Winter Park resort guide - a general overview
Winter Park is becoming increasingly popular as the resort size and facilities increase. It is the closest resort to Denver, has the biggest annual snowfall in Colorado and is an extremely friendly, welcoming and relaxed resort. The skiing is particularly good for intermediates and beginners but there are plenty of challenges for the more advanced skier too! Berthods Pass which is located twenty minutes' drive from the base of Winter Park is one of the best kept secrets for the off piste / advanced skier.
Most of the accommodation is in spacious condos scattered around the road that goes through Winter Park. More lately additional accommodation has been developed in a more luxurious style around the foot of the slopes and right by the main lift station. The resort is also home to the US National Sports Centre for the Disabled, so if you are a disabled skier, there really is no better place to go.
- All skiers and boarders as there is such varied terrain, it suits all levels
- Snowboarders - lots of advanced terrain and the Rail Yard Park has lots on offer
- As Winter Park is close to the Continental Divide, it gets an average snowfall of 350 inches
- Great facilities for children
- There are not many chalets in Winter Park but thoses that exist have much charm and atmosphere
- You need to take a bus to get to the slopes from the town
- Weekends can be crowded
- Lacking in the number and range of shops and restaurants you might expect
Winter Park Resort Restaurants
There are a few options for eating out in the evening. Smoking Moe's offers a big salad bar and grills, for chinese try the New Hong Kong, for seafood and steak pay a visit to Deno's. If you fancy a more diverse dining experience then The Lodge at Sunspot at the top of Winter Park Mountain is open some nights during the week and offers a five course dinner on a Saturday.
Winter Park Mountain Restaurants
Winter Park has about twelve places to go for lunch on the mountain. A few of these include The Lunch Rock Cafe which serves quick snacks, Club Car is central to the Mary Jane Centre and offers a wide menu including chowders, soups and daily specials, there are also a few pizza style restaurants such as Mamma Mia's Pizzeria. A great place to stop for a longer luncheon would be The Lodge at Sunspot, which has amazing views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding mountains. It also has a cosy log fire with both table service and self-service facilities.
Winter Park Apres Ski
For a bit of a different apres ski theme, you could try the apres ski trail which starts at The Club Car and 19 bars later, finishes at The Crooked Creek Saloon. The Derailer Bar has a sun deck and The Kickapoo Tavern has two levels of outdoor decking areas.
Winter Park Nightlife
For some late evening entertainment take a visit to Wildcreek, this restaurant bar often offers live music. Buckets is a sports bar, which can be good fun. Fraser is the area to go to for some authentic Western style bars and a livelier atmosphere. Please remember though that the Colorado's drinking laws apply here so most bars do not allow under 21's to enter.