Winter Park Resort

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Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
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
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 22, 2017
RRyan
expert snowboarder
I have snowboarded my whole life and I keep getting drawn back to winter park. There is a very nice old mountain feel with Mary Jane having some amazing lines. Love it there. ... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 21, 2017
RFRob F.
expert skier
I grew up skiing here, this place is incredible! The Parsenn bowl almost always has a little powder to plow through. There are seven distinct different parts of the resort, so everyone can find what they're looking for. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 21, 2017
DCDustin C.
intermediate skier
Winter Park is a great place for your next ski vacation. Between all 5 territories there is definitely something for everyone, wether it's your first time or a seasoned veteran. There are a wide variety of lodging options that will fit just about any skiers budget. Make winter park your next ski destination! ... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 21, 2017
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder
Winter park is a fun place to ride. They keep runs well groomed, and there are plenty of sidecountry options. Great tree runs and a progressive terrain park make this one of my "go to" mountains. ... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 21, 2017
SGSalvador G.
intermediate snowboarder
I loved being able to visit winter park resort! Everything was fantastic, loved how close everything was. Even though it can be busy , everything flows easily which makes it easy to get a lot of runs down the mountain. The weather was beautiful and the snow was brand new powder !... More
Average!3.5 / 5Nov 20, 2017
PRPatrick R.
advanced skier
Winter park offers a great variety of terrain. The expansive territory makes allows it to handle large crowds easily. However, it can be difficult traversing from one part of the mountain to another. ... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 20, 2017
ZFZeb F.
advanced skier
Winter Park is an awesome mountain for those who want to get away from the 1-70 buzz. With most people driving right by the Highway 40 turnoff to head to Vail, Breckenridge, and Keystone, Winter Park doesn't get overly crowded and is big enough to keep the adventurous happy.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 18, 2017
COChris O.
expert skier
Great hill for the experts to enjoy. Also love the layout for large groups. The last couple years have taken a group ranging from first day on skis to over 500. We were never more than one lift apart easy for netting for lunch and changing duties from solo expert to tour guide. The private side of the ski school is excellent and town is family... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 18, 2017
CSCaleb S.
advanced skier
I went to winter park and had an awesome time. I was able to ski with a group of friends who were many different skill sets because the resort offered so many different runs with differing difficulties. And when we were done skiing, we decided to stay at winter park even longer cause of the amazing food and nightlife!... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 18, 2017
MAMichael A.
advanced skier
Winter Park/MJ has a spectacular diversity of terrain and caters to many skill levels. It is by far my favorite resort in Colorado because of the location and diversity. Plus, the views from Panorama Lift are spectacular! ... More

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