About the Resort
2016–2017 Ski Season Opens November 16
Winter Park Resort is located 67 miles (108 kilometers) northwest of Denver and 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Denver International Airport (DIA). Set in the Vasquez Mountains of the Arapaho National Forest, Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to Denver (1 1/2 hours driving time) via I-70 west to exit 232 onto U.S. Hwy 40 North.
Winter Park first opened in 1939 with a single rope tow and a $1.00 lift ticket. Since then Winter Park has developed into one of the top ten ski resorts in the United States. In 1975 Mary Jane Mountain opened. Revered for big bumps, deep chutes, tight glades and steep pitches, “the Jane” has earned cult-like status for her ego-humbling terrain. Mary Jane is consistently ranked #1 for moguls in North America by Skiing Magazine. Over the years additional sections of the mountain opened including Mary Jane’s backside, Vasquez Ridge, Parsenn Bowl and, in 1997, Vasquez Cirque - the resort’s most extreme and dramatic terrain. Today, Winter Park boasts 21 lifts serving 134 trails spread over more than 2,700 acres across four mountains.
Winter Park Resort received 377 inches of snowfall during the 2013-2014 season and has the most consistent snow season after season. Averaging 30 feet of snow annually entitles the resort to the coveted title of “most snow of any major Colorado resort,” a distinction that has been unchallenged for more than 64 years. With its proximity to Denver, just 67 miles away, Winter Park is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. A network of trails and lifts interconnects the distinct sections of each mountain. With five mountains to chose from (Winter Park, Mary Jane, Vasquez Ridge, Vasquez Cirque and Parsenn Bowl) and consistent annual snowfall, Winter Park offers a great experience for skiers and boarders of all abilities.
|Winter Park||Base 9,000 feet (2,743 meters); summit at Sunspot 10,700 feet (3,261 meters). Vertical drop: 1,700 feet (518 meters).|
|Mary Jane||Base 9,450 feet (2,880 meters); summit at North Cone 12,060 feet (3,676 meters). Vertical drop: 2,610 feet (796 meters).|
|Vasquez Ridge||Base 9,486 feet(2,486 meters); summit 10,700 feet (3,261 meters).|
|Vasquez Cirque||Base 10,400 feet (3,170 meters); summit 11,900 feet (3,627 meters). Vertical drop: 1,500 feet (457 meters).|
|Combined||Vertical drop: 3,060 ft. (933 m.); summit at North Cone to Winter Park base.|
3,060 total skiable acreage (1,521 hectares), includes 143 designated trails and 1,212 acres (490 hectares) of off-piste terrain, including Vasquez Cirque and glade skiing.
|Total||Winter Park||Mary Jane & Parsenn Bowl||Vasquez Ridge||Vasquez Cirque|
|Most Difficult (black)||53%||18%||57%||51%||83%|
|Expert (double black)||3%||0%||1%||0%||14%|
Total skiable acreage is 2,770 acres (1,121 hectares) which includes 143 designated trails and 1,212 acres (490 hectares) of off-piste terrain.
|Winter Park||2 miles (3.2 kilometers)|
|Mary Jane||4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers)|
|Vasquez Ridge & Vasquez Cirque||1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers)|
|Combined||2.9 miles (4.6 kilometers) |
5.1 miles (8.2 kilometers); North Cone to Turnpike
25 lifts including one high speed six-person chairlift, five triple chairlifts, seven high-speed express quads, seven double chairlifts, three surface lifts and three magic carpets provide an uphill capacity of 36,920 skiers per hour. For special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King holiday, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, the Zephyr Express chairlift is modified to accommodate 20 gondola cabins for dinner service to The Lodge at Sunspot atop Winter Park Mountain.
Snow is made on 26 trails covering 299 acres (121 hectares). The snowmaking capabilities guarantee the opening of Winter Park before Thanksgiving.
Parks, Pipe & Freeride
Winter Park has expanded on its new terrain park, Rail Yard, with new progressive rails and improved jump design. Pipe aficionados head straight to the resort’s new Superpipe on Allan Phipps trail. A 100-foot snow bridge whisks skiers and riders over Cranmer Cutoff for a more seamless transition between the park and the new Superpipe. Aspiring riders of all ages can test their skills in the expanded terrain park on Jack Kendrick trail with new jumps and rails. This year, the freeride scene at Winter Park Resort continues to push the progressive envelope with five levels of terrain parks. Rail Yard, Winter Park’s advanced terrain, continues on its quest to impress taking home three Top 10 rankings in Transworld Magazine’s 2005-2006 resort rankings for Best Park (tie for 4th), Best Overall Resort (8), and Best Pipe (10).
Last season’s addition of Dark Territory, Rail Yard’s limited access area, also continues to evolve with more unique features. Dog Patch, located on the east side of the Eskimo Express, offers skiers and riders an intermediate park system ideal for perfecting skills. Dog Patch East, Winter Park’s latest addition to the freeride family, is located just east of the original Dog Patch, and will o er a variety of non-traditional jib features for skiers and riders. Starter Park, located below Snoasis, is for the beginner-jibber and features small rails perfect for those first attempts at rail sliding.
West Portal Station
This base facility houses Portal Perk; Boxcar Deli; Base Camp 9000 retail shop, West Portal Outfitters, West Portal Rental & Repairs, West Portal Boots & Boards, Lost and Found, lockers, an indoor climbing wall, and the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
Moffat Market at West Portal Station
Dramatically remodeled last season, this food court, located at the base, has a railroad theme and offers fresh cuisine and specialties that reflect the different regions of the country. Storefronts and names identify the different food stations with options such as New York-style pizza at Grand Central Station, Tex-Mex at the Santa Fe Station, Asian cuisine at the Orient Express, and soups at the Shortline.
