- Overall Rating 1
- Family Friendly 4
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 2
Pros: Well developed ski area
Cons: Long hike to ski lift; No onsite ski storage
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds
Date Visited: Nov 1, 2008
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 and poles in the morning when you are fresh. That 100' rise is a challenge later in the day when all you want to do is get out of your boots and curl around a tall one.
2. This would not be terribly bad except the developers decided to remove all the over night ski storage facilities. So you are doomed to haul your skis, boots, and poles up and down the hill for the entire duration of you stay.
The stated reason for these two fatal flaws is the developers want all skiers to trudge through their new shopping village. This is OK for Denver area week end skiers. If they don't like the hike they can drive another hour or so to the next ski area.
Destination skiers have many other choices. I have never been to or heard of a ski area that intentionally made it difficult for skiers to ski their resort. Winter Park has succeeded. I will never ski Winter Park again.