Keen to get first tracks on a powder day, or need to deposit the kids in ski school in time? Knowing where to park your car, or where the bus shuttles drop off is paramount to a stress free start to your ski day.
There is an abundance of free parking available, plus premium paid parking locations for those seeking the most convenient access to Winter Park Resort.
This article focuses on Winter parking options….but GREAT NEWS….during the summer months all parking is free at Winter Park Resort!
Winter Park Resort area still offers tons of free winter parking with over 3,200 spots of FREE vehicle real estate available!
Below, we’ll break down the free lots at both Winter Park Base and Mary Jane Base, plus list the options for paid parking within the Village itself. Some lots are a hearty hike away others are a shuttle stop and drop from the lot.
To see a map of the Winter Park Base Area parking lots, click here.
A quick run down of the parking lots from closest to furthest out from Winter Park Resort Base
North Bench Lot: FREE
Walk-In: 200 – 275 yard walk-in/walk-out access to Winter Park base area. Guests should follow signs to go directly to West Portal Station via the railroad pedestrian bridge. This is also the designated Charter Bus Parking location.
Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40. Turn right onto Old Town Drive at the Lakota traffic light (first traffic light out of town), then take an immediate left and take the filter road past Blue Spruce Lot to enter the North Bench Lot.
Note: this lot fills up fast as resort workers and early morning race teams start parking here from 7.15 AM, but there is a 30 minute drop-off area that stays conveniently clear for those just want to drop and go.
Blue Spruce Lot: FREE
Walk In (approx. 350 yards) Or Park & Ride On Weekends/Holidays: This small parking lot is located just to the right of the entrance to North Bench on Old Town Drive.
If you’re fine with shouldering your skis for a morning stroll, you can walk through North Bench lot from here; otherwise, wait for the weekends when the Old Town free bus shuttle runs from 7.30 AM – 6.30 PM.
F & G Lots: FREE
Daily Park & Ride shuttle parking. The daily bus service operates from 7.40 AM – 10 PM, dropping off guests at resort bus terminal near the Cabriolet.
Directions: from Downtown Winter Park, drive East on US HWY 40, go straight through the Lakota traffic light (first light out of town) and at the second traffic light, turn right and an immediate left to go to F LOT, or turn left at the traffic light to enter the G LOT.
Old Town Lots: FREE park & ride (shuttle service on weekends/holidays)
On the North side of the resort, along Winter Park Drive & Old Town Drive, there are four lots that are free to park:Blue Spruce (mentioned above), Lone Tree, Adolf’s & the Bus Barn.
Each have identified shuttle stops to and from the Village at Winter Park Resort and served by a free shuttle on the weekends and holidays, 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM from November 18 to April 1, 2018.
Village Parking Garage: located on Winter Park Drive off Highway 40 at the Winter Park Resort base.
There are 200 spaces of covered parking on levels 1 and 2 of the Village Parking Garage. This is the closest paid parking to the ski lifts, located approximately 100 yards from the Zephyr Express Lift.
$25 full day; $15 half day (arriving at noon or later). If you are heading to the Village for a meal or entertainment in the evening, The Village Parking Garage is free from 3:00 PM to 6:59 AM every day.
Level 3 Parking Garage is strictly drop-off and short term parking: first sixty minutes are free, then $8 per hour.
Vintage Lot: located directly off Highway 40 on Winter Park Drive, at Winter Park Resort’s main entrance.
A large paved lot, with over-flow available at Lots B and C, has easy access to the Village via the free open air Cabriolet gondola lift (kids love it!).
Parking cost is variable, depending on peak times and holidays, but general cost is $10 daily on weekends/holidays, and $5 daily for weekdays.
Self-serve pay stations are at each lot; or, use the Parkmobile app.
All parking at Mary Jane Base is free at this time. Access to Mary Jane and her parking options can be found by turning off Hwy 40 (approximately 1 mile East of the main Winter Park Resort entrance) at the Mary Jane Resort sign onto Mary Jane Road.
