Winter Park

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  • Winter Park is not a good destination ski resort

    Dec 4, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well developed ski area
    Cons: Long hike from bus to ski lift, No onsite ski storage

    Summary: Winter Park is a well developed ski area with a variety of trails.  It is actively being redeveloped.  There are two fatal flaws.1. It is a 2000 foot hike from the bus drop down 100' to the ski lifts.  Not a bad walk with your skis ... read more

  • Winter Park, great for snowboarding (and walking)

    Mar 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of variety, great challenging terrain, easy access from Denver
    Cons: lots of flats to traverse to move between different areas of the mountain

    Summary: I went skiing this year in late March to Winter Park, and had a blast! I was with a large group, and one of the best things about WP was that there was something here for skiers of all levels. The younger kids learned well with the ski school service ... read more

  • Vacation Winter Park Colorado, Rocky Mountains

    May 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of things to do with the family, great weather and beautiful scenery.
    Cons: Wish we could have stayed longer.

    Summary: We spent a week in the Rocky Mountains and chose Winter Park Colorado as our destination. We had always wanted to go to the Rocky Mountains. The whole family had a wonderful time. We went mountain biking, hiking, roller blading, horseback riding and ... read more

  • Winter Park Ski School - Easy Start Program

    Dec 13, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly Instructor Excellent Instruction Dedicated Beginners Area
    Cons: Lackluster beginners support in rental shop Over-priced drinks and food

    Summary: Last year, I decided to learn how to snowboard. I wrote about the lack of success here. In May, I moved to Denver, so naturally, I decided to take up snow sports. After many discussions with locals, I decided to try Winter Park, but this time, I would ... read more

  • Snowboarding @ Winter Park, Colorado

    Feb 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Weather, friendly employees at WPR, excellent skiing, no crowds during week.
    Cons: Early sundown, can get bitter cold and windy, crowded on weekends.

    Summary: I just returned from a great trip to the Winter Park Resort (WPR). It was my first trip to WPR. I went with the intention of learning to snowboard after skiing for over ten years. Weather: The weather was perfect, clear, 30 degrees at base, no ... read more

  • Good Skiing but Many Inconveniences

    Jan 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great snow, challenging terrain, great tree skiing, lots of mogul practice
    Cons: long lift lines, expensive, poor ski school management, poor parking, lack of restaurants

    Summary: This is the third winter my husband, daughter (8 yrs old) and I have gone to Colorado to ski. In the last two years, we've gone to Vail and Steamboat respectively, and felt that Winter Park did not measure up. There are many positives at Winter Park ... read more

  • Winter Park---Great for People With Disabilities

    May 10, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for people with disabilities. A very rustic ski area with breathtaking views.
    Cons: Limited choices of restaurants, steep beginner run at the base

    Summary: Long before we had kids, the hubby and I used to take trips out west to escape the bunny hills of the midwest. Once we started having kids, we looked back fondly on nights of sitting outside in hot tubs with snow falling gently around us. Our skis ... read more

  • Great Mountain...

    Nov 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Tree runs, Hot Snow and No Lift Lines.
    Cons: On a Saturday night at 9PM, you're the only one not sleeping.

    Summary: The view of the continental divide is amazing! I never had a bad run, there's always a hit somewhere if you look for it and the snow is perfect. The only time the snow is anything less than perfect is when you have to walk through it. I got myself ... read more

  • Winter Park Rocks

    Feb 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great location, Good terrain. Really fun back bowls for the extreme skier
    Cons: Can't think of any

    Summary: I personally think that Winter Park is one of the best ski resorts in Colorado. The snow is either the best there is in the state or pretty close to it. I am a pretty good snowboarder (ten years), so I enjoy the back country runs which are can easily be ... read more

  • "A Weekend Getaway In Winter Park, Colorado!"

    Dec 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exceptional Scenery, Incredible Values even if you are not there to ski.
    Cons: None

    Summary: We were visiting our youngest son in Denver Colorado during this past November. He had scheduled a 3-day weekend in Winter Park, Colorado to get away from the hustle and bustle of Denver and enjoy some extra mountain biking, hiking and rest. Bryan has ... read more

  • Spring Break at Winter Park!

