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Mary Jane trail map 1976The fall shadows are getting a little more slanted here in Winter Park.  The air is starting to feel a bit more crisp in the morning and it has me thinking about skiing already.

So we have been writing lots about Winter Park but we rarely mention Mary Jane.  I remember when I was young in Denver and we always referred to sking the Winter Park area as  “We were going up to ski the JANE!”  We didn’t say Winter Park it was the JANE or MARY JANE.  So for those out there that don’t know much about the Jane I thought I would give a little history and accolades to the old dame.

Back in the late 1800’s Mary Jane  was a well-known madam and local lady of the evening, Mary Jane’s good fortune for services rendered would turn a lonely sheep trail used for grazing into a highly sought-after path to a winter bed to ease the miners and loggers loneliness.

Mary Jane officially opened for the 1975-76 ski season, costing Winter Park $4.6 million to develop.  The complex contained 4 new Poma double chairs, 26,700 square foot lodge, 18 trails, and 350 skiable acres.  This increased Winter Park’s acreage by 80 percent.

Above you can see the original Mary Jane ski trail map.  Just a bit different from the Mary Jane we know today.

Here are some awards that Winter Park/Mary Jane has won recently:

Winter Park Resort:

  • National Ski Area Assn. – Silver Eagle Award, “Visual Impact” (2009)
  • Transworld Snowboard Magazine – “Top 10 Resorts for Pipe”, “Park” and “Resort” (2007)
  • Westword Magazine – “Best Bumps” (2007)
  • National Ski Areas Assn.– Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Visual Impact (2007)
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Bronze Achievement Award for “Excellence in Pollution Prevention and Commitment to the Environment” (2007)

Check out Powder magazines write up for Winter Park/Mary Jane for ski season 2008/2009

Lets go ski! Book your Winter Park and Mary Jane lodging now!

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