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Winter Park Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Winter Park and connected Mary Jane offer skier and snowboarders a great variety of terrain, and amenities. Close to the city of Denver, yet off of the major highways, Winter Park is a great alternative for those looking to avoid the crowds of Summit County. From the wide open bowls in the Vasquez Cirque to the leg-burning moguls at Mary Jane, every ability of skier and snowboarder will be able to have a great time at Winter Park. Skiers and snowboards can also experience one of the coolest Colorado ski experiences, taking the Winter Park Express train from downtown Denver.

Mountain Overview

Winter Park has two connected mountains that are served by separate base areas. The Winter Park base serves a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Families and beginners will love the separated learning area off of the Gemini lift. The Olympia and Pioneer chairlifts meanwhile provide lots of good intermediate terrain, with some advanced runs for those looking to step up their skills. The Dark Territory terrain park is also located on this side of the mountain. While it is often overlooked in favor of the nearby Breckenridge and Keystone, Winter Park has some very fun terrain park setups.

Mary Jane, meanwhile, has terrain that advanced skiers will love. Maryjane is know for these black diamond runs that are not often groomed and are usually filled with top-to-bottom moguls. Between these runs, the trees of Mary Jane often hold hidden powder stashes longer after storms.

High up between Winter Park and Mary Jane is more extreme terrain and great powder skiing and snowboarding. Parsenn Bowl is an awesome area for intermediates and advanced riders who want to get a taste of Colorado’s wide open bowl skiing. The Cirque has the most challenging terrain at Winter Park. Out here expert skiers and snowboarders will find steep chutes, cliffs, and bowls.

Mountain Stats & Winter Park Trail Map

A Basin Trail Map

 Total Skiable Acres3,081 Beginner Terrain 8%
 Base Elevation 9,000' Intermeidate Terrain 18%
 Summit Elevation  12,060' Advanced Terrain 52%
 Vertical Drop2,220'Expert Terrain 3%
Total Lifts25 Average Annual Snowfall348"

Travel Information & Directions

From Denver, Winter Park is a 90 minute drive, following much of the same route to Breckenridge and Keystone. However, Winter Park is located to the north of theses Colorado ski and snowboard areas, over Berthoud Pass. The pass can have extremely hazardous driving conditions, so make sure to be prepared with a proper vehicle. Beginning in the 2016-2017 Winter, the Winter Park Express train will run for the first time in years. Bringing skiers and snowboarders to the slopes from downtown Denver via rail. This is a classic Colorado skiing experience, and one that is not widely found in the United States.
Travel Resources:

Travel Directions to Winter Park
Winter Park Express Train

Winter Park Lodging Information

Winter park has great options at the base area village, the town of Winter Park, and the town of Fraser, a 15 minute drive from the mountain. The Winter Park Mountain Lodge is a great option for skiers and snowboarders on a tight budget, it’s also right across the street from the ski and snowboard area. On average, lodging at Winter Park is cheaper than neighboring ski and snowboard areas.
Winter Park Lodging
The Winter Park Mountain Lodge

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Local Food Picks

Winter Park has many dining options at the base area village, as well as on the mountain itself. These are nice places to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the slopes, or stopping for lunch. In the town of Winter Park, The Spot grill is a tasty place to grab food after a long day skiing and snowboarding, try out the various kinds of sliders and you won’t be disappointed. Fraser Valley Hot Dog is another great way to wrap up a day on the slopes, it’s small, but the Chicago style dogs are great.
Winter Park Dining:

On Mountain Dining
The Spot
Fraser Valley Hot Dog

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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Winter Park?

While Winter Park ski and snowboard lift tickets certainly are not cheap, they are slightly less expensive on average than nearby Breckenridge and Keystone. Children and seniors are eligible for discount lift tickets. Buying Winter Park lift tickets online in advance can help save some money, too.
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Winter Park Weather & Snow Conditions Information

On average, it snow 348” every winter at Winter Park, that’s 29 feet of snowfall. This means that the ski and snowboard resort can open in November most years, and stay open into April. Unlike some Colorado ski and snowboard areas, where much of the advanced and expert terrain is above treeline, Winter Park has a lot of great terrain in the trees. This awesome tree skiing and snowboarding means that there is plenty of terrain to explore when snowstorms or wind make for low visibility up on the high alpine terrain.
Winter Park Conditions Resources

Winter Park Ski Report

Proximity to Denver and fewer crowds than nearby resorts make Winter Park one of the best family ski and snowboard destinations in Colorado. Just because it is family-friendly, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t great terrain for experts and powder hounds, with The Cirque and Parsenn Bowl. The laid-back feel makes for a great time, and a good option for skiers and snowboarders looking to visit Colorado.

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Discover Seasonal Kids Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Bringing the kids out to Winter Park and don’t want to spend time getting fitted up for rentals? Here at evo we know how much better time spent on the slopes is than time spent picking up rental gear. That's why we've created our seasonal kid's ski and snowboard rental program. They offer kids full season use of skis, boots, and poles or a snowboard, boots, and bindings. Put the era of long gear rental lines every weekend behind you! Learn more:

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