Winter Park Resort
677 Winter Park Drive
Winter Park, Colorado 80482
(970) 726-5514, Denver direct (303) 892-0961
Reservations Number: 800) 979-0332
Snow Report Number: 303-572-SNOW or 970-726-SNOW
Fax Number: (970) 726-5993
Resort Overview: The closest ski resort to Denver, offers free shuttle service from Denver and an excellent range of skiing for beginners through experts. The resort has designated January as "Learn to Ski Month" with free beginner lessons to first-time skiers and snowboarders. The 32,000 square foot Children's Center offers one-stop shopping for kids, including day care for children from 2 months to 5 years and special ski school programs for kids 3-13. The resort's Magic Carpet, a non-chairlift riding program specially designed for young children, helps kids avoid "chairlift phobia". In addition to skiing, the area offers other amenities such as dog sled rides, snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, heated snowcat tours, tubing and roller skating.
Base Elevation: 9,000
Vertical Drop: 1,700
Skiable Acres: 2,886
Average Annual Snowfall: 365
Season: November 11th-April 22nd
Snowmaking: 26 trails: 294 acres
Night Skiing: No
Ski-Only Areas: No
Snowboarding Offered: Yes
Snowboarding Trails: 134
Terrain Parks: 3
Cross Country Skiing Offered: Yes, 150 miles of trails
Lifts: 22 lifts including 8 high-speed express quads, 4 triples, 7 double chairlifts and 3 Magic Carpets.
Lift Capacity/Hr: 35,030
Lift Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends and holidays.
Terrain: 33% Beginner; 27% Intermediate; 15% Advanced; 25%Most Difficult; 0% Expert
Longest Run: 2 miles
Lift Ticket Prices: $34 adult/$15 child
Passes/Discounts Available: Yes. Net Deals on the website has weekly coupons to print out and save money.
Day Care: Winter Park is well known for its outstanding child care facilities and children's ski school. Children's programs and rentals are in one location--the Children's Center. For more information and reservations call (970) 726-1551 or (303) 316-1551 (Denver Direct).
Child Care A non-ski program for children 2 months to 5 years old with structured activities and lunch is available on site. All day: $50; Half day (8 a.m.-12 noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m. without lunch): $35. Reservations required. There is an additional $5 one-time non-refundable reservation fee charged. Pagers/beepers are also available for a $5 rental fee so that parents can be reached at any time on the mountain if children have special needs (deposit required). 12 hour private ski or snowboard lesson available for an additional $40--includes ski equipment but must have own snowboard equipment.
Ute: The Ute Program introduces willing and potty-trained 3 and 4 year olds to skiing via organized, structured ski play indoors and out. Three year olds participate in a half-day small-group lesson on Mount Maury and enjoy arts and crafts and mountain awareness activities for the non-skiing part of the day. Four year olds participate in all day ski play activities, utilizing indoor and outdoor exercises. When appropriate, they will ride in a specially designed sled to ski in Discovery Park. This is a non-chairlift riding program. Cost is $65 for the first day without rental equipment and $55 for each additional day, $75 with ski rental equipment for the first day and $65 each additional day. Includes lessons, lunch, and all-day supervision. Reservations not necessary; register between 8:00-9:00 a.m. Note: Add-on private lesson available for Utes - 12 hour lesson for $40 per child (lift ticket included). There is limited availability, so reservations are required.
Children's Lessons: Cheyenne: Children 5 and 6 years old
Navajo: Children 7 and 8 years old
Arapaho: Children 9 through 13 years old
Participants receive ski or snowboard instruction, all-day supervision, lunch, lift ticket, and progress card. Cost is $65 for the first day without rental equipment and $55 for each additional day, $75 with ski rental equipment for the first day and $65 for each additional day. Snowboard rental packages are $20 per day. Reservations are not necessary; register between 8:00-9:00 a.m. Half-day: Level 1-6 skiers age 3-13 and level 1-3 snowboarders age 7-13 can enroll in a two and a half hour class from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $45 without rentals, $55 with ski rental and $65 with snowboard rental, and includes lift ticket, half-day supervision, lesson, and progress card. Children must be registered by noon. Note: The Children's Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lessons are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children's/ Teens' Programs: Teen Program: All Conditions Mountain Exploration (ACME) Ages 13-16 - levels 5-9, 22 hour, 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 PM (Offered during peak times and weekends) $37
Babysitting: Check with front desk at each hotel for list of babysitters. Rates vary.
Family Recreational Activities: The Family Private lesson. This lesson is available in either a three or six hour format for up to six family members. Instructors develop the lesson to meet the family's particular needs, whether they are learning to ski or snowboard, are at different levels and want a few tips for improvement, or the parents want to learn how to best teach and encourage their children.
Kids Rental Items: www.babiesaway.com
Lodging: Winter Park Central Reservations is the central booking agency for more than one hundred condominiums, family-style mountain inns (serving breakfast and dinner daily), hotels, bed and breakfasts, European-style lodges, motels, and property management companies. Mountain Inns: Raintree Inn, Woodspur Lodge, Beaver Village Lodge, Arapahoe Ski Lodge, Timber House Ski Lodge, or Gasthaus of Winter Park. Hotels: Vintage Hotel, Olympia Motor Lodge, El Monte Motor Lodge, Super 8, Sundowner Motel, Viking Lodge & Ski Shop, or Snow Mountain Ranch / YMCA of the Rockies. Condos and Private Homes: Lodging properties include: Winter Park Lodge II / Granco, Management on the Ridge, Snowblaze Resort Condominiums and Athletic Club, Winter Park Adventures, The Inn at Silvercreek, Iron Horse Resort, Beaver Village Condominiums, Silverado II Resort and Conference Center, Destinations West, Vintage Hotel, Condominium Management Company, Continental Property Management, or Alpine Vacations. Bed and Breakfasts: The Pines Inn at Winter Park or the Outpost Bed & Breakfast Country Inn.
Amenities: Snowcat tours, Ice skating, horse drawn Sleigh rides, Snowmobiling, Climbing wall, Hot air balloon rides, Roller skating, Tubing, Racquetball, Ice fishing, Sno scoots, Ultra lite flights, Snowshoeing, Health club, Shopping,Swimming, Hot springs, Dog sled rides and Comedy club.
Transportation Available: "The Lift" is the free local shuttle service that runs to and from most lodging properties and activities in the valley and Winter Park Resort base area. The free ASmart Shuttle@ serves local restaurants and bars on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and takes passengers right to their doorstep. From the Denver Airport guests can rent a car, take Amtrak's California Zephyr, use Home James Transportation Service, or take the Ski Train.
Awards: #5 Top Family Program award from Ski Magazine.