Winter Park Ski Resort, Colorado

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Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3060ft/933m, total trails 167, closest airport 90mi/145km, lifts 25, & more. Winter Park Ski Resort is located near the town of Winter Park, Colorado. Winter Park Ski Area opened in 1939, under the ownership of the City of Denver with only three […]

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Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3060ft/933m, total trails 167, closest airport 90mi/145km, lifts 25, & more.

Winter Park Ski Resort is located near the town of Winter Park, Colorado. Winter Park Ski Area opened in 1939, under the ownership of the City of Denver with only three formal trails. Now called Winter Park Resort, it has expanded its terrain several times over the years beginning in 1975, with the opening of Mary Jane and then again, in 1986, with the addition of the Vasquez Ridge.

In 1997, an additional 435 acres in the Vasquez Cirque area was added. This is mainly hike to backcountry terrain, which did not receive lift access until 2006. Mary Jane has a reputation throughout the ski and snowboard community for its advanced terrain consisting of moguls, tree skiing and great fall lines.

In 2002, Winter Park Ski Resort entered into a partnership agreement with a vision to transform this gem of a location into a four-season facility complete with a village and amenities. Winter Park is the oldest continually operated resort in Colorado with four great areas to explore, Winter Park, Mary Jane (including Parsenn Bowl), Vasquez Cirque and finally the Vasquez Ridge, all connected by a network of trails and chairlifts.

Winter Park Ski Resort has evolved into a true four-season resort with a village that features great lodging options, dining from casual to more elegant fare, shopping in many of the village outlets, and an arcade with games. It is a great place to take a stroll and perhaps enjoy a hot chocolate.

On the Slopes

  • The terrain at the Winter Park Ski Resort could be described with words like; endless, challenging, great fall lines, moguls, and above treeline. There is something for every level of ability, as well as, fantastic scenery. Visit the Parsenn Bowl and experience the above tree line terrain of Larkspur and Forget-Me-Not.
  • Winter Park Ski Resort has a great beginner section near the High Lonesome Express Quad Chairlift, for advanced terrain there is Mary Jane and all her glory, make sure to check out the runs of Cannonball, Sleeper, and much more.
  • Terrain Park Territory is where the park enthusiast will find the Superpipe and other parks complete with rails, boxes, jumps, and other features. Starter & Bounce Park with small rails is a place for beginners. Rail Yard is the most advanced park, and Ash Cat has small and medium features.
  • The Winter Park Resort Ski & Ride School has a dedicated team of professionals that are ready to provide great instruction to everyone. There are lessons and programs available for all ages, beginning with kid’s lessons such as, Just Because I am Three and Kids Max4. Also, there are numerous programs for the first-time adult.
  • Winter Park Ski Resort is also home to the internationally recognized National Sports Center for the Disabled, which began operation in 1970, with a vision to provide enjoyment and the opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Today the NSCD holds the honour of being not only the largest but also the most successful program of its kind in the world.

Off the Slopes

  • Winter Park Ski Resort has a complete pedestrian village with all the amenities you need to make your stay complete. Village lodging includes Zephyr Mountain Lodge, The Vintage Hotel, Fraser Crossing/Founders Pointe, plus more options. There are at least 14 dining options, plus shopping as you stroll through the village.
  • If you prefer to stay off the mountain, the town of Winter Park has great places to call home during your stay. The town is complete with all the amenities you need, including shopping, ski and snowboard shops, casual to fine dining, and free transit service to the mountain.
  • Off the slopes activities could be a visit to the Coca-Cola Tubing area with 4 lanes, banked curves, and a conveyor lift back to the top. Also, there is ice-skating and free daily family après events in the village along with a two-hour guided snowshoe tour or a snowcat adventure.
  • With its dedication to families; Winter Park Resort recognizes that parents may need a little time for themselves to enjoy some quality time on the slopes. The Wee Willie’s Child Care facility can provide care for ages 2 months to 6 years. Reservations are recommended.
  • Free local bus service is available on the “The Lift”, which offers service from the Winter Park Resort base area and services the towns of Winter Park and Fraser. The Black Line services U.S. Highway 40, from Winter Park Resort to the Amtrak station in Fraser.
  • Home James Transportation provides door-to-door shuttle trips throughout the day from Denver Intl Airport to the Winter Park Area. They offer both private and group shuttles. Contact Winter Park Central Reservations for more information.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
3060 ft / 933 m

Base Elevation:
9000 ft / 2743 m

Summit Elevation:
12060 ft / 3676 m

Skiable Area:
3081 acres

Average Snowfall:
348 in / 884 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 167

Beginner: 13 (8%)

Intermediate: 62 (37%)

Advanced: 87 (52%)

Expert: 5 (3%)

Terrain Parks: 7

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: Yes

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free and Paid

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Denver CO , 90mi / 145km

Nearest Major City:
Denver CO, 66mi / 107km

Nearest Town/City:
Winter Park CO, 1mi / 2km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 2 to May 7

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun & Holidays, 8:30am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 25

Gondolas: 1

Cabriolets: 1

Express-6 Chairs: 2

Express Quad Chairs: 6

Triple Chairs: 4

Double Chairs: 6

Surface Lifts: 5


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Denver Intl Airport  (DEN)
Distance: 90 mi / 145 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-729-7907

Direct Phone: 303-316-1564

Snow Phone: 303-572-7669

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Local Transit Service