- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Experts paradise, no liftlines
Cons: If your not in shape, the bumps are relentless.
Recommended For: Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010
I never waited more than 5 minutes when I was there over Martin Luther King Junior weekend this year. It is the most challenging mountain that I have ever skied having lived in Denver the last 15 years. The mountain is spread out over 6 sections.
Winter Park Mountain: All of the several award winning terrain parks are here. This is just about the only place to find beginners terrain considering only 8 percent of the mountain is beginner runs. There is also enough expert and intermediate terrain to keep you satisfied.
Mary Jane: Mary Jane is virtually all moguls asides from a few ares. The runs are long, steep, and relentless. Another area is the chutes. You access these through gates with caution signs to point out there extremneties. They contaiin 50 plus degree pitches and several cliffs. Mary Jane also has many good unmarked glades.
Vasquez Ridge: There is nothing special here other than the fact that it is always completely empty.
Parsen Bowl: This is an excellent intermediate and expert bowl. The top is steep and wide and the bottom is almost all glades with perfect lines through the trees.
Eagle Wind: The Eagle Wind area is a forest of endless glades black diamond glades. It is huge and this is my favorite part of the mountain.
Vasquez Cirque: Vasquez Cirque is the hardest this mountain has to offer. It takes a mile long traverse or walk to get to unless on certain days they are towing people there by snowmobile. It is where you will find incredibly steep and gnarly chutes full of fresh powder.