy the amazing fireworks display at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park at 9 p.m. Bring the entire family for free sledding.

 

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Ski Granby Ranch
Ski Granby Ranch invites families to participate in a glow stick walking parade followed by a torchlight procession of the ski and ride instructors. Kids can pick up their free glow stick in ski school from 5-5:30 p.m. then head up to the top of the Milestone lift where the parade begins at 6 p.m. Stick around to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.

 

Jan. 23-24 – 75th Anniversary Weekend Celebration at Winter Park Resort
The two-day celebration invites one and all to take part in music, cross-country ski race, fireworks, a main street parade, the Stagecoach Classic followed b y the 75th Anniversary Gala, and much more.

 

Jan. 24 – Winter Park Resort 75th Anniversary Gala
Join Winter Park Resort guests, locals and fanatics, along with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), as they celebrate the 75th Anniversary of ski industry greatness at Winter Park Resort. Enjoy a scenic, moonlit gondola ride to a delicious, gourmet dinner served at the Lodge at Sunspot, 10,700 feet above sea level. Guests can also take part in the silent auction to benefit the NSCD while dancing the night away to live music.

 

Jan. 24 – 2nd Annual Stagecoach Classic
This “off the map” 30km/15km classic cross-country ski race and tour will start at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, traverse through the former iconic Idlewild Ski Area and finish with a post-race party in Winter Park. A portion of the race and tour proceeds will go toward the Colorado Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited to protect and preserve the endangered Fraser River. Post-race events will include lunch, a beer garden and live music in Hideaway Park.

 

Feb. 7-15 – Winter Carnival
Activities every day including DU & CU alumni days, Mardi Gras celebration, GoPro Night, live music, kid and adult activities, Subaru WinterFest, and much more. Activities and events take place in the town of Winter Park and at Winter Park Resort.

 

Feb. 15 – Cupid’s Revenge Snowshoe Race
This new event utilizes the new Yankee Doodle Trail by Hideaway Park in the old Idlewild Ski Area. The loop starts by climbing the trail to loop down on Meadow Trail on the way back. Fun for the entire family!

 

Feb. 20-22 – 40th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup at Winter Park Resort
This event brings together world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Denver Broncos alumni, along with amateur skiers and snowboarders of all abilities for a weekend of activities to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Competitors in the Governor’s Cup, a Pro Am race, assemble a team of five friends, family members or co-workers to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. The highlight of the weekend is the World Disabled Invitational, when disabled skiers compete head-to-head on parallel courses. The Celebrity Challenge is one of the most entertaining events of the weekend as celebrities and former football stars make their way down a race course. A giant silent auction attracts frivolous and frugal shoppers alike!

 

March & April – Rock the Ranch at Granby Ranch
During March and April celebrate spring in the Rocky Mountains with live music on the patio (Saturdays March 7-April 4), outdoor BBQs and beach parties. There’s also a Night Ski Scavenger Hunt on Fridays and Saturdays in March, as well as the Beach Bash and Pond Skim on March 28. The Granby Ranch Easter Celebration is on April 5.

 

wipeout kids2 Wipeout kids(2)March 28 – Winter Park Wipe Out
Competitors will experience a series of incredible challenges on a mystery course that takes them all around the town of Winter Park, including the Wipe Out Zone, where things WILL get messy snowmobile-tubing, food challenges, hammerschlagen and many other wild winter activities.

 

April 26 – Coca-Cola® Spring Splash at Winter Park Resort
Competitors in both the ski and snowboard divisions start the course by coming out of the gate backwards and struggle through a hilarious obstacle course before skimming like a Jedi across the icy pond. Live music in the Plaza to follow.

To learn more about planning a vacation to Winter Park visit www.playwinterpark.com. Or, check out the Winter Park Deals page for lodging packages.

About Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park &Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Invites Winter Road Warriors to Make a Pit Stop in Southwest Wyoming

- Southwest Wyoming winter activities, tips for safe winter travel-

sweetwater_logoSweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism has a reminder for winter travelers heading to Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks for a snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or photography safari. Sweetwater County – located in southwest Wyoming off the I-80 corridor and along the popular travel routes of highways 191 and 530 – is a convenient place to stop for a night or two to refuel and explore the area’s wide open spaces.

Getting acclimated. Prior to arriving in Sweetwater County, savvy tourists should download Sweetwater County’s mobile app for extras on what to do, where to stay and more. When travelers arrive in Sweetwater County, it’s recommended they stop by the Green River Visitor Center (1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way) where they can stock up on activity ideas, maps and directions.

