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steepanddeep

mary jane

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Pros: bumps, hidden stashes

Cons: people people and more front range people.

pretty cool.  gotta do mary janes bumps.  great on good snow day.  other than that, no real steeps, too many gapers, and RULES!  if ya wanna ski more than bumps go elsewhere...in fact, go there....break some "rules".

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F2BNG

An Underrated Step Back in Time

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Pros: Bumps, Value, Snow Preservation

Cons: Lift Layout, Saturday Crowds

I came here in February 2015 for Chuck Martin's mogul clinic, and stayed for an extra day on my own afterward.  If it's bumps your after, then bust out your ugliest neon outerwear and your best 80s rock soundtrack, because this is your happy place.  In an era where many resorts are grooming 90-100% of their cut runs on a nightly basis, Winter Park leaves a lot of theirs untouched, and not just in the infamous Mary Jane territory.  You can find split-groomed intermediate runs off of almost every lift, which is great for those of us aspiring to improve.  There is also underrated tree skiing off the Panoramic Express lift, though I did not partake in much of it since I...
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balto68

Just be sure to park at Mary Jane!

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Pros: BIG mountain, moguls, lots of variety, consistent snow, moguls, good attitude, moguls

Cons: Too many flat spots

This is where I learned to ski, and I'm afraid I'm about as unbiased as they get. The Winter Park side of the mountain is great for beginners and aspiring intermediates. Some of the groomers, like Hughes under the main lift, are a steep, fast, and fun way down even for advanced skiers. It can get crowded, though, and the number of places where you have to pole and shuffle your way to the next trail or lift sometimes makes you wonder what the folks who placed the Vasquez Ridge quad, for example, were thinking. But the groomers are fun, and it's fairly easy to get away from the crowds at any skill level. The greens under the High Lonesome lift, for example, are a joy for newbies.  ...
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WhiteRaven

Still my favorite

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Pros: Excellent snow, large variety of terrain

Cons: Crowded on weekends (like everywhere else)

I learned to ski here almost 40 years ago. After skiing many CO areas, this one's the best for me because of the large amount of advanced/expert terrain. At other places, I found myself skiing the same (longest and hardest) run over and over again, but here there is so much variety it's hard to get bored. The snow throughout the season is usually better than most other resorts nearby. Early season, like most CO areas, is a gamble, though. The lift system is excellent - no matter how crowded the hill is you can always find a few lifts with little or no lines. And the staff and employees are great. They really care about you and want you to have the best time possible. An excellent teaching...
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COBillsFan

No Pain No Jane!

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Pros: 3000' of vert, 3000 acres, reliable snowfall, top notch moguls

Cons: No nightlife, can be crowded, Berthoud Pass

Winter Park can be considered the "old reliable" of the major I70 resorts. As Tony Crocker of BestSnow stated, "most consistent Colorado snowfall over 20 years". Perched high near the Divide, it's never suffering from snow, and doesn't get as windblown as Loveland and A-Basin.    Very balanced terrain, but it takes a while to learn the mountain due to large acreage and sprawl. Plenty of hidden stashes in the trees.  The Jane Chutes, when open, are some of the toughest terrain you'll find in Northern CO. The bumps speak for themselves. Great terrain park. The WP side is some of the best family terrain around.    On the bad side, the nightlife in the...
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SKibare

Best Tree Skiing in America

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Pros: Awesome tree skiing

Cons: Cold on top of Pano Express

Pano ExpressChair on the MaryJane side opens up the best tree skiing in North America!! Great runs can be found on Swedes Ridge through the trees and even when deep snow brings ALOT of Front Range Powder Hounds, the amount of runs is almost endless!!! After the deep stuff gets tracked up on Pano, swing through the trees on Sunnyside!!
PowderOyabun

Mary Jane: A True Romance Story

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Pros: The Mary Jane, Bumps and Trees, The Parsenn Backside and The Vasquez Cirque, Great snow

Cons: Not getting any cheaper, no nightlife

I met my one true love during a blinding blizzard in the winter of '98.  The snow was falling so quickly that I really couldn't tell what she looked like, but I could tell she had a phenomenal shape, her bumps were in all the right places.  The snow got so heavy that I had to take refuge in the trees and there she showed me some of her secret places.  As I left her to take the Ski Train back to Denver I knew that I was fated to return to my new lover.  When it became known in the bar car that I was a first timer at Winter Park, I was asked how I liked the skiing.  I replied, "When I die, if I come to find out that paradise is the C-Chair and the runs from it, then I'll be happy for...
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jeilers

super fun!

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Pros: Great trees! Great snow! Great people!

Cons: some catwalks to ride after the best tree runs

The Winter Park side is great for familys.  The Mary Jane side is great for more experienced skiiers and riders.  As a snowboarder the cat walks are a little long, but well worth the trees and steep before them.  For the skiiers, the bumps are brilliant!
Tjaardbreeuwer

Good overal destination

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Pros: Free slope side parking. Bumps. Snow preservation. Decent size. Variety. Access from around the world.

Cons: Crowded on busy days. Many lifts close for wind (no gondola/tunnel). Long flats at end of runs at north end of resort. Access in snow storm.

Winter Park offers a nice combination. It doesn't necessarily stand out in any one area.   It's probably one of the best resorts to access from far away. Denver airport is one the cheapest airports in the US to fly to both domestically and internationally, and also offers direct flights from more locations than most airports. Once at DIA, Winter Park is a fairly short drive away. I-70 can have traffic jams, but at least you get to turn off before the (bottleneck) tunnel. The road itself  over Berthoud Pass is great: wide, no steep inclines and guard rails, however, it goes over an avalanche prone pass, so road conditions can be pretty horrific.   The easy access does...
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Rich Larow

One of the best Mt's for expert skiers

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Pros: Right at home at this mountain, a lot like Stowe just not as freezing

Cons: Not much

This to me is an awesome mountain. Challenging enough to hold extreme contests, downhill racing, and just tons of snow. This mountain and Taos were some of the closest to Stowe out west. Its high elevation makes it challenging if youre not acclimated to it. Awesome mt. 
Hitman

My Favorite Ski Resort

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Pros: Snow Quality, Variety of Trails, Charm

Cons: Saturday Crowds

Took a trip to Winter Park on two occasions in the winter of 2014/2015.  The first trip was three days mid December, the second trip was three days in late February.   Both occasions the snow was fantastic.  Both occasions nearly the entire resort was open.   The first trip included my wife and kids.  The family felt very comfortable.   The second trip was just my buddy and I.   I'll surely go back soon.