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
  • Winter Park Resort base area lacks facilities and activities
  • Access via Berthoud Pass is challenging in bad weather

Winter Park Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Zephyr Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £2,684
Winter Park Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
6% off £2,144
Fraser Crossing / Founders Pointe
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £2,509

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Overall

4.8

Colorado’s longest continually operating ski resort, Winter Park Resort 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 Resort 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 Resort!

16/17 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 Resort, 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 Resort (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 service to the ski resort

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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 service to the ski resort

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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 favourite 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 Resort 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 USD (£8 GBP) Free
adult lift ticket$119 USD (£92 GBP) $100 USD (£77 GBP)
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 105 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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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

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Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsTory F.
intermediate snowboarder
Winter park has a lot of affordable hotels right off the mountain, tons of different runs so you will never get bored. AND it’s a short ride away from Denver which is perfect for a weekend getaway.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsZada H.
advanced skier
The first mountain in Colorado I ever skied! It was breathtaking! I enjoyed how some of the runs had an “Alice in wonderland “. The summit was incredible! Definitely a great mountain!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 04, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsD.
advanced snowboarder
Winter Park is probably one of the most family-friendly resorts I've seen. that being said the Winter Park side is little flat for my taste but that's what the Mary Jane side is for, real fun. And sore knees. Honestly I could do with less Moguls. The views from pano lift are some of the best in Colorado ski resorts I've been to. Parking is free... More
Average!3.3 / 5Nov 04, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsPatrick P.
beginner snowboarder
WP and all its glory are the reason and first resort I started boarding. I am going to learn to ski here too(at 27 yrs old and never done it yet.)... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsWill G.
advanced skier
Winter Park is the perfect place for the family or diverse group of skies and snowboarders. There is a littlet something for everyone... From the cruisers to the extreme at Mary Jane.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsSamantha C.
beginner skier
I learned to ski here many years ago! I have fond memories of working up my courage to graduate from the green runs to go above the tree line to the bowl. My dad and I took the ski lift up while it was dumping snow! So much fun. Can't wait to go back.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsSholom W.
intermediate skier
Went for the first time last season. I live how it is in middle of the mountains. The drive getting there is very scenic and the slopes are fantastic. If you love tree runs go to winter park, you will not be dissapointed.... More
Superb!5 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsRoger A.
expert skier
Winter Park is Colorado's Favorite for a reason. It's on land owned by city of Denver and has a rich history as one of the first Colorado ski areas because it was accessible by train -- and at least for this ski year 2019 will be accessible by the Winter Park Express Ski Train, operated by Amtrak. (It's a three-year contract for operation with... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsMatt D.
expert skier
Family friendly resort near Denver with good snow and plentiful expert terrain. There is a direct train to Denver for easy access and plenty of hillside accommodation and dining. Brand new gondola and many fast lifts.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Awesome! Winter Park has so much to offer for everyone. My favorite territory is definitely Mary Jane which has more than meets the eye. Every time I ski here I find something new and challenging.... More

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