Burbot Bash FishermenBurbot, or ling cod, threatend fish populations.Ice fishing. The area’s signature attraction, Lake Flaming Gorge, is very good for Burbot, rainbows and lake trout. Those traveling through the area Jan. 23-25 should take part in the annual Burbot Bash fishing derby. Teams consisting of two to four anglers can compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Come through a little later in the season – Feb. 6-8 – and take part in the Burbot Classic. In this fishing competition anglers win prizes in six categories for tagged Burbot, biggest Burbot, smallest Burbot, and more. New this year there will also be an auger contest.

Snowmobiling. Boasting more than 250 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails, Flaming Gorge Country offers mountain passes, alpine meadows and backcountry trails for adventurers to explore on their own rigs. High Desert Polaris KTM in Rock Springs has parts and a service center (1175 Dewar Drive).

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snow bunnies can get up close and personal with the area’s abundant winter wildlife on snowshoes or cross-country skis. There are plenty of trails off the beautiful Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway.

Tips for winter road tripping.

  • Watch the weather. Sweetwater County has an average of 244 days of sunshine per year, but wintertime means the possibility for snow and ice. Tourists should check weather reports regularly to ensure they are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store.
  • Stock the vehicle. Sand or kitty litter can help drivers out of a slick spot. Other must-haves include blankets, water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a first-aid kit and an ice scraper.
  • Keep the vehicle fueled. In the wintertime half a tank is considered “empty” since that’s the point when fuel can freeze.

Learn more about booking a trip to Sweetwater County, Wyo., at www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

 Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com
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Granby Ranch Hires New Executive Chef

-Executive Chef Robert Citto brings 25 years of cooking experience to Colorado resort-

Granby, Colo. – Granby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway located less than two hours from Denver, welcomes Executive Chef Robert Citto. He was hired to upgrade the offerings at the entire resort, including the Granby Ranch Grill and the Dining Hall.

rob_cittoCitto brings 25 years of cooking experience to the resort. He specializes in scratch cooking and baking that keeps food fresh and simple. Citto says that he has a passion for cooking and baking, but he also loves fly-fishing.

“Granby Ranch is such a perfect spot for me, both professionally and personally,” Citto explains. “I am excited to work here so that I can meet the members, locals and guests and learn about what they do – and don’t! – like to eat.”

Citto, originally from New York City, is a Culinary Institute of America graduate. Citto says he has worked under many talented chefs over the years, learning different techniques and methods along the way. Additionally, he has traveled around the U.S. and abroad working as an executive chef in four-star fine dining resorts, country clubs, yachts and restaurants.

“I’ve worked in Costa Rica, Panama and I even spent a short time in Italy, working on an organic farm planting vegetables and helping out at the B&B cooking lunch and dinner,” says Citto. “My travels are represented in my eclectic style of cooking because I learned to fuse a lot of different ingredients and methods.”

Previously, Citto wrote a food and wine blog for the Tallahassee Democrat and did more than 25 episodes of live cooking demonstrations on the local CBS station WC-TV.   Most recently Citto ran a cooking school where he created cooking classes for guest that taught them how to have fun in the kitchen.

“I have a passion for food and I always want to better myself as a chef so I love to take classes when I can,” explains Citto. He has completed wine courses under certified master sommeliers; advanced artisan bread baking classes, including advanced sourdough classes under a certified master baker in San Francisco; and he even took cooking classes while traveling through Thailand for a month.

“We’re excited to have Chef Citto on our team,” says Wenda Houseman, V.P. Marketing & Sales at Granby Ranch. “His love of food is contagious and it comes through on the plate. Chef Citto’s creations are going to be a real treat for not only our guests, but also for residents and locals who will appreciate the elevation in cuisine that Chef Citto brings to Grand County.”

Learn more about Granby Ranch and plan a visit at www.granbyranch.com or take advantage of a lodging package by calling 888.850.4615.

granby-ranch-logoAbout Granby Ranch (www.granbyranch.com)
Located just 90 minutes from Denver and just 15 minutes from Winter Park and the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby Ranch is not a typical mountain getaway. It’s a peaceful mountain retreat that allows people to be closer to the mountains. At Granby Ranch it’s all about Colorado’s great outdoors. After connecting with nature, guests and residents connect with one another by gathering at the Grill and the fire pit for drinks or s’mores. Granby Ranch delivers Colorado skiing for less than other mountain resorts and strongly appeals to families and empty nesters who can stay in a privately owned slope-side condo, townhome, cabin or luxury home rental on their Colorado mountain getaway. Year-round activities range from fishing and golfing to biking and skiing.

