Winter Park, Colorado has a long history, having been a popular ski destination for well over 75 years. As Colorado’s fourth largest ski area, here you’ll find something for everyone with a variety of terrain, great facilities and excellent friendly service. Purpose designed, compact and friendly, Winter Park has plenty of affordable accommodation, complemented by a few good bars and restaurants.
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AccommodationIn this family friendly resort, most of the accommodation is affordable yet comfortable. For convenient proximity to the mountain, the village is your best option, however the restaurants, bars and shops are in the downtown area. Either way there’s a free, regular shuttle to get you around. In the village you can choose from condos that are ski-in-ski out or within walking distance of the lifts, or budget hotels close to the Cabriolet lift, all of which are probably best suited for families
Skiing & BoardingWith just one base area, Winter Park is the most convenient mountain to navigate and coordinate with friends and family. Here there are seven distinct areas to suit different abilities, the best known being Mary Jane for its massive moguls, steep, long groomed trails and pristine gladed tree runs. Winter Park is particularly suited to intermediate skiers and boarders, offering great challenges accompanied by spectacular views. If you’re more advanced, it’s worth heading to the Cirque, Winter Park’s only real extreme terrain, which has a sled to access chutes and runs off the headwall. And just for more fun, cut back to Winter Park Territory – a Terrain Park boasting a 5.5m Superpipe and a ton of other features, most accessible via an express quad chair.
ActivitiesIt has to be said, when it comes to après activities, Winter Park is on the quiet side. However, there’s still plenty to do. If you’re not skiing, tempt yourself at the resort with ski bikes, tubing, dog sledding, and sleigh rides. Further afield, you’ll find cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and cat skiing. Kids will love the tubing hill that’s close to Vintage Hotel and accessible via the Cabriol lift. And then there’s the small ice-skating rink on the village pond that’s free if you have your own skates (alternatively you can rent some).
Getting There & AroundWinter Park is the closest resort to Denver International Airport about a 2 hour drive. Alternatively, experience a great fun, but slightly quirky train ride aboard the Amtrak service, which runs daily between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and San Francisco. From Denver’s Union Station, it takes about three hours to get to the village and it’s a good way to avoid the i70 traffic. Once you’re in Winter Park, there’s no need for a car unless you’re planning to venture further afield. The village is compact enough to cover on foot, and a free shuttle runs from downtown to the resort every half hour until 11pm.