Colorado Resort Adventure Guide



General Information: Winter Park: 970-726-5514.
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Winter Park is in the central Colorado mountains 68 miles northwest of Denver on Highway 40, with shuttle service from Denver International Airport. On weekends a ski train takes skiers from Denver to Winter Park through spectacular mountain scenery on a historic railroad. It is an easy drive by car from Denver.

Winter Park is a favorite with skiers in eastern Colorado. It is easily accessible and offers some of Colorado's most reasonable rates for skiing, lodging and dining. It especially appeals to average-ability skiers who like cross country and jumping. Winter Park's three connected mountains offer ideal Alpine skiing, especially around Parsenn Bowl. The area's five-mile run is the longest in Colorado. Many people consider Winter Park's moguls among the best in the United States.

It has 120 trails and over 1,400 skiable acres (43% advanced, 38% intermediate, 19% beginner). The highest lift goes to 12,060 feet and the longest run is five miles. Snowboarding and cross country skiing are available, as are child-care and children's ski lessons.

Luxury lodging includes the C Lazy U Guest Ranch, a Mobil Five Star dude ranch with one-to three-bedroom units, sauna, hot tub, racquetball, restaurant, lounge and ice skating. It is 25 miles from the ski area but provides free shuttle service. Condominiums include the Beaver Village Condos, with kitchens and fireplaces. Condo management companies include Destinations West, 970-726-8881.

Good restaurants include the Gasthaus Eichler, Ranch House at Devil's Thumb and The Lodge at Sunspot. Night spots that usually have music or dancing include The Slope, West Portal Station, Club Car, Old Town Cookhouse, the Last Waltz, Deno's, Adolph's, and Byer's Peak.