WINTER PARK - Winter Park Resort kicks off the winter season on Nov. 14, with a celebration event to help usher in the opening day.
The resort will be raffling off new gear including: Coors Liberty Skis, a Mountainsmith backpack, a Never Summer SL board, Yakima cargo box, and tons of clothing to those present for the first day of the season.
Entry for prizes will be available at the Lift 106 radio booth near the Arrow Lift from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the drawing taking place at 11 a.m.
The resort boasts a list of new amenities and improvements to the hill and the village for the upcoming winter season.
The new Coca-Cola Tubing hill is sure to be a smash this season for families and thrill seekers alike.
The tubing hill, which will be open in December, is complete with four lanes, conveyer lift access, and state-of-the-art warming structure with restrooms and hot chocolate.
Also new to the resort this year is Alpenglow Massage, which will visit your Winter Park Resort room to soothe away the soreness after a long day of ripping up the slopes.
Riverside Spirits is also a new addition to the resort's village. The liquor store delivers anywhere around the resort and has a full selection of beer, wine, and spirits.
Now you can have your buddies carry you to your room when your legs are shot after punching through the powder all day and then you can call in your beer and a massage. Paradise.
The resort also spent over $250,000 to purchase new rental equipment so guests can have access to new gear with all the bells and whistles including: helmets, boots, skis, and snowboards.
Seventy-one new private lockers were added to the base area to give guests and locals alike a place to stash gear, adding yet another convenience to the resort's repertoire.
On the mountain
All the new updates and amenities aside, the resort has taken steps to ramp up the hill as well.
Throughout the fall the resort worked to clear beetle-killed trees from the slopes to enhance the safety of guests.
The resort didn't cut so much to create new runs where trees used to be; however, the clearing has most likely opened up some tree runs to allow for deeper powder and more stellar lines through the trees.
The mountain operations and park crew also showed off their creative juices by utilizing the dead trees in the form of jibs and other park features.
Along with the new tree jibs, the resort has added 15 features and tons of new lines to their park to cater to the park rats and aid in the resort's team training.
The resort has also added some new programs to its ski and ride school including: "The Jane Gang," a ski and ride school at Mary Jane that will launch this season and offer semi-private lessons for those ready to tackle the blue-black and black slopes; the resort is also starting "Platinum Tracks," a new program exclusively for skiers over the age of 50 that will take place on select Wednesdays allowing access to the mountain at 8:45 a.m. with an instructor before the resort opens, so skiers can capitalize on fresh powder and untouched corduroy.
With the addition of two new snowcats to their existing fleet, rest assured that the resort will be in tip-top shape this year.
To add the icing to the cake, Winter Park Resort was named number 17 of the best ski resorts in North America in Outside Magazine and number 24 in Ski Magazine's top ski resorts as picked by readers.
There will be a lot to look forward to this season at Winter Park Resort, so put that trail map in the freezer, start doing those snow dances and toast Ullr to make sure the snow flies.
For more information about Winter Park Resort, events, and ski and ride school, you can visit the resort's website at winterparkresort.com or call 970-726-1564.