Winter Park Resort is a Colorado favorite. Originally built by the city of Denver as a "winter park" for its residents, Winter Park Resort has continually operated since 1939. While it is only 60 miles from Denver, it is separated by huge mountain ranges and therefore has a very remote feel to it.
The ski area is known for being a very family-friendly resort and has terrain for all ability types. Winter Park contains over 3,000 skiable acres that span across two distinct mountains and is home to a majority of beginner and intermediate trails. Mary Jane Mountain is home to amazing tree skiing, world-class moguls and wide-open alpine bowls.
The resort contains modern amenities with an extensive well-developed trail system. The village base contains multiple lodging, dining and shopping options.
While the main way to reach Winter Park is by I-70 West and US-40 (about 1.5 hours from Denver), you can also reach the slopes by train. The double-decker Winter Park Express is a weekends-only 2-hour train ride from downtown Union Station to Winter Park. It does sell out so buy your tickets early!
Experience the feel of backcountry, out-of-bounds skiing at Eagle Wind territory. This expert only area winds through glades and a challenging forest and is a must-visit for any expert skier.
Take the gondola up to Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge and experience an incredible sunset while taking in some of the best food and drink the mountain has to offer.
Chow down on a hot Nashville chicken sandwich at Rippy's Mountain Tavern, located conveniently near the slopes.
Experience great Colorado craft beer at Hideaway Park Brewery, featuring a wide variety of beers, sometimes including Chili beer and Chai Milk Stouts.
Like many larger ski resorts, Winter Park has a scenic gondola ride that skiers and non-skiers will appreciate. The gondola takes you up to over 10,000 feet, giving you great views of the Continental Divid and the Fraser Valley. You can dine at the top as Sunspot mountaintop lodge offers lunch, après, and dinner.
Kids' Night Out at Camp Idlewild is a fun event for kids 6-12 years in age. Your kids will get to play and explore the woods around Hill House before enjoying the rest of the night inside with crafts, movies and pizza. Its a great opportunity for parents to have a night on the town while the kids get a unique night on the mountain.
If you've ever wanted to see a Tour Cat in operation, you can jump in a 90-minute Snow Cat tour through the Arapaho National Forest. You can also choose an evening tour that includes S'Mores.
While there are many small events constantly going on in the summer, the largest is Village Uncorked, a day focused on wine and food in the mountains. This event takes place the weekend of the fourth of July every year alongside the Run for Independence, so get a good 5-mile run in before enjoying tasting fantastic wines the rest of the day.
While there are a few options on-mountain, most of the best dining you'll find in Winter Park is in the actual city, which is less than 10 minutes north of the slopes.