 Contacts:
Wenda Houseman, V.P. Marketing & Sales at Granby Ranch, 970.887.5149 | whuseman@granbyranch.com
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336 | gaylene@orecommunications.com

 

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Granby Ranch Expands Ski Offering, Adds New Events for 2014-15 Winter Season

-New ski lifts, night skiing/riding, spring events round out ‘what’s new’ at Granby Ranch-

granby-ranch-logoGranby, Colo. – Granby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway, which is located less than two hours from Denver, today announced its new offerings and events for the upcoming winter season. The resort’s opening day is Thursday, Dec. 11.

“Granby Ranch is not your typical mountain getaway,” says resort CEO Kyle Harris. “It’s a place where family-friendly isn’t just a catch phrase – it’s part of our DNA.” Guests and residents come to Granby Ranch to escape the big-resort attitude, embrace the great outdoors and connect with each other on the mountain, at the Grill, or around the fire pit for drinks and s’mores. “We deliver Colorado skiing and riding for less than other mountain resorts, and with a trail network that starts and ends at Base Lodge, it’s easy for families of all abilities to play together.” Visitors may choose from a range of lodging options, including privately owned slope-side condos, townhomes, cabins or luxury homes. Continue reading

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Delta County, Colo., Announces Four Ways to Play in the Snow without Downhill Skis

- Western Colorado vacation destination offers fun winter activities off the slopes -

Snowmobiler covered with snow_Delta County Tourism Board(1)

Delta County, Colo. – The Delta County Tourism Cabinet loves downhill skiing as much as anyone, but wants to remind Colorado vacationers that there’s more to the state’s winter wonderland than just downhill skiing, especially in Delta County a.k.a. “Our Side of the Divide.” Wintertime brings an average of 35 feet of snow to Grand Mesa – the world’s largest flat-topped mountain – creating an expansive winter playground. Here are the top four ways to enjoy winter without having to stand in a chairlift line. Continue reading

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Grand Junction Announces Five Ways to Fall in Love with Fall

Fall on the Colorado River

Fall on the Colorado River

-Signature autumnal activities offer something fun for everyone in Colorado’s wine country-

Grand Junction, Colorado – The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau (GJVCB) invites visitors to get in the autumn spirit with fun seasonal activities. Named one of the eight sunniest cities in the U.S. by TourismReview.com, Grand Junction boasts ideal weather year-round on top of a breathtaking landscape – the perfect setting for these five fall pursuits. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Welcomes Fall Road Trippers, RV’ers

- Great outdoors of Southwest Wyoming provides intimate adventure for autumn travelers -

FallCastleRockSweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites travelers to explore the majestic beauty of the changing seasons, Old West style. Fall in southwest Wyoming offers a respite from the busy summer season, particularly for retirees, who can get to know the vast landscape sans summer crowds at parks and landmarks. Sweetwater County is the perfect stopover on an autumn cross-country trip since it’s located exactly halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Launches Interactive Playground Map

–Map feature makes it easy to plan vacation to ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’–

playground map

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced the launch of its interactive Playground Map. The map is viewable at www.playground.playwinterpark.com. It uses geo-location to help visitors see what tourism-related businesses, restaurants, activities and more are around them. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Names Top 3 Fall Trails in Mountain Bike Capital USA™, Shares Tips for Winter Bike Storage

–‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’ features 600-plus miles of trails –

 

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber invites visitors of all biking abilities to check out Mountain Bike Capital USA™ this fall for a fun, colorful autumn experience. The area even offers “Bike & Stay” packages through October (weather permitting), which offers lodging and bike rentals for one low price.
Here are the top three trails to check out this fall. For more options check out the Mountain Bike Capital USA™ trail map on MTBcapitalUSA.com. Continue reading

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Historic Grand Junction Theater Finishes $9 Million Renovation

streetview_base scheme_July 2014 RevisedGRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Sept. 12, 2014—The historic Avalon Theatre, which has been the cornerstone of downtown Grand Junction at 7th and Main Street for the past 90 years, has recently completed a $9.65 million renovation that ensures its position as one of the premier performing arts venues in Western Colorado for years to come.

Originally built by local publishing giant Walter Walker in 1923 for the residents of Grand Junction, the Avalon Theatre was a major stop for acts traveling from Denver to Salt Lake City. Performers from Al Joplin to Pat Benatar have graced its floor boards; dance performances, symphonies, plays, operas, and movies also take place at the theater. Continue reading

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