winter park resort

Winter Park resort was ranked the #1 ski resort in the US.  Beginners should start at the main Winter Park base, but advanced skiers would do well to head a little farther up the hill on Hwy 40 and park at the Mary Jane base…Mary Jane is a paradise for Bump skiers, open bowls above tree line, and treed steeps! Beginners will do well to start on the Gemini lift and pickup a delicious sugar waffle from the waffle cabin next to the lift.

snow mountain ranch

The YMCA Snow Mountain ranch is located just about 10 minutes from the cabin. They have an array of fun family activities. In the winter you may choose nordic skiing on their groomed tracks, a diner sleigh ride or even dog sledding! They also have a tubing hill (with a magic carpet ride to get back up). And the craft cabin is a fun time painting pottery.


Snowmobiling enthusiasts from across Colorado and around the world come to Grand Lake, Colorado to enjoy more than 300 miles of snowmobiling trails, including 150 miles of groomed trails.
Grand Lake, Colorado has received well-deserved, national recognition for its outstanding snowmobiling:
Ranked as one of the “Top 15 Destination Trails in the Nation” by Snowest Magazine
Ranked as one of the “Top 10 Snowmobiling Areas in the United States” by America’s Best Online 
Awarded “Honorable Mention as one of the Most Scenic Snowmobiling Areas” by Snowgoer Magazine.

Dining Recommendations

Winter Park, Fraser and Tabernash offer a plethora of great dining options. Here are a few of our family’s favorites… 

Devils ThumB

Devil’s Thumb resort is a gorgeous ranch and they have equally appealing casual and dining options. Also check our their five star spa. Reservations are recommended. (Photo credit Devil’s Thumb Instagram)

Pole Creek golf course bistro 28

Pole Creek’s Bistro 28  has a great restaurant and they don’t seem to be as busy as the restaurants in town. This may be a good option for a larger group (call ahead for reservations). Menu is kid friendly and fairly affordable.

Hernando’s Pizza pub

They don’t deliver (for that contact Elevation Pizza, though it is just down the street), but this is a great Italian restaurant. It gets busy so make reservations and avoid peak times.

deno’s bistro

Deno’s Bistro is a fine dining steakhouse establishment. Not ideal for kids as the service is slow.

The peak brewery

The Peak is a popular choice for our family.  Great burgers, pizza, salads.

the smoke house

Great BBQ! Would be an excellent choice for to-go food, too.

julio’s mexican

Julio’s is just across the main street a couple minutes from the cabin. It’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but we really like the food. Very casual, although sometimes service is a little slow.


Chef Kate
Call: 970.531.8069 Email:

Wild Horse Catering
(970) 531-0160

I’ve don’t have any personal experience with either company so please do your own due diligence.


An excellent spot for breakfast or lunch!


Great for sandwiches and salads.