Storm skiing can provide the absolute best conditions one could dream of but if one is not prepared to be out in wind and snow, the best skiing of your life can quickly turn to the worst. Must haves: Windproof and waterproof jackets and pants, a buff to cover your nose and face, a hood to block the wind, and most importantly, DRY GOGGLES. The night before a day of skiing, separate your goggles from your helmet or hat and lay them out in an open, warm, and dry area so they completely air dry. If you do not, moister can become trapped inside only to appear on your first run during a snowstorm and block your vision. No fun!
Beginner: Moose Wallow (Winter Park Territory)- Start to play in the trees and keep your eyes peeled for Moose.
Intermediate: Cranmer (Winter Park Territory)- A wide blue square that lets you test your limits of speed.
Advanced: Trestle (Mary Jane Territory)- Put your nerves and knees to the test and see why they say “No Pain, No Jane.”
For the thrill seekers: All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.
Snowing and blowing outside of Winter Park Lodging Company’s office Monday morning February 5th, 2018.
Skiers and riders who braved the wind and snow were rewarded with soft snow and low numbers of people on the slopes.
Restaurant of the Week: Tabernash Tavern. The award-winning Tabernash Tavern’s Chef Alberto Sapien cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients into meals that are a feast for both eye and mouth. A locals favorite any night of the week. The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside. Events to check out this week: Disco Skate Night @ the Village Pond, The Village @ Winter Park Resort Sat February 10th from 5-7 pm.
Restaurant of the Week: Tabernash Tavern. The award-winning Tabernash Tavern’s Chef Alberto Sapien cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients into meals that are a feast for both eye and mouth. A locals favorite any night of the week. The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside.
Events to check out this week: Disco Skate Night @ the Village Pond, The Village @ Winter Park Resort Sat February 10th from 5-7 pm.
“Never eat in a restaurant that has a bowling trophy on the cash register” -RIP Warren Miller
During the spring-like days earlier this week, sleep in, enjoy a nice breakfast and let the snow soften up a little bit before hitting the slopes. If you are planning a to come up on a weekend day, we recommend staying for the whole weekend, so you do not have to deal with the city traffic flowing into the mountains. Were are still running 30% off these properties through the weekend for this exact reason.
Beginner: High Lonesome Trail (Winter Park Territory)-Start to show off your skills under the High Lonesome ski lift.
Intermediate: Parry’s Peak (Parsenn Bowl Territory)- A blue square rolling along the resort area boundary with breathtaking views of Parry’s Peak.
Advanced: Keep an eye out for Vasquez Cirque to open on the nice days and go for it if it is!
For the thrill seekers: All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.
Restaurant of the Week: Waffle Cabin. Did you skip breakfast on a powder morning? Are the kids still hungry? Hit the Waffle Cabin, specializing in “Waffelology,” serving up Belgian style waffles with an array of delicious toppings. With three locations throughout the Winter Park Resort, you don’t have to go far or take time away from skiing to fuel up. Events to check out this week: Learn something new with free cross-country ski lessons at Grand Lake. Get even further into the mountains in Grand Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park and learn to cross-country ski for free on Sat, Feb 4th, 2018. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
Restaurant of the Week: Waffle Cabin. Did you skip breakfast on a powder morning? Are the kids still hungry? Hit the Waffle Cabin, specializing in “Waffelology,” serving up Belgian style waffles with an array of delicious toppings. With three locations throughout the Winter Park Resort, you don’t have to go far or take time away from skiing to fuel up.
Events to check out this week: Learn something new with free cross-country ski lessons at Grand Lake. Get even further into the mountains in Grand Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park and learn to cross-country ski for free on Sat, Feb 4th, 2018. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
“Freedom is located somewhere outside the box” -RIP Warren Miller
Avoid the crowds by skiing during the week and save money on Winter Park Lodging by staying during the week. We know that this isn’t possible for everyone so the next best thing is to plan ahead. Prep your gear and food the night before and make sure you bring your ski boots inside the night before. If you need to rent ski and snowboard gear, schedule an in-home delivery and fitting service (save up to 25% when you stay with Winter Park Lodging Company) to avoid a crowded rental shop. Set yourself up for success by making sure the only thing you have to worry about in the morning is buckling your boots and getting on the chairlift.
Beginner: Switchyard (Winter Park Territory)- A nightly groomed green circle with the ability to ski around some friendly trees.