The Derailer Bar
This favorite apres ski bar is now larger, with a two-tiered drink and entertainment center. A full-service lunch menu offers pub-style food and a wide variety of apres ski specials.
At the base of Winter Park Mountain, this facility houses the Guest Services Center, which offers one-stop shopping for ticket sales, ski and snowboard lessons, and on-mountain tours. This building also houses Coffee & Tea Market, an ATM, Ski Video Mountain Memories, Sharpshooters Photography, Competition Center offices, restrooms, Security, Season Pass Office, meeting rooms, and coin-operated lockers.
The Lodge at Sunspot
A mountaintop lodge with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains. The Dining Room, a full-service restaurant, features European-style service with several "chef's selections" daily. The Provisioner is an upscale food court. The Sunspot Mercantile (an accessory and gift shop), the new Coffee Shop & Bakery featuring espresso-based coffee drinks and fresh scones, Sunspot Lounge, and the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame are also on site. Foot passenger tickets available from the base of Winter Park Resort to the Lodge at Sunspot via the Zephyr Express chairlift between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Zephyr Mountain Lodge
Located at the base of Winter Park mountain, the lodge has 230 condominium units and meeting rooms on the upper levels and a variety of shops and restaurants on the ground floor including a new Starbucks, opening in December, the newly expanded and remodeled Slopeside Mountain Adventure Center (rental and retail shop), Colorado’s first Rossignol exclusive store with the full range of Rossignol products, Trail’s End Mercantile, and Rocky Mountain Eyewear.
Located mid-mountain, Snoasis is a blast to the past with its music, colors, deck space, and specialty drinks.
Mary Jane Center
Nestled at the base of Mary Jane Mountain, this facility houses the Club Car, a local favorite offering full-service bistro-style dining and bar, Pepperoni’s Pizza & Sports Bar, and Mary Jane Food & Drink--a food court. Ticket sales, The Jane Shop (rentals and retail), Guest Services, Ski Patrol/First Aid room, lockers, and meeting rooms are also on site.
This mountaintop spot specializes in casual food, weekend burger barbecues, deck dining, and incredible views of Parry’s Peak.
Warming hut with vending convenience, picnic deck, and restrooms.
Are your kids too young to ski? Child care is available at Winter Park, both at the resort and in your own condo!
Personalized Child Care
Personalized Child Care in your condo is available during peak periods. Personnel are limited and book up early. If interested, please contact Judi at Access Winter Park for additional information. Weather permitting, our experienced staff can take the kids snowshoeing on Fraser river trail, tubing, play games or stay inside and bake cookies.
Wee Willie's Childcare
A non-ski program for children 2 months through 6 years with indoor activities and outdoor play. Lunch is available on site. A complimentary beeper/pager is included. Reservations are required. Cost for full-day childcare is $85 during value season. A one-hour private ski or snowboard lesson add-on is available for children (3 years and older) who are enrolled in full-day childcare for $55.
New this season, parents can take advantage of our Jump Start Program, which includes a 2-hour lesson and rentals in the morning and an all-day childcare and lunch for $101 (value season).
Ski and Ride School Programs
Winter Park Resort offers adult class lessons and private lessons, including unique learning experiences such as First Tracks, Last Tracks, Family Privates, and specialty clinics throughout the season that cater to women, mogul skiers, freeriders, and telemarkers. For more information and pricing, contact the Guest Contact Center at (800) 729-7907 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Kids Adventure Junction
Winter Park Resort is well known for its outstanding youth ski and snowboard programs and childcare facilities. Registra- tion, rentals, a nursery and meeting rooms are all located in the Kids Adventure Junction at the base of Winter Park, located adjacent to West Portal Station. Advance reservations are available. For information and reservations, call the Guest Contact Center at (800) 729-7907 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.
The Kids Daily Programs
The program for 3 and 4 year-olds (Snow Tykes) is a non-chairlift riding ski orientation with all-day supervision, playtime, and lunch. Children are introduced to skiing through indoor and outdoor activities designed and paced for each group. Participants must be potty-trained and willing to play outside. Classes for all other kids are determined by ability level; beginner through advanced, and age; 5- and 6-year-olds (Explorers), and 7–17 years of age (Freeriders). Cost includes ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket, complimentary helmet rental, lunch, snack, and instruction. Indoor supervision is provided for kids 3 - 6 years old, before and after their lessons. Snowboard lessons are offered for children as young as age 5. These particular classes are kept small, with a maximum of three students per instructor to provide the necessary student/teacher ratio for optimal learning. Registration for lessons is from 8 to 9 a.m. on lesson day at any Winter Park Resort Guest Service Center Desk. Kids enrolled in the full-day ski or snowboard program may add on a one-hour private, starting at 8:30 am, for an additional $55.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
The internationally acclaimed National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is the largest and most successful program of its kind in the world. The NSCD began in 1970 with 23 amputee children from Denver taking ski lessons at Winter Park. Launching its 37th season, the non-profit organization teaches more than 17,000 lessons annually in a variety of year-round sports for children and adults of all disabilities. The NSCD Competition Program provides race training and coaching for disabled skiers participating in regional, national, and international events.
Competition Center Programs
Seasonal training programs are available in alpine and freestyle for all ages of intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Clinics are offered throughout the season. Other services available include tuning, binding mounts, boot fitting, and equipment repair.