Almanac: The Waiting Game


Population 615

Elevation 9,000 feet

Average Price of a Single-Family Home In Town $399,000

Average Price In County $242,000

Tax On Homes 9.74 assessment rate; 50-70 mill levy; or $2,289.92/town and $1,532.10/county

Main Business Tourism

School Population 1,250 (East Grand School District)

Local Ski Area Winter Park Resort; 3,060 vertical-foot rise; 2,886 skiable acres; 365 annual inches; season pass, $750; lift ticket, $54; buddy passes, $995 for four people, or $248.75 per person.

Best Local Event The Dole Spring Splash (April 22) is a wacky, end-of-season bash where contestants in outrageous costumes try to ski across a pond.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants Gasthaus Eichler for discriminating diners who appreciate the value of impeccable food and service. Fontenot's Cajun Cafe for Bayou spiciness (with blander alternatives for the non-adventurous). The Last Waltz for hearty breakfasts and Mexican specialties. A congenial atmosphere makes The Kitchen a great place to enjoy a long breakfast.

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Deno's Mountain Bistro draws mainly the over-40 crowd. The Slope hops après-ski, and the Winter Park Pub is the hot spot for the 20- and 30-year-old crowd, who enjoy the sociable atmosphere and delicious bar food.

Best Places To Stay Arapahoe Ski Lodge (800-754-0094) is a cozy, traditional lodge with dining room, lounge and indoor spa. The Vintage Hotel (970-726-8801) is located near the Winter Park base area and offers full-service resort accommodations. Distinctive Homes of Winter Park (800-638-3213) will put you in only the finest private residences with all the amenities. Winter Park Resort Central Reservations (800-729-5813; can get you into a condo or hotels.

Don't Miss A $5 snowmobile tow ride from the top of Parsenn Bowl to Vasquez Cirque.

Chamber of Commerce Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, 970-726-4118;