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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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