Winter Park Resort

Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee
  • Diverse terrain to suit different abilities, from groomers to powder bowls
  • Some of the best steep mogul runs in the country
  • Reliable snowfall, an annual average of over 813 cm
  • Its location avoids the infamous I-70 traffic around Eisenhower Tunnel and beyond
  • Lift layout can be a little confusing
  • Winter Park Resort base area lacks facilities and activities
  • Access via Berthoud Pass is challenging in bad weather

Winter Park Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Winter Park Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
67% off $366
Zephyr Mountain Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
41% off $1,065
Fraser Crossing / Founders Pointe
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $1,670

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Colorado’s longest continually operating ski resort, Winter Park Resort opened for business way back in 1940 and has been putting smiles on the faces of skiers ever since! Famed for its monster moguls, if you’re a fan of knee-shocking bumps the size of small cars then you’ll love it here, but that’s not all. The terrain on offer is vast, with a rare combination of very different types of trails. High alpine chutes and powder bowls, glade skiing and backcountry runs, secluded powder stashes and spacious groomers, all this and more makes Winter Park Resort a truly diverse mountain. Skiers and snowboarders who want to get a taste of off-piste and backcountry style riding while still keeping within ski area boundaries should look no further than Winter Park Resort!

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to February

Locals here enjoy a wonderfully long ski season, the high elevation soon turns the peaks white once fall turns to winter. Generally, the slopes and lifts on the lower parts of the mountain are open for a full five months, sometimes even a little longer, from mid-November to late-April. As with all of Colorado, the best months for snow are January and February. It takes a big dump of powder before the expert-only terrain at the top of the mountain is ready to be shred, so if this is a big draw for you then time your visit during February. While weekdays can be surprisingly quiet, weekends can see droves of skiers and snowboarders from Denver descend on Winter Park Resort, particularly during the peak season of December to February.


Denver International Airport


Winter Park (2 hours)

Base of Winter Park Resort (Walk)

  • Several lodging options
  • Quiet area, limited nightlife
  • High-end accommodation

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Winter Park (6-8 km)

  • Cheaper accommodation than at the base
  • Range of dining, shopping and nightlife options
  • Shuttle service to the ski resort

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Old Town (2-3 km)

  • Sits between base and town of Winter Park
  • Variety of accommodation from condos to rental homes
  • Shuttle service to the ski resort

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Fraser (8-10 km)

  • Cheaper lodging than at Winter Park
  • Wide range of accommodation from hotels to AirBnbs
  • Has grocery stores and other outlets

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For beginners

The Winter Park Territory is best suited for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. There's plenty of terrain to work on your technique and control, however, the area does gets quite congested during busy season.

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For intermediates

Parsenn Bowl Territory is where the intermediates will want to go! Enjoy the 360 degree vistas atop the 3,658 m peak before testing your limits on the blue runs here.

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For experts

For experts, head to the Mary Jane territory where the majority of the runs are black diamond. Only one run in this area is groomed so head off into the trees and enjoy the powder and pumps as you navigate down the slope. Our favourite here would be the High Lonesome Trail before veering right into the seemingly endless and well-spaced trees!

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Find freshies

For powder stashes head to Eagle Wind territory, it's difficult to access, which means its often last to be tracked out! Or check out Parsenn Bowl and The Cirque as well as Vasquez Ridge territory after a big dump. 

Ditch the crowds

Most of the family-friendly terrain is close to the amenities, so escape the crowds and head up the mountain to Parsenn Bowl, The Cirque and Eagle Wind territories.  

Non skiers

Non-skiers can try the old-fashioned thrill of tubing at the Historic Fraser Tubing Hill or the Colorado Adventure Park. The resort also offers dog sled, snowmobile and snowcat tours during the winter seasons.


Winter Park Resort makes for a great skiing destination if you're after a quiet family getaway. Most of the family-friendly terrain is close to the the amenties in the Winter Park territory but if you're a family of intermediate skiers and snowboarders, you'll have tons to explore!

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park ResortArapahoe Basin
beginner24 %10 %
intermediate37 %30 %
advanced34 %37 %
expert5 %23 %
total runs153 109
ski area1,247ha 388ha
summit elevation3,676m 3,978m
total lifts25 8
child lift ticket$10 USD ($15 AUD) Free
adult lift ticket$119 USD ($176 AUD) $100 USD ($148 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall625cm 457cm

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Winter Park Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 96 reviews

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Superb!4.9 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsWill G.
advanced skier
Winter Park is the perfect place for the family or diverse group of skies and snowboarders. There is a littlet something for everyone... From the cruisers to the extreme at Mary Jane.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsSamantha C.
beginner skier
I learned to ski here many years ago! I have fond memories of working up my courage to graduate from the green runs to go above the tree line to the bowl. My dad and I took the ski lift up while it was dumping snow! So much fun. Can't wait to go back.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsSholom W.
intermediate skier
Went for the first time last season. I live how it is in middle of the mountains. The drive getting there is very scenic and the slopes are fantastic. If you love tree runs go to winter park, you will not be dissapointed.... More
Superb!5 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsRoger A.
expert skier
Winter Park is Colorado's Favorite for a reason. It's on land owned by city of Denver and has a rich history as one of the first Colorado ski areas because it was accessible by train -- and at least for this ski year 2019 will be accessible by the Winter Park Express Ski Train, operated by Amtrak. (It's a three-year contract for operation with... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsMatt D.
expert skier
Family friendly resort near Denver with good snow and plentiful expert terrain. There is a direct train to Denver for easy access and plenty of hillside accommodation and dining. Brand new gondola and many fast lifts.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Awesome! Winter Park has so much to offer for everyone. My favorite territory is definitely Mary Jane which has more than meets the eye. Every time I ski here I find something new and challenging.... More
Superb!5 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsJoel S.
expert skier
It has everything you need and everything you want, without the pretensions of Vail or Aspen or Steamboat and it much more convenient to get to and closer! Just a short time on I-70, and a drive over beautiful Berthoud pass. Winter park is awesome!... More
Average!3.3 / 5Mar 22, 2019
SHStephen H.
intermediate skier
Pretty darn good. This particular REVIEW tool, however, is crap. Why 30 words? Dumb. It makes me rate 1-5 stars for areas I never dealt with, so instead of saying "N/A" I have to give a totally un-founded answer.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Winter Park Resort ReviewsRobby S.
expert skier
I love Winter Park! Best trees and moguls in Colorado. You can get out of a ton of i70 traffic as well. It's a little far from other resorts if you're trying to ski more than one mountain.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 27, 2018
Winter Park Resort ReviewsJeff S.
expert snowboarder
A great variety of terrain and plenty of secret stashes to discover. There are interesting things happening with the lifts including a brand new gondola from the base. Definitely worth checking out.... More

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