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WINTER PARK

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Winter Park CO, USA is the closest major resort to Denver; only 85 miles away.

Winter Park Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding at Winter Park is spread across 5 connected mountain areas; Winter Park, Vasquez Ridge, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl and Vasque Cirque. Each area provides its own unique terrain with groomed trails, powder filled bowls, tree runs and steep and deep moguls.

Winter Park Terrain

The Winter Park area has a specific beginner area at the base of the mountain with gentle slopes leading upwards. Intermediates can cover the entire area on groomed interlinked trails while advanced skiers and boarders will enjoy the steeper and mogul littered terrain around the Zephyer Express Chairlift.

Snowboarders beware that long flat trails link some of the upper areas of Winter Park so keep your speed up to avoid unwanted long walks.

Adventure Junction Children's Centre in the Winter Park Village has fun day programs for children up to 5 years old enabling parents some well deserved time on the slopes.

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photo: Grant Gunderson, Winter Park

Vasquez Ridge Terrain

Vasquez Ridge is mainly an intermediate area serviced by the Pioneer Express Chairlift with long groomed winding fast trails cutting through thick trees. This gives skiers and snowboarders the option to either stay on piste or enjoy powder turns in the trees. After a snowfall the Aces And Eights trail is a highlight.

Mary Jane Terrain

The advanced terrain of Mary Jane was voted #1 in North America for bump skiing. It has 70 challenging trails and the motto “No Pain, No Jane”. This is certainly correct with steep long huge mogul runs bordered by spectacular treed terrain.

The skiing and snowboarding in the trees under the Super Gauge Express Chairlift is fantastic.

Mary Jane's intermediate trails are around the Sunnyside Chairlift. To get back to the base area just cruise along the Corona Way Trail.

Parsenn Bowl Terrain

The Parsenn Bowl is a vast open bowl serviced by the Panoramic Express Chairlift. The six seater detachable chairlift introduced in the 2007/2008 winter season extends 12,060 feet above sea level making it the highest six pack chairlift in North America.

The bowl has long groomed tree lined intermediate trails as well as steep deep powder and heavily treed challenging terrain for the experts.

Vasquez Cirque Terrain

The 680+ acres of expert only back country style terrain at Vasquez Cirque has testing cornices cliffs and chutes ending in thick trees.

The Eagle Wind triple chairlift introduced in the 2006/2007 winter season opened the area even more giving access to tree skiing on the backside of the Parsenn Bowl. 76 acres were cleared resulting in 7 new black and double black trails.

Winter Park Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Railyard Terrain Park is home to a superpipe plus all the kickers, rails, tabletops and features you would expect from a meticulously maintained park.

Sunspot Lodge at Winter Park

The popular Sunspot Lodge at the top of the Zephyer Chairlift has a full service restaurant, self serve cafeteria, bar and a large sundeck. On sunny days enjoy an outdoor BBQ on the sundeck.

Winter Park Village and the Town of Winter Park

Winter Park has a small modern pedestrian Village at the base of the resort. The main bulk of accommodation and services are in the Town of Winter Park 1 ½ miles away. A free shuttle bus operates constantly throughout the day between the town and the village.

A new village Cabriolet open air gondola transports snow riders from the main base parking lot to and from the base village area.

Shopping at the Winter Park Village

The Winter Park Village only has a handful of ski and snowboard and souvenir shops.
Rental equipment is available downstairs at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge Riverside building and overnight ski and board storage is available in Balcony House.

Restaurants at the Winter Park Village

The Derailer Bar is well known for its tasty burgers and southern fried pickles while Doc's Roadhouse boasts home style cooking and has happy hour from 3pm onwards.

Shopping at the Town of Winter Park

There are clothing stores, ski and snowboard equipment and hire shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, beauty therapists and large grocery and liquor markets in the Town of Winter Park.

Beavers Sports Shop has rental gear catering for first timers, families and professionals while Christy Sports specialises in boot fittings. Powder Tools caters specifically for snowboarders.

Restaurants at the Town of Winter Park

The Town of Winter Park sparkles in the evenings when the restaurants and bars come alive with visitors from around the globe. There are more than 30 restaurants with cuisine ranging from American, French, Chinese and Mexican.

Fontenot's Fresh Seafood & Grill serves delicious fare and has a wide selection of wines and micro brews.

The Crooked Creek Saloon is a local landmark and a fun spot for family dining. Carlos & Maria's serve traditional Mexican food and premium margaritas.

Winter Park Nightlife

After dinner head to Buckets for live music and pool, on Sunday nights the NFL game is broadcast live. The Crooked Creek Saloon and the Winter Park Pub attract big crowds and have bands performing throughout the season.

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G Wills, Australia. Didn't really know what to expect at Winter Park, had a few days there after a dump of the good stuff and OK weather. It's divided up into sections with long flat trails linking them together, boarders be prepared to walk a couple of times. I found the Mary Jane area offered massive steep bump trails surrounded by trees you could disappear into. I got the Summit Express chair first thing each morning then shot down Sleeper a couple of times before I moved onto the Chutes and Rail Bender. I found the Winter Park section was mainly good for cruiser trails and intermediates. The Rail Yard park and super pipe looked awesome too. I wouldn't stay downtown again I thought catching the bus was a bit of a pain each day I'd try to get a condo at the base area - although I'd still probably go out at night downtown.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
12,060
3,676
Base
9,000
2,743
Average Snowfall
359 inches
Lifts
25
Trails - view map
143
3,060 acres
Terrain %
advanced
70
intermediate
21
beginner
9
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
4
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