Winter Park Ski Holidays

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Luke Dorking

"Winter Park is one of the most attractive and varied ski areas in Colorado and is a top family destination as well as an affordable option for adult groups. The new resort centre is small but perfectly formed."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 8/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 9/10
  • Families: 8/10
  • Nightlife: 5/10
  • Village Charm: 7/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 7/10
  • Sustainability: 9/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Denver

Transfer Time: 1¾ hours

Transport: Transfer or Car Hire

Elevation: 12,060 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,060 ft

Avg Snowfall: 30 ft

Ski Area: 3,081 acres

Ski Lifts: 26

Runs: 143

Grade: 51% advanced
21% intermediates
28% beginners

Why Winter Park?

Winter Park is a serious winter playground. The resort has a relatively low profile in comparison with many of Colorado's other ski resorts despite the fact that is the oldest continually run ski resort in Colorado and this year is celebrating its 75th birthday. However it has a fantastic snow record, is close to Denver Airport, excellent value for money and offers over 3,000 acres of terrain so its popularity is quickly growing.

The Skiing

The ski area consists of seven distinct territories: Winter Park, Mary Jane, Vasquez Ridge, Parsenn Bowl, Eagle Wind, The Terrain Park, and The Cirque. A complete network of trails and chairlifts connects all Seven Territories. Mary Jane is more advanced and infamous throughout North America for her moguls. Intermediates and advanced skiers are really well catered for, beginners will love the ski school and ease of getting around and there is also a reasonable number of gnarly chutes and cliffs for the extreme skier and rider. What more could you ask for?

Off the Slopes

The resort has seen quite a bit of development recently and there is an attractive new resort village with new bars, restaurants and shops and two new condo properties. It is not the resort for you if nightlife is important but it works perfectly for families who just want convenience and a spacious condo to relax in.


Winter Park lodging is mostly in the form of condo accommodation and the best of these are clustered around the bottom of the lifts. There are also some good value hotel options either a cabriolet or short shuttle ride away. The town of Winter Park is a couple of miles down the road and has some very affordable options as well.

More Skiing?

Thanks to its close proximity to Denver, Winter Park works really well as a dual-resort holiday with pretty much any resort in Colorado. You can combine it with the likes of Breckenridge or Vail on one of our Colorado Ski Safaris. For something completely unique, how about adding on a stopover in Iceland and maybe see the Northern Lights.  For more details please click here.

Ski Safaris Combine skiing in Winter Park with other Colorado ski resorts.

Northern Lights Experience this natural phenomenon with a stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland

Ski & Sun Love the snow but need a little more time to relax on your holiday?