Winter Park Stats: 25 Lifts, 153 Trails,
summit elevation 12,060',
Since 1939. Winter Park Ski Photos
Winter Park is Colorado’s oldest resort, since 1939, and it continues to be a
playground for skiers and snowboards – especially big for bump lovers. Winter
Park Resort is quite convenient from Denver - a 1.5 hour drive from Denver over
scenic Berthoud Pass, which makes it a popular day trip from Denverites. But
Winter Park also offers a nice base village and a cool western downtown making
it a worthwhile ski destination and often more affordable than
Winter Park is big, 3,078 acres of skiing served by 25 lifts in seven unique
“territories” all interconnected as one big resort. With two separate base
areas, Mary Jane and Winter Park, you can start your day at either. The
slopeside village is at the base of the original - Winter Park. This Intrawest
designed village has a Mountain Adventure Center, Children’s Programs, ski shops
and slope view dining at Doc’s.
The other base, Mary Jane is where mogul skiers and locals gravitate, parking
lot C being the tailgate party place après ski on spring days. Mary Jane is
bump skiers's heaven at Winter Park, and part of the legend that is Winter Park. While
Mary Jane sounds tame, its named for the prostitute who “serviced” the men
during the railroad construction here (she made enough money to buy a large
land here). So that dispels the myth, Mary Jane was not named to reflect
Colorado’s liberal marijuana laws and dispensaries.
There is much more than bumps to skiing at Winter Park. Panoramic for example is
the highest six pack lift in North America at Winter Park's 12,060’ where you
will find all above tree line snowfields in Parsenn Bowl that drops into snowy
glades back toward Mary Jane. From the Parsenn Bowl summit to The Cirque is all
double black diamond steep – a snowcat picks you up to access this wilder high
elevation ungroomed headwall, a fun adventure for advanced and expert skiers.
Otherwise, there is nothing super steep at Winter Park, in fact there are
plateaus and very gently pitched terrain throughout the resort, especially
Vasquez Ridge, Olympia and Pioneer. Eagle Wind has some pitch and earthy glades
served by a triple. The Front Side, the original Winter Park with the first
trails in 1939, has good pitch on typically well-groomed trails descending
toward the village which is served by another six passenger high speed lift –
Ski in to lunch at Winter Park’s beautiful Sunspot Lodge at 10,713', for table
service and a view of the Summit County peaks. The buffalo chili in a bread bowl
is great with a local micro-brew, and spectacular views of the Rockies in all
directions, by the big fireplace centerpiece.
Winter Park is more humble, less fancy than Aspen and Vail.
Winter Park is known for hosting fun family events from après ski bonfires to
snow cat dining at the Summit, and the best torchlight parade on Christmas Eve.
There is also a great learn to ski program and kids camp, and Winter Park has
one of the largest adaptive ski programs anywherer. The Village at
Winter Park has several large ski in ski out properties at The Zephyr Mountain
Lodge, Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe. Families will find lodging deals
here and you can walk to ski school in the heated pedestrian plaza, plus après
ski at restaurants like Doc's and Derailers, and ski shops.
Or stay in downtown Winter Park for more options and value, just 3 miles to the resort via
car or free shuttle. The Trailhead Inn has been completely remodeled (formerly
the Olympia) with modest comfortable rooms, an indoor pool and hot tub. From
here you can walk the sidewalks to shops and restaurants, to Volario’s just over
a covered bride, for wonderful Italian, and Vasquez Cafe for breakfast lattes,
delicious frittatas and baked goods on your way to the slopes. Winter Park even
has staples like McDonalds and Subway – with attractive western architectural
improvements, and plenty of ski shops and necessities. The Ranch House at
Devil’s Thumb gets a local thumbs up for rustic steaks and sleigh rides, as does
Gasthaus Eichler for Austrian fare in an alpine setting.
If you love mogul skiing, big mountain skiing variety, and a family friendly ski
atmosphere with altitude but without attitude, then ski Winter Park. You
can include Winter Park with a ski visit to
Steamboat. Both are in our Top 10
Colorado Ski Resorts.