by: R Lee Stump - 11th February 2011

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Terrain, trees, bumps, bowls, snow and staff...
Nothing, except I never made it out of the village...

Full review

My first trip to Winter Park and it is an immediate favorite... it probably helped that I got 9" fresh day one, 4" fresh day two and 7" fresh day three... so it was simply heavenly. I stayed slopeside, ski in/ski out, and with everything the village had to offer, breakfast, lunch and apres ski, I never even made into the town of Winter Park in my six days. Coffee &Tea Market, upstairs in Balcony House, any time, puts Starbuck's to shame... and Lime, especially happy hour, were favorites. I went to Winter Park to ski bumps, and bumps is what I got... lots of them, every run, every day. You've got to love a place that doesn't groom much beyond green... nothing beyond blue. I warmed up on Winter Park Day 1 before heading to the Jane for Day Two... Don't usually see that much pow so I took a lesson and the instructors were awesome... made the trip. Balch, Retta's Run, Mulligan's Mile... awesome... Derailer and every run from it... awe inspiring. Day 3 and 20" of pow headed to Parsenn Bowl for the glades... (knee relief too)... Day four hit the Eagle Wind lift for more glades... with fresh tracks every day... gotta love it. You know you love a place when you're sitting outside on the deck at Lunch Rock Cafe at the Summit of Mary Jane when it's -11 w/-36 windchill... blue sky day... no hat, no gloves, enjoying chilli in a bread bowl... and the total beauty of the place makes you forget the cold. Mary Janes rules!
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