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winter park co ski signWinter Park and Mary Jane Opening

Opening day is upon us this week and the snow should be the best opening day snow that we have had in years.  What does Winter Park and Mary Jane have new this year and what is to be expected from this 72nd ski season here at The Winter Park Resort?

Winter Park is in year two with its joint cloud seeding program with Denver Water.  This La Niña year should prove to be more worthwhile than last years cloud seeding and poor snow results.

Are you excited for ski season?  Well, here is a top 10 list of why to get excited about Winter Park and Mary Jane this year (from Sky Hi Daily News).

10 Reasons to get pumped about ski season 72 at Winter Park Ski Resort

1. 20 new rail features:
Two propane tanks-jibs,
“Kid” the horse feature who is back ‘from pasture’,
20 single-barrel rails with a variety of configurations of flat, kinked, C-rails and rainbows.

2.Mobile me
Smart phone access to mobile website for live webcams, trail maps and weather and trail conditions.

3.Blog this
Articles highlighting terrain parks, youth programs, events, multimedia, interviews with staff and guests and news at

4.Learn in Style
Opening Dec. 11, the new private lesson center at the base of Zephyr Express: The center includes complimentary lockers for full day private lessons guests, a full concierge service, private lift line to Zephyr Express Chairlift, snowmobile shuttle to the award-winning Sorensen Park for beginners, customized boot fitting service and a VIP lounge.

5. Improved Parking
Bye-bye mud bog! Over the summer WPR paved 822 marked spaces at The Vintage Hotel parking lot. Jump on the Village Cabriolet without mud on your boots.

6. More tree runs
Winter Park and Denver Water were awarded a grant this summer to improve forest health by decreasing fire hazard, encouraging new tree growth for a healthy, stable watershed and reducing safety hazards to skiers. The end result — more tree runs!

7. Greener WP
The resort has appointed a new employee council tasked with refocusing the resort’s sustainability efforts — including an improved recycling program for guests and employees, composting, and reduction of water waste. Meeting monthly, the council will work on projects such as ‘Zero Waste’ at its mountain top restaurant.

8. Free babysitting (sort of)
Spend $30 eating out in the village on Thursdays from Dec. 16 to April 14 and the babysitting is free. Open to kids 4-12, the night includes games, crafts, movies, dinner and s’mores by the firepit for the kids, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

9. Longer season
Thanks to Jesus, the season will be longer this year. With a later Easter, the season will run through Easter Sunday, April 24.

10. Dilly Dally Alley
An old logging road is now WP’s newest blue run. The 200-yard-long offshoot of lower Lonesome Whistle on Vasquez Ridge will keep young riders giggling with its big rolling waves and “whoop-dee-doos.” Surrounded by large Fur Trees and the East Fork of the Little Vasquez Creek, parents may also be enticed to take a run or two.

Pumped to ski this year…. I am ready to hit the hill early and often and hope to get in 60 days this year.

What is going to be open on opening day ?

Here you go straight from WP Resort:

Opening day news: Limited terrain openings on Wednesday, November 17 – check the snow report on opening day for more info. We will start with a mid-mountain opening Wednesday on the Arrow and Gemini, plus other mid mountain lifts (Endeavour, etc.). Zephyr + others projected to open midday on Wednesday.

There will also be a new restaurant in the Winter Park Village called the Pizza Pedal’r (no typo) serving pizza by the slice.

Opening day is here and for six glorious months we have grand Colorado skiing at our doorstep. Lets thank the snow gods for the white we have so far and may they continue to unleash the powder on the Winter Park hills.

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