Intermediate: Jabberwocky (Winter Park Territory)- A blue square with a nice pitch and playful options on the side.
Advanced: Phantom Ridge (Mary Jane Territory)- An ungroomed black diamond that promises to tire even the strongest legs. Relief comes just in time as it dumps you out onto a groomed trail. Don’t forget to look uphill.
For the thrill seekers: All seven of Winter Park’s terrain parks are now open, including the Superpipe.
Restaurant of the Week: Deno’s Mountain Bistro. With a friendly local vibe, Deno’s is home to Winter Parks favorite happy hour from 3pm to 6pm daily. The Kitchen provides a wide array of options from delicious quick bites and appetizers to delectable fine dining meals. Dinner reservations arecommended. Events to check out this week: Stop by for some apres ski at the Derailer Bar and see acoustic guitar playing poet, Rob Drabkin, at the Coors Light Free Music Series this Saturday, January 27th, 2018.
Restaurant of the Week: Deno’s Mountain Bistro. With a friendly local vibe, Deno’s is home to Winter Parks favorite happy hour from 3pm to 6pm daily. The Kitchen provides a wide array of options from delicious quick bites and appetizers to delectable fine dining meals. Dinner reservations arecommended.
Events to check out this week: Stop by for some apres ski at the Derailer Bar and see acoustic guitar playing poet, Rob Drabkin, at the Coors Light Free Music Series this Saturday, January 27th, 2018.
“Skiing gives me eye trouble, I can’t see myself going back to work”
During the sunny days take a look at the grooming report and get out early to enjoy soft corduroy turns. When the snow returns, get in line before the lifts open, find fresh snow and good visibility near or in the trees.
Beginner: White Rabbit- A nightly groomed wide open green with fun features on the side, a family favorite
Intermediate: Lonesome Whistle- A nightly groomed blue square that points north. Expect soft snow.
Advanced: Aces and Eights- An ungroomed black diamond that holds snow for days after a storm. Even when it has been skied, the snow stays soft.
All three of the above-mentioned trails can be skied from the Pioneer Express lift in Vasquez Territory meaning a whole group of ability levels can ski different trails yet still ski together.
Restaurant of the Week: Pepe Osaka’s Fish Taco Tequilla Bar and Grill. A unique Latin and Asian fusion restaurant with a bar that mixes sweet, savory and spicey. A must try in Winter Park! Events to check out this week: The Fifth Annual Stagecoach Classic Ski Race and Tour, Saturday, January 20th: A 15K or 30K ski race starting at Devils Thumb Ranch and ending at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. Try your hand in the ski race or just hang at the after party with food, music, and beer at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park!
Restaurant of the Week: Pepe Osaka’s Fish Taco Tequilla Bar and Grill. A unique Latin and Asian fusion restaurant with a bar that mixes sweet, savory and spicey. A must try in Winter Park!
Events to check out this week: The Fifth Annual Stagecoach Classic Ski Race and Tour, Saturday, January 20th: A 15K or 30K ski race starting at Devils Thumb Ranch and ending at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. Try your hand in the ski race or just hang at the after party with food, music, and beer at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park!
“No one ever regrets getting up early for a morning ski”
Andy Radzavich January 18th, 2018
Well it snowed, ALOT! Winter Park came in as the big winner in Colorado on Monday morning with 7 inches of fresh fluffy new snow. Steamboat began to catch up during the day on Monday when they received a hefty midday snowstorm, there was even a rumor of thundersnow. When it looked like Steamboat was going to surpass Winter Park, the snow picked up in intensity and added FIVE MORE INCHES to the previous 7. The final score, Steamboat: 11.5″ and Winter Park: 12″ (Sorry Steamboat, sometimes you have to share the Champagne). The snow is smooth and silky underfoot and with this new snow and cold temps throughout the week, look for more and more terrain to be opening soon.
As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there are 8 lifts and 7 trails open; covering 50 skiable acres.
Cumulative snowfall of 41 inches, with five new inches in 24 hrs and 12 inches in the last 48 hrs. There is an 18 inch base.
Wednesday, December 6
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Sunday, December 10
Several new and exciting places have been opening in the area. As you wander about, stop in and try out some of these places for food, brews, and fun.
The Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro, (970) 363-7081, opened in Cooper Creek Square in July. Offering authentic menu items from Nepal and India, this quality restaurant will welcome you for lunch or dinner. Big windows and cozy furnishings provide the comfortable setting for satisfying those chai, tandoori, and curry cravings.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village at 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift. A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. Schuss in after a perfect day on the slopes!
12/4/17 Anne-Marie & Larry
Andy Radzavich December 5th, 2017
If you haven’t heard the news, it’s been DUMPING snow in Colorado over the last month (November 2015).
As a result, we’re enjoying the best early season skiing in years; so much so that Winter Park was just placed in Snowbrains, Top 10 Snowfall Totals In North America Right Now.
Since opening day we have seen 80 inches of fluffy, perfect powder fall from the skies and currently have 72 trails open between Winter Park Territory & Mary Jane Territory; and with another storm heading our way this weekend, we suspect that it won’t be long before even more of Winter Park territories start opening up.
With all this open terrain in mind, we thought this would be a good time to do a quick refresher on the Seven Territories Of Winter Park Resort, so that you can spend less time studying the map, and more time seeking out those powder stashes!
Expert Only: 0% Most Difficult: 20% Advanced: 32% Intermediate: 21% Beginner: 27%
Winter Park Territory begins at the main base area and shoots up to a staggering 10,713 feet via the Zephyr Express. From here you can take your pick of green/blue/black groomers, tear up incredible terrain parks, test your speed on the Nastar, or join in a lesson with the highly acclaimed Ski & Ride School. Given its diversity, Winter Park Territory is very popular with families and groups, so can tend to be one of the busier areas of the resort during peak ski times.
Expert Only: 0% Most Difficult: 51% Advanced: 3% Intermediate: 36% Beginner: 10%
This little gem is often one of the quietest areas in the Resort and an absolute playground for the advanced intermediate skier. Accessed via a cat track from the base of the Olympia Express lift, Vasquez is a great mix of blue/black groomers, with some really fun, short tree run options. Most of the runs in this area filter back into a very low angle cat track to get back to the main Pioneer Express chair lift, so snowboarders should be prepared to do a little skootching , or better yet, borrow some poles from a skiing buddy to help with the run out.
Expert Only: 1% Most Difficult: 59% Advanced: 15% Intermediate: 19% Beginner: 6%
Mary Jane’s legendary bump runs don’t need a lot of introduction, but this curvy lady has a lot more in her armory than Volkswagon sized moguls. Beginners and intermediates will love the long Mary Jane trail to Arrowhead groomer and the cruisy blues around Sunnyside lift; and more advanced skiers can build up bump skills on a variety of short pitches around Golden Spike/Sterling way and test their stamina on longer runs like Trestle and Drunken Frenchman. For the expert skier, Mary Jane definitely delivers, with leg juddering mogul runs (yep, those VWs again), steep and technical tree runs galore, and the Double Black chutes – arguably the most technical terrain at the Resort.
Expert Only: 0% Most Difficult: 20% Advanced: 49.7% Intermediate: 30.3% Beginner: 0%
Parsenn bowl is the perfect introduction to skiing ungroomed terrain for intermediate level skiers and riders. Ride the aptly named Panoramic Express to 12,000 feet and take in the incredible views of mountains all around, then ski down 1714 feet of vertical drop via blue groomers that dip their way through perfectly gladed forest, or make your own trail and test out your powder turns down the wide open face of Parsenn bowl. The Panoramic Express also serves as the access lift to get over to The Cirque and Eagle Wind territories.
Expert Only: 0% Most Difficult: 96% Advanced: 4% Intermediate: 0% Beginner: 0%
Eagle Wind is all about the tree skiing – good, steep, powdery tree skiing! This ungroomed area sits across the valley from The Cirque and is an absolute blast after (or during!) a snow storm. Served by the Eagle Wind chairlift, skiers and riders traverse along the top of the ridge to take their pick of pillowy lines through the steep pockets of trees and valleys. All of the ski runs end at the lower egress cat track, making it easy to get everyone together if you lose each other in the woods.
