Winter Park Resort: Panoramic Express Chairlift now open
Skiers and snowboarders could have an additional 100 acres to cover at 9 a.m. today with the opening of the Panoramic Express Chairlift, said Jenn deBerge Winter Park Resort communications manager.The opening of the lift is weather dependent, she said.The Panoramic Express is North Americas highest six-passenger chairlift. Once the lift is operational it will give riders and skiers access to the top of the mountain. As of Thursday, the resorts Web site reported that it has received 98.8 inches of snow, with a summit depth of 45 inches.This weekend, Winter Park Resort kicks into holiday gear with a full line-up of events. A complete schedule of weekend activities include:Event ScheduleSaturday and Sunday, December 20 – 219:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: US Freestyle SelectionsThe biggest names in freestyle skiing are at Winter Park Resort for the United States Freestyle Mogul Selections. Watch as these amazing skiers compete to garner a coveted spot on the United States Ski Team and possibly secure Olympic status. Competition runs will be held on the Ambush course, visible from the base of Winter Park. All events are open for public viewing, free of charge. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Surefoot Colorado Ski CupWatch as the Rocky Mountain’s top male and female qualifiers battle it out on Winter Park Resort’s high-speed Super G course, located on the Hughes trail in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup. 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Pictures with Santa in the new Village GazeboThere is still time to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Swing by the Village Gazebo and get your picture taken by Sharp Shooters. All Day- Huge Sales at Winter Park Resort Retail and RentalAll retail locations have this years soft goods discounted between 20 to 30 percent off, all new skis and snowboards have been reduced an additional 20 percent, and all retail purchases of $20 or more include free shipping to anywhere in the continental USA. Saturday, December 20 only1:30 3 p.m.: Washboard Annie in the VillageWashboard Annies back and better than ever. After an aprs drink at Docs or Starbucks head outside and listen to Washboard Annie as she strums some of your all-time favorites.5 9 p.m.: Dinner at The Lodge at SunspotJoin us at The Lodge at Sunspot for a five-course dinner which begins with a moonlit gondola ride that whisks you to the top of Winter Park Mountain for an authentic Colorado cuisine your sure to enjoy. Call 970-726-1446 for reservations. 5 9 p.m.: Snow Cycle ToursGuests are breaking out the snow-cycles, donning head lamps, and heading out on the hill for an exhilarating three hours of night time snow fun. It’s the perfect activity to see the mountain in a whole different light. Tours are three hours and include instruction, a guide and use of a snow-cycle. Beginner and intermediate level tours are available. For reservations, call the Winter Park Ski & Ride School at 970-726-1554.Sunday, December 21 only1:30 – 4:30p.m.: Christmas CarolersKeep an eye out for Christmas Carolers as they stroll through the Village and the base of Winter Park Resort singing traditional Christmas songs. For more information on the above activities and events contact the Guest Information Hotline at (970) 726-1564. For the latest in snow and trail conditions, visit http://www.winterparkresort.com.
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