Winter Park Resort receives the most snow of all Colorado destination resorts. Winter Park is the closest major destination ski resort to Denver (1 1/2 hours driving time). Winter Park has five distinct mountains, Winter Park, Mary Jane, Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Cirque and Vasquez Ridge. The 2004-05 season marks its 66th year of operation as the oldest continually operated ski resort in Colorado. When you go to visit you will find out why Winter Park is Colorados Favorite destination for snowboarding and ski vacations.
Get down tonight! Grab your skates and come dance to funky disco music! You are sure to have fun with your friends while ice-skating on the Village Ice Rink to 1970's disco music while the disco ball lights up the Village Ice Rink.
Mini Rail Jam
Little jibbers come practice and show your tricks! Hit the mini rail park, Bouncer, in the Village for some fun after the mountain has closed for the day. Practice your rail slides and jumps in a training mini terrain park.
The NASTAR race course is a dual race course where skiers and riders can race side-by-side against friends and family or against the clock. The course is set on Lower Cranmer, just above Snoasis, making the race course accessible to all skiers and riders at an intermediate level or better. Groups of any size and nearly any skill level can enjoy a fun and spirited competition catered to their needs. Ski clubs and councils, business retreats, family reunions, school ski trips, and other groups should give our NASTAR race course a try. Using a pacesetting system, participants can compare their results to other racers of all ages and abilities from across the country as well as with members of the U.S. Ski Team.
Scenic Snowcat Tours
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Winter Park Mountain in a heated 13 passenger snowcat. This loop tour travels across beginner, intermediate, and expert trails, making several stops along the way for photos.
Willie's Adventure Club
Parents, take a night off by leaving the kids with us! Our brand new evening program for kids ages 2 months to 14 years. Kids 5 and under can enjoy a night of games, sledding, snacks, and movies with the coolest children’s program around. Kids ages 6-14 can enjoy meeting new friends with activities such as tubing, ice skating, and games. Each program will include dinner and a movie at the Children’s Center with a possible visit from “Willie” the Winter Park Resort mascot. Dinner is included and will be supervised by the Winter Park Ski School.
Leaps & Bounds Bungee
Guided Mountain Tours
Coca-Cola Family Movie Night
Friday Music Series
Colorado Freeride Festival
High Altitude Flamethrower’s Chili Fest
Whiskey & Wing Festival
HIGHCOUNTRY SAFETY SUNSET ON THE DIVIDE
-PLANNING YOUR VACATION
Get in shape to ski-do not ski to get in shape. Skiing is an exciting, vigorous winter sport. Always make an honest assessment of your physical and skiing abilities. The weather can change radically and rapidly, so plan to bring or buy goggles, sunglasses, sun protection, a helmet or hat and clothing that make it possible for you to dress in layers.
-WHAT TO WEAR
Helmet Usage: Winter Park Resort recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under Your Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
No helmet can protect the wearer against all head injuries or prevent injury to the wearer's face, neck or spinal cord or body parts other than your head. Be aware that multiple head injuries, even if you wear a helmet, can cause life threatening injuries. Whether you use a helmet or not, always ski/ride responsibly and within your ability, and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
Layers of clothing are best. They can be added and removed in order to better regulate your body temperature.
Base Layers: long underwear, preferably, polyester or wool/poly blend; a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, then sweater, fleece, or sweatshirt.
Socks: thin wool or poly socks for skiing or snowboarding, thick ones are too bulky, and don't keep your feet as warm.
Outer Layers: coat and pants or bibs should be warm, water resistant and comfortable; gloves or mittens, mittens are warmer if you tend to get cold hands; helmet or hat that covers your ears and stays on your head during physical activity (80% of heat is lost though your head); glasses or goggles; sunscreen and lip balm are important to use at high altitude.
-HIGH ALTITUDE TIPS
The base of the mountain lies 9,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and less oxygen is available. People coming from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness. This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The best remedy is to take it easy your first day here: increase fluid intake, decrease salt, alcohol and caffeine intake, and select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. Be aware that high elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. If you have a respiratory or vascular illness, consult your physician before your trip. Seek medical assistance if problems persist or get worse.
The Colorado Legislature established as a matter of law that certain dangers and risks are inherent in the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and snowboarding and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing including: changing weather conditions, existing and changing snow conditions, bare spots, rocks, stumps, trees, collisions with natural objects, man-made objects or other skiers, variations in terrain, and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
Colorado Law includes cliffs, jumps, extreme or freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of skiing.
Skiing and riding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross-country or other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
-YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE
Always stay in control, be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Skiing is a positive environmental experience. Please help us care for the environment.
Colorado State Law prohibits riding the lifts or skiing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you are involved in a collision resulting in an injury, Colorado State Law requires that you give your name to a ski area employee before you leave the vicinity. Witnesses are encouraged to contact a ski area employee.
Do not enter closed lands adjoining a ski area.
Do not disembark from a chairlift except at a designated area.
Violations of the Colorado Ski Safety Act may result in fines up to $1000 and/or imprisonment.