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winter season
 
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resort height
2743m
highest lift
3676m
snow range
9,000 - 12,060ft
snow probability
excellent
transfer times
Denver 1.5hrs

From Denver by train - 2hrs, leaves 7.15am, returns 4.15pm

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Winter Park Resort
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queues **** | scenery *** | resort charm ** | restaurants *** | convenience ***
Winter Park, is a mountain of world class, offering value for money and lots of snow.

Winter Park straddles the continental divide, high in the Colorado Rockies. Being close to Denver, Winter Park is affordable, convenient and offers a great skiing experience for everyone. Winter Park also has great facilities for disabled skiers! (see right)

At the turn of the century, Winter Park was a railway town. The railway still plays a part, with a station at the base of the slopes, dropping off weekend day trippers from Denver.

Recently, 'Winter Park Resort' or 'The Village' is a new car-free development of accommodation, shops and restaurants at the foot of the slopes and is an addition to the majority of hotels in the main resort, a bus ride away, and dotted along the highway. Unfortunately, there is no real town centre, with most of the accommodation, bars and restaurants situated along Highway 40.

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park is big, even by US standards. There are five distinct (and well linked) ski areas, allowing a great mix of terrain for all standards. A high-speed quad takes you up the original 'Winter Park' to the Sunspot restaurant area. From here, you have the choice of 'Vasquez Ridge' (an area perfect for beginners and intermediates), 'Mary Jane', for tougher runs, the 'Persenn Bowl' for intermediate terrain in and above the trees, or for the advanced, the extreme slopes of 'Vasquez Cirque'.

From the Persenn Bowl, you can now get a tow by snowmobile, known as the 'Ridge Ride' for about $5. For lunch, a must is the wood and glass 'The Lodge' building at Sunspot (top of the lifts).

For good skiers, Berthoud Pass, a few miles away offers some fab wild terrain! For the future, there are plans for a gondola from the resort to the slopes.

  good points   bad points
great snowfall record
wide choice of slopes for everyone
quiet on weekdays
little queues
limited range of restaurants
town is bus ride from slopes
crowded weekends

aprs ski

lots of choice on offer- try The Crooked Creek Saloon, or for frequent live music at the slope, the Bucket

activities

dog sledding * snowshoeing * sleigh rides * snowmobiling * cross country skiing* hot sulphur springs

eating out

try The Shed of Winter Park, BBG and the Lodge at Sunspot

other amenities

shopping * swimming pool * cinema * Silverthorne factory outlet

children

3-12 years
disabled skiers
Winter Park is home to the US National Sports Centre for the Disabled (NSCD). Its the world's leading centre for teaching skiing and snowboarding for people with disabilities. People are placed with instructors trained to teach those with a specific disability, whether it be blindness, one leg, no legs or paralysis! Its important to book ahead.

To find out more, contact NSCD, PO Box 36, Winter Park, CO 80482, USA. Tel +1 970 726 1540

tourist office 
Winter Park CO 80482
tel +1 970 726 5514
fax +1 970 726 1572

Should you feel that any information is incorrect, or can provide more information, (and possibly become a resort representative), please email us here


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