Expert Only: 25% Most Difficult: 75% Advanced: 0% Intermediate: 0% Beginner: 0%
Touted as in-bounds with an out-of-bounds attitude, The Cirque offers close to 400 acres of ungroomed, double black diamond skiing through steep, technical terrain. Skate, hike or ride the Cirque Sled (extra pass required to take the sled) along the top of The Cirque until you find the perfect line and then take the leap. While all of the terrain in this area hits the bullseye for a double-black rating, some lines are more forgiving than others, so expert level skiers shouldn’t be intimidated by how it looks from Eagle Wind – it’s a really fun spot and if you have the skills, it’s well worth the effort. As with Eagle Wind, all of the Cirque runs will dump you out on the Egress cat track, where you’ll need to take the Eagle Wind chair back up to Parsenn Bowl/Eagle Wind territory, or continue on the Egress to go all the way to the Pioneer Express and Vasquez Ridge territory.
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@[email protected] December 4th, 2015
To celebrate, we’re giving away…that’s right GIVING AWAY… a pair of Dynastar Cham 107 High Mountain Skis (175cm) on Opening Day, November 18, 2015.
These are a seriously sweet pair of skis, too!
On The Snow awarded them their ‘Editor’s Choice’ in their Powder Ski Division 2014, and Backcountry.com followed suit with their very own Editor’s Choice Standout award 300 skis tested.
And for the techy folks out there, here’s what Dynastar say about their Cham High Mountain Ski:
Cham High Mountain skis are next-generation freeride-adventure skis designed for breaking new trails to high alpine adventure. Levitation Profile combined with a new, ultra-lightweight and durable wood core delivers easier touring with the Cham series’ unique blend of float, maneuverability and stability in all snow conditions.
ENTER THE DYNASTAR CHAM 107 GIVEAWAY – entry has now closed
WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to Katie K (Omaha, NE), you are the winner of our Dynastar Cham ski giveaway.
Debs Bridge October 29th, 2015
It’s finally arrived! To celebrate, here’s a lovely song to listen to while you watch the snow fall with us!
Just think, you’ll be flying down the slopes in no time.
Speaking of flying down the slopes…did you know that we are just six short weeks to Winter Park Resort’s ski season opening day of November 17th?!
With the countdown officially on, it’s time to shape up for ski season. Take a peak at our feature on Ski Vacation Workouts for our top tips on getting your body ready for the slopes.
Or, if you prefer to do your training on the slopes, check out our early ski season lodging special, save 20% on 3 night stays between November 17th – December 18th, including Thanksgiving!
We hope to see you soon!
Debs Bridge October 4th, 2015
I do, I do, and with all this talk of El Nino, we might just get one.
You can’t have missed the all the talk on the news of the El Nino weather pattern that continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, and what that cycle might mean for skiers this coming winter.
References to ‘Godzilla’ and comparative studies to the 1998 El Nino (AKA the ‘King Kong’ of `98) that smothered Colorado in feet of powder suggest that we could indeed be in for a MONSTER ski season. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
So what exactly is El Nino? Well, after extensive research, I was able to put together the following definitions.
El Nino – Defined By Dictionary.com as:
A warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the cost of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes cause catastrophic weather conditions.
El Nino – Defined By Old Time Skiers as: Powder
El Nino – Defined By Chris Farely as:
Yes, it’s still a little early in the day to make definite predictions, but with all this crazy weather talk, this half-full kind of gal is eyeballing some new powder skis for this ski season!
While we’re on the subject of the upcoming ski season, Winter Park has a couple of changes going on that are well worth mentioning.
The first, is the introduction of new Hands-Free RFTD lift passes. These chip embedded passes will replace all paper tickets and should significantly speed up the lift boarding process at all base area lifts.
How do they work? Simple. Skiers just stow away the pass in their jacket pocket and the soon to be installed lift gates will automatically open when the pass holder walks through the scanner. Rumor has it that your ski pass photo might also pop up for the Lift Crew to verify you as the pass holder, so make sure you smile pretty for the camera this year.
Next up for discussion is the opening and closing of a couple of stores and restaurants opening in Base Village. Rocky Mountain Eyewear (next to Riverside Spirits) has been replaced by a traditional Candy Sweet Shop with an awesome selection of yumminess guaranteed to have your kids bouncing off the walls in no time. The other big change is the departure of the Cheeky Monk, we’ve not heard what it will be replaced with yet, but will keep you posted with any updates.
