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Winter Park

Winter Park Ski Resort Guide

Winter Park, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,680m
Resort Height2,740m
 Nearest AirportsDenver International and Steamboat Springs
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Winter Park

A world-class but unpretentious resort offering excellent skiing for all abilities. Excels in kid's programs and disabled skiing as well as all other more usual skiers needs. It may be reached from Denver by a unique (in Western US) ski train. In 1997 - '98 Winter Park introduced the Vasquez Cirque terrain of 435 off-piste acres with a mix of steeps, glades and natural terrain variations. In '99-'00 the Zephyr Mountain Lodge was completed offering the first ski-in, ski-out condominium lodging at the resort. The first phase of the village at Winter Park, the ZML has 230 condo units, a retail and rental shop, restaurant, mercantile, liquor store, and coffee/martini bar.


The American ski resort of Winter Park is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 2,740m.

Winter Park has direct access to 134 marked pistes, served by a total of 22 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,740m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,680m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Winter Park?

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Ski Area Stats

Winter Park Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Winter Park Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,680m
Lowest Piste2,740m
Resort Altitude (Winter Park)2,740m
Max Vertical940m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Winter Park
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Winter Park Overview

A world-class but unpretentious resort offering excellent skiing for all abilities, Winter Park markets itself as 'Colorado's Favourite' on the grounds that more residents of this great skiing state ski and board here than at any other resort. The resort records on average one million skier days each season, it appeals to many because it falls comfortably between the exaggerated genuine Old West charm portrayed by some Colorado resorts and the glitzy over-the-top image at the other extreme, Winter Park just seems real!

The resort believes its success is due in part to its ten year snow record which is the best in Colorado. This, combined with the resort's proximity to Denver - it's the closest major resort to the capital, only 90 minutes drive, or two hours by ski train - and its status as one of the biggest ski areas in the state, also help.

Major changes at the turn of the century saw the construction of a long-awaited base village. However, the ski centre's traditional 'resort base' - the friendly and unpretentious towns of Winter Park and Fraser a few miles from the slopes remain a focus of the resort's off-slope facilities. Winter Park also has a particularly strong reputation for its kids', women's and disabled skiing program.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Hole In The wall'.


Winter Park's terrain offers skiing and 'boarding for all ability levels, radiating out from the base. Beginners are especially well catered for with Groswold's Discovery Park over to the right as you reach the base of the slopes. It's a huge fenced in area of gently sloping but interesting terrain especially for them. Intermediates have the most to enjoy of all - with long fast cruises like Cranmer and Mary Jane Trail, always perfectly groomed. It's also one of the few resorts to offer bowl skiing especially tailored for intermediates, rather than experts, in Parsenn Bowl.

Although Winter Park already had a good reputation for expert level skiing on its notorious Mary Jane mountain, it has recently added much more. In the late 1990s the resort introduced the Vasquez Cirque terrain of 435 off-piste acres with a mix of steeps, glades and natural terrain variations. This area was extended with a further 252 acres of steep and deep terrain - the total now is 687 acres. The newest section includes trails with names like Alphabet Chutes, Shadow Chute and Belle Fourche stretching northwards from the entry to the Cirque. To reach this pristine terrain skiers and 'boarders have a 30 minute hike.

The Winter Park Ski and Snowboard School has a vast array of tuition options on offer - many of them very innovative. The First Tracks private lesson starts at 8am and gives you access to the freshly groomed slopes before the lifts open. Or for $200 plus lab fees you get a three hour private session in 'The Performance Lab' where a 'biomechancial assessment' of your ability and equipment needs is carried out on and off the snow. Additional lab fees may be required to cover the cost of canting and foot beds if they're required.

Cross country skiers have 200km (125 miles) of trails in the vicinity - primarily at the nearby Devil's Thumb Cross Country Center and the YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Although the resort has a reputation for wide open cruisers and deep powder stashes on Mary Jane mountain, Winter Park Resort continues push the envelope through its progressive design of its five terrain parks. Rail Yard, the largest of the five, features Dark Territory, home to the biggest and best features of all five terrain parks. This controlled access park requires a special pass, onetime viewing of a tutorial video and an additional fee. Dog Patch, Dog Patch East, Kendrick and the Starter Park are the area's beginner to intermediate size terrain park's and are excellent for those looking to develop and perfect their freeriding skills.

Winter Park's super pipe, measures 450 feet in length, with walls up to 18 feet high - large enough to hold nationally ranked freestyle competitions. The resort's snowmakers and groomers work together to create jumps, ramps, winding gullies and treetops for big air thrill seekers in the Rail Yard Terrain Park.

Tuition is offered with courses tailored for all ability levels from beginner to pro by the Ski and Ride School. There is also a Snowboard Series of contests staged at Winter Park allowing amateurs the chance to compete in halfpipe and rail jam competitions.

Location and Map

Where is Winter Park?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Colorado.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Winter Park is Denver International, 120 minutes drive away.

Steamboat Springs, Vail/Eagle, Yampa Valley, Colorado Springs and Laramie airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts are able to uplift 35,030 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 45 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Winter Park open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Winter Park, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Winter Park Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Winter Park

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Aprés Ski

Of the 40plus bars and restaurants around Winter Park, the majority are concentrated along the high street through the centre of the town. However the dramatically remodelled Club Car, located at Mary Jane base, is a popular first stop for the crowds coming off the slopes to exchange tales of the day's excitement, it has been completely overhauled recently.

Away from the slopes, Smokin' Moe's plays host to regular live blues entertainment and features some great headliners like Tab Benoit is what keeps the crowd jumping. Deno's Mountain Bistro rocks from cocktail hour to the wee small hours with its sports bar ambiance. The Pub is a long-time favorite for late night crowds and Buckets does double duty nightlife with a lively laundry, bar, video games, and lots of activity. The Grand County Blues Society brings big-name blues artists to local venues; check the local newspaper for dates and time of these and other live music shows.

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