    Apr 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ski schools, slopes, options!
    Cons: High prices of restaurants in the area

    Summary: This year we decided to spend Spring Break with the kids on the slopes. After living in Colorado for 13 years, I knew we had to go to Winter Park one of the best, and biggest, ski resorts. And since it was the first time for my kids to ever put on ... read more

  • Fantastic! Let it Snow.

    Mar 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Number of Trails, Wide Trails, Excellent ski school.
    Cons: Not open at night Ending trail a bit too steep for a green

    Summary: We visited WinterPark Ski Resort a few weeks ago. A first time visit for us. Not first for skiing tho. Being from Florida, we generally ski on the east coast. Yes, there are some great places to ski on the east and they are not too ... read more

  • Perfect Park

    Mar 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful with a little bit of everything
    Cons: None

    Summary: Winter Park has a little bit of everything for you to do. There is the skiing. The have a variety of every type of run for the experienced to no novice. There is a wide variety of each. There are two mountains which are opposites in difficulty. ... read more

  • Winter Park offers many different things to many different people.

    Feb 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great bumps, great and varied terrain, day trip from Denver
    Cons: its in colorado and I'm in Minnesota

    Summary: Winter Park is pretty much one of the best ski areas out there. The terrain is just varied enough so that everyone can get out there and have fun, but yet those who are hankering for a bit more difficult terrain will have more than enough for their ... read more

  • No Pain, No Jane!

    Jan 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hard, great bumps, short lift lines
    Cons: Fewer runs

    Summary: There's the kind of skier who leans over with butt out making a tee-pee (let the smoke out at the top) and scrapes down the slope with an incline like a Kansas highway and STILL wipes out--skis, poles and body parts spilling across the snow. Mary Jane, ... read more

  • Love the resort/Hate the crowds

    Dec 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many varying degrees of easy to difficult runs
    Cons: Inefficient crowd management

    Summary: This is a pretty cool resort. There are many trails with varying degrees of difficulty so that it's easier to try those trails that are just a little bit harder. The ski lifts run smoothly, and all of the staff I have encountered have been very helpful ... read more

  • i went skiining and i cant ski

    Nov 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beauty, nice snow, active
    Cons: snow turns into water

    Summary: Ive been to Winterpark CO twice once as a 14 year old skier and then as a 18 year old non skier. I know the best of both worlds. As a young naive teenager i decided to enroll in ski lessons that were being taught by ski instructors. Let me mention i ... read more

  • My church group of 50+ loved it...

    Oct 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Spacious on and off the mountain...
    Cons: A few too many beginners towards base...

    Summary: The first thing that got me attracted to the church in my area was the infamous ski-trip. A week long event where youth from 12 and 13 in junior high are placed in the same proximity and under some supervision of 17 and 18 year old seniors in high ... read more

  • Not Well Known, but a Great Place!

    Jun 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great terrain, great snow, fun
    Cons: Not much above the timberline skiing

    Summary: Winter Park is not a very well known famous Colorado ski resort - not like Aspen or Vail or Steamboat. But it is a great place to ski. They have great snow, great trails and an all around great environment. The snow quality here is great. ... read more

  • Caution: Blind Skier and Out of Sight FUN!

    Jun 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Accommodates anyone and everyone, lots of "extra" activities aside from skiing, variety of terrain, great snow!
    Cons: Winter doesn't last all year... but I hear summer at WP is great too!

    Summary: You read right… I'm one of those lunatic florescent-orange-bib-wearing-blind skiers you see on the slopes of Winter Park… and I love every minute of it. (Thanks to the orange bib, I've only been run over by one person, and that was another blind skier!) ... read more

  • Skiing Winter Park for Intermediate Skiers

    May 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: User-friendly resort, a variety of trails, not far from Denver, nice towns near-by (Winter Park, Fraiser), great restaurants and grills
    Cons: April skiing (start at 10 AM to avoid the ice and finish at 3 PM to avoid the slush), small condo units

    Summary: This past April I had the privilege to ski Winter Park for two days. Although I would love to say I am an "advanced" skier I am not. When you grow up in Illinois there is not too many ski resorts to try out. However being an intermediate skier ... read more

  • Powder Is A Must!

