If you’re looking for big mountain Colorado skiing without big travel hassles, then Winter Park Resort should be your spot this season. It’s only a 90 minute drive from Denver Airport, or avoid the traffic by taking a shuttle to downtown Denver’s historic Union Station and enjoy a scenic ride direct to the slopes on Amtrak’s legendary Winter Park Express ski train.
Winter Park has 25 lifts, 166 trails, nearly 30 feet of snowfall annually and has recently invested $30 million in capital improvements. There are seven distinct territories for every skier from beginner through expert to explore. Rising up out of the base village is the new energy efficient 10-person gondola accessing the Winter Park region featuring long cruising groomers, perfect for families. The Parsenn Bowl offers an intermediate alpine experience with breathtaking 360-degree views. Hidden powder stashes can be found in the Vasquez territory, while experts searching for the ‘steep and deep’ should head over to The Cirque. Tree skiers will love the gladed Eagle Wind territory, while snowboarders and freeriders can hit the jibs and jumps at the terrain park. Lastly,"Mary Jane" is known as the ‘mecca of moguls’ where bumps grow to the size of Volkswagens. Don’t be fooled by the tame name; "Mary Jane" is where skiers and riders push their limits on trails like Drunken Frenchman and Outhouse.
Après at Vertical Bistro, then ride the new gondola up to Sunspot Mountain Lodge for a locally sourced Colorado dining experience while taking in panoramic views at 10,000 feet. Lodging choices range from family friendly condos to the full service Vintage Hotel or the ski in - ski out Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Lessons and ski rental packages are available for all levels. You can conveniently schedule a personalized fitting in the ‘custom fit lounge’ or even right in your hotel or condo. If you have your own equipment, Winter Park partners with Luggage Forward to have your luggage and equipment sent ahead awaiting your arrival. There are plenty of activities to experience off the mountain; arrange a snowmobile adventure along the Continental Divide or check out Devils Thumb Ranch for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or a relaxing day of yoga and treatments at their 18,000 sq. ft. spa. Everything you’ll need for your Winter Park ski vacation can be found at winterparkresort.com and devilsthumbranch.com