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Great SS meeting this morning and lots of new things for the upcoming season.

You do not need to go up the new Panoramic lift to get to the Eagle Wind area. The trail that ski patrol cut for themselves and not open to public that went from the top of Mary Jane to the Eagle Wind area has been recut as a public trail and is now legal to ski. It is a black trail and is just marked as a black line on the new maps. It is called Thunderbird Traverse. The pictures of the new cut trails on skiers right of Parsenn Bowl look enticing too. Really interesting story about how they did the lift construction up there without causing environmental damage to the tundra.

New signage for a trail called Village Way will take you to the Winter Park base from the top of Mary Jane. These are renamed trails and it is green all the way to the base. There will be clear signage. This is to alleviate end of the day lift congestion at Sunnyside.
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more trails in the woods near Johnstone Junction and Willets way? I thought that was forest land and out of bounds. I saw them cutting down trees there last spring, but thought that was due to pine beatles. Did they move the rope farther east?
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Cool. Thanks for the update I'm sure hoping the new lift and the newly 'gladed' trails work out for the best. I sure miss the old Backside Parsenn

Great idea for the new signage. I've explained to dozens of peeps on the Summit and now the Super Gauge how to get back to WP from the top of MJ.
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The new cut trails are east of Johnstone Junction. They thinned the glades there some too. They are definitely blue trails but the shots they showed us this morning were pretty stunning. They are called Parry's Peak and Forever Eva. Got the story behind the trail naming too but I'll leave that to others. The WP President / COO came to our Ski School meeting this morning and told us what went on this summer. They had to drag the lift station up in two pieces. Essentially too high for helicopters. Panoramic lift will now be NA's highest sixpack lift. They really worked on keeping the environmental impact to a minimum. They cut down the trees that you saw and then helicoptered them all out.

Gary also thought the signage to the bottom could be improved upon. Too complicated as it was. Should be much easier according to the maps they handed out this AM.

The new pay parking garage which replaced the pay parking lot may not be ready for Turkey day but will be shortly thereafter. The Vintage lot will be the main lot and they will eventually be putting in a cabriolet like they have at Tremblant for transport to the base area.

They bought a new Montana robotic tuner for the rental fleet and the public. They have two of these at Whistler-Blackcomb but not sure at what other IntraWest resorts. Not sure yet where this is available. It will apparently do skis and boards. Gary gave a hysterical story behind this - he shouldn't have to deburr his skis on a ski rack again.

The base village planning is moving along and there will eventually be a pond /ice skating rink.
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You do not need to go up the new Panoramic lift to get to the Eagle Wind area. The trail that ski patrol cut for themselves and not open to public that went from the top of Mary Jane to the Eagle Wind area has been recut as a public trail and is now legal to ski.
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Have heard some good things about WP (see my other thread), particularly in that there are good beginner runs as well as more challenging ones. Is it a welcoming, friendly place that my girlfriend could learn to ski at? What's the weather like in the first week of Feb? What would be the best places to stay at (reasonable rates since a UK to Denver flight is not cheap!) and to get from Denver to WP?
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Have got a reasonable package deal for about £610 each including direct flight from London Heathrow, transfer and accommodation at the Mountain Lodge- is that an ok place to stay at?
post #8 of 13
the beginner terrain is pretty extensive at WP - called Discovery Park. One high speed to take the group to the area. Then a double, a triple and a poma servers the area.

Have her take a lesson (they will start in the Sorensen Park area on a magic carpet). If you're interested in having her take privates, feel free to PM me (I used to teach there). If visas are worked out, there are several English instructors that are quite good at teaching beginners.
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I hope to see you at WP this winter. We were told to expect more UK groups this year.

WP's Ski & Ride School was voted the #1 Ski & Ride School in all of Intrawest Resorts for guest satisfaction in all lesson related services, and lead as the best SRS for Value for Dollar, Friendliest Instructors....(quote borrowed from Bob Barnes, SSD)

You should be able to find many knowledgeable, friendly instructors for your girlfriend. Quite a few are from the UK.

The weather is usually sunny and in the -9 to -3 C that time of year. Perfect skiing conditions. The weather at the worst can be windy and chilly that time of year. One night this past winter it got down to -37 C and cracked my SUV's ancient radiator in February. It does warm up pretty quickly once the sun comes up. Mr Wind however can keep the lifts from running-that only happened a few days and is rather unusual to happen.

Home James can transport you from DIA to WP. www.homejamestransportation.com/

i've never stayed at Mountain Lodge so I can't say what it is like.
post #10 of 13
Great beginner terrain and it's mid mountain so the beginner feels part of the whole scene and you can meet for lunch.

It built its reputation on being a friendly, easygoing place.

Many inexpensive places to stay including condos or houses too. Extensive free bus service, so you can stay in WP or even in Fraser and be just fine.

If the package includes lift tickets it seems like a good deal. If you are talking about the Zephyr Mountain Lodge it's ski in/out but they are doing a ton of construction there now, so you might inquire if you will have to put up with construction issues. (look at the website cam of the base area.)

I've not stayed there, but family did year before last and it seemed comfortable and convenient, even attractive, although just a teeny bit beat up around the edges. scuffed carpet, etc. If you aren't looking for the Ritz, you should be just fine.
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Great beginner terrain and it's mid mountain so the beginner feels part of the whole scene and you can meet for lunch.

It built its reputation on being a friendly, easygoing place.

Many inexpensive places to stay including condos or houses too. Extensive free bus service, so you can stay in WP or even in Fraser and be just fine.

If the package includes lift tickets it seems like a good deal. If you are talking about the Zephyr Mountain Lodge it's ski in/out but they are doing a ton of construction there now, so you might inquire if you will have to put up with construction issues. (look at the website cam of the base area.)

I've not stayed there, but family did year before last and it seemed comfortable and convenient, even attractive, although just a teeny bit beat up around the edges. scuffed carpet, etc. If you aren't looking for the Ritz, you should be just fine.
Thanks for the advice, I'm actually talking about the Winter Park Mountain Lodge, have googled it and found it at www.winterparkhotel.com

It's about 10 mins walk from the Zephyr chair and seems quite clean and not bad looking from the website. Is the beginners area near the Zephyr chair too? I understand also there is the Winter Park village that is livelier than the slopeside stuff- is the bus that connects the two free and does it run late into the evening?
post #12 of 13
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The Zephyr lift is a short walk from Sorenson Park. Sorenson is the initial learning area before going up to the mid-mountain area Disco Park.

Winter Park is larger than the base area but it is still a quiet small town. It isn't known for it's nightlife but you can find nightlife at The Pub or Crooked Creek Saloon.

The Shuttle system is free between the base area, Winter Park, and Fraser. The shuttle runs pretty late but I can't remember when it stops. The schedule should be on the WP website. It's called "The Lift". Employees frequently hitchhike to work.
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