Overall Rating

Winter Park

Winter Park3.5/512
Winter Park3.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
  • Recommend
    75%
  • Would Revisit
    75%

Winter Park - Reviews

Winter Park - Reviews

Excellent resort

Sara Moore
24/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Excellent resort

Sara Moore
24/02/2020
Just returned from a week skiing in Winter Park. I can safely say that we all had a great time. The snow was excellent, the runs were beautiful, lift lines were non -existant. Ski rentals were great , quality was very good. Boots were comfortable!.

Why Winter Park is Awesome

Robert
12/12/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    2

Why Winter Park is Awesome

Robert
12/12/2019
Winter Park is such an amazing resort in Colorado. The transportation at Winter park is unusual. You can come to Winter Park by train that drops you right off at the base of the mountain right by the Gondola. The cabriolet is always fun to ride and the snow tubing is a blast also. There is also ice skating and a cute village town at the bottom. The restaurant by the Cabriolet serves okay pizza and good refreshments.

Anit-Family

Steve Miller
14/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Admin Rating
    3

Anit-Family

Steve Miller
14/04/2019
I dont know what happened to Winter Park. They have discontinued their free child pass with the purchase of an adult pass. The fee for a day are now $169 at the door. The discounts are a joke. the EPIC pass is way to expensive. We bought 5 for 4 passes, but blackouts are christmas, MLK and president days. there are no buddy passes.
I skied here for years. It is sad how the maintenance has declined, and the anti-resort feel is now a FULL RESORT. I yearn for the old days when Winter Park encouraged local Denver families to ski at their resort. Unfortunately, I will need to move on and stop skiing.

Winter Park Resort

Way
01/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Winter Park Resort

Way
01/03/2019
Our family have been skiing there forever and love it!!!

No place to teach your own kids

n
14/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    2

No place to teach your own kids

n
14/12/2018
There is no place to teach your own small kids to ski here. They have some fantasy that I'm going to be taking my 3 yr old on a chairlift to discovery park. THAT'S WHAT A BUNNY HILL IS FOR!!! I have no idea what would cause a family establishment to be so harsh to families trying to teach their own kids to ski as to close down the only magic carpet area and charge hundreds of dollars for a ski school lesson for access. Every other resort on earth has a bunny hill that doesn't require a chairlift ride. You boneheads.

Beginners not welcome - Stay away

Rene Lindsay
21/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Beginners not welcome - Stay away

Rene Lindsay
21/02/2018
Winter Park used to be a great place for beginners to ski, but not anymore. The beginners slope, and magic carpet area, known as Sorensen park is no longer open to the public, except between 15h30 and 16h15, which is not worth the trip, or the price of renting ski's. It has now been taken over by the ski-school, like a bunch of thugs. When my 8-year old daughter tried to use the magic carpet, these ski-school thugs shouted, and ganged up on her and forced her to leave, making her cry. All-and-all, a very unpleasant experience.

Winter Park/Mary Jane Review

Jacob
25/12/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Winter Park/Mary Jane Review

Jacob
25/12/2016
Honestly, I can't see myself skiing another mountain as a local. The lift prices are 50 bucks less than Breck or Vail for a day, season passes are half the pass (WP is $309 for a student, $609 for epic local). I also love the anti-resort vibe. Yes, there's a resort at the bottom of WP, but its small and not really much there compared to Breck or Vail. Everyone is there to do one thing, ski.

There's always a party at the Jane Lot and they always have the consistent snowfall and tree/bump runs that all of us love. Its a non-pretentious vibe that we have all grown to love. On the weekend, lift lines are never that bad compared to other resorts and and its really cool to see all the disabled skiers (WP is the home mountain of NSCD) flying down runs way faster than you ever will. Additionally, if you have little ones or someone just learning, WP has all the terrain they need and going from peak to peak is super easy. To me WP is a skiers mountain, not the basic, pretentious resort with everybody and their brother at Vail because they want to spend $1000 on a spa day after their one day of skiing greens.

Us Winter Park/Mary Jane skiiers are loyal and we go A LOT. I grew up on this mountain and the family friendly, cheap mountain, with tons of real locals is enough to keep me coming back year after year.

Winter Park '13 - '14

Joel
14/11/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    2

Winter Park '13 - '14

Joel
14/11/2014
Snow last year at Winter Park was record breaking and everybody knew it. From January onward the resort was jam-packed full of people to the point of taking away from some of the fun. During this time I discovered the eastern generally empty portion of the park and the off-the-beaten path lines through the trees which is really a hidden gem.

Winter Park/Mary Jane

Matt
24/09/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Winter Park/Mary Jane

Matt
24/09/2013
Winter Park/Mary Jane offer two distinct skiing experiences. Winter Park has a number of mellow cruisers and a variety of terrain parks. Mary Jane offers outstanding tree skiing and the best bump skiing in the world. For powder days after a storm check Vasquez cirque and the eagle wind lift area. Advanced intermediates who want to find powder and experience some beginning tree skiing should ski the panoramic express. It's 1600 vertical drop takes riders to the top of the mountain and has numerous gladed skiing options.

Overall nightlife is limited. Winter Park is a good place for groups that wouldn't mind cooking a few meals and staying in. However, there are still enough restaurants to get by. Try Hernandos for Pizza, Fonteno'ts for Cajun/seafood, and Deno's for slightly upscale Americana. For decent bar food try "The Library" - its a microbrewary with lots of TVs, and games for kids. However, if you have non-skiers and/or are looking for lots of nightlife and shopping, you should look into other Colorado resorts.

Two minor points of contention with the Winter Park Review on this site. Winter Park's claim that it gets more snow than all other Colorado destination resorts is true. Most sources I've seen have Winter Park with at least 5-10 inches a year more than Vail. Plus colloquially, and from living here my whole life skiing both mountains, Winter Park tends to under report ( the Jane side receives a good 20-30% more snow than WP and the stake is on the WP side) while Vail tends to over report (http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120302/NEWS/120309967). Also, Winter Park's elevation and aspect allow for some of the best snow retention in the state. You are more likely to have decent to good snow at Winter Park compared to almost anywhere on the continent. Second, bumps keep powder around because not very many people can actually ski bumps much less bumps in a foot of snow. If you like powder and trees Mary Jane has amazing trees and the bumps keep the front range crowds away.

Bottom looking for a quiet or family ski vacation with a complete mountain. Consider WP/MJ.

Winter Park

Leftie
20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Admin Rating
    4

Winter Park

Leftie
20/10/2012
Winter Park is big enough to provide something for everyone but retains the charm of a local mountain not a massive vacation destination—good snow and plenty of runs for all levels. It's usually an easy drive up from Denver and gets plenty of Front Range skiers when the snow is falling. For more serious terrain head over to Mary Jane. You will find some of the best bumps and trees and great fall line skiing.

Pros: Trestle and Parsenn Bowl. Outhouse is a fun run as well. Glades. A ski area that lets nature take its course—beautifully cut trails and tons of bumps if you want them. This place has a cool local vibe—the kind of place where you are coming to ski not vacation.

Cons: Getting off I-70 and heading up 40 during a big storm can be a nightmare—they shut down the road sometimes so if you aren't already up in Winter Park/Mary Jane, you're not getting in. It can get really crowded with folks driving up from Denver.
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