Winter Park rolls out red carpet for new Lunch Rock |

Winter Park rolls out red carpet for new Lunch Rock

Hank Shell

Lunch Rock is once again open for business

Winter Park Resort celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art facility on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

“This building and the dedication of the people who put this together, it’s unbelievable that this could get done,” said Thomas Marano, the new CEO of Intrawest Resort Holdings Inc., which owns Winter Park Resort.

Representatives from Winter Park Resort, the Town of Winter Park, the U.S. Forest Service, the Town of Fraser and others were present for the commemoration.

“178 days from start to completed construction, and in a 16,000 square-foot building, that’s pretty amazing.”
Gary DeFrange
President and COO, Winter Park Resort

“We’ve done everything in our power to be good partners with the resort and I think the results speak for themselves,” said Winter Park Mayor Jim Lahrman. “Secondly, I think I’d really like to congratulate the staff on this beautiful amenity. We really appreciate as a community the time and energy and effort that staff put into this building to get it done on time. It speaks worlds to our guests.”

Lunch Rock, nestled at 11,200 feet, sits at the confluence of three lifts and sports breathtaking views of nearby Parry and James peaks.

The new $8.5 million building boasts a new restaurant and bar, as well as a number of amenities and accents that reflect the history of Winter Park Resort.

The resort began demolition on the old Lunch Rock building on April 21. The former building had 40 indoor seats and 50 outdoor seats. Its new counterpart has 250 indoor seats and 150 outdoor seats on a 2,300 square-foot heated patio.

“178 days from start to completed construction, and in a 16,000 square-foot building, that’s pretty amazing,” said Gary DeFrange, president and COO of Winter Park Resort.

Englewood-based Calcon Constructors completed the building.

Constructing the new facility came with its own set of challenges, including running 7,000 feet of sewer line from the Lodge at Sunspot to Lunch Rock to replace the old septic system.

Crews used dynamite to displace rock for the line.

environmental, historic motifs

The inside of the new facility has a rustic, industrial character, with a number of environmentally minded accents including repurposed beetle kill wood and reused snow fence from Wyoming.

“From an environmental standpoint, we spent a long time making sure that we did all the right things,” DeFrange said.

Many of the accents are meant to pay homage to the resort’s history. The High Craft Bar, which serves a variety of drinks and craft beers, sports a surface made of reused boxcar floorboards, which reflects the importance of the nearby railroad to the resort’s history.

A footrest that runs the length of the bar is made from the High and Lonesome lift’s original cable.

The Winter Park Weld Shop constructed the tables and many of the custom metal fixtures in the building.

The restaurant serves a variety of Colorado-themed fare including soups, sandwiches and pizzas, all made in-house.

“It’s just an incredibly good menu,” DeFrange said.

Tech-savvy skiers and riders will appreciate that the building is Wi-Fi equipped, and there are ample outlets for charging electronic devices.

“We’re very proud of the building,” DeFrange said, “and we’re very proud of everybody being here.”

For more information about the new facility, visit

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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