Located in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Winter Park, Colorado is one of the state’s premier resort destinations for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and everything else you can imagine in the snow. At an elevation where snowfall is typically measured in feet as opposed to inches, chances are that if you arrive anywhere in between the months of November to May, snow activities are part of the itinerary in one way or another. You might think you need to pack a lot of gear to enjoy your time in Winter Park, but we’ve got a few Colorado travel tips to help you keep your both your bags and your spirit light!
#1 – Packing for the Winter
If you do visit during this period, pack light and bring only what you need because in terms of gear and equipment for the slope, Winter Park provides several outfitters that have everything you need. If you are traveling with kids, most of these outfitters provide gear for the little ones as well, so it is usually a good idea to leave the equipment at home.
#2 – Travel Light Through the Forests
If you choose to make vacation plans during the summer months, the various national forests that surround Winter Park beckon visitors to explore their trails, backcountry rivers and high-mountain vistas. In this case, travel light and carry only the essential items when visiting these wild places, objects such as backpacks, water, flashlight, compass, etc. Explore the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Medicine-Bow Routt National Forest, and the inimitable Rocky Mountain National Park. Each national park and forest holds its own unique, one-of-a-kind treasures, perfect for a day trip nearby your comfortable vacation rental in Winter Park.
#3 – Winter Park Central
When the time comes to leave the famed Winter Park Ski Resort or any other mountain trail near town, make an excursion to explore downtown Winter Park at the end of the day. If you arrive early, stroll along Main Street in search of a gift for that special someone, or a souvenir of your visit to this mountain town. At night, visit the pubs and restaurants around town, each one is different from the next; however, you can always find a pint of highly valued craft beer. In fact, since Colorado is a pioneer in the craft beer movement, there is no shortage of breweries around town. Try The Peak—it offers the both excellent suds and American comfort food that goes beyond your typical run-of-the-mill pub grub. Whatever you choose, be sure to leave room in your suitcase; you never know what you might find to take home with you!