Here’s our run down of the closest to furthest out from Mary Jane Resort Base.
Dotsero Lot: FREE park & walk-in.
Located at the main base of Mary Jane, this large lot offers an easy walk to the Super Gauge Express Lift, Mary Jane Ticket Office & Mary Jane base restaurants. Needless to say, it fills up fast, so arrive there early….or make it an afternoon ski and arrive after 2 PM when the early birds start heading home and spaces begin to open up again.
The Dotsero lot is located at the very end of the Mary Jane road, approximately two miles from US HWY 40.
Utah Junction Lot (AKA The ‘C’ Lot): FREE park & walk-in
The ‘C’ Lot is named for it’s proximity to the two chair ‘Challenger’ lift, and it’s a locals favorite that is known as party central: expect grills going, friends gathering, and tailgates down, this lot fills up quickly.
The majority of terrain accessed from the Challenger lift is blue/black and higher, so if you are looking for more gentle terrain, ski down to the Super Gauge Express via the green Shoo Fly trail. This parking lot also has the benefit of public restrooms at the lot’s edge.
Utah Junction Lot will be the third lot in from US HWY 40 on the left. s the second lot in, also on the left.
Corona Siding Lot: FREE park, then ski, hike, or shuttle to the slopes.
The Corona Siding Lot provides access to the Corona Way Trail, though it is a bit of a hike/side-step up a gradual slope to get to the main ski trail down to the lifts. As with all of the Mary Jane parking lots, you have the option to free shuttle in, for easier access.
Corona Siding Lot is the first parking lot on the left as you drive down Mary Jane Road from US HWY 40,
Rollins Pass Lot: FREE park & ride.
Rollins Pass Lot will be the first lot on the right as you enter onto Mary Jane Road. From this lot, you will most likely want to ride in on the free shuttle.
At the time of this research and posting, these free options were all available. Also, take note that no overnight parking is allowed in either Winter Park or Mary Jane lots.
Contact Security at 970-726-1500, for emergencies or to make special RV parking arrangements.
If you don’t want to deal with Winter driving on your vacation, The Lift (Winter Park’s free bus shuttle service) should be music to the ears! Truly stress-free, The Lift is available throughout Winter Park Resort, Mary Jane Resort, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops in between. A twice daily shuttle to Granby also caters to those residing a little further from the slopes.
There are eight lines running on a daily basis; and all buses are wheelchair accessible. Purple and yellow “The Lift” Resort Shuttle signs will indicate the stops on each line.
Most buses run every 30 to 60 minutes, but for the most up to date information, call 970-726-4163.
To view daily schedules and daytime/evening routes, CLICK HERE.
The Lift information is also available on the free RideHop App.
Debs Bridge January 10th, 2018
In an unbelievable show of love for what used to be a treasured form of travel to Winter Park for Denver area skiers, all 400 tickets were sold out within 12 hours of going on sale.
For those that haven’t heard of the ski train, this was a long standing service from downtown Denver to Winter Park Resort. It ran from 1940 until 2009, when it subsided due to increased insurance and service costs.
As Winter Park is one of the few ski resorts in North America that can be viably serviced by train, there was a resounding sigh of sadness the day the ski train ceased to chug its way up to the mountains, and we’re all hoping that this recent show of support will act as a catalyst to reinstating the train at some point in the future.
The gossip circle around Winter Park has always maintained that when the line is completed between Denver International and Downtown Denver, the Winter Park Ski Train will suddenly resurface. Of course the big wigs at Amtrak deny such stories stating that talks need to happen between Union Pacific, RTD and more…I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (and continue the gossip in the meantime).
For now, will stand by to salute the lucky travelers who made it on to the ski train for its singular journey into Winter Park on March 14th.
For everyone else looking to enjoy a safe voyage to Winter Park this spring, we highly recommend getting behind the wheel of a 4WD or AWD vehicle to navigate the snowy roads to the high country.