The last (and admittedly very unofficial, but a gem of a rumor), is that we’ve head a whisper in the wind that Winter Park Resort is toying with the idea of taking on A-Basin & Loveland as the ‘Last Man Skiing’ resort for 2016. Nothing has been confirmed by Winter Park Resort, and the last official word on the street was that the resort is still scheduled to close in Mid April, but the rumor going around town is that there’s a possibility that areas of the resort could stay open as late as May 7th???
Whatever the truth, so long as El Nino does his thing, we’re going to be in for an epic 2015/2016 ski season, so plan on coming up to Winter Park to join in the fun.
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@[email protected] August 29th, 2015
We begged, we pleaded and only when Winter Park Resort delayed opening day until November 15th, did the snow gods finally listen.
While the majority of the US shuddered at images of the Polar Plunge making it’s way down from Canada, Winter Park joyously threw its mitten clad hands in the air, as big fat flakes of snow started falling from the skies.
And it’s still falling!
The weather forecast below comes from Snowforecast.com (‘Predicting sick days since 1998’), and it is looking great for the season kick off in Winter Park, Colorado, with more than a foot on the books.
So, does this mean for opening day? Well, our contacts at the Resort remain coy about the runs that they plan to open on Saturday, but a gambling man might hedge their bets on Parkway & Larry Sale for good odds for now.
There’s also a few bonus events going on this Opening Day for Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, which puts the emphasis of the weekend more more on celebration, and less on getting as much vert’ as possible. Get in the lift line early for a chance to score some commemorative swag, free drink coupons, and head to the Derailer bar between 3 pm – 5 pm for live music and fun.
Want to know more about Winter Park Resort’s 75 years in the making? Check out Winter Park’s 75 year anniversary promo below.
If you would like to take part in the festivities and make a last minute trip to Winter Park for opening weekend, check out our 140+ Winter Park Vacation Rentals and take advantage of our 30% Off Flash Sale today, to save on Early Season lodging.
@[email protected] November 12th, 2014
I know, I know,its July. Like everybody else in the nation, I am fully in the throws of BBQs, Biking and Boating…and yet, when i’m standing in line at the check out, I inadvertantly find myself scanning the shelves for the 2015 Farmers Almanac.
Nope, I’m not turning to turning to potato farming, but I am hoping to cultivate a few powder turns this winter, and the Almanca is my little teaser of what mother nature might throw our way.
Technically, the Alamanac doesn’t go on sale until late August; but the good folks at www.adventure-journal.com have been chatting with NOAA to bring us a little teaser of what may be in store this 2015 Ski Season.
One little disclaimer, we are still 6 months out from winter, and weather patterns can change, so consider this a tentative forecast. But if there’s a glimmer of truth to it…we could be in for an EPIC season!
“Based on the latest temperature readings from the Pacific the scientist at NOAA believe that the 2014-2015 winter season will be heavily effected by an El Niño. It is still unclear how strong of an El Niño we should expect but it may be the strongest we have seen since the 1997-98 event.
So what does this mean for us skiers?
Colorado: Interesting news for Front Range powder-hounds: According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, 20-inch snowstorms are almost twice as likely to occur during El Niño years as neutral years. Most monster storms, though, hit during spring and fall, while mid-winters are relatively dry. Bust your skis out early and don’t get discouraged by a snow-free January – a late-season blizzard could be just around the corner.“
– Quoted from AdventureJournal.com. For the full article, click here to visit www.adventure-journal.com
We’ll update you with additional snow forecasts as they begin taking shape; but if you are feeling excited about the prospect of a big early season entrance, take a peek at our early bird ski special:
Sarah July 3rd, 2014
January came to a close with the largest snowstorm of the season so far in Winter Park, with more than 3 feet falling in the last week alone.
And yep, you guessed it, the outlook is ‘white’, with another 9 inches falling over the last 48 hours, and the forecast calling for another foot throughout the day today.
Our overall season snowfall total now stands at 217 inches, with a snow base of 69 inches at Winter Park Resort, giving Winter Park the best ski season it has seen in years.
Needless to stay, in the name of professionalism, the staff at WPLCO went to great efforts to verify Winter Park Resort’s daily snow report. I you need a quick break from the daily grind, enjoy some powder courtesy of Chris Bradford & Steve Jones in this 45 second feast of fun.
If you missed out on our powder special in last month’s newsletter, featuring the Insiders Guide To Powder Skiing At Winter Park Resort and our Top Tips To Ski Powder, CLICK HERE.
Sarah February 7th, 2014