Notes on logistics for Christmas 2015 stay around Winter Park.

Christmas day commute

Weather on Berthoud Pass can be substantially different that the surrounding area, and usually stays snow packed much longer than the I-70 corridor after a storm. A few flakes were coming down at the top. The weather in town was calm.


YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch is North of Tabernash/Fraser and South of Granby. In good weather, I timed door to WP chair lift (with free parking in Old Town) at 35 minutes.

4 adults in a two queen, two double bed (bunked) lodge room in Aspenbrook lodge. Private bath. No microwave, fridge, or TV in room. Wi-Fi was most excellent. Microwave, coffee, hot water in common area on entry level.

$240.46 for night of Dec 25 and 26 with Y membership discount; includes access to all the facilities and voucher for two to breakfast each morning. Right next to the cafeteria/dorm style dining hall that has a pretty good spread.

Jammin’ Man

Got in 2-3 hours by myself Dec 25 afternoon. Reasonably warm with some fresh in places.

Took the folks and sister out Dec 26 9am-1:30pm on buddy passes. High of 15F that day? Kept the slopes reasonably clear. 8 inches of fresh Dec 26 morning.

WP free parking

Previous to this, I had only ever parked (all free) and boarded at Mary Jane. What follows is more information on parking around the Winter Park side.

WP Resort Parking Areas.pdf mirror

Dec 25 showed up ~1pm, spots only out at the Bus Barn lot. Dec 26 showed up ~8:30am, few spots left in Lone Tree lot. Depending on how full the buses get the driver may just skip the rest of the Old Town stops and take your group in to the base area.

From the base area, the first stop is Blue Spruce, then Lone Tree. The Bus Barn is last.

One can walk, although the longest wait I had for a bus was 4 minutes.

Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco

Early dinner Dec 26 at Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco. Small place with a 15 minute wait when we showed up at 5pm (for 4 person table). Spots for 2 opened up faster. I had 3 shrimp tacos; 2 would be fine for a normal hunger level. This needs to be a franchise. Go there. Not saying anymore to set any expectations.

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