Winter Park Ski Resort Information
Most non-ski attractions are located in the nearby towns rather than the slopeside resort. Besides swimming pools and hot tubs in the resort’s recreation centre, most activities are outdoors.
On-snow alternatives to downhill sliding include snowshoe tours, snowcat tours, tubing, ice skating (two rinks), sleigh rides and dog sledding.
Worthwhile trips away from the ski area include Denver (about two hours away), which boasts a zoo, cinemas, ice hockey matches, museums, galleries and shopping. There’s also the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort (40 minutes away), where natural hot-springs fill several pools with water ranging from pleasantly warm to uncomfortably hot.
The Kids' Ski and Ride School (tel: 1 800 420 8093) at the base of Winter Park provides nursery services for babies from two months old and ski school from age three. On the slopes, the Rendezvous Flats section of the Groswold's Discovery Park has fun, family-friendly features and easy terrain.
Off the slopes, the resort's friendly, relaxed atmosphere and affordable dining and accommodation is perfect for families. Daily free activities in The Village at Winter Park include mini rail jams, ‘Kids’ Night Out’ evening events and free ice skating lessons.
There is a good range of shops in Winter Park and its base areas, and a greater choice in the town of Fraser.
Among the shops in The Village is Shirt Off My Back (125 Parry Peak Way; tel: (970) 726 5581), which sells resort-branded clothes and ski gear. Other gifts and souvenirs can be purchased from Trail’s End Mercantile in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Fraser is home to the Fraser Valley Center, which is a good place to hunt down gifts and souvenirs. As well as skiwear and souvenir shops in the town, there are half a dozen art retailers.
Purchase a personalised trail map, which shows the particular routes skied during the day, how many miles, how much vertical and even how many calories have been burned. Just pick up a small GPS tracking unit from Guest Services in the Balcony House at the start of the day.