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
Winter Park Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
67% off $366
Zephyr Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
41% off $1,065
Fraser Crossing / Founders Pointe
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $1,670

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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 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 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 Free
adult lift ticket$119 $100
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 93 reviews

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Average!3.3 / 5Mar 22, 2019
SHStephen H.
intermediate skier
Pretty darn good. This particular REVIEW tool, however, is crap. Why 30 words? Dumb. It makes me rate 1-5 stars for areas I never dealt with, so instead of saying "N/A" I have to give a totally un-founded answer.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsRobby S.
expert skier
I love Winter Park! Best trees and moguls in Colorado. You can get out of a ton of i70 traffic as well. It's a little far from other resorts if you're trying to ski more than one mountain.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 27, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsJeff S.
expert snowboarder
A great variety of terrain and plenty of secret stashes to discover. There are interesting things happening with the lifts including a brand new gondola from the base. Definitely worth checking out.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsZain S.
intermediate snowboarder
Winter park features many great tails and open space for showers and snowboarders. It offers restaurants at convenient locations to stop for a quick snack or drinks. The view is beautiful from the top of the mountain and offers great terrain for intermediate skiers and boarders... More
Average!3.5 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsJimmy C.
advanced skier
The most epic resort ever! Even though since this is where I live I may be a little biased. A little difficult to get around if you don’t know the mountain, but awesome terrrain and always a place to find untouched powder stashes 3 days after a snow. They are putting in a new gondola which will make it so awesome to take the lift ride up.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsChris F.
advanced skier
Winter Park (and Mary Jane) is a great resort just a bit off the I70 stretch. The structure of the mountain lends itself to family areas and more expert areas separated from each other, but still traversable. Some positives of the mountain include: long runs, great variety of terrain, terrain parks, moguls, and cruising groomers. The resort... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsGabby D.
advanced snowboarder
Best tree skiing I’ve ever done! Anyone who wants to master the trees, winter Park will bring Any beginner to an advanced rider in a matter of days in the trees. They are perfect for anyone who wants to get their feet wet and play around without risk of major injury. There are so many varieties too! From pretty open trees to super tight ones, this... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 06, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsConcierge Choice L.
expert snowboarder
Winter park has great Terrain. An average abundance of snow and cold weather to keep the snow nice. The Jane has the bumps The Parkside is better for beginners and novice. Great steps if you want to do a little bit of hiking. I can't wait to check out the gondola.... More
Average!2.3 / 5Mar 04, 2018
RLRene L.
beginner skier
Winter Park used to be a great place for beginners to ski, but not anymore. The beginners slope, and magic carpet area, known as Sorensen park is no longer open to the public, except between 15h30 and 16h15, which is not worth the trip, or the price of renting ski's. It has now been taken over by the ski-school, like a bunch of thugs. When my... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 04, 2017
TMTravis M.
intermediate snowboarder
Winter Park is a great resort that has much to offer skiers and snowboarders of any ability. Winter Park side has many runs that suite beginner to intermediate skill levels along with world class terrain parks if you feel daring. And Mary Jane is awesome if you wanna get away from the groomers and tackle trails and tree runs that are more suited... More

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