Winter Park Resort

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Jack Lee
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Jack Lee

Pros

  • Diverse terrain to suit different abilities, from groomers to powder bowls
  • Some of the best steep mogul runs in the country
  • Reliable snowfall, an annual average of over 320 in
  • Its location avoids the infamous I-70 traffic around Eisenhower Tunnel and beyond

Cons

  • Lift layout can be a little confusing
  • Base area lacks facilities and activities
  • Access via Berthoud Pass is challenging in bad weather

Overall

4.8

Colorado’s longest continually operating ski resort, Winter Park opened for business way back in 1940 and has been putting smiles on the faces of skiers ever since! Famed for its monster moguls, if you’re a fan of knee-shocking bumps the size of small cars then you’ll love it here, but that’s not all. The terrain on offer is vast, with a rare combination of very different types of trails. High alpine chutes and powder bowls, glade skiing and backcountry runs, secluded powder stashes and spacious groomers, all this and more makes Winter Park a truly diverse mountain. Skiers and snowboarders who want to get a taste of off-piste and backcountry style riding while still keeping within ski area boundaries should look no further than Winter Park!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to February

Locals here enjoy a wonderfully long ski season, the high elevation soon turns the peaks white once fall turns to winter. Generally, the slopes and lifts on the lower parts of the mountain are open for a full five months, sometimes even a little longer, from mid-November to late-April. As with all of Colorado, the best months for snow are January and February. It takes a big dump of powder before the expert-only terrain at the top of the mountain is ready to be shred, so if this is a big draw for you then time your visit during February. While weekdays can be surprisingly quiet, weekends can see droves of skiers and snowboarders from Denver descend on Winter Park, particularly during the peak season of December to February.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

DRIVE / SHUTTLE TO

Winter Park (2 hours)

Base of Winter Park (Walk)

  • Several lodging options
  • Quiet area, limited nightlife
  • High-end accommodation

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Winter Park (4-5 mi)

  • Cheaper accommodation than at the base
  • Range of dining, shopping and nightlife options
  • Shuttle to the slopes

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Old Town (1-2 mi)

  • Sits between base and town of Winter Park
  • Variety of accommodation from condos to rental homes
  • Shuttle to the slopes

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Fraser (5-6 mi)

  • Cheaper lodging than at Winter Park
  • Wide range of accommodation from hotels to AirBnbs
  • Has grocery stores and other outlets

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For beginners

The Winter Park Territory is best suited for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. There's plenty of terrain to work on your technique and control, however, the area does gets quite congested during busy season.

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For intermediates

Parsenn Bowl Territory is where the intermediates will want to go! Enjoy the 360 degree vistas atop the 12,000 ft peak before testing your limits on the blue runs here.

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For experts

For experts, head to the Mary Jane territory where the majority of the runs are black diamond. Only one run in this area is groomed so head off into the trees and enjoy the powder and pumps as you navigate down the slope. Our favorite here would be the High Lonesome Trail before veering right into the seemingly endless and well-spaced trees!

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Find freshies

For powder stashes head to Eagle Wind territory, it's difficult to access, which means its often last to be tracked out! Or check out Parsenn Bowl and The Cirque as well as Vasquez Ridge territory after a big dump. 

Ditch the crowds

Most of the family-friendly terrain is close to the amenities, so escape the crowds and head up the mountain to Parsenn Bowl, The Cirque and Eagle Wind territories.  

Non skiers

Non-skiers can try the old-fashioned thrill of tubing at the Historic Fraser Tubing Hill or the Colorado Adventure Park. The resort also offers dog sled, snowmobile and snowcat tours during the winter seasons.

Families

Winter Park makes for a great skiing destination if you're after a quiet family getaway. Most of the family-friendly terrain is close to the the amenties in the Winter Park territory but if you're a family of intermediate skiers and snowboarders, you'll have tons to explore!

Winter Park Resort vs
Winter Park ResortArapahoe Basin
beginner24 %10 %
intermediate37 %30 %
advanced34 %37 %
expert5 %23 %
total runs153 109
ski area3,081ac 960ac
summit elevation12,060ft 13,050ft
total lifts25 8
child lift ticket$10 Free
adult lift ticket$119 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall246″ 179″

Winter Park Resort Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 81 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Average!

2.3 / 5

Feb 21, 2018
RLRene L.
beginner skier
Winter Park used to be a great place for beginners to ski, but not anymore. The beginners slope, and magic carpet area, known as Sorensen park is no longer open to the public, except between 15h30 and 16h15, which is not worth the trip, or the price of renting ski's. It has now been taken over by the ski-school, like a bunch of thugs. When my... More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
TMTravis M.
intermediate snowboarder
Winter Park is a great resort that has much to offer skiers and snowboarders of any ability. Winter Park side has many runs that suite beginner to intermediate skill levels along with world class terrain parks if you feel daring. And Mary Jane is awesome if you wanna get away from the groomers and tackle trails and tree runs that are more suited... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
DWDaniel W.
advanced skier
WP is a fantastic resort and my personal favorite in Colorado. They have a ton of runs and cater to every level of skier. When The Cirque is open, you're able to ski down steep terrain and end in great tree skiing.... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
TBTanner B.
advanced skier
I spent a day up here with a friend as my first time skiing in Colorado. I’ve been skiing since a kid and stopped in college and I’m making a comeback! Winter Park was great and I really enjoyed myself. My brother also came by and had to do a rental. He had a really good experience and the service was very helpful and quick. I also had a wax and... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
ECEduardo C.
intermediate snowboarder
For my first time parking was somewhat difficult to get to, staff was very friendly plenty of snow and a bunch of the lifts were open as well which was very nice, because it is mostly residence and or people at the hotel that go there it wasn't very crowded so access to the lifts was very quick. There was an abundance of Backcountry terrain for the... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
MCMichael C.
advanced skier
Winter Park is one of my favorite resorts in Colorado. They have great terrain for any type of skier or snowboarder. My favorite part of the mountain would have to be the Mary Jane side. It's for more advanced and expert skiers or boarders but they also have some blue runs for the intermediate. Winter Park is definitely a place to check out!... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
JJohn
expert skier
Winter Park is my favorite mountain with in an hour of Denver. The resort is split into two sides. Winter Park which is great for beginners and families. With great runs named after Alice and Wonderland characters. Mary Jane is the other side, with free lift side parking, the best moguls in the world, and epic tree skiing. ... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
If you know of Winter Park you probably know of Mary Jane, and if you haven't been that's where you should go. The place is large and if you explore you'll be able to get away from the crowds. Trees are good but tight in some spots. The village area is pretty chill with a lot of great food options. The town has a lot of great options and if you... More
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
SZSam Z.
expert skier
Such a variety of terrain and great lift system. Perfect for a long stay. Our accommodation was really nice and easy to walk or catch the free shuttle around town. ... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
DEDerek E.
advanced skier
I am a huge fan of the Mary Jane side of the mountain. If you get there early enough for the closet lot, you can easily swing by the car between runs, grab snacks, let the dog out to run, enjoy tailgait beverages, anf enjoy some fabulous vibes!... More
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