Winter Park Resort is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States and is known for its proximity to Denver. In fact, the resort is just 65 miles from Denver and was recently owned and operated by Denver. In 2002, Denver signed an agreement with Intrawest, ULC to manage the resort.
The winter park ski resort is open in time for the 1939-40 ski season. Until 2009, a railway line known as the "ski train" in Denver sent Denver residents to resorts, many of whom learned to ski for the first time.
The Winter Park Ski Resort is located near the Colorado Winter Park. As of the 2000 census, the city's annual population is only 662, but during the ski season, the population will expand with seasonal residents, workers and tourists. In addition, there are several small towns near the Windser Valley and Grand County, where the Winter Park is located. Granby, Granby Ranch Resort and the Sol Vista Basin Ski Resort are just a few miles away.
The area enjoys a growing reputation as a year-round recreation area. Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular area for hiking, backpacking and camping. During the summer, the local ski area includes the nearby SolVista Basin, which can be used to transport mountain bikes to the top of the mountain road, where you can admire the down-difficult terrain in the beautiful Rocky Mountains landscape.
There are also several golf courses in the area, planning holiday home communities, fishing streams and summer music and cultural festivals. It has become the best location for Denver residents to build weekend homes, but it also offers a large number of vacation rentals, including homes, cabins and apartments.
The winter park consists of three main peaks, including lifts such as Mary Jane and Vasquez Ridge. Only Mary Jane has a separate base and is home to more challenging terrain in the resort, including big men, skiers and Parsenn bowls.
Vasquez Cirque is a popular remote ski area that can only be hike from the top of Mary Jane, but since 2006, the new triple lift service.
For beginner skiers, children or people who are afraid of height, Winter Park offers many surface and conveyor lifts. These include rope traction lifts (the skier pulls the rope to the slope surface by connecting the handle of the rope) and three conveyor lifts (the skier stands on a large conveyor belt).
Under the management of Intrawest, Winter Park is developing into a more comprehensive resort, not just a daytime ski resort. New developments include hundreds of mountainside apartments, new restaurants and refurbished catering services, family swimming centres, mini golf, climbing walls and alpine slides.
The winter park is expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future as it is easily accessible from a major metropolitan area and international airport due to its beautiful scenery and good location. It will continue to be a favorite holiday and leisure destination for Americans and people around the world who want to enjoy the beauty and entertainment of the Colorado Rockies.