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Winter Park Ski Resort


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Winter Park Ski Resort


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Pro tip: Winter Park has been a favorite of Denver area skiers for decades, with good reason. The ski resort receives more snow other central Colorado resorts, and preserves it well, with 50% of terrain facing north. New: Amtrak just restored ski train service from downtown Denver to Winter Park, which gets skiers right to the slopes in 2 hours through Moffat Tunnel. I-70 traffic? Eliminated.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Winter Park Ski Resort
Travel Ease
87.6
Overall
87.3
Snow Quality
81.9
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

10

Rank in
Region

9

Rank in
State

5

Best time for snow at
Winter Park Ski Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Winter Park Ski Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Friday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Tuesday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 348" per year
Snow Quality Rank

11

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

29

Winter Park Ski Resort is ranked No. 29 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

13.4%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

10.6%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

9.3%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

29

Winter Park Ski Resort is ranked No. 29 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

11

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3060 ft

10700 ft
Base Elevation: 9000 ft

Slope Aspects

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The Skiing

Winter Park has the distinction of not being owned by Vail Resorts, a rarity in these parts. This excludes the resort from the Epic Pass, which keeps crowds in check and creates a more consistent clientele. People who go to Winter Park go there a lot, and for good reason.

The mountain has three general areas: Winter Park, Mary Jane and Vasquez Ridge.

The Winter Park back side is the obvious place to start your day. Olympia Express takes you to smooth, open groomers perfect for carving GS turns or simply letting your legs wake up. From there, those looking to mine the blue groomers can either roll back onto the front side of Winter Park, which has pretty standard fare, or work towards Vasquez Ridge. The fall lines in Vasquez Ridge area aren’t all perfect, but it’s a fun place to get lost and do some stress-free skiing.

Once warmed up, those with healthy knees will want to work south to Mary Jane and its well-earned reputation for bumps. The Super Gauge Express has a bit of run-out, but is your best bet for a zippy ride to the summit. From the top of the lift, head south (skier’s right) to a dense assortment of bumps, trees and chutes. This is the part of the mountain that makes people grin ear-to-ear and has become something of a calling card for this place.

When conditions are right, it’s also mandatory to make a trip over to Vasquez Cirque. This area is pretty exposed, and prone to its share of variable snow conditions. But there are great lines near Alphabet Chutes and the glades below are pretty fun. The introduction of Eagle Wind also means you won’t need to deal with the super long run-out to Pioneer Express.

Overall, the mountain has great versatility, and, despite its size, manages to retain a non-corporate vibe.

Town

Accessing Winter Park from Denver has gotten a lot easier since the recent expansion of Route 40. And it’s always a relief to exit I-70 just past Idaho Springs and avoid the slog up through the Eisenhower tunnel.

The sister towns of Winter Park and Fraser are pretty sleepy. There are no postcard-worthy Main Streets or dense concentration of restaurants. What this area does well, however, is provide a laid back, comfortable retreat away from the crowds. And it won’t cost you a small fortune.

From a lodging perspective, there are plenty of rentable cabins and mid-tier hotels. Those seeking nicer accommodations should check out Devil’s Thumb Resort. It’s further from the ski mountain, but sits in a gorgeous spot and has a serious chef and a wine list than can make you happy, broke and drunk.


A few words on the Snow at Winter Park Ski Resort

Winter Park has one of the best snow records in Colorado. 8% of winter months with less than 30 inches snow is top tier drought resistance. 14.8% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 11% of winter months with 90 inches or more are hallmarks of an area with frequent moderate snowfalls as opposed to erratic larger dumps. Snow density as in most of Colorado is as light as it gets.

Accumulation and Preservation

Winter Park averages 77% open at Christmas, with the hard-to-cover Vasquez Cirque being the only major sector usually not open. It is less than half open by Christmas in only about 10% of seasons. With half north exposure and elevation range 9,000-12,000 feet snow preservation is excellent. Overall snow reliability in Colorado is second only to Wolf Creek.