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Winter Park

Winter Park

Magical resort on the wild frontier that's a snowy playground for all the family

The drive to Winter Park from Denver is dramatic, and, unusually for the approach to an American resort, full of hairpin bends. As you are driven over the Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass, you know you're going somewhere special.

Winter Park was created to be a magical winter playground for Denver citizens and it is still owned by the city. It has the best snowfall record of all of Colorado's major resorts, a huge ski area with a top station at 12,060-ft and skiing for all levels - from smooth cruising on scenic wooded slopes to gnarly black diamond runs and seriously testing mogul fields.

The two main peaks are Winter Park and Mary Jane, the latter having the lion's share of tough and very entertaining thigh-burning bump runs. Parsenn Bowl has some wonderful intermediate terrain both above and below the treeline. From Parsenn you can hike along the ridge to get to the advanced and extreme slopes of Vasquez Cirque.

Few resorts serve beginners as well as Winter Park, with its extensive Discovery Park dedicated to novices.

Boarders will find an abundance of advanced and extreme terrain, and the impressive snow record usually provides lots of powder.

Much of the appeal of Winter Park is its frontier ambience rather than ski resort glitz. It's a great family resort, with excellent childcare facilities and family-friendly restaurants. Nearby at Fraser, Winter Park boasts one of the most exciting tubing hills in Colorado - a thrilling apres-ski activity.

The atmosphere in the resort is added to by the historic railway track which runs near the base area - last season the famous weekend ski train from Denver made a comeback after a five-year absence. There are plans for it to resume this winter.

And Winter Park has a very special claim to fame, as the world's leading resort for teaching anyone with a disability how to ski or ride. It began many years ago with a wonderful guy named Hal O'Leary, who set up the first properly-organised adaptive skiing centre, and it has gone from strength to strength. The adaptive programme is truly inspirational.



Originally a stage coach stop from the 1900’s, Deno’s has maintained its rustic wooden exterior, whilst developing a clean, classy interior, reminiscent of the restaurants of old but with a modern finish.

A meat lover’s paradise, Deno’s has a fine choice of signature steaks for you to mull over. Your thick cut of steak comes from Six Iron Ranch Angus beef and is seasoned with Deno’s signature steak rub, then broiled at 2,000 degrees before it hits your plate, accompanied by roast Brussels sprouts and Dijon red potatoes.

Deno’s also boasts a strong selection of pizza, pasta and seafood, as well as pub fare perfect for a quick bite on the run. With a mind-boggling 600 plus different wines from an award-winning wine list, a visit to the restaurant’s private tasting room is an unmissable experience at Winter Park.

Doc’s Roadhouse

Doc’s Roadhouse

Doc’s Roadhouse is a convenient spot for a nice refreshing drink after outdoor pursuits, being right at the Winter Park Resort which also means a great view at the base of the mountain to sit and enjoy.

Mull over the day’s events with your pick of local beers and time it right for Doc’s Happy Hour with very appealing discounted beer specials. Don’t leave without having sampled one of Doc’s famous margaritas though, made with fresh ingredients, you won’t find one comparable to it in a hurry!

For après ski, head upstairs to the Coors Lounge and immerse yourself in the chilled, party atmosphere with inviting leather couches waiting for your tired self to sink into and bask in supreme comfort with a beer in hand. Perfect.