Guys, Get Away to Winter Park-Fraser Valley -- Area Rich with ‘Mancation’ Ideas, Including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, Mountain Biking and More

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Father’s Day is the perfect time to remember the extraordinary men in our lives. Do something extra special for dear old Dad this year – treat him to a Winter Park-Fraser Valley guy getaway. From fly-fishing to mountain biking, golfing and water sports, Winter Park-Fraser Valley is a ‘mancation’ Mecca!

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Father’s Day is the perfect time to remember the extraordinary men in our lives. Do something extra special for dear old Dad this year – treat him to a Winter Park-Fraser Valley guy getaway. From fly-fishing to mountain biking, golfing and water sports, Winter Park-Fraser Valley is a ‘mancation’ Mecca!    

Boating
Grand Lake, the largest natural body of water in Colorado, provides plenty of scenic shoreline to keep guys occupied. Fishing, boating, water-skiing and sailing are all available throughout the summer and fall.

Biking
Winter Park and Fraser Valley’s 600 miles of bike trails have earned it the nickname, “Mountain Bike Capital USA™”. Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park, with 33 miles of gravity-fed trails, is the fastest-growing bike park in the United States. The Olympia Express and Zephyr Express lifts operate during the summer to allow bikers to access trails from the top of the mountain.

The SolVista Bike Park, located near Granby at SolVista Ski Basin, offers mountain bikers of all levels professionally designed trails. For additional information about the park (named “Best Mountain Bike Park” for 2010 by Denver’s Westword newspaper) and upcoming races and events, visit http://www.bikesolvista.com.

For men that enjoy a little competition, Winter Park-Fraser Valley’s summer biking events include Epic Singletrack Series at Trestle Bike Park, Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend, Crankworx and Colorado Crooked Roubaix.

Fishing
There are several guided trips for every type of fisherman. Cast into the world-class waters of the Colorado River (which originates in Grand County, home to Winter Park-Fraser Valley) or the Fraser River (which was President Ike’s favorite!). Either way, your guy is in for a “reel” treat and fish tales for miles! Visit http://www.playwinterpark.com/activities/fishing for a list of shops that can provide information on guides, flies, equipment, maps and expert advice. For a unique gift idea, consider getting Dad a fly rod and reel or a gift certificate for a guided trip, where he can book the date that works best for him.

Golfing
Gentlemen and golfing go hand-in-hand. Winter Park-Fraser Valley is home to four spectacular courses that wind through the high alpine peaks between Grand Lake and Winter Park. All of the courses – Headwaters, Pole Creek, Grand Lake and Grand Elk – are near one another, offering the unique opportunity to tee up at multiple courses in the same day. As an added bonus, Winter Park-Fraser Valley has what is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful “19th Holes,” nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. Head there after golfing for an invigorating hike or a scenic drive.

Hiking
Hiking is one of the most tranquil ways to experience the beauty and vastness of Winter Park-Fraser Valley’s wide open spaces. There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore – 600 to be exact. Hikers may enjoy scenic strolls, rigorous day hikes or multi-day treks. Download the Official Mountain Bike and Trail Guide to Winter Park and The Fraser Valley. (Please note: these trails are multi-use for hikers and bikers.)

Rafting/Kayaking
Whether you’re a man who prefers a mild or a wild water ride, Winter Park-Fraser Valley has just the ticket. Take a scenic float down the Colorado River, which originates in Grand County. Or, get your adrenaline pumping with a raft or kayak trip down the class IV rapids of Clear Creek. Click here for a list of rafting and kayaking outfitters.

Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 67 miles west of Denver.

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