    Apr 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tons of Advanced Trails
    Cons: Back Country Skiing was closed by this point

    Summary: I just got back from a wonderful ski trip to Winterpark. Winterpark has a wonderful array of skiing, services, and nightlife. For those of you looking for a trip with everyone in your family included, this is the place to go. During spring ... read more

  • Great variety of runs beginner to advanced

    Apr 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wide variety of trials, not too crowded
    Cons: Not the greatest hang-out scene

    Summary: Winter Park is a great location for late-season skiing. The variety of runs will suit everyone from beginner through advanced, with lots of mogul runs, long trails and steep descents. We went there for a Thursday to Sunday trip, and Thursday ... read more

  • Truly Colorado's Favorite...

    Mar 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: bumps, price, location
    Cons: lots of closed runs, and extremely poor customer service

    Summary: The season pass is cheaper than the five mountain pass, and the resort is closer to metro denver. Furthermore, Winter Park is renowned for it's world class moguls. An excellent place to learn bump skiing, winter park also provides an excellent ... read more

  • Ski Winter Park: Some family skiing tips!

    Mar 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Diverse, beautiful ski resort, down to earth.
    Cons: Expensive without discounts.

    Summary: I am fortunate enough to live only about 60 miles from this wonderful ski resort. Everyone in my family has a season pass to Winter Park this year, except for me! I don't ski quite as much, so I decided not to buy the pass this year. Winter Park offers a ... read more

  • Winter Park does have it all!

    Mar 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Choice of terrain, layout of resort, closest from Denver
    Cons: Honestly, none....as long as you can sequester your need to party all night long for some of the best skiing ever.

    Summary: I remember it well...March of '97 followed with a return trip exactly one year later. I was younger then...we all were, but I enjoyed some of the best snow ever! Back then the Park was serving up a dry spell of snow, but on the way out of Denver it ... read more

  • Winter Park ski!

    Mar 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great skiing,quiet atmosphere
    Cons: not alot of night life or other actvities

    Summary: Winter Park is a great place to go skiing. It is closer than any of the other resort towns coming from the East. I would highly recommend this resort town for people who love to ski but don't require a lot of nightlife. We take our ... read more

  • Go here for sure......

    Feb 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything .....great place
    Cons: too much snow....hard to drive in cause of that

    Summary: Of all the places I have snowboarded this has got to be the best in colorado, and most likely the us. It has so much terrain it is awesome. The mountain Mary Jane has some of the steepest drops, most moguls, and beautiful scenery. The winter park ... read more

  • The best slopes around

    Feb 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tons of quality runs, great dry powder
    Cons: many are challenging

    Summary: I have been dreaming of winter park after getting back to California. It is by far the best resort. It fairly assesses the runs. It is a place where a black diamond is a real black diamond and I do not ever want to see the double black diamonds. It is ... read more

  • Colorado's Most Visited Ski Resort is a Real Gem!

    Feb 6, 2000 by mrkstvns is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Super convenient and great variety of terrain
    Cons: Not cheap, small number of trails for novices

    Summary: Winter Park claims to be the most popular ski resort in Colorado, and I bet they're right! They have a great mix of terrain in all skill levels and a lot of advanced terrain and bump runs in its Mary Jane area. Most of all, they do it by being the ... read more

  • Looking for a good place to ski? Try winterapark

    Feb 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good place to ski, good slopes
    Cons: price

    Summary: If you are looking for a good place to ski in colorado i would highly recommend Winter park ski resort. Winter park ski resort is a top place to ski around december or january. winter park has 20 ski lifts!!!!!! yes 20 plus 8 quad lifts WOA..that means ... read more

  • A snowy wild ride

    Feb 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellant ski conditions and trails
    Cons: lodging reservations may be difficult

    Summary: The ski resort of Winterpark has only one adjective describing it...FUN! This mountain features many interesting and exciting opportunities for any level of skier, whether you may be just a beginner or you enjoy skiing for a thrill. Winterpark has ocer ... read more

  • Winter Park: fun yet challenging

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: different levels of challenge, lodge
    Cons: ?

