winter park resor tlodging

 

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 Parking 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.


WINTER PARK BASE AREA

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.

Family fun at winter park resortPay Lots at Winter Park Base.

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.


 

 

MARY JANE BASE AREA

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.

Tailgating at winter parkUtah 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.


Free Winter Park Shuttle

winter park free busIf 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.

January 10th, 2018

Posted In: Transportation, Winter Park Resort

Tags: , , , ,