Book a stay with Winter Park Lodging Company this March or April and enjoy our special guest discounts on Four-Wheel-Drive SUVs and All-Wheel-Drive Minivans from Denver International Airport.
@[email protected] March 1st, 2015
We are very happy to announce that we have answered your requests and extended our EasySki services to include quality car rentals at affordable rates.
Driving in the Colorado high country can be a bit of a daunting experience at times, so we’ve teamed up with one of the nation’s most reputable car rental companies, Alamo, to offer our guests a discounted rate on their fleet of 4-wheel drive, SUVs.
Talk to us about your size preferences and we’ll help you pick out the best fit from standard, midsize, full size or premium SUV. Got ski gear? No problem; all of our Alamo SUV rentals come with a full ski rack to transport that treasured gear up to the mountains.
The Alamo Car Rental company are a 24 hour service, and are located on-site at DIA, and about a 5 minutes bus ride from the main Jeppesen Terminal (baggage claim). The Alamo courtesy shuttle is easily accessible at pick up/drop off point 6 on level 5 of the terminal. When you arrive at the Alamo lot, pop inside to the guest representative and give them your booking reference (supplied by us when book with EasySki), sign the paperwork, and grab your keys.
When you get settled into your ride, you’re an easy 1.5 hour drive away from Winter Park, with total freedom to stop off along the way if you want to check out some of the areas other attractions, such as Red Rocks Ampitheater & the Idaho Springs Gold Mines.
If you are planning a Thanksgiving trip to Winter Park, check out our great introductory rates for November 27 – December 1st.
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For further details on our car rentals, and all other Winter Park Lodging Company discounts, call our main number above, and ask to speak with our EasySki Team.
Sarah November 5th, 2013
If you live in the Winter Park/ Fraser area you most likely have heard the uproar about Winter Park Resort discontinuing funding for the Fraser neighborhood service with “The Lift” ski shuttle program. Winter Park Resort has had a lot of flak thrown its way for withdrawing this funding but truly what other ski town has the ski resort operator as the main funder of town transportation?
I think Winter Park Resort was, and is, the only one in Colorado.
Anywho, not to worry for this season, as two of our lodging competitors have stepped up to the plate to come up with the required funding to keep the purple and red line, the line that was to be discontinued, up and running for this coming ski season. I think this is a short term solution and that a long term solution will need to be addressed by the Winter Park and Fraser town councils in conjunction with Grand County.
The Lift will be running this year with ski shuttle service to Winter Park Resort.
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An approximation of 250 hours of additional “Peak” service (estimated 4-5 hours per day for 54 days) were factored in to the equation.
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Winter Park Lodging Company manages 11 Fraser ski condo rentals on this route, so fear not service will be here for this ski season.
Sarah October 20th, 2011
Escape I-70 Ski Winter Park, CO
I-70 heading back down to Denver on a Sunday evening. Nothing can be more infuriating. The highway problem is starting to get a lot of attention as this is the lifeblood of the Colorado ski resorts and brings a lot of cash rolling into Colorado.
Here is what Ski Magazine columnist Tom Winter has to say about the state of pesky I-70:
This week, the powers that be will meet to discuss the state of Colorado’s Interstate 70. The highway, according to the “experts” has become too crowded, and they need to “widen it”. As a frequent traveler on the highway, this got my dander up. So in the spirit of democracy, I rattled off a ranting screed to the Colorado Department of Transportation about the utter foolishness of spending billions of dollars to widen a highway that is plenty wide enough with one exception: the road can’t handle Colorado’s skier traffic on the weekends. As I don’t drive on the highway on weekends (because of this very fact) my point was: screw the weekend warrior, let them rot in the traffic of their own making or learn how to carpool.
