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Winter Park

+Local favorite with a neighborly feel.

- Village and town lacking in dining and après.

This year brings redemption for Winter Park. After scootching up just one rank last year, the resort jumped eight places to earn a spot in the Top 15. Looks like readers finally took notice of the $40 million in lifts, amenities and services added over the past decade. You still won’t find the dining or shopping that other Colorado resorts are known for, but there’s a sense of community here that you won’t find at those resorts either. Employees eagerly point you in the right direction or grab a wagon to haul your gear around the base— not because they have to, but because they want to. Complaints persist about a lacking après scene and the too-sleepy town of Winter Park, 10 minutes away. But then maybe all is as it should be. “People come to Winter Park to ski,” says one reader. “There’s very little show going on here.” —S.B.

Off-Mountain Restaurant » The Cheeky Monk, in the village, is the place for steamed mussels and 34 types of Belgian brews.

Family Activity » The indoor Grand Park Recreation Center, just outside town, has a 20-foot spiral waterslide, lazy river and climbing wall kids love.

What’s New» Sorensen Trail Bypass offers beginners an easier way down to the base; added features sweeten the progressive terrain park.

[ Tue, 2009-10-06 11:45 ]
Winter Park Ski School Kids With Helmets
Steamboat, Copper, Winter Park to require helmets for the under-17 set in terrain parks, ski school

Who doesn't have a helmets-saved-my-life story? A friend of SKI Magazine likes to tell the story of how a helmet saved her, not from a cliff-jump gone wrong or an underdone backflip 540, but from being a klutz. Our friend had just popped off the lift at a local Colorado resort when she slipped sideways and fell to the ground. The chair behind her swept up and conked her right on the back of the head and knocked her darn near unconscious. Had she not been wearing a helmet, she says, a concussion -- or worse -- was inevitable.

Where Now: Winter Park, Colo.

Where Now: Winter Park, Colo.

Winter Park and Mary Jane have long been known for bump skiing. But with new lifts making quick work of what used to be an arduous hike, mogul-free terrain is up for grabs.

There’s far more to this Front Range locals’ mecca than bump skiing. But you didn’t hear it from us.

I really don’t want to tell you this. But I learned something last year: Winter Park is more than the sum of its bumps.

[ Thu, 2009-08-27 11:45 ]
Powder days aren't too far off.
Lock in savings now by purchasing your lift tickets and season passes before the snow flies.

Today’s Reminder: It’s time to do more than just dream about the upcoming ski season. Virtually all resorts offer savings—often significant—if you buy your lift tickets or season passes before the snow flies. Here are links to several of the major resort operators. Or just go online to your favorite hometown hill’s website and check out the preseason deals. Happy trails.
 

Gray Line Partners with Copper Mountain

Gray Line is now Copper’s official ground transportation provider, and this partnership includes year-round service featuring conveniently scheduled, non-stop, ground transportation service. 

Copper Mountain, CO… Copper Mountain, one of the industry’s leading ski and snowboard resorts, and Gray Line, the world’s largest sightseeing, transportation and activity company, have partnered to provide guests more efficient ground transportation to and from Copper and Denver International Airport.  Gray Line is now Copper’s official ground transportation provider, and this partnership includes year-round service featuring conveniently scheduled, non-stop, ground transportation service. 


Park City Mountain Offers Discounts on Season Pass Purchases

Discounts Available through September 30, 2008.

Park City, Utah – Park City Mountain Resort’s season passes are now available for the 2008-09 winter season at early season prices. Discounted Park City Mountain Resort season passes are available through September 30, 2008. With over $10 million dollars in improvements, including a new high-speed quad from the base area and a completely renovated Mid-Mountain Lodge, the 2008-09 season brings exciting new reasons to purchase a pass at Park City Mountain Resort this winter.


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