As of three years ago there was huge talk of all the upgrades that were to be done at Winter Park/Mary Jane. From a gondola to a new base hotel to opening up adjacent mountains for new ski terrain. There were going to be lots of new additions to our beloved ski hill.
Well, the sub prime mortgage mess and the great recession have put a kabash on most of that talk but there are ski hill improvements for ski season 2010/2011 that we can talk about. Nothing as earth moving as new ski terrain or a gondola linking WP Mary Jane to town of Winter Park, CO but we have improvements.
Upgrades for 2010/2011 at Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Resort
While still developing the recently completed Village at Winter Park, the 2010-11 season will reveal investments in infrastructure and raising the level of guest service throughout Winter Park Resort. Enhancements include the purchase of two new snowcats, additions to the ski, snowboard, and bike rental fleet, trail maintenance, new mountain web cameras, and upgrades in IT and on-mountain infrastructure. A significant project for 2010-11 includes paving 822 marked spaces at The Vintage Hotel parking lot to improve guest experience as they walk from free parking to the Village Cabriolet. Attention will also be given to updating the resort’s radio system with technologically advanced radios, in turn improving internal communication and with emergency management personnel.
The Lodge at Sunspot, atop Winter Park Mountain and the premier dining property, will be receiving a facelift both inside and out. Stonework, entry doors, environmentally friendly deck and exterior stain, and new carpet and furniture will be completed in preparation for The Lodge at Sunspot’s 20th anniversary in 2012.
Pine Beetle mitigation is another major on-mountain investment. Along with capital, Winter Park and local water provider stakeholders were awarded a grant from the Colorado Community Forest Restoration Pilot Grant Program to improve forest health. The objective is to decrease fire hazard, encourage new tree growth for a healthy, stable watershed, and reduce safety hazards to skiers and mountain bikers. Environmentally, Winter Park is increasing efforts in recycling programs for guests and employees, composting, and reduction of water waste.
Winter Park has greatly improved from the above postcard from the 1960’s and each year brings more updates to keep the resort up with the times.
Lets hope for a wicked La Nina winter this year with lots of snow. Let Winter Park Lodging Company help you with any lodging or ski related needs on your visit to Winter and Mary Jane Ski Resorts.
Chris September 3rd, 2010