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Help required:Shopping in Winter Park!

post #1 of 6
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Hi, I'm arriving in Winter Park from England this Saturday.

I was wondering if there were any locals, or others who just know the town well, who can give me some advice.

I need to purchase some fairly decent "Walkie-Talkies" for general mountain use, and was wondering if there is a best place to buy them from. You know what I mean, knowledgeable shop assistants, or just the best deal. It maybe there isn't anywhere specific, but any help would be greatly appreciated, as I would hate to buy from the first store I see, only to find they are cheaper somewhere else, and i've been ripped off !

By the way, we have a week at Winter, then a week at Copper, can't wait as we haven't skied since Feb last year !! How's the conditions ?

Many thanks, ( a very excited !) Sutts
post #2 of 6
"The town" is really very small , so your better choice is to stop in Denver and pick them at local "Best Buy" for $30 - $60.
Is Winter Park really popular in UK? We were there last April and I remember many people with British accent around. I talked to one guy on the lift and he mentioned it is cheaper to fly to WP than Europe?
Have fun! I am sure you would like WP.
post #3 of 6
Welcome to Winter Park. I'll be up at Winter Park on Saturday too! However, I'll probably either be teaching or taking a clinic. You'll hear plenty of British accents in our ski school. Winter Park however is very small and you won't have much of a selection and the prices will be higher. Go to Alco in Fraser if you need general items.

If you are renting a vehicle and driving up here are some suggestions:

Stop at the Youngfield exit off I-70 in Denver/Lakewood/Golden area. Visit the following three stores.

King Soopers. Buy your food and lift tickets here if you don't already have them with a package deal. This goes on the assumption you are getting a condo. Get a Sooper Card and you'll save money on the groceries immediately - it's free. Stop by the Customer Service Desk at the entrance.

Wal-Mart. You have to drive a little east on Youngfield to get to it. It's just east of King Soopers. While you won't find knowledgeable electronics people here you can find decent Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies for about $60.00 or something similar.

AppleJack's. The largest liquor store west of the Mississippi River. Not to be missed. Stock up on alcohol here. They have one fine selection of beers and tequila at the lowest prices in the Denver Metro area. Caution - they do not take credit cards. They only take cash or checks. Buses headed to Vail stop here often. It's right next to the Wal-Mart/King Soopers.

Conditions right now - really decent but, we could use some snow up there. It's coming this weekend, again. For the sixth straight weekend in a row.:
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for replying. We have our transfers laid on, so we won't be renting a 4x4, however I will check out your recommendations when I arrive.

Is WP popular with us Brits? I guess so, as it's easier for us to fly direct to Denver now. We went to Steamboat in 2004, but had to change plane in Atlanta, add the 3 hour transfer, and that's a long day! It was great though!
As WP is very close to Denver it gives us a good oppourtunity to try Colorado without too much travelling. However, I very much doubt it's cheaper to fly to than Europe! I would say Vermont would be the resort most Brits try first, due to the relatively short flight time to Boston.
We (two couples) only ski the U.S / Canada now, boy, am I glad this year more so, due to the conditions in Europe (it's been a bit of a lottery).
As an overall package we find it much better value.

We have Utah, Montana, and Tahoe on our list as possibles for next year!
If you want to see everything you have to travel huh?

Regards, Sutts
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Originally Posted by wireless View Post
Is Winter Park really popular in UK? We were there last April and I remember many people with British accent around.
I have noticed many from the British Isles at WP. Have had some great conversations while riding the lifts.

Sutts,

There is a Christy Sports in Cooper Creek Square. If they have walkie talkies, they will be as cheap as anyplace in town. I am not sure how you are getting to WP from the airport, but there is a Wal Mart at the Evergreen exit on I-70. It is a quick off and on. They will sell them there as well.
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wireless, daysailer1, matt7180

Many thanks for the info guys !! Looking forward to a great vacation !!

Sutts
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