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!
With over 75 years of ski history, Winter Park began life as a playground for Denverites, owned and operated by the city, before slowly growing into a world-renowned ski destination made famous by Mary Jane’s moguls! Despite being the longest continually running ski resort in the state and serving up genuinely awesome ski terrain, this place retains a down-to-earth attitude. Winter Park doesn’t show off because it doesn’t have to, and adventurous skiers will find this out when they visit.
Even getting to the resort can be a daring endeavor in itself, with the Berthoud Pass becoming a treacherous route during a snowstorm. Maybe this puts a few skiers and boarders off, but there’s an easier way to reach Winter Park that harks back to its early days. Being the only ski resort in the United States that has an Amtrak train service, you can reach the mountain by rail aboard the Winter Park Express from Denver! It’s just a shame this service only runs on weekends between January and March.
Terrain: The ski terrain here is split between 7 territories, each offering something unique. From wide open bowls and family-friendly groomers to steep alpine chutes and progressive terrain parks, there’s plenty to challenge all levels of ability. Coupled with reliable snowfall, skiing at Winter Park rarely disappoints.
One gripe we have about the resort is its lift layout. As can often be a problem for older resorts, some of the lift connections here are a little complicated, particularly in the Winter Park Territory, and getting around the mountain is not as easy as it could be. If you’re a snowboarder and you don’t know where you’re going, watch out, as there are a couple of nasty traverses that’ll have you popping that board off to stalk along in frustration – better read up on our Winter Park ski guide!
Town: Off the mountain, Winter Park isn’t a particularly glitzy destination like some other Colorado ski resorts and is quite similar to Steamboat in this respect, so some amenities might be missing (no oxygen bars here!). That said, all this can be overlooked if you just want to ski and ski hard!
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