Colorado’s Winter Park-Fraser Valley Hosts Winter Park Snowfest, Jan. 21-23

Monday, December 27 2010 21:52   Winter Fun
Winter Park-Fraser Valley, one of Colorado's popular resort areas, is readying "Snowfest," the theme for the resort's annual winter carnival, will be held on Jan. 21-23, 2011, at various locations throughout Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.

Hosted by the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, the festival features everything "snow" including a parade and fireworks.

wintercarnivaldogThe winter festival is one of the resort's most treasured traditions. The event also celebrates one of Winter Park's most famous gals, Mary Jane, for whom one of Winter Park Ski Resort's most notorious mountains is named. This year's Mary Jane birthday bash includes free bump tips, a snow sculpture contest, live music, and a delicious après ski birthday cake.

The celebration continues into Saturday with a Main Street parade, fireworks in the evening, ZB's Excellent Snow Trek and family activities throughout the day. The popular ice sculpture competition returns this year at the Winter Park Resort and downtown Winter Park. Other festival features include Dog Days of Winter and the Chef's Cup Dinner and Dance.

Visitors are encouraged to make Snowfest the hub of their winter getaway by planning a ski vacation around the festival. Winter Park Ski Resort offers a number of vacation packages to help stretch the vacation dollar on a winter getaway. Visit  for a list of deals, or call (800) 979-0332 to customize a trip.

If you're not a skier, Winter Park-Fraser Valley offers mountains of options for off-slope fun.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort, which has been named the number one cross-country ski resort in the U.S., is located in the Fraser Valley. Other options include the YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch, C Lazy U Ranch, SolVista Basin, Grand Lake Touring Center and Latigo Ranch. Hundreds more miles of backcountry trails exist in the area's public lands.

In the northern part of the valley sits the town of Grand Lake, Colorado's snowmobile capital. Trails wind through the area's public lands and on frozen lakes. Speaking of those, ice fishing on Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Grand Lake and Wolford Mountain Reservoir is another option. For a real "ruff" ride, consider a dogsled tour with one of the local outfitters that offer unf

For a complete list of vacation ideas visit or call 800-903-7275.

The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.


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