Winter Park Resort opens for summer activities on June 14
Winter Park resident Taylor French is looking forward to Winter Park Resort opening this weekend.The people around here have been telling me its a lot of fun, he said. I wont make it this weekend, but at some point in the near future Ill head over there Im looking forward to it.He plans on taking friends who come to visit for a ride on the scenic chair lift.That chair lift is going to be awesome, French said. The alpine slide will be perfect for those people that need a little adrenaline.The resort officially opens for the summer on Saturday and will host the first race in its 16th full season Winter Park Mountain Bike Race Series (story, page 11).The series is known as the largest of its kind in Colorado. The first race includes a grueling 5.3 (mile) non-technical hill climb from the base of the resort to the top of Mary Jane Mountain, according to a press release from the resort.This is our shortest race, but its all up hill, said John Nolting, Competition Center director. You start at the base and ride to the top of Mary Jane.Anyone can participate in the races, he added.Lots of people get prizes and recognitions, Nolting said.A free Family Plaza Palooza, featuring face painters, caricature artists, balloon artists and jugglers, also will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.People can buy tickets for activities separately, or purchase an all day pass, for $49. The pass gives individuals unlimited access to Colorados longest Alpine Slide, mini golf, Zephyr Express scenic chair lift, human maze, outdoor climbing wall, GyroXtreme and Leaps & Bounds Bungee. Four Passes also are available for $129 at available Front Range King Soopers for a savings of $16 per person.Winter Park Resort is open seven days a week from June 14 to Sept. 1, with extended weekend operations from Sept. 6-21. Ticket windows open at 9:30 a.m., and activities are available starting at 10 a.m.For more information about Winter Park Resort, call (970) 726-1564 or visit http://www.winterparkresort.com. For more information about the Mountain Bike Race Series, call (970) 726 1590 or visit http://www.epicsingletrack.com.
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