    Summary: Three friends and I took a trip to Colorado recently to do some skiing. We are all from Michigan and were in awe of the Rockies and the size of the runs in Colorado compared to resorts in Michigan. All of us considered ourselves adequate skiers. Mary ... read more

  • Something for everyone

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: variety of runs, lots of ski lifts so short lines, ski patrol is awesome
    Cons: good 2 hr drive from Denver

    Summary: well, the very first time I skied, when I was 7 years old, was at Winter Park. And I remember having a blast. I think my parents signed my brother and I up for lessons there, if I remember correctly, for a few days, and every day after lessons were ... read more

  • Fun Year 'Round! Even summer!

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: something to do during EVERY season
    Cons: crowded during peak seasons

    Summary: Here is a place I should've immediately rated upon joining Epinions! I used to live there, after all. I moved there in late summer of '91, right when the summer season was winding down. I made it just in time to enjoy the last days of the summer ... read more

  • ALL AROUND GREAT RESORT!

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The people - The Mountain - Town of Frasier.
    Cons: NONE!!!!!!

    Summary: It all began in the winter of 1987 when I left Kentucky for Colorado to be a ski bum. I ended up in Winter Park and since that day I have had a deep love for that place. During my time there I was able to visit other ski resorts but none compared totally ... read more

  • Winter Park , a must ski for everyone..

    Jan 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great snow, No lift lines, laid back resort and town, very cool place
    Cons: None for me, the town may be too slow for those from Vail or Aspen.

    Summary: Winter Park still is my favorite resort, GREAT SNOW!!, no lift lines, best all around mountain there is. I have skied Tahoe, Montana, Colorado, Vermont, and the midwest, and after every trip i still remark on how my trips to Winter Park are my ... read more

  • Mary Jane - Winter Park backlands

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Town, Wide Skill Levels
    Cons: None

    Summary: Having grown up in Colorado, I feel Winter Park and Mary Jane have continuously been my top option for ski trips for many reasons. First, the city of Winter Park is fun and classy without being outrageously expensive. Because there are a lot ... read more

  • One of the Best in the U.S.

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent skiing. Extremely short lift lines.
    Cons: Not quite as good slopes as Aspen, etc. & very little nightlife.

    Summary: Winter Park is by far my favorite place, for skiing specifically, in the United States. It offers excellent skiing and long runs of various difficulties. The snow is fantastic (as with almost all the resorts in Colorado!), and the best attraction is ... read more

  • Learn To Ski to Double Black - This IS the Place To Be!

    Jan 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Something for everyone!
    Cons: we don't live there anymore!

    Summary: I actually, at the "ripe OLD age" of 24, learned to ski at the Winter Park Resort. My now-husband and I moved to Granby, CO in October of 1994 after finishing seasonal jobs in Maine. (For those who don't know, Granby is just a little ... read more

  • Winter Park-Family Friendly

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: varied terrain, close to Denver
    Cons: can be crowded

    Summary: As a Colorado native, I can ski any resort whenever I want. My favorite, hands-down, is Winter Park. As a young girl, I learned to ski here and still choose Winter Park as my destination of choice. Why? Because there is a wide variety of terrain ... read more

  • All levels can enjoy

    Jan 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: all levels can have fun
    Cons: hard to find

    Summary: When I was in Colorado visiting some relatives during Christmas we went skiing at Winterpark. I had a blast. This is definitely a resort for all levels. I had only skiied once before so I was afraid of the hard runs, so my mom showed me where map ... read more

  • Great for experts, not so good for others

    Dec 30, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great bumps and expert terrain
    Cons: Lots of flats on the beginner/intermediate runs

    Summary: Winter Park is divided into two separate areas - the Winter Park side and the Mary Jane side. The Jane is for advanced and expert skiers with its legendary bumps, rightfully considered the best around. Most of the terrain on this side is steep, with ... read more

  • Many options for entertainment available

    Dec 24, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: appeals to wide-range of enthusiasts
    Cons: expenses can add up for travel, housing, food and equipment rentals

    Summary: An "extended family" visit this week (December 19 - 23) was a great experience in the Winter Park area. Family members ranged from 83 to 3 years of age, and we found something to entertain each of us, stretching from the die-hard ski experts ... read more

  • One of the best!

