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Vacationing in Winter Park   by Jennifer Weiss

Located in the Colorado's Northern Rocky Mountains, Winter Park is one of the most popular ski destinations in the country. The towering mountains frame this majestic city and call out to visitors who simply cannot ignore the allure of the stunning slopes and soft powder. A vacation in Winter Park can be filled with more than just skiing, so get out there and experience all this beautiful area has to offer.

Skiing at the Winter Park Resort is easy since visitors can hop aboard the Ski Train that takes visitors between Denver and Winter Park and drops them at the base of the resort. Upon arrival, visitors will be stunned by the sheer monstrosity of the mountain and all that lies before them. There are 134 runs, spread over 2,886 skiable acres, that are mostly geared towards intermediate and expert skiers. However, if you are a beginner, there is also an entertaining snow tubing area where you can get more thrills without the utter fear of cascading down a slope that is too difficult for you.

Winter Park is rightfully considered one of the best places in the state to ski or snowboard since it consistently receives more of the powdery white stuff than other resort in Colorado. For those who can handle a more difficult slope, the possibilities for excitement are endless on the five mountains that offer distinct trails, runs, and exceptional views. Whether the challenges of Vasquez Cirque, Vasquez Ridge, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl, or Winter Park are more your pace, you will never have a dull moment traversing this difficult and spectacular terrain.

For an off the beaten path adventure, get pulled through Winter Park's stunning landscapes behind a team of huskies on a dog sled ride. Heading through the wilderness of the Fraser Valley area, visitors are invited to view the Continental Divide, the Winter Park Ski Resort, and surrounding peaks. You will weave in an out of dense forests at speeds reaching up to 20 miles per hour as you experience a true and memorable wilderness adventure.

If you can't quite seem to shake your need for speed even after cruising down the mountain, consider a snowmobile tour that covers 100 miles of maintained trails in the Arapaho National Forest. A guide will lead you onto powder snow as you soak in breathtaking views and search for the random moose. You will cover more terrain and be able to enjoy the ride and the experience without worrying about safety and any situations that can arise on the trails.

Winter Park is a city filled with fabulous outdoor amusements that will make your heart beat a little faster and your body a little colder. After a long day out in the cool winter air, retreat into consider Winter Park vacation rentals for a relaxing evening surrounded by all the amenities of home.

A roaring fireplace awaits when you step into your rental and invites you to kick back in silence or relax in a comfortable chair while watching your favorite show or team. Enjoy a leisurely evening in your spacious rental home or head out to one of the nearby restaurants where you can re-energize for another demanding day on the mountain. No matter what kind of vacation you are looking for, a Winter Park condo, house, or chalet has everything you need to realize the most relaxing, enjoyable trip possible.

About the Author

HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Winter Park vacation rentals for your next trip to Colorado.

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