Things to Do in Winter Park, Colorado

Things to Do in Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park is one of the most accessible resorts in Colorado. Just 67 miles from Denver, it's easy to get to by scenic Amtrak ride, shuttle or a drive up Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 40. While skiing is the major draw, Winter Park offers mountain scenery and recreation for any time of year. An abundance of outdoor activities will provide an invigorating, adrenaline-fueled getaway.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter Park Resort is a massive mountain that covers more than 3,000 acres of terrain and 143 trails while serving its patrons 2,610 feet of vertical. It offers a variety of skiing and riding, including open bowls and steeps, groomers and a progressive park system with five individual parks of different sizes and ability levels. Winter Park is heralded for its challenging mogul terrain and is probably the top destination in Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountains for bump runs. The resort soars to heights of over 12,000 feet and offers brilliant Rocky Mountain views. It has a 327-inch 10-year snowfall average.

Winter Park Resort
85 Parsenn Road
Winter Park, Colorado 80482

Mountain Biking

Many ski resorts offer lift-served mountain biking in the summer, but not many are near the same caliber as Winter Park. Nicknamed Mountain Bike Capital USA, Winter Park and nearby Fraser offer 600 miles of trails for mountain biking. Trestle Bike Park is the destination for those looking to experience vertical in one direction: down. The park offers downhill trails and serious freeride terrain. Winter Park is owned by Intrawest, a major ski resort corporation that also owns Whistler Blackcomb. As such, the team at Winter Park has received help from the managers and developers of Whistler Bike Park, one of the premier freeride destinations in the world.

Fishing

You don't have to perspire to enjoy the outdoors. Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are also world-class fishing destinations and were favorites of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. With 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, Winter Park and Grand County are a fisherman's paradise. Local fish include rainbow trout, German brown trout, mackinaw and kokanee salmon.

Other Winter Recreation

In addition to alpine skiing, Winter Park also offers more than 60 miles of Nordic ski trails that can be accessed from locations like SolVista and Snow Mountain Ranch. Hideaway Park SnowZone is an activity center in downtown that offers many free events and activities geared toward children and families, such as sledding and introductory snowshoe hikes. Additionally, you'll find sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Additional Summer Activities

One would be safe in assuming that anywhere with a reputation as a mountain bike capital also offers plenty of trails for hikers and backpackers. Other popular outdoor activities offered in and around Winter Park include camping, whitewater trips, horseback riding, ATV and an alpine slide. You can also take a scenic ride on the Zephyr Lift if you'd enjoy a little bit of scenery without wanting to commit to any strenuous activity. To unwind, enjoy the quaint atmosphere of the resort base, which received a major facelift in 2008/2009, as well as the town of Winter Park. You'll find a variety of souvenir, art, home decor and sports shops to browse in. Winter Park also has a collection of 30 restaurants providing your cuisine of choice.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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