Just got back from Winter Park Colorado with my nine year old son, and it was the "best vacation ever" words from the 9 year old. Stuff to know: We stayed at Founder's Pointe. Great free shuttle into town. Although Winter Park Lodging told me upon booking that the heated under unit parking was included, the desk told me it was $14 per night. Might want to clear that up upon booking. The condo's were lovely. We went with a 1 BR suite. It was very spacious, but it was loud even though we were on the 5th floor away from the hot tub. Huge bath tub, which my tall son could not touch both ends at one time. Since the units are condo's you only have house keeping on the 3rd day. That was okay with me. We bought lots of food and drink in Denver and only ate out twice.
On skiing - get the kids a ski lesson, it is the best money you will spend. Depending on how athelic your kid is a half day might do. I was most interested in actually skiing with my child, so the faster I could get him up to speed the better. A half day worked for him.
On lift tickets - This was a tough one for me. King Sooper in Denver has lift tickets for Winter Park among other moutains, but during the high season, it only saved $5 per day for adults and nothing for children. I was told that there is a 4 day anytime pass that you can get for $150 you have to apply in person and you are suppose to be a Colorado resident. That was told to me by 2 locals on the lift. I do not have any more information about that. I ended up buying my tickets at the base of the mountain . If I had to do it again I would have bought the 4 out of 5 day ticket in advance. High season 12/19-1/4 is aptly named.
Skis rental. We rented at the base of the mountain. Also the most expensive place. I probably could haved bought skis for what I paid for 5 days. But we could store right there and didn't have to carry them back to Founder's Pointe where there are lockers for each unit.
One more thing about the condos. Each is separately owned, so you might want to ask about anything that you are interested in having. ie the one we were in did not have a VCR. but had 2 TVs.
Finally, check in is at 4:00. They were pretty strict on this point. It was difficult for the single mom, bc ski school was over at 3:00. It would have been nice for Founder's Pointe to maybe coordinate times, so that us single moms might have an opportunity to get into the condo while we still had child care coverage. On that point I think that they missed the boat.
Lastly - great restaraunts in town. Hernandos Pizza was one of the 2 places that we ate, Great Pizza and atmosphere - packed! but for good reason. The other place was Rosie's kitchen, also called the yellow house. It is very good for breakfast.
- Also Known As:
- Founders Pointe Hotel Winter Park