Best Winter Park Resort Snowboarding

The 18th most popular snowboarding destination in Colorado.

  Front Range, Colorado, US


  February 21, 2022

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 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. The best snowboarding at Winter Park ski area is normally found from the months of Janary to February.

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.

• Expansive skiable terrain
• Good for mixed level groups.
• Lift-accessed extremes.
• Train to resort on weekends.

• Very crowded lines on weekends.
• Minimal base lodging.
• Expensive lift tickets.

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 can take several hours on Fridays or Sundays. The Winter Park region has a free shuttle bus system that even runs to the nearby towns of Fraser and Granby. Since there are twelve bus lines, make sure to download the Lift Rider app to see routes and schedules.

PRO TIP: Make sure to use the Winter Park Express ski train (2 hours) from Union Station in downtown Denver (Track 5) to avoid the stress of driving crowded roads to the ski area. The Winter Park Station is Amtrack code WPR, and is located about 100 feet from the nearest ski lift. It usually runs from mid-January through March once a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday departing at 7am returning 4:30pm. The ticket is reasonably priced at around $30 each way. And, even from Monday through Thursday, you can take the Amtrak Zephyr from Union Station to nearby Fraser where there's a free shuttle to the resort. Union Station connects with Denver International Airport via the RTD A Line. The trains have a small cafe for snacks and drinks. There are three hotels near the train station including The Vintage Hotel, Zephyr Mountain Lodge and Fraser Crossing.

Overall, Winter Park Resort is the 18th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 30 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Winter Park Resort including Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Mountain Resort and Eldora 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:  Gravity Haus Motel; 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

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GPS:  39.886707, -105.763392

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  2/21/2022

ID:  11341

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