Winter Park Resort

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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″ 180″
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Winter Park Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 83 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

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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
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 17, 2017
BKBrady K.
advanced snowboarder
Absolutely love Winter Park. It's not far from Denver which makes a day trip up the mountain easy. There's plenty of skiing for all levels of skiers. If you know where to look, you can always find fresh powder! Love Mary Jane with all her great tree skiing, you could make laps on the same line all day and never get bored!... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 17, 2017
JAJustin A.
intermediate skier
One of the best resorts I have been to. They have everything and a large variety of trails that all ranges can ski on. The only problem may be the parking which is a little difficult to find or is far away.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 17, 2017
TPTimothy P.
advanced skier
I enjoy our trips to winter park every year. There are a large number of well priced resorts to choose from. Also being able to catch the train from the airport all the way to the resort is so convenient. Never a bad time. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 13, 2017
DWDave W.
intermediate snowboarder
Winter park resort is great for all skill levels and ages. It's very easy to navigate. I first came out here 4 years ago and feel in love. Some of the best side mountain terrain I've found. People think its a small resort but we're almost the same size as Vail. Even on a crowded day you can still find powder staches if you know where to look. I... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 12, 2017
JMJames M.
intermediate snowboarder
I really like this resort because they also have a disabled ski program that allows disabled young adults, adults, and children to have the opportunity to ski or snowboard which is something they might have now been able to other wise . ... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 10, 2017
BHBenjamin H.
intermediate skier
Winterpark offers a really nice experience as a destination resort. One of the closes resorts to Denver. My partner and I stayed at the then new Zephyr Lodge. It was very cozy, and easy walking distance to the lifts. Snow quality was good. The resort does have a lot to offer for everyone. However, I might not return because a large portion of... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 08, 2017
CRConnor R.
expert skier
The most consistent resort in Colorado and possibly the nation, been to 15+ resorts in 6 states, and honestly I'll always come back here if given the choice, ESPECIALLY on a powder day! Snows more here than Summit County and obviously has the classic Colorado champagne powder, but the snow conditions stay consistent even when it hasn't snowed in... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 07, 2017
NHNick H.
advanced skier
Winter Park is the best resort within a 2 hour drive of Denver. Less time spent on I-70 compared to Summit County. Best snow quality and most powder days in Colorado. Love the Mary Jane side - great parking, drinks and above all challenging terrain.... More

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