Congratulations to the U-12 Grand County White Tigers. Champions of the Front Range League"

Congratulations to the U-12 Grand County White Tigers. Champions of the Front Range League”

Fireside Market Eatery Opening

The new, upscale grocery store in Winter Park is just about ready to open it’s doors, with staff members busily working to get the finishing touches completed. As you enter through the main doors, you are greeted by a coffee bar, featuring Dazbog brand coffee, to the immediate right, with fresh produce straight ahead. As you scan the store’s layout, you’ll note the store aisles are not only numbered, but also named for local ski runs. The store maintains an outdoor lifestyle theme throughout, and, the aisles are filled with a wide variety of food brands as well as sundry items, making it a one-stop shop for most anything needed.

The front of the store features an indoor/outdoor gas fireplace and a food-court style dining area. Visitors will have a variety of menu items to choose from including fresh sandwiches, soups, salad and pizza.Store Director, Nathan Svoboda, stated, “We are hoping to open Friday, if all comes together.”

One of the store’s future goals is to offer a frequent shopper card.  The card should be available late spring or early summer 2018. In the meantime, you can subscribe to their weekly shopping deal emails by logging on to

The store’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 14th.

Funky Fraser has the Artist Touch

You may notice a new face on the Snow Plows in Fraser once the snow starts to fly! Fraser’s own Public Arts Committee (PAC) painted a couple of snow plows utilized by the Public Works Team with some cool murals depicting the character of the Fraser Valley.  Also Fraser Valley Elementary School’s Art Department is currently working on painting two more of our snow plows for snow season! This has been a great way to show off some of the local talent from some of our upcoming artists!

Since the plows were in need of a paint job anyway, according to town Manager Jeff Durbin, “We were thrilled to pay for just a little more paint to add a cool, artistic touch to our snow plows and keep this fun Town program alive.” The Town would like to give a huge thank you to the PAC and the Fraser Valley Elementary School Art Department for making this happen and helping keep Fraser funky!

Winter Park Council Budget Talks

The Winter Park Town Council approved an ordinance appropriating additional sums of money to defray expenses at the November Meeting and plan to hold a public hearing regarding the ordinance at the regular meeting on Dec. 5th. The additional funding would be in excess of the original amounts budgeted and appropriated in the 2017 budget. The ordinance would offset the original budget figures not in original appropriation.  The capital projects fund, building services fund and employee benefit fund are all exceeding budget expectations.

What the Dickens Caroling Group at Winter Park Resort Tree Lighting Ceremony

What the Dickens Caroling Group at Winter Park Resort Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Winter Trail Grooming Agreement Approved

At the November 21st town council meeting, The Town of Winter Park approved a new contract with Mountain States Snowcats to provide additional trail grooming services this winter. The company has been providing services for the Fraser River Trail and Hideaway Park for years.  The new agreement calls for grooming twice a week for 20 weeks, and is expected to cost the town $18,500 with the addition of Leland Creek.

Headwaters Center Signage Plan Approved

On Tuesday, November 28, the Town of Winter Park’s Board of Adjustment approved the plans for signage at the new Headwaters Ecology and Conference Center. The dimensions of some of the requested signs and banners were outside the Town’s code. Representatives from Vogel & Associates provided background details for the proposed placement and usage.  The development team discussed some of the aspects of the multi use facility and reasoning behind the extensive signage plan, and, with consideration given to the structure’s size and agreement to several conditions, the Board approved the Plan with stipulations. More details can be found on the Town’s website:

31st Annual Progressive Dinner

On Wednesday, December 6th, the Friends of Grand County Library invite you to enjoy a four-course meal and wine, followed by after dinner drinks on one of two routes. The progressive dinner is a fund raiser for the Grand County Library District and has been a much need source of funding for the districts 5 libraries. The event sells out each year and  The Blue Bus Route (sold out) starts with hor d’oeuvres and wine at Vertical Bistro & Tap; Soup/Salad at the Creekside Cafe at the Crooked Creek Saloon; entree and wine at Tabernash Tavern; and, dessert at Carver’s Bakery Cafe. The Orange Walking Route starts with hor d’oeuvres and wine at Idlewild Spirits Distillery; Soup/Salad at the The Peak Bistro and Brewery; entree and wine at Fontenot’s Fresh Seafood & Grill; and, dessert at Leo’s Kitchen. Both routes finish the evening with after-dinner drinks at Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse & Saloon. To reserve your spot, visit