Winter Park Resort

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

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.


Denver International Airport


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.


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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall246″ 179″

Winter Park Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 81 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Oct 30, 2017
SOSteve O.
If you like to spend most of your time on the skiing/snowboarding while on vacation (not looking for great lodging or nightlife options), Winter Park is a fantastic ski resort! The mountain is HUGE and terrain is extremely varied - with lots of slopes for beginners to experts. Winter Park is also the ONLY ski resort in North America where you can... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 26, 2017
Great mountain! Tons of steeps on the Mart Jane side. Take the cirque cat out to some nice side country stash. Plenty of cruisey blues on the winter park side. A little something for everyone.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 23, 2017
Best value anywhere .. period! FREE (kids) season pass! with an adult season pass .. around $400. Ridiculous.! Convenient access off I40 from DEN,super nice people, and amazing variety of ski terrain. Towns nightlife .. ehh .. but options keep getting better year after year. Definitely more of a family ski area not a party place like Vail;... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 23, 2017
JSJason S.
I have been visiting Winter Park with my family and friends for several years now and every year gets better. We typically go late March or the beginning of April and there is always plenty of snow. It's a perfect ski resort for family's.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 23, 2017
SMTScott M T.
Winter Park/Mary Jane is a true skiers mountain. In my opinion, the best tree skiing in Colorado lies within these slopes, especially after the clearing beatle kill trees. If you are looking for groomers, or hike-to terrain, this mountain offers it all. Oh, and it's all about the skiing (have I mentioned that yet) no glam.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 22, 2017
DPDavid P.
Winter Park is a short drive from Denver, probably the closest out of all major ski areas. I prefer the Mary Jane side of the mountain for tree riding and amazing view from the top of the panoramic express lift. The base of the mountain has decent apres and dining but they're not as high end nor as many bars and restaurants to choose from as there... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 21, 2017
JSJohnathan S.
This is a great resort for families. It has a lot of runs that are good for beginners, but it also has tons of great runs for more extreme skiers and boarders. When someone ask me which resort to go to when they are bringing first time skiers with them, I always recommend Winter Park. It is one of the closest resorts to Denver, but you do have to... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 21, 2017
CRChandler R.
This was the first ski resort I ski at and I've Fallin in love with it. I've gone back every year for the last 3 years and I absolutely love it. Mary Jane is the best of all time!
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 19, 2017
MRMatthew R.
Winter Park Resort is a one of a kind resort that epitomizes Colorado skiing and riding. Weather you are a novice, or an expert, from back country riding, to many world class terrain parks, WP has it all. With a town that also offers many lodging options and wonderful restaurants and entertainment spots WP will never disappoint.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 19, 2017
AHArtie H.
Great access from parking lots to lifts. Fun terrain at the top of the mountain and tons of bumps on the Mary Jane side. Good trails for beginners as well.

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