Resort Profile: Winter Park

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:27

Winter Park is an alpine ski resort in Colorado, USA, that is expanding and has transformed from a low-key place to go, to a state-of-the-art village with some cracking terrain.

There are five big mountains in the resort that offer you a variety of skiing and snowboarding for people of all levels. The resort plays host to a relaxed and casual atmosphere and is also pretty affordable and good value for money.

There are plenty of great backcountry areas to be explored that are sure to please the more advanced riders out there. And, with Winter Park’s yearly average snowfall of 370 inches, it is a haven for powder lovers out there.

The main mountain is designed for intermediates and beginners and it is well connected to its sister mountain, Mary Jane. Mary Jane is the perfect place for any skiers who love moguls and it is home to some of the most challenging mogul runs in the world. You can get around this resort with real ease thanks to its cracking and advanced lift system, which includes eight high-speed quads and the awesome Eskimo Quad.

The great lift system, the brilliant snowfall, and the awesome atmosphere in resort have all added up to get Winter Park the reputation as Denver’s favourite place to ski.

If you are looking for a day off the slopes and fancy trying your hand at something new, then you are in luck. Winter Park also offers you snowshoeing, snowcat and snowmobile tours as well as mountain-top dining in the Lodge at Sunsport. There are plenty of cracking restaurants in the resort, which is the closest major ski area to Denver International Airport, which is only 90 miles away.

Here are some of the great bars and clubs:

Buckets Saloon - The young crowd makes Buckets it's home. Sunday and Wednesday nights are Latin and Ladie's nights, so good non weekend options. Three pool tables. Laundry mat in the back, get a few drinks while dropping your load.

Winter Park Pub - Live music about every other weekend, happy hour 4-7, a bit older crowd than Buckets.

Deno's - Old school WP crowd. The guy at the end of the bar may tell you the same story 3 different times throughout the night, but they are harmless, and living history of the valley.

Smoking Moes - BBQ restaurant with live music 1-2 times a month, national touring artists.

Untamed Grill - Only true microbrewery in town, great big bar, live music on some weekends, best food in town.

Crooked Creek - 2 miles down the road in Fraser, very blue collar, cheap drinks, colorful locals.

The Highlights


- Some of the world’s best mogul runs
- Huge variety of terrain
- Great restaurants
- Tremendous snowfall
- Denver’s greatest place to ski
- Great resort for beginners and intermediates

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