This year, our Colorado high county experienced back to back storms in October that quickly delivered more than 40 inches of heavenly powder to the slopes of Winter Park Resort (WPR). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of scientists who use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to monitor weather patterns estimate the Grand County area will remain warmer this winter but will continue to have more precipitation in the weeks and months to come. Taking full advantage of the weather conditions and they’re $4 million improvements to their snowmaking system, WPR had their earliest season opening to date. Divine supreme to the ears of skiers and snow rider crusaders.

But what is one to do if they tire of the seasonal sports or just loathe mucking around in the cold wet white stuff? What’s a parent to do when restless children want something else too? The Foundry Cinema and Bowl in Fraser may just be a fantastic solution.

The Foundry, as the locals call it, is a 16,000 square foot indoor playground for all. It has two impressive, state of the art HD cinemas. For small towns like Winter Park and Fraser, it delights customers with the latest movie releases for adults and children alike. On occasion, the theater has special events including televised sporting games on the big screens. Both cinemas have oversized stadium seating with ample legroom and stow-away tables.

Why do the theaters need tables? Because the Foundry also has a kitchen that offers a decent menu with a tasty variety of appetizers like chicken drummettes, cheese curds, chips, and salsa. The calorie-conscious have a good selection of salads and lite fare to choose from. The restaurant is also a good lunch and dinner spot. They offer hearty sandwiches, brats, and burgers. Did we forget to mention pizza? They have a terrific selection of freshly made pizzas that can be enjoyed in the theaters, dining and entertainment sections.

Customers who overindulge can work off meals with some good old fashion bowling. The Foundry has eight Brunswick lanes that meet USBC standards for league and tournament players. Don’t worry if you’re a little bit rusty or have never bowled. You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the sport. The bowling alley welcomes newbies and is very family and group-friendly, often accommodating private bowling parties. Arcade games are another option for those who enjoy a different type of play. The Foundry boasts a full bar that adult patrons, moviegoers, foodies, and bowlers can all enjoy. Customers can order their favorite, beer, wine or well drink from a notably stocked bar.

Full bar, restaurant, movies, arcade, and bowling. What more could the Foundry possible offer their customers? While it may be a bit odd to add as an attraction, guests must check out the lavatories. A true work of modern-day art. Art deco subway tiles, Marilyn Monroe and funky pink neon lit sinks are all part of the eclectic décor.

Tracy Navarrete