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FREESKIER's Elevated Après Tour rattled through Winter Park, Colorado last night, bringing together tons of excited skiers and mountain town inhabitants at Deno's Mountain Bistro. Winter Park Resort and the surrounding Berthoud Pass backcountry were skiing phenomenally thanks to the upwards of 30 inches of snow Mother Nature dropped in the past week. The Winter Park ski train, transporting skiers from Denver's Union Station, had its first operating day of this season, also bringing in hordes of ski enthusiasts. The stellar conditions were evident by the grins plastered on each and every person in attendance.

The snow began to fall right as the drinks started flowing.

The gracious staff of Deno's—which has been supplying the town of Winter Park with top-notch food and drink since 1976—offered all night happy hour specials to keep the party rockin'. The talented local DJ dished out beats that had hips gyrating, feet stomping and fists pumping. The vibe was electric.

Deno's Mountain Bistro was a top-notch venue.

This lucky lady took home a bunch of schwag.

This guy was quite stoked on his raffle win.
VIPs in the house.
Happy partiers.
Cheers, folks!
The beats were bumpin'.

At frequent intervals throughout the night, incredible ski gear was given away to eager party goers, including a Marmot outerwear kit, Marker helmet,MSP Films "Ruin and Rose" dvd and a pair of brand new, Pabst Blue Ribbon branded Lib Tech skis. 

New coat, boom!

PBR skis, for the win.
One lady thinks she's won.
But it's this guy that takes home the big prize

Next week, the Elevated Après Tour rumbles through Sun Valley, Idaho, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Big Sky, Montana. Join us if you're in the area, you won't regret it.

Ski, Eat, Sleep and Discover in Winter Park

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Best groomer run: The runs of Stagecoach and Sundance in the Vasquez Ridge territory offer great high speed fun in an area that many of the crowds avoid. Sleeper, located on Mary Jane, is shaded much of the day, offering cold, chalky snow. To test your mettle, head to the Mary Jane Chutes or grab a $20 Cirque Pass and ride the sled out to Winter Park's backcountry-esque, big-mountain arena, The Cirque.


In town, it's tough to beat Dino's Mountain Bistro. Its rustic interior is reminiscent of its roots as a stage coach stop, but the cuisine is anything but outdated. The wine list is vast and the meals range from delicious steaks, to salmon dishes, pork, creative appetizers and more. At the resort, a stop-in at the Club Car at Mary Jane is always a good choice, or you can grab margaritas and tacos at Lime in the Winter Park base village.


The Vintage Hotel, situated at the entrance to Winter Park, is the classic lodging choice at the resort. With 114 rooms ranging from studios to suites, you can't go wrong at the Vintage. Many more accommodations ranging from hotels to condominiums exist in downtown Winter Park, too.


Off the hill, there's plenty to experience in Winter Park. If your muscles are sore from tearing up the slopes, hit the Bella Vita spa on US 40 downtown. The Fraser Valley Rec Center offers a pool complete with water slides for those looking for a bit of a thrill, too. The Foundry Cinema & Bowl is also a fantastic place to go bowling, play pool and catch a flick. Oh, and it has a full bar, too.