Number of runs: 143
Resort Height: 2743.3M
Top Lift Height: 3676.0M
Total Length of runs: 101KM
Easy runs: 35
Medium runs: 47
Difficult runs: 61
Annual Snowfall: 9CM
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Winter Park Ski Holidays - Stunning mountain resort
The stunning mountain resort of Winter Park offers skiing for all ability levels. The ski runs spread out from the resort in all directions. The beginners area is situated on Groswold's slopes with an aptly named Discovery Park. This specially dedicated beginners arena provides the perfect environment to learn the basics away from the intimidating hustle and bustle of the main pistes.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Winter Park - Staggering 687 acres of expert terrain
Intermediate skiers on holiday in Winter Park will be best pleased with all the ski runs as the range of skiing on offer for intermediate skiers is vast. With fast, long and perfectly manicured runs such as Mary Jane Trail and Crammer. There is also some powder bowl skiing available at intermediate level in Parsenn bowl.
Expert skiers on holiday in Winter Park will be more than happy with the skiing on offer. Although Winter Park already had a great name in terms of expert skiing, in the late ninety's Winter Park invested heavily in it's expert level areas. Winter Park now boasts a staggering 687 acres of expert terrain. Some of the best runs in the new area are Alphabet Chutes, Belle Fourche and Shadow Chute.
Cheap Ski Holidays in Winter Park - Fantasic ski school
There is a fantastic ski school in Winter Park that offer a huge range of options in terms of tuition. You can avail of the private lessons that allow you access to the slopes before they open to the public. If you are really serious about it you can even book into the sports science laboratory and have a biochemical and equipment analysis done to ensure that you are performing to the peak of your ability.
Cross-country enthusiasts on ski holiday in Winter Park are not forgotten about in this beautiful resort with over 200 km of perfectly manicured pistes in the local area. The areas are mainly located in the nearby YMCA ranch and the Devil's Thumb area.
Winter Park continues to attract more 'boarders each season, and is one of the few resorts to publicise just how much 'boarder interest it generates - 160,000 'rider visits' worth of lift ticket sales. The resort has a reputation for wide open cruisers, the powder stashes of Mary Jane mountain and its two terrain parks. Special trail maps are published for 'boarders which contain terrain park descriptions, alternate routes to avoid flats, information on scheduled events, tuition opportunities and other rider-specific mountain information. At the tops of the chair lifts there are benches for riders to use whilst they strap back in, and signs specifically pointing to the most snowboard friendly terrain.
Winter Park's super pipe, measures 100 metres (330 feet) in length, with walls up to 6 metres (19 feet) high - big enough to hold nationally ranked freestyle competitions. The resort's snowmakers and groomers work together to create jumps, ramps, winding gullies and treetops for "big air" thrill seekers in the Park.
The beginners' terrain park is Mountain Dew Mad Hatter's whilst The Rolls, the third area, is periodically reconfigured to accommodate snowboard-cross competitions. New last season is the more advanced Cheschire Cat terrain park. Tuition is offered with courses tailored for all ability levels from beginner to pro by the Rider Improvement Centre. There is also a Snowboard Series of contests staged at Winter Park allowing amateurs the chance to compete in halfpipe and snowboard- cross competitions. Freestyles take to the air and compete for prizes and bragging rights whilst snowboard-cross competitors go through the starting gate simultaneously (up to four at a time) and then jockey for position through a course full of turns, bumps and jumps as they race towards the finish. It's the only snowboard-cross contest in Colorado designed especially for amateurs.
Of the 40plus bars and restaurants around Winter Park, the majority are concentrated along the high street through the centre of the town. However the dramatically remodelled Derailer Bar, located at Winter Park base, is a popular first stop for the crowds coming off the slopes to exchange tales of the day's excitement, it has been completely overhauled recently.
Away from the slopes, Winston's bar in the Vintage Hotel contains a spectacular nineteenth century bar that reputedly originated in a favourite London pub of Winston Churchill. Another popular spot is the Rails Lounge in Iron Horse Resort, also the location for Wednesday night performances on the Comedy Train. For dancing, You also have the chance to immerse yourself in Country and Western culture at Rome on The Range, while The Drunken Frenchman offers a variety of live music.
Moonlight snowmobile tours are another popular option. The Winter Park Pub has 15 beers on tap, serves $1 beers every night of the week and has disco nights, mystery beer nights and other off-beat events. The Crooked Creek Saloon is the place for a taste of the Old West (there's a pool tournament every Monday) and Deno's Mountain Bistro has eight TVs tuned in to top sporting events every evening. Après Ski connoiseurs will want to obtain a copy of the Black Diamond Nightlife Tour which is a brochure/map detailing all top establishments. Presenting it at each will earn the bearer the establishment's special drink. The Tour Guide also contains details of 'the Lift' - Fraser Valley's free shuttle system.
Most of the attractions around Winter Park are snow based. Redfeather Snowshoe Tours leave twice daily for a guided two hour trek, whilst scenic Snowcat Tours leave three times daily for two hour excursions. Two hour moonlit snowmobile tours proved so popular that the resort introduced daytime snowmobiling on the summer mountain bike routes. Dog sledding is offered by the Snow Runners and there are two ice skating rinks open to the public, one covered in Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park, the other between the slopes and the town on Fraser. Various sleigh ride options are available and there's a tubing hill, floodlit with a rope tow, nearby. 40 minutes from the slopes there is the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort where water flows from the rocks into several pools with a temperature range from 80 to 112 degrees.
For movie buffs, The Silver Screen Cinema shows all the latest Hollywood releases. Winter Park increasingly promotes itself as an attraction alongside the City of Denver which is a realistic day trip from the resort or, for destination travellers, is good for a one or two night stop over at either end of your Winter Park vacation, especially to acclimatise as you're already about a mile above sea level.
The city has been revitalised over the past decade and has a thriving urban centre, with the redeveloped Lower Downtown area especially attractive with its restaurants, brew pubs, galleries and boutiques in restored historic buildings. The long 16th Street Mall is the key shopping area whilst the City Park houses an excellent Natural History Museum as well as the Denver Zoo, Gates Planetarium and an IMAX cinema. There are several other major museums as well as national basketball, ice hockey and basketball stadiums, plus Mile High stadium, home to the Superbowl Champions - the Denver Broncos.
There's a good choice of restaurants in Winter Park, where about 50 of the 60 or so eateries in the area are to be found. There's everything from fast-food staples such as McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Subway through gourmet.
For a taste of local Colorado meats, pasta and fish try the Divide Grill or, to get right off the continent, the Gasthaus Eichler serves jagersnitzel, spaetzle, rouladen and other German specialities. For Mexican The Shed has the best reputation whilst Hernando's Pizza and Pasta Pub serves family-friendly Italian and Fontenot's has established a reputation for zesty New Orleans-style Cajun cuisine.
One vacation favourite that must be mentioned is the sleigh ride dinner through the woods to enjoy dinner in a Western setting. At the ski area itself on-mountain evening dining is offered three nights a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at the Lodge at Sunspot on top of Winter Park mountain. The Lodge is decorated in the style of an elegant mountain lodge of the past. The Zephyr Express chairlift is modified to carry gondola cabins, and gourmet meals on offer include Chilean sea bass and Colorado buffalo prime rib.
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