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150 Alpenglow Way
Winter Park, CO 80482
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Overview by Nathan Borchelt and Claire Walter

Winter Park, the closest ski resort to Denver, has long had the reputation as Colorado’s favorite ski area. It's understandable that lucky locals who have the best skiing on earth on their doorstep appreciate a ski area with grandiose and varied terrain, constant upgrades to lifts and day lodge facilities, consistently good snow, exceptional children's and beginner facilities, and moderate prices. And the fact that it’s not on most tourists’ radars makes the resort all the more of a treasure.

Think of Winter Park as three mini-resorts in one, with three main peaks to choose from—but the overall experience is best described as no-frills fun. Winter Park has the biggest supply of green, blue, and black trails; Mary Jane sports a huge stash of ultra-steep black bump runs along with Parsenn Bowl via the Timberline Lift. The latter is an above-the-treeline realm with wide-open blue and blue-black runs that feed into a bounty of tree skiing with pines sparse enough for even novice glade skiers and boarders to link their turns. Mary Jane’s summit also links up to Whistlestop and High Lonesome, two green trails that beginners can cruise for 2,200 feet. And if your skill levels register on the other end of the spectrum, there’s Vasquez Cirque, 435 acres of expert-only terrain—just take Timberline to the top, hike it to one of five extreme headwalls and chutes, and keep the cursing to a minimum. Tree skiers typically gravitate toward the lower region of Parsenn Bowl or the stretch of pines between Drunken Frenchmen and Outhouse, which offers tighter turns, provided it’s not skied out.

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Price
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Average Snowfall
354 Inches
Skiable Acreage
3081
Vertical Drop
1700 feet
Terrain:
8% beginner, 17% intermediate, 19% advanced, 56% expert
Number of Runs
143
Number of Lifts
25
Season
Mid-November to April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Winter Park

Current Conditions:
Fair, 56 F
Forecast:
Mon - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 69 Low: 51
Tue - Thunderstorms. High: 66 Low: 51
Wed - Thunderstorms. High: 59 Low: 47
Thu - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 64 Low: 49
Fri - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 66 Low: 48


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Last Updated: April 28 2014 05:01 PM

Traveler Reviews of Winter Park


Laura rates Winter Park
Winter Park has everything you want in a ski resort. It`s a favorite of Coloradans as well as out-of-towners and has a good vibe that caters to both types of people. It doesn`t feel touristy, but if it`s your first time to the area people are very welcoming and it`s easy to get around. Prices are decent-- though it was a steal ten years ago! It will only take you about 1.5 hrs to get there from most areas on the front range (Denver). The slopes are always great, and there are plenty of trails to choose from for every level of skiier or snowboarder. Great warming houses too. There is one on the mountain where you can opt to serve yourself or eat in their sit-down restaurant, ski boots and all, which is surprisingly well-priced. The base has a great little coffee shop as well. You can stay at the resort base, or venture into the town of Winter Park just down the road, where you will find a good variety of restaurants, bars and B&Bs. It`s definitely for those that want to experience a real homegrown Colorado ski town.
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