A world-class but unpretentious resort offering excellent skiing for all abilities, Winter Park markets itself as ‘Colorado’s Favourite’ on the grounds that more residents of this great skiing state ski and board here than at any other resort. The resort records on average one million skier days each season, it appeals to many because it falls comfortably between the exaggerated “genuine Old West charm” portrayed by some Colorado resorts and the glitzy over-the-top image at the other extreme, Winter Park just seems real!
The resort believes its success is due in part to its ten year snow record which is the best in Colorado. This, combined with the resort’s proximity to Denver – it’s the closest major resort to the capital, only 90 minutes drive, or two hours by ski train – and its status as one of the biggest ski areas in the state, also help.
Major changes at the turn of the century saw the construction of a long-awaited base village. However, the ski centre’s traditional ‘resort base’ – the friendly and unpretentious towns of Winter Park and Fraser a few miles from the slopes remain a focus of the resort’s off-slope facilities. Winter Park also has a particularly strong reputation for its kids’, women’s and disabled skiing program.