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posted by: on: September 23, 2018
 hot air balloon and blue sky

Image taken by: Aaron Burden


Colorado, the sportsman’s (or sportswoman’s) paradise! Home to beautiful mountains, an abundance of wildlife, and incredible adventures, Winter Park, Colorado, is a quaint little ski town you won’t want to miss. With a base elevation of 9000 feet, the crisp mountain air feels surreal and refreshing, and puts you in the mood for exploring hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, and of course, snow activities! It also helps that Winter Park boasts scenic views on the drive in, and all throughout the area, highlighting all the fall colours aglow. Whether you are here for the first time or the fifth, we promise this alpine adventurer’s paradise will have you coming back for more!


14th Annual Business Expo

If you are into mountain life, outdoor adventures, and bringing the best quality products to a like-minded audience, then Winter Park and Fraser Chamber’s 14th Annual Business Expo is the trade show of the season for you! This year, they have moved to a new, convenient location - Headwaters Central, right off Main St! This whirlwind event will be happening from 4:00 until 6:30 pm on October 17th so hurry and get your membership!


Grand Nordic Swap Event

To prepare for the coming ski season, The Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa, located just 15 minutes from our hotel, is hosting their Grand Nordic Swap event, happening on October 26th. If you find yourself wanting new ski gear, but on a budget, bring in the old and come out with new (to you) gear! There’s free admission too, so make sure to leave lots of room in the car for new goodies!


Hot Air Ballooning

If you’re in the mood for a thrill that’s easy on your sore muscles from the day’s activities, you’ll definitely want to hop onto a Hot Air Balloon! Grand Adventure offers amazing morning ballooning adventures, with up-close-and-personal views of the Rocky Mountains and wildlife, a complimentary champagne toast, launch photo, and more - a perfect way to make any day special. It’s also rated as one of the top ten ballooning adventures in the US according to Fodors, and with a perfect safety record too! Definitely an unforgettable experience!


To wrap up the adventure, we highly suggest taking a relaxing soak in our luxury hot tub, planning your next day with our onsite ski and bike rental shop, and catching up on your social channels with our complimentary wifi. We are also proud to say we are ADA-compliant, to provide reliable and accessible services and guest rooms for our differently-abled clients. We hope you choose the best option money can buy at Best Western Alpenglo.


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If you love art and you love the outdoors then the Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair is for you. Coming July 14 & 15 to Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park, the 45th annual Alpine ArtAffair is sure to be a spectacular show.

This juried art show is a not-for-profit event. It’s run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who love bringing art to the community. Admission to the weekend long event is free and all ages are welcome. No matter what your art preferences, you’re sure to find something of interest here. The show will feature artists who work in a wide range of mediums including, photography, jewelry, metalwork, painting, glass, wood, and mixed media.

Also at the event will be Hawk Quest Birds of Prey, a number of community organizations, music, food, and children’s activities. Booth and artist application fees for the event go towards supporting scholarships for local students and towards local schools and the arts community.

The window for applications to be an artist at this year’s Alpine ArtAffair has closed, but you can still come out and support this incredible event by being in attendance. The show runs from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and 9am to 4pm on the Sunday. Come down early and make a day of it. You don’t even have to grab breakfast before heading out, as the Lions Club is putting on a pancake breakfast on both days.   

If you’re planning on being in the area and are looking for affordable accommodation in Winter Park, Colorado, then you should definitely have a look at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge. Our downtown location will have you close to all the ArtAffair action and since we’re right on the Winter Park Resort shuttle route you can catch a free ride up the hill for some outdoor adventures too.

The sun is out and temperatures are warming up, but that doesn’t mean the season is over! Spring skiing is the perfect way to roll all your favourite activities into one: shredding down the mountain, après ski, hanging out on patios, live music, and so much more. Winter Park Resort presents
Spring Bash + Splash in April with a ton of events to make the end of the ski season magical.


March 31-April 1 is for the kids! All day Saturday and Sunday kids can join the fun on the Duel Obstacle Course or try their best at the 5k Hippity Hops snow race. On Sunday, be on the hunt for Easter eggs and check out the Golden Bunny Kids’ Race.


On the first full weekend of April (April 7-8), be sure to check out TheBigWonderful weekend, a festival featuring beer, live bluegrass music, and a one of a kind market. The base of the resort will be full of fun activities, vendors, and beer samples all weekend long. There will also be family-friendly activities available so everyone can join in on the fun!


The second weekend of April is Beach Weekend, 2 tropical themed days of fruity drinks, ukeleles, and maybe a pool floatie or two! Catch the High Noon Duel with skiers and riders performing their best tricks in their craziest Hawaiian shirts, and then make it down to the base for another live concert to cap off the day.


April 21-22 is Throwback Day, so dig up your wackiest 80s clothes or coolest 90s outfit and hit the slopes looking like something out of a time capsule! Saturday will feature a scavenger hunt, bounce castle, and face painter, plus another live concert to keep the good times going. Sunday is the annual Spring Splash presented by Monster Energy, where from 12-3pm you can watch skiers and riders whip over and around obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course and then attempt to skim across an icy pond to the finish line. Quite a splash indeed!


Like we said, there are so many incredible events at Winter Park this April, so even if you can only make it for a short while, you can still experience the awesome fun of Spring Bash + Splash! Best Western Alepnglo Lodge is conveniently located at the resort base so you can easily check out all that this month long event has to offer. See you there!

posted by: on: June 18, 2018

WINTER IS COMING. In Game of Thrones, that sounded threatening. In Winter Park, Colorado, that sentence is SO EXCITING. One of Colorado’s premier ski locations, Winter Park is fun the whole year around, but we wouldn’t be called WINTER PARK if we weren’t looking forward to snow! Get ready to come on up and get your ski or board on!



Like the calm before the storm, the moment of anticipation before everything changes, the Winter Park Ski and Board Swap is the best way to get set up for the winter. Returning to Winter Park for its 33rd year, the Ski and Board Swap is the ideal way to get kitted out for the upcoming season. Come on October 13 for a special “Sneak Peak” night for only $5, or come for free on October 14! Either way, this your chance to get started with skiing or snowboarding, or upgrade your gear, for cheap. Bring the whole family, try on some winter jackets, and enjoy a hot cider!



Nov. 15 is when the slopes open! OMG OMG we can’t wait! Don’t miss out!



A relatively new tradition in Winter Park, the Holiday Market is two days that will fill you with holiday spirit!  Taking place on November 25 and 26, Winter Park resort fills with vendors selling goods and holiday treats that will warm your hands and belly, this is the perfect complement to a day on the slopes! Even better, come on the 25th for the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.

When you visit Winter Park, stay in affordable luxury by booking a room at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge. Featuring unbeatable prices in a central location, you can also enjoy our 14 person hot tub after a long day of shredding powder! Reserve your room today