Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably noticed I was skiing in Winter Park Resort over the weekend. Believe it or not, this was my first time ever skiing, so I had very little idea what to expect. I ended up having an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back again!
We stayed at Winter Park Resort and I was very impressed by the resort experience. Because everything was within walking distance, we didn’t even rent a car and just ended up walking everywhere! If you’re planning a ski trip in the future, I highly recommend Winter Park Resort. Below are a few things we did and thoroughly enjoyed during our visit.
SHOP THE LOOK
I can’t speak highly enough about the ski lessons at Winter Park Resort. To be honest, I was terrified to ski for the first time, so Mark signed us both up (even though he’s skied before) for the all-day class. We spent the morning going over the basics, aka putting on your skis, standing up, stopping, etc. and then actually hit some small slopes in the afternoon. By the end of the day, I was shocked at how much I’d learned and felt super comfortable on the snow. I even went down some green runs with Mark by ourselves once the class was over.
Because we weren’t signed up for ski lessons until day 2 of our trip, Mark and I spent the first day exploring. To help acclimate ourselves to the elevation, we decided to go tubing. I’d been snow tubing once before and it as just as fun as I remembered. Mark also made sure to wear the GoPro Hero 5 I bought him for Christmas, which made for some really great video of us flying down the ice.
I was so surprised to see how hungry I got during and after skiing. Not only did we eat plenty at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Mark and I definitely grabbed a snack every afternoon too! There were many restaurants we loved in Winter Park Resort, but my favorites were Goody’s Mountain Creperie (we ate here three times!), Vertical Bistro and The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro.
ENJOY THE FACILITIES
Mark and I travel a lot, but we tend to take weekend trips, which means we spend most of our time exploring. Because we had four full days for this trip, we were able to spend more time relaxing, which was amazing. We stayed at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge and loved it! The condo we stayed in had a full kitchen, fireplace (that got a lot of use!), multiple televisions, a living room and the cutest outdoor patio. Although we never used it, our building also had two outdoor hot tubs, which looks incredible! And maybe my favorite part of Zephyr Mountain Lodge was the ski in, ski out capability. I can’t tell you how nice this is. Lugging around skis and poles in heavy snow boots is hands down the worst part of skiing, so eliminating this was wonderful.
EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS
My favorite part of skiing was all the beautiful scenery. Living in Texas, I don’t see mountains… ever. So being up so high in the snowy mountains was such a cool feeling. Because I was still learning to ski, Mark and I spent all of our time skiing, but there were snow boards, snowmobiles, sleds, etc. that could be rented. The runs were really easy to navigate and made exploring fun.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESORT
There were so many things we didn’t get to do on our trip that I want to check out when we come back again. Winter Park Resort offers morning yoga, fun games like broomball, ice skating, rock climbing and zip lining. I think it would even be fun to come back during the summer to take advantage of hiking and other warm-weather activities.
If you’re planning a trip to Winter Park Resort, I’d love to hear from you and am happy to answer any questions you have. And remember, if you’re a new skier, if I can do it, you can too!