Winter Park Ski Resort Information
Winter Park has continued to add off-slope attractions and now has a moderate selection of non-ski alernatives, although many are located in the nearby towns rather than the slopeside resort. Besides swimming pools and hot tubs in the resort’s recreation centre, and a spa facility (tel: +1 970 726 2363; www.alpenglowmassage.com), most activities are outdoors.
On-snow alternatives to downhill sliding include snowshoe tours, snowcat tours, tubing, ice skating (two rinks – with ice discos staged on some evenings), sleigh rides, dog sledding and ski biking – riding on special bikes with skis instead of wheels. Most of these can be booked together via a central activities desk (tel: +1 970 726 1616).
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 visitors can relax in natural hot-springs.
Winter Park is one of the more relaxed and family-friendly resorts in Colorado.
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 a 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 a greater choice in the town of Fraser.
Among the shops in The Village is Shirt Off My Back (tel: +1 970 726 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. Other options in the town include skiwear and souvenir shops, and half a dozen art retailers.
Purchase a personalised tracking device to digitally record your day’s skiing, including details of routes skied, 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.