    Dec 23, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: short lifts for kids, inexpensive food courts
    Cons: early closing hours, parking

    Summary: Winter Park ski resort, in my opinion, is one of the best places to take a family on a ski trip. I have been to other resorts, and Winter Park is by far the best choice for a family of skiers. My two sons, ages 9 and 6, always enjoy Winter Park ... read more

  • Great for novice or expert

    Dec 23, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great all around skiing
    Cons: none

    Summary: My husband and I went skiing at Winter Park last year. What a great experience for all. We went witha group of friends. We ranged anywhere from first timers to expert skiers. This resort offered everything that we all needed. The schools were great ... read more

  • Eski-Fast

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Bumps the size of voltzwagon bugs
    Cons: night life

    Summary: Being a local may bias my opinion but the atmosphere here at winter park is still that of a family resort. This is still a place where lift operators greet you as a member of the family, even if your not a local. The new eskimo express has turned ... read more

  • Look Out Below

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Roommy
    Cons: COLD

    Summary: Man I had a blast at this resort an slop. There is allot of room in the slop. I did not have to wait for a lift either, that was so very neat. I paid for a package with some friends of mine . They were 5 of us an we paid 300.00 a piece for 5 days an 4 ... read more

  • GREAT FUN AND GREAT SNOW!

    Dec 14, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great, variety of runs
    Cons: Bigger than some smaller places around here

    Summary: I have skied at Winter Park every year for the past four years. I learned how to ski there. They have great ski schools and great instructors. The resort is big enough so you don't have to ski the same run repeatedly. There is a great variety of ... read more

  • Wonderful Family Skiing

    Dec 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful family resort with inspirational Christmas Eve.
    Cons: Absolutely no cons.

    Summary: Winter Park is a wonderful family oriented ski facility. The Ski resort is wonderful with many miles of ski runs of every level. Therefore, skiers of different abilities will all have fun here. The town is a really wonderful place also. I guess the best ... read more

  • Winter Park

    Dec 9, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ski schools, personnel, family oriented
    Cons: parking

    Summary: The last 4 times I have been skiing I have been to Winter Park. I have also skied other areas in Colorado. Winter Park has been the best place to ski so far. I believe it is a more family oriented resort. It is still pricey but not as pricey as some ... read more

  • my trip to Winter Park

    Nov 23, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it had slopes for everyone
    Cons: hard to ski because snow was slushy

    Summary: Well, my friends and I visited Winter Park in Spring Break of 1999, and it was pretty fun but not as great as I expected. It might have just been the time of year that I went. When I went the snow was very 'slushy' and hard to ski on. Although it was ... read more

  • A great ski resort

    Nov 15, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great bumps, and family friendly
    Cons: Off the beaten path of I-70

    Summary: I have been a season pass holder at this resort for five years or so, and I would have to say that this resort takes the cake. It honestly has something for everyone. While Winter Park is most famous for it's bumps and advanced runs of Mary Jane, which ... read more

  • Rockfest

    Nov 4, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You'll hear great bands you've never heard before
    Cons: none

    Summary: Music and mountains go together like wine and cheese, Ren and Stimpy, shoes and socks. Ever since Julie Andrews belted "the hills are alive..," we have images of children dancing in the grass and clear, vibrant sounds bouncing ... read more

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  • Excellent family destination.

    Mar 15, 2007 by
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    Pros: Family oriented. School for 1st timers.
    Cons: The drive over the top of the mountain at night.

    Summary: We went for the first time last winter; and now we own a time share there for every December. That should tell you how much we enjoyed it there. We done everything from snowmobiling to skiing for the first time. Tubing is a must in the city of ... read more

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