4 Things To Know about Winter Park Ski Resort, Colorado

Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado pleasantly surprised me.  We stayed a week in Fraser, Colorado and it wasn’t my first choice to be honest with you.  I had hoped to book accommodations in one of our other favorite spots but it didn’t work out and we ended up in Fraser.  We loved everything about it.  We had so much fun exploring Winter Park and we can’t wait to continue skiing there.

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Parking

The best parking lot is free.  Unless you are staying at the resort and have a parking space with your room, we found the easiest parking lot is the Vintage Parking Lot near the Vintage Hotel.  The Village Cabriolet lift will take you to the edge of the village where you can load your family’s ski gear into a wagon and take the short walk to the slopes.  Downside to parking here:  The walk to the slopes is short but might not be if your little ones aren’t used to walking in ski boots.  You might want to consider renting a locker to store regular boots so that you don’t have to walk in your ski boots.

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Off-slope Activities

Going to a ski resort does not mean that you have to love skiing.  This is one of the things that I didn’t understand when we first started visiting the ski resorts around Colorado.  I thought that a ski resort meant skiing.  Boy, was I wrong.  Ski resorts also mean things like snow tubing, snowshoeing and more.  Winter Park offers a number of off the slope activities that we participated in on the days that we weren’t excited about skiing.  Our favorite off the slope activity was tubing on the Coca-Cola tubing run.  Next time we go to Winter Park, I look forward to taking the snowcat tour and the snowshoe tour that are both available.

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Great for Beginners

I was so worried that I would find Winter Park difficult as a beginner after skiing some of the other mountain resorts.  Winter Park is a wonderful place to learn how to ski or practice your new-found skills.  Stick close to the Gemini Express and it will take you up to Discovery Park where there are several easy green runs and a couple of lifts that will take you to some more challenging territory if you wish to stretch your skills a bit.

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Don’t miss the crepes.

Winter Park Resort has a lot of great restaurants but don’t be surprised by the prices.  Everything is a bit pricier than you would expect but the prices are not absurd.  Well, a lot of the kid’s menu items are absurd.  Expect to pay upwards of 10 dollars for every kid’s meal you order.  That being said, if you need an indulgent snack you will want to visit Goodys Mountain Creperie.  The creperie has a number of items on the menu but the sweet and savory crepes will hit the spot after a morning of skiing.  We tried several and our favorite is the S’mores Crepe.  Delicious!

 

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    Hello:

    We love Whistler, Canada, for a winter get-away. My wife does not ski, but loves it. Most major ski resort areas cater to whole families knowing that someone will not be skiing. Whistler has many things to do, like ice skating, bungee jumping, zip lines (yes, in winter), snow-mobile rentals, indoor rock climbing, movies, shopping, and much more. Check it out if you have never been!