Living in Winter Park, CO and very rarely needing to travel I-70 during the busy traffic times I agree. The road is plenty wide and adding a little bit here and a little bit there will not solve the traffic problem for more than a few years. Rail, rail, rail is the way to go. With rail service coming shortly from DIA to Union Station this puts Winter Park, only a new version of the ski train away, from being the only North American Ski Resort that is connected to an International Airport. Yes, the old ski train was not the most efficient or effective means of getting up here to Winter Park and Mary Jane but it did move people up here. With some investment the ski train through the old Moffat Tunnel or a new train up the I-70 corridor will continue to make Colorado the premier ski destination in the United States. A new train up the corridor will be a long time and money from being completed especially with all the politics that will get involved. There is a good chance it may never happen considering all the obstacles that it would have to overcome. A new train through the Moffat Tunnel would be a a walk in the park comparatively. This solution would only help WInter Park/Mary Jane Resort, Solvista and maybe Steamboat Spring (with a track extension).
So this brings me to my point of what to do now to deal with the traffic. First of all spend the least amount of time on I-70 and get off at Exit 232 and head over Berthoud Pass and ski Winter Park. Next is stay the night in Winter Park or Fraser, with Winter Park Lodging Company, and drive the roads when the Front Range weekend warriors are back at home getting ready to hit their 8AM jobs on Monday morning. Lastly ski the weekdays if at all possible. The snow is better , the crowds less and of you can rent a place to stay the prices cheaper.
Here is how Ski Magazine columnist Tom Winter end his I-70 rant:
Unfortunately the ideas that the Colorado Department of Transportation is throwing out to solve the weekend congestion are shortsighted and mostly involve more pavement. And we’ve seen how the “solution” of more pavement has worked out for Los Angeles.
My advice to those who ski Colorado and those who run the ski resorts is to settle for nothing less than a long-term solution.
And, for anyone who has landed in Zurich or any other Swiss airport and then seamlessly transferred from the plane to the train to a ski area, the long-term solution is expensively evident. Given that Colorado’s ridiculously cheap season passes aren’t going away soon, the only way to ensure the state continues to be a destination for out of state skiers is to develop rail links from Denver International Airport through the mountains. Yes, it will be expensive. Yes, it will take years. But ultimately, the entire state will benefit. Until then I’ll be doing my skiing on weekdays, and I suggest you to do the same.
I completely agree. More roads are merely a bandaid, what is needed is a long term solution and that solution appears to be high speed rail. Or in the mean time ski Winter Park Resort on a Tuesday.
Sarah October 22nd, 2010
Reopen Corona Pass? Officials are discussing the possibility of reopening the 32-mile road across Corona Pass (also called Rollins Pass) between Winter Park and Rollinsville. The road follows the old route used by trains before the Moffet Tunnel was built and could attract additional tourism to Winter Park. Grand, Gilpin, and Boulder counties, and two Forest Service districts are involved, plus the road is close to two wilderness areas. Costs could be excessive and liability would be high: the Needle’s Eye Tunnel, which has collapsed twice, would need to be repaired.
The 32-mile road that passes through three counties, two U.S. Forest Service districts and federally protected wilderness land can be accessed on either side of the Continental Divide, but users haven’t been able to continue the route to the other side since 1990. The Needles Eye Tunnel in Boulder County was closed off at that time from a rockfall, which caused a Denver man to lose his foot. Boulder County became liable for the injury at a cost of around $85,000.
Once dubbed the “Hill Route,” the pass served as a temporary railway line from 1904 to 1928. When the Moffat Tunnel was completed, the original Hill Route was abandoned until 1955 when it became an automobile route on the rail bed. The route served as a tourist attraction until a rockfall occurred in 1979 near the north portal of the Needle’s Eye Tunnel. Upon repairs, it reopened in 1987, but collapsed again in 1990.
The proponents on both sides of the pass who would like to see it open again cite the road’s scenic vistas, its capability of attracting tourism to Rollinsville and Winter Park, as well as its glimpse into Colorado’s railroad history.
Here are some photos pf Corona/Rollins Pass and the trek sounds and looks just amazing.
Sarah April 23rd, 2010
Winter Park Free Bus Service
The Lift, Winter Park’s free shuttle bus service, is changing some of it’s lines and operations for ski season 2009/10. Service will start again November 18th for the opening of Winter Park Resort.
