It’s that time of year. The cool, short days mean enjoying the holidays with family, curling up with a hot cocoa beside the fire, and dreaming of an escape to a tropical paradise. For others, the snow brings a fresh season of winter activities, adrenaline-inducing sports, and a much-needed break from the heat of the summer.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park is home to some of the Rocky Mountains’ greatest slopes at a reasonable cost in comparison to Aspen and Vail. The resort boasts 7 snowy territories with over 3,000 acres of terrain and more than 140 runs. The motto, “no pain, no Jane” attests to the spectacular Mary Jane territory - my personal favorite. Mary Jane hosts long, bumpy runs that are challenging but enjoyable. I highly recommend exploring Mary Jane if you choose to visit Winter Park.
Accommodations are plentiful in the Winter Park area, with studio suites available on AirBnb starting at just $80 USD/night and ski in/ski out lodging starting at $250 USD/night at Zephyr Mountain Lodge and Iron Horse Resort. We love the quaint Colorado charm that resonates through the Winter Park area.
There are plenty of restaurants available in the vicinity to satiate your hunger after a long day on the mountain. Our favourites include Deno’s - a chophouse that serves scrumptions mediterranean fare with its own tasting room - Hernando’s - the local pizza joint - and Fontenot’s - a cajun-inspired seafood-lover’s dream. There are a few places to get groceries in town, though we have found that some of the larger chains in Denver have better prices. If you are driving in from Denver, consider stopping for groceries on the way.
The ski village offers train transportation from Denver’s Union Station on weekends from January to March, making it easily accessible by public transit. The tickets for the Winter Park Express range from $39 USD to $59 USD one way. Keep in mind, train service runs early in the morning departing at 7:00 am from Union Station to get avid skiers to the slopes in about 2 hours by 9:00 am.
There is also train service to Union Station for just $9 USD, so if you are flying into Denver you can reach the ski hill easily by public transit if you don’t mind carrying your equipment with you. The trip is just under 40 minutes with 6 stops along the way. Remember that the weekend departures for the Winter Park route depart at 7:00 am so you’d have to arrive at Union Station prior to this time.