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Planning to visit Winter Park, CO? This blog can save you money & time, while adding a little bit of humor to otherwise boring travel blogs.
The lessons and successes of skiing women

Turning a passion in to a career is something that most people only dream of and often seems unrealistic. If you’re reading SkiRacing.com, it’s safe to say you share the same obsession and have devoted yours or your family’s lives to this crazy sport. Luckily for us, it’s actually a healthy obsession that provides amazing tools, opportunities and lifelong benefits that can set us up for success in all aspects of life. Ski racing and competition, at the intense level we pursue, creates life-learning experiences that few people likely encounter in other daily endeavors. The quest for perfection – be it the perfect turn, holding an edge, tactics or confidence ­– all correlate in some way to what we need to succeed in other pursuits. Garnering the nerve to tackle down a steep icy pitch feels strangely similar to mustering the confidence to take on a new career challenge. Almost all ski racers reach a point in their career where they have to hang it up and ask themselves, “What’s next?” At this point in life, it’s likely the hardest decision a still relatively young athlete has ever had to make. How do you walk away from something you’ve devoted your whole life […]

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The ski train makes its triumphant return to Winter Park this weekend

  The Winter Park Express Opening Day will celebrate the return of the popular winter tradition as the train chugs into Winter Park through the historic Moffat Tunnel on Saturday. After catching a ride and hitting the slopes, the resort will host a DJ, prizes and giveaways on the West Portal patio from 1 to 3 p.m., then live music by Ryan Kelly inside the Derailer bar from 3 to 5 p.m. before you head back into the city. But did you really even go if you didn’t document it on social media? The resort is asking travelers to post to Instagram with #WinterParkExpress so they can collect 3,000 images for a special Train Mosaic. The ski train went dormant in 2009 but the memories and stories of the tradition from skiers who traveled the historic route since its inception in 1940 lived on, begging the question of when the train would return. You can get full coverage of the Winter Park Express train’s revival on denverpost.com. The train departs from Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., at 7 a.m. and arrives at Winter Park at 9 a.m., with 26 trips scheduled through March 26. winterparkresort.com or tickets.amtrak.com. On Friday, Denver Union Station will celebrate […]

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Winter Park Express

For decades, a train chugged into the Rocky Mountains west from Denver, snaking through 29 tunnels and crossing the Continental Divide before delivering eager skiers to the base of Winter Park Resort at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Insurance woes doomed the service in 2009, but now — with some help from Amtrak — the ski train is back. The return of the Winter Park Express marks one of the more exciting developments for Colorado skiers in years, and resort officials say it’s already attracting attention worldwide. Powered by two 4,250-horsepower diesel-electric engines, the train is pulled from Denver’s historic and newly renovated Union Station about 60 miles and 3,700 vertical feet into Colorado’s snow-swept mountains. It drops passengers off about 100 yards from the lifts after passing through the 6.2-mile Moffat Tunnel, which was finished in 1928 and is credited with opening Denver up to western commerce. Also featured are Amtrak’s Superliner double-decker cars, which are designed for longer distances and are roomier than normal passenger train cars. The train can carry more than 500 passengers and can be resized depending on demand. But downsizing might not be an issue.   So far, Amtrak has sold more tickets than […]

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The Modern Rules of Being a Ski Bum

  The ski bum we all knew in days past isn’t gone, they’ve just learned to adapt to rising prices and have become more social in their efforts to live the dream of chasing snow. The modern day ski bum is thrifty, yet willing to fit in like a local. They dominate apres-ski, and are willing to pitch in where they can – for a trade on ski passes, of course. Want to learn the art of becoming a ski bum yourself? Here are a few modern rules of being a ski bum. Rule #1. Get a Job. With the rising cost of ski passes, even a part time job at a favorite ski resort can get you a free ski pass.  A lot of local businesses in ski resorts towns also offer free ski passes for their employees.  Dedicating a little time to side work can end up getting you a season pass, and money saved for the 2nd expensive part of being a ski bum – lodging. Rule #2. Old School Lodging. Today’s ski bums aren’t looking for 4 star accommodations with ski-in/ski-out access, because at $500+ a night with a minimum night stay, it’s just not economical. […]

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Looking for Hunting Lodges in Colorado?

Any avid big game hunter would put a Colorado Elk Hunt at the top of their bucket list. Colorado is known as one of the best locations for elk, mule deer, black bear, and other big game. The most challenging and elusive, however, is elk, and hunting elk is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Colorado during the fall hunting season. Since Colorado Elk Hunting has become so popular, the Colorado Department of Wildlife provides a limited number of elk permits throughout the state. In this way, the population of elk is maintained to a healthy herd limit while still offering hunters the accessibility to a successful hunt. Most often, a hunter books his trip months in advance and takes a great deal of preparation. The game management units established by the Colorado Department of Wildlife have become famous hunting areas, especially those directly accessible in Grand County. Game management units (GMUs) 18, 27, 28 37, and 181 are all within easy reach of Winter Park and The Viking Lodge. Hunting is Expensive Weapons, fuel, lodging, permits, clothes, ammunition, vacation (or sick) time from work, food, and lodging all play into the cost of a hunt trip. The Viking […]

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Free Things to Do in Winter Park, CO in August

With the end of summer wrapping up, there are two things that bring us mountain folk a bit of excitement – the fall colors are coming and ski season is right around the corner.  For those of you that love visiting the mountains, this is also a great time to start prepping for some of the best deals of the 2015/2016 ski season.  But, let’s not forget that there’s still one more month left before the leaves start changing colors – and for our favorite ski summer bum crowds, The Viking Lodge has just the ticket you need to get the best value out of a last minute Winter Park vacation.

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