Day routes between downtown Winter Park, Fraser and the resort will remain mostly unchanged. Buses will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., making stops every hour pre-season and every half-hour during the peak season.
The Black Line Shoppers Express will only run on weekends and during holiday periods this year starting Dec. 19.
The Winter Park Resort–Granby bus will continue making runs every few hours from 7:30 a.m.–11:45 p.m. Peak travel times on this route are reserved for employees only, so be sure to check the schedule.
Some night routes in Winter Park will be changing to an on-call system.
The night bus service will start Nov. 19, departing from Cooper Creek Square and running roughly every half-hour as needed.
The new Winter Park express, which takes the place of the former Black and Green lines, will make stops every half hour, from 5:30 p.m.–11 p.m., along U.S. Highway 40 between the resort and Safeway in Fraser.
The Purple Night Line through the county and residential Fraser will remain unchanged.
Night riders traveling to and from Winter Park’s residential communities will see some changes to their routes. From 5:30–11 p.m., passengers will be required to call The Lift’s headquarters to schedule a pick-up along the former Yellow Line (Beaver Village area), Orange Line (Silverado area), Brown Line (Elk and Moose Trail area) and Blue Line (High Country Haus Condos). Shuttles will continue to only pick up and drop off passengers at designated stops.
Some of these stops were not previously serviced by the night route, so this will be an improvement in service for those areas.
On weeknights, the Winter Park express shuttle will service the on-call route during its return run. On Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, a dedicated shuttle will service these on-call night routes. There will also be a new night shuttle within the resort, running between the resort’s lodging areas and the village.
Stops can be scheduled by calling The Lift at 970-726-4163 beginning Nov. 19.
The finalized schedule will be printed in the 2009-2010 Winter Park guest guide, due to be release Nov. 14. It will also be available online at www.winterpark-info.com/maps.
If the Lift shuttle service does not work for you make sure to call our friend Kurt at Valley Taxi:
Sarah November 10th, 2009
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Greyhound Bus Service is back serving Grand County and Winter Park, Colorado. Greyhound pulled it’s Grand County Service about five years ago because it wasn’t cost effective. Meaning they weren’t making cash. Well, they are back running a route from Denver to Salt Lake City on US Highway 40 that runs through Winter Park, Granby and Steamboat Springs.
Greyhound is now offering a $1.00 introductory fare from Denver to Salt Lake City until October 26th, 2009. Here is the full route:
Denver Greyhound terminal Denver Union Station to Idaho Springs, Annie’s Gold Antiques and Collectibles; Winter Park, Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce building, 12:50 westbound; 6:15 p.m. eastbound; Granby, Granby Mini Mart, 1:10 p.m.-1:25 p.m. westbound; 5:40 p.m.- 5:55 p.m. eastbound; Hot Sulphur Springs, *flag stop at the Grand County Administration Building and Courthouse, 1:40 p.m. westbound; 5:25 p.m. eastbound; Kremmling, *flag stop at the Shake & Burger, 2 p.m. westbound; 5:05 p.m. eastbound; Steamboat Springs, Stockbridge Transportation Center and Steamboat transit stop by the Kum & Go; Hayden; Milner; Craig; Dinosaur; Myton, Utah; Vernal, Utah; Roosevelt, Utah; Duchesne, Utah; Heber City, Utah; Park City, Utah – Utah Olympic Park; Salt Lake City, Utah.
*Flag Stops are not regularly scheduled stops. Passengers can wave down bus or schedule a pick-up online. Passengers are encouraged to arrive one-half hour early at flag stops.
For fare and scheduled information, or to buy tickets, 1-800-231-2222, or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com.
Very nice to have more transportation to/from the Fraser Valley. The route is now being funded by the Utah and Colorado State Governments. Read the full story at the Ski Hi Daily News.
Sarah October 23rd, 2009
Posted In: Transportation