Winter Park Resort

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Winter park resort
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.
Airplane

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

Car

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

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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

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

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

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Have your say on Winter Park Resort
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
MAMichael A.
Amazing resort and even better skiing! Started going here with my family 15 years ago and now my friends and I go yearly. Close to Denver and not a bad drive from DFW area. Great value on lift tickets and a lot of mountain to ski.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
CMCorbin M.
My 3 friends, brother and I had stayed at one of the lodges close to the base of the resort,the service was great the staff was very friendly with the questions we had, the snow and runs were very fun to ride and the environment was just breath taking, I would recommend Winter Park to any style of Rider.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
DMDaniel M.
Winter Park has a good variety of runs and terrain. The lifts get you to the runs ina reasonable time. The restaurants offer good choices in convenient locations. I also like that they are on the East side of the Eisenhower Tunnel. It takes less lime to get back to Denver on Sunday afternoon because of its location. I always have had a great... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
JJason
Winter Park is a great, varied mountain, but it’s proximity to Denver makes it crowded fairly often. The new pass structure may make that even worse. It’s a fun town, and you should check out Mary Jane while you are there.
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 28, 2013
BBrian
I really enjoy Winter Park due to the vast number of trails between Winter Park and Mary Jane. Everything that I want to do is within walking distance (or a quick shuttle ride). There are availble shuttles to take you from lodging to the mountain. Lodging and dining is plentiful and diverse. It is just a great get away. Lastly, it is not overly... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 25, 2013
JJason
family friendly, And you get a true since of being in a remote mountain town yet your only 45 minutes from Denver. Also they are investing alot of money into Winter Park but the prices are still the cheapest around.
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 26, 2013
BBrent
Winter Park is great for family skiing. Mary Jane provides more challenging skiing when you're skiing with your buddies.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 10, 2013
PPhil
We were there during one of the busiest days of the year and never waited long on a lift line.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 05, 2013
KKay
Snow conditions (usually LOTS) and ski-in/ski-out lodging at more reasonable price than other resorts.
Superb!

5 / 5

May 04, 2013
VVal
winter park is a great place to ski. something for every level and the scenery is absolutely spectacular. if you want it to snow while you are at a resort it is a good place for it to happen.
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