With a name like Winter Park, you may expect it to close down shop during the other 3 seasons of the year, but our small mountain town offers fun adventures every season of the year! Fiery vistas you won’t want to miss in the fall, verdant and lush greenery in the summer months, and during the spring? Offering the waning days of winter (no matter what the calendar says) and the promise of spring that will take your breath away, your summer adventures in Winter Park promise to help you make memories you will never want to forget. This guide to spring in the Winter Park mountains will give you a few ideas as to what you can expect from March through May.
Snow on the Winter Park Mountains
Unbelievably, ski season in Winter Park often lasts through the first week in May, so be sure to pack your warm clothes. Offering a last chance blast on the slopes, spring may be shy, but the fun you have as you snowboard and ski will make sure your seasonal escape starts with a bang! Spend your days on the slopes and your evenings enjoying the warmth and comforts of après ski at the Derailer Bar, our favorite hangout at Winter Park Resort. The lower areas of Winter Park will offer less snow, but the Coca-Cola Tube Park offers plenty of sledding opportunities for thrill seekers of all ages. Closing for the season in mid-April this year, April 17th to be exact, the tube park offers multiple lanes with sharp curves for banking, a covered conveyor belt for easy (and warmer) access to the top, a warming hut at the top, and a warming lodge at the bottom that sells hot cocoa to be enjoyed by a roaring fire as players warm up before heading back to the tubes for another go!
As we eek every last bit of fun out of the winter months, April weekends are for enjoying a taste of the cold and a preview of the summer with their Spring Bash & Splash! This free celebration of the season offers live music, cold brews, and some of the best food truck vendors in the county. The Big Wonderful Beerfest and Bluegrass event is scheduled for the first weekend in April this year, week 2 offers the Country Bash, week 3 is for our Retro Bash where guests are asked to wear costumes from their favorite decade and music of the 80s and 90s will be much appreciated, and the final week? This wonderful Bash & Splash comes to a close with a Beach Bash Splash! Offering Hawaiian shirts, tropical drinks, and a chance to catch some rays as you play in the last of the snow, it is also time for the SPLASH segment of Bash & Splash. Skiers schuss down a small slope and try their best to skim across the pond at the bottom, if successful cheers ring out through the air and if not? Well, it’s going to be a mighty cold rest of your day if you don’t bring a change of clothes! And yes, everyone is invited to try; are you brave enough?
May is Fishing Season
As the runoff from snow melting on the mountain fills the streams and rivers that dot the landscape of Winter Park and the surrounding town, fishing becomes a big deal once again! The Fraser River is home to Brown, Rainbow Trout, Brook and Cutthroat Trout with the best access areas being found along the Fraser River Trail (if not everyone loves to fish, May is a beautiful time for a hike along the river!) and regulations state that all Rainbow Trout must be released. A fishing license is required and can be purchased at many of our local sporting stores, including Winter Park Trading Company or it can be purchased online at https://www.cpwshop.com/licensing.page. And remember, if the fish are jumping but aren’t biting, the experience of sitting on the banks of the Fraser River with a pole in hand, a cooler at your side, and the Winter Park mountains standing guard in the background will bring peace and make happy memories. If you do catch your limit, chances are your Visit Winter Park Lodging seasonal sanctuary has a grill on its deck for optimum cooking enjoyment!
Stay in and Play
On the coldest days, you may find yourself more interested in staying home and exploring all the amenities found in our Visit Winter Park Lodging escapes. The Spring is a great time to go on a workcation to Winter Park so if you’re here for a workcation we have the lodging you’ll enjoy while you’re here. Offering rustic lodge cabin styles and modern amenities, guests can stay warm as they lounge near roaring fires, soak in the simmering bubbles of outdoor hot tubs, or enjoy family game nights at tables built for families. Fully equipped kitchens offer updated appliances so why not bake some cookies with the kids for a sweet treat they will never forget? Comfortable beds in tranquil bedrooms, spa-like baths, and a welcoming warmth that makes all who reside within feel treasured are hallmarks of a Visit Winter Park Lodging vacation home. Reserve your favorite today!