Ski Winter Park – Colorado’s Best Ski Resort and maybe some Glacier Club – Gated Ski and Golf Community, Homes in Durango, CO
Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s favorite. It is also Colorado’s best destination ski resort! Just a short drive from Denver and Denver International Airport, Winter Park beats all the rest in amount/quality of snow, family friendliness, difficulty and the variety of terrain and ease of access.
Lets start with how close Winterpark is to DIA and Denver. The Resort sits 62 miles from Denver’s western border as the crow flies. Drive time from central Denver is around 75 minutes in good traffic. From DIA the drive time is about 2 hours. Compared to resorts farther along the I-70 corridor Winter Park is much more accessible as the Eisenhower Tunnel does not need to be negotiated. Also, the Berthoud Pass road upgrade has been completed and the trip over is a breeze.
Winterpark: also the place to come for the family vacation. Lots and lots of family and kid friendly activities can be found here in this part of Grand County, Colorado. The Fraser tubing hill, The Village ice skating pond, snow mobile rentals, snowshoeing just to name a few that are fun for the whole family.
With the most consistent snow in the Colorado Rockies, Winter Park also boasts more sunny days than any other resort in the state. Famous for its varied terrain, the resort is right for beginner to expert level skiers and snowboarders. With five interconnected mountains and three terrain parks, you are sure to have a perfect time at this activity-filled Colorado Rocky ski destination. There is plenty of lodging, with lodges, ski homes, vacation cabins, ski in and out condos, and bed & breakfasts , and at prices that correspond to everyone’s budget. Relax in a hot tub, sit by the fire, dine at one of the wonderful restaurants, watch the sunset from one of the village bars, and your vacation will be unmatched.
Snowfall averages for Winter Park are around 359 inches per year. That is number one for destination resort in COLORADO. Vail is a close second, with 348 inches per year, but who can deal with the Vail attitude and prices? Here are the WP ski trail stats:
Summit elevation: 10,700 feet
Vertical drop: 1,700 feet
Skiable acres: 2,762
Trail levels: All
Average snowfall: 359
Come on up to Colorado’s Favorite: Winter Park Resort. For all your Winter Park ski lodging needs try the Winterpark Lodging Company.
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The Glacier Club is a private, debt-free golf and residential community located near the town of Durango, Colorado, in the Animas River Valley, known for its varied scenery and abundant wildlife. Amenities include 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, fitness facilities and an outdoor pool and spa. Custom Lots priced from 0,000; Townhomes from 0,000; Luxury Cabins from 0,000; and Custom Homes from .5 million.
Spud Lake Colorado
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North Twilight Peak and Middle Twilight Peak from Potato Lake
Went on vacation with my wife to Durango. Our first time to Durango so lots of sightseeing and not a lot of hiking. Lunch at the Cypress Café then to Gardenswarz Outdoors on Main. I bought Hiking Trails of Southern Colorado by Paul Pixler hikearizona.com/books.php?STu=6&C=1 and I bought the Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40 hikearizona.com/books.php?ID=1230&STu=6 I give the book 4 1/2 stars and the map 5 stars.
We were guests of a friend who owns a place at Durango Mountain Resort. So this was our base of operations.
I had a list of several hikes. But our friend mentioned that she would like to hike to Spud Lake. She used to hike this often with her children and late husband. She had memories of her husband teaching the kids how to skip stones across the lake. She hadn’t hiked in Durango since her husband – Gary Bird – was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. So Spud Lake it was.
The road in is an adventure. Open range so we had a wait for some cattle to move across the road. Nice little hike, not much AEG. Lots of beaver activity. I saw the ripples of a beaver, but did not quite see the beaver. This is monsoon season so some threatening clouds and a brief drizzle. Lots of mushrooms at this time of year. Lots of families at the lake. Donna prayed and meditated while I walked around the lake. A boy and his father were fishing. They had caught some brook trout and one small rainbow. As we were hiking out, two birders motioned for us to be quiet and handed us the binoculars and showed us where to look to see a moose. We waited for between 5 -10 minutes but it was bedded down for the afternoon just lazily munching on greens. They have been reintroduced to the Weminuche and are apparently doing well. But locals were impressed that we had seen one. hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=2159&UID=21152
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