West of Denver and north east of Idaho Springs, the Winter Park ski area has 143 runs spread over 1,870 acres that are served by 25 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,220 feet. This groomed terrain encompasses five distinct adjacent ski regions named Winter Park, Mary Jane, Vasquez Ridge, Parsenn Bowl and Eagle Wind.
In addition to the groomed terrain, the off-piste Vasquez Cirque area has 435 acres of prime freeriding terrain featuring a mix of cornices, rock outcroppings, steeps and glades. This is for the extreme backcountry adventurer, conditions are vastly different from other parts of the mountains.
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.
For apres ski, try the Derailer. 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.
Overall, Winter Park Resort is the 18th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.