West of Denver and north east of Idaho Springs, the Winter Park Resort has 166 runs spread over 1,859 acres served by 21 lifts that access a maximum vertical descent of 2,220 feet. In addition, there are 1,212 acres of ungroomed, off-piste terrain for a total of over 3,000 acres of snowboarding terrain. The ski area is known for excellent snow coverage with its average annual snowfall of 315 inches.
Winter Park is divided into seven zones, or "Territories" as they like to call them. These zones encompass the 1,859 acres of groomed terrain and the 1,212 acres of ungroomed off-piste terrain for a total of 3,081 acres. The popular Winter Park Territory has an even mix of difficulty groomers and cruisers that is good for families. The maximum vertical descent is 2,220 feet and there's a 2 mile long run. The Vasquez Ridge Territory features predominantly more advanced terrain with plenty of powder stashes to explore. With its remote lines, you'll feel away from it all. The maximum vertical descent is 1,215 feet and there's a 1.4 mile long run. The Parsenn Bowl Territory offers intermediate snowboarders a truly high-alpine experience in a wide-open bowl ending in glades. The maximum vertical descent is 1,1714 feet and there's a 4.9 mile long run out. The legendary Mary Jane Territory is well-known for it's advanced bump lines and glades. Highlighted by steep terrain, 60% is advanced and 40% is intermediate in case you need to bail. The maximum vertical descent is 1,766 feet and there's a 4.5 mile long run. The Terrain Park Territory offers freestyle snowboarders plenty of jibs, jumps and rails to session your moves to tune your style. Overall, the territory has six parks with 80 progressive features along with an 18 foot superpipe. The Dark Territory is the most challenging terrain park at the ski area.
The last two territories are ungroomed, off-piste terrain. First, the Cirque Territory has 399 acres of extreme double-black diamond terrain for expert snowboarders. This is where its at -- prime freeriding with a mix of cornices, rock outcroppings, steeps and glades. This is for the extreme backcountry adventurer where conditions are vastly different from other parts of the mountain. It used to only be accessible by hike, but can now be accessed by the Cirque Sled. It has a maximum vertical descent of 2,060 feet. Second, the Eagle Wind Territory offers extreme glades for the advanced snowboarder. With all the trees, you can usually find some powder to float. Look for the expert level sidecountry lines. The maximum vertical descent is 1,600 feet.
On a pow day, head up the Challenger Double and head down the Hole-In-The-Wall with 15 foot drops. Then head into the Trestle. For some widely space glades, try riding Willetts Way and Johnstone Junction in lower Parsenn Bowl.
After a long day of snowboarding at Winter Park, the best bet for apres ski action is the Derailer and the Cheeky Monk. For nightlife, check out Carlos & Marias for margaritas, Devils Thumb Saloon, Pepe Osakas, Crooked Creek Tavern, Wild Creek Bar and the Winter Park Pub.
To reach the snowboarding at Winter Park Resort from Denver, head west on US70 to US40. Head northwest on US40 to Winter Park. It's about 65 miles from Denver. But before you hop in that car, don't forget there is the Winter Park ski train, which departs from Union Station in downtown Denver. Then you can just relax and enjoy yourself without the stress of the crowded mountain roads.
Overall, Winter Park Resort is the 18th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Winter Park Resort including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort and Copper Mountain Resort.
Local Contacts: Winter Park Resort Ski Area (970) 726-5514; Central Reservations (800) 729-5813; Local Tourism (970) 726-4118
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hitchhiker (800) 421-4013; Snow Mountain Ranch; Arapahoe Ski Lodge (800) 754-0094; Olympia Motor Lodge
Luxury Loding: The Vintage Hotel (970) 726-8801; Winter Park Mountain Lodge (970) 726-4211; Zephyr Mountain Lodge (970) 726-6669
Breakfast Restaurant: The Kitchen; Higher Grounds; Last Waltz; Basecamp
Reference Source: click here https://www.winterparkresort.com/
GPS: 39.886707, -105.763392
Date Published: 12/30/2015
Date Updated: 11/30/2018
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