WINTER PARK SKI RESORT
Winter Park Resort is the closest major ski resort to Denver. Despite being just 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park’s location tucked away in the Rockies feels as remote as the most off-the-beaten path ski resort. After you descend from Berthoud Pass, you enter the Arapahoe National Forest and three wilderness areas that surround Winter Park. The town is nestled at the foot of the continental divide, with easy access to 765,000 acres of public land and numerous peaks and 14ers. Winter Park offers endless recreation opportunities both in winter and summer.
Winter Park Ski Resort has over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain with more than 140 trails and 1,200-plus acres of back-country terrain. If you are looking for tree skiing, the tree runs on Mary Jane can’t be beat.
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WINTER PARK STATS
|Base Elevation:||9,000 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||12,060 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||3,081|
|Vertical Rise:||3,060 ft|
|Number of Trails:||166|
|Annual Snowfall:||318 inches|
GRANBY RANCH SKI AREA
Just 30 minutes down the road from Winter Park lies Granby Ranch, a family-owned ski resort that caters to families. The resort is designed with the trails all starting and ending at the base to make it easy for beginners and families. The resort features 76% of it’s trails as beginner/intermediate so it’s a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. Granby Ranch also has five terrain parks, and several tree runs for those looking for more of a challenge. It’s also easy to take a break from skiing on their groomed snowshoe and cross-country trails.
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GRANBY RANCH STATS
|Base Elevation:||8,202 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||9,202 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||406|
|Vertical Rise:||1,000 ft|
|Number of Trails:||40|
|Annual Snowfall:||220 inches|
|Longest Run:||0.6 miles|
Winter Park Skiing & Snowboarding FAQs
Is Winter Park a good ski resort?
Winter Park is one of the best ski resorts in Colorado as it checks all the boxes – terrain for all ski levels, a large amount of skiable terrain, a family-friendly vibe, a top-rated apres ski scene, and great nightlife. USA Today named Winter Park as the best ski resort in the US in 2018 – proof that this Colorado ski resort is worth the trip.
How far is Winter Park Resort from Denver?
Winter Park Resort is about 75 miles from Denver, making it one of the closer resorts to the Denver metro area. Driving takes about 1.5 hours, a shuttle is about 2 hours. The Amtrak also runs train service from Denver to Fraser/Winter Park station, which takes about 3 hours.
Is Winter Park on the Epic Pass?
Winter Park is not included in the Epic Pass. However, Winter Park is part of the Ikon Pass.
How much does it cost to ski at Winter Park?
The total daily cost to ski in Winter Park, including ski rental, lift ticket, lunch and accommodation is as follows:
|Resort||Total Daily Cost||Ski Rental||Lift Ticket||Lunch||Accommodation|
|Winter Park Resort||$333||$48||$144||$16||$125
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Is Winter Park good for beginners?
Winter Park offers a huge amount of terrain specifically for beginners. The green runs in Winter Park occupy 27% of the terrain – that translates to 810 acres! The beginner trails of Winter Park feature easy slopes that lead down the valley, and practice areas near the base of the mountain. The large amount of beginner terrain, plus the proximity to Denver make Winter Park a good destination for those new to the sport.
Does Winter Park have night skiing?
Unfortunately, Winter Park does not have night skiing. But with the plentiful options for apres ski, evening entertainment is covered!
What ski resorts are near Winter Park?
Winter Park resort and Granby Ranch are both ski areas near Winter Park.
How can I save money on Winter Park ski and snowboard rentals?
Renting online in advance can save you money. Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates. This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance. It also guarantees availability of equipment. Save 10% by booking ski rentals with Black Tie Ski on TripOutside!
What are the differences between the types of ski rental packages?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).