Ski culture and the state of Colorado are close associates, and Winter Park’s own Winter Park Resort features some of the state’s best slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or have yet to purchase a lift ticket, here is an overview of what to expect when skiing Winter Park. If you want to continue experiencing the snow and fresh air, check out some of the other winter activities in Winter Park!
Where to Begin When Skiing Winter Park
Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort and on average receives almost 30 feet of snow annually, making it a top ski destination. Before you strap on your goggles, though, you’ll need to determine which trail is right for you. Winter Park Resort’s trails are grouped into “The Seven Territories.” These ski areas span the 3,081 acres of award-winning terrain throughout the resort. Each varies in difficulty and in the kind of experience you will have.
Novice skiers should stick with the Winter Park and Terrain Park areas of the mountain. Build or hone your skills in one of the many terrain parks. The Starter and Bouncer Parks provide a place for you to practice riding freestyle terrain, while Ash Cat helps you build your park riding skills. Once you’re warmed up, head over to the Winter Park Territory to make tracks in the freshly groomed slopes. Visitors looking to shore up their skills will be pleased to know that the resort also offers a Ski & Ride School for both children and adults.
Those who are more experienced can choose from plenty of challenging options. The remaining five Territories have trails that range in difficulty from intermediate to expert. If you are skilled enough, you won’t want to miss out on the famed Mary Jane Territory and the world-class moguls. Ski through a beautiful, challenging forest in the Eagle Wind Territory. For the thrill-seeking skier, The Cirque will provide more than enough challenges as it is the resort’s most difficult territory. This double-black diamond terrain used to be accessible only by hiking and brings the thrill of ungroomed backcountry skiing into a patrolled area.
Equipment is just as necessary as knowing which trails to hit. If you don’t have gear, don’t worry! Winter Park Resort has a number of rental options available. If you would rather take your skis home with you, the town offers plenty of local ski shops. Epic Mountain Sports, located on US Highway 40 in Winter Park, offers a full line of equipment (purchase and rental), tuning and repair services, and rental package deals. Nearby is Christy Sports, providing plenty of gear for rental or sale as well as a full line of winter clothing for the whole family. Shopping on a budget? Winter Park Trading Company features a diverse range of consignment winter and outdoor equipment.
Passes and Lift Tickets
Depending on the duration of your stay, you’ll need a lift ticket or a pass, and Winter Park Resort has multiple options. If Winter Park is just one of several stops for you, then the Ikon Pass might be the one for you, as it gives you unlimited access to several iconic resorts in different states and limited access to others. However, if Winter Park is your only destination, the Winter Park Resort Season Pass offers unlimited access to the resort’s trails.
Lift tickets for shorter trips are also available. Pricing options, discounts and a complete list of details on Winter Park lift tickets and passes can be found here.
Ski Winter Park!
Once you’re ready to hit the slopes, you’ll find the experience more than rewarding. The Rockies deliver breathtaking views at every turn, and few ways are better to experience them than when you’re strapped into a pair of skis. Winter Park hours of operation, weather and snow reports, and even live cameras can all be found on the resort’s website. The surrounding town of Winter Park welcomes skiers of all ages and abilities, from the mountain’s slopes to the nearby shops and restaurants.
Why Just Visit When You Can Live Here?
When you’re finished carving fresh powder, you might be tempted to stay in the area indefinitely. When you live here, you will experience excellent winter activities like skiing in Winter Park, but you’ll also enjoy the fantastic range of summer activities, as Colorado is a gorgeous year-round destination that consistently has something to offer.
Let Real Estate of Winter Park assist you in finding the perfect home for you! We have plenty of featured properties located comfortably close to Winter Park Resort as well as in the surrounding area. For example, this cozy condo at 580 Winter Park situates you just steps away from Winter Park Resort. The condo is updated, comes fully furnished, and has great views. Store your ski equipment in a private locker in the underground parking garage after your day on the mountain.