A guide to Winter Park’s seven famous ski & board territories
So much to explore - so little time. Here’s where to go in Winter Park for every type of skier and snowboarder
Winter Park, Colorado. Originally a winter playground for the city folk of Denver, this mountain has since become one of the biggest and most popular resorts in the country - so big, in fact, that there are seven distinct ski and snowboard ‘territories’ to discover over 3000 acres of skiable terrain and 914m of vertical.
From glades to groomers, steeps to powder stashes, beginners to experts, here’s where to go and what to expect across each of the seven territories, ensuring you make the most of your time on the slopes.
1. Winter Park
The resort’s largest and most diverse ski area, nestled right into the base, Winter Park is where you’ll start your day- and potentially stay if you’re there with family and friends. It’s home to the Ski and Ride School, along with ideal family-friendly zones, like an Alice-in-Wonderland themed run for a bit of magic in the snow.
Expect: Balanced yet mixed terrain, with groomed runs and long cruisers, plus moguls and glades for those who want to challenge themselves.
Best for: Families or friend groups of varying ability wanting to mostly stick together.
2. Vasquez Ridge
Ready to turn it up a notch? You’ll find some of Winter Park’s steepest terrain in Vasquez Ridge, with some of the best powder stashes on the mountain. Once up there, you’ll also be rewarded with 360-degree views of the Continental Divide, making you feel like you’ve truly discovered something off the beaten track.
Expect: Long, challenging, high-altitude runs.
Best for: High intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.
3. Parsenn Bowl
Home to North America’s highest six-passenger chairlift, Parsenn Bowl plants you at a 3,658 m peak, then drops you into a wide-open bowl with some of Winter Park’s best panoramic views. The best part is that the bowl is intermediate-friendly, as you can choose your own adventure - take an easier way down, or push yourself to your limits before ending up in the glades some 1600 vertical feet below.
Expect: Wide-open terrain, amazing views and the reward of great tree skiing at the end.
Best for: Everyone from intermediate to expert skiers and boarders.
4. Terrain Park
Park lovers will light up in this territory, with no less than six playgrounds for skiers and boarders to discover and progress their skills. There’s something for everyone - little rollers and progressive features for beginners, or the ‘Dark Territory’ and 18-foot superpipe for those who really want to send it.
Expect: Over 80 features, including jumps, rails, boxes, and half-pipes.
Best for: All levels, from beginners all the way through to experts.
5. Mary Jane
The ‘little sister’ mountain to the bigger Winter Park, there’s nothing really little about Mary Jane, especially for mogul lovers. With serious bumps, this is the place you want to come to challenge those ski legs. Tree skiers and boarders will also be in their element, especially if you manage to make friends with a local and score an invite to one of the infamous parking lot parties at the Challenger.
Expect: Bumps, and lots of them - but still plenty of variety among the steep, narrow runs.
Best for: Everyone from beginner to expert, but best for intermediate to advanced riders wanting to test their skills.
6. Eagle Wind
Named in honour of the area’s Native American heritage, Eagle Wind may be the most breathtaking territory of the seven, and where you’ll likely feel the most connected with the mountain environment. This is backcountry skiing with the safety of still being inbounds, with the majority of the terrain kept ungroomed and wild through the forest.
Expect: Tight tree runs and plenty of pristine powder.
Best for: Advanced to expert skiers and boarders.
7. The Cirque
The newest and most exclusive area at Winter Park, The Cirque is not for the faint of heart. Get there via The Cirque Sled, a 48-passenger sled pulled by a snowcat. You’ll find yourself 3,676m above sea level, ready to explore almost 400 acres of ungroomed, double-black diamond terrain.
Expect: Steep and deep, with big cliffs and drops.
Best for: Expert skiers and boarders only.
The adventure doesn’t stop at the seven territories. Once off the slopes, enjoy Winter Park’s snowshoe tours, snow biking, stargazing snowcat rides, dog sledding, tubing and ice bumper cars - or even year-round hot air ballooning, complete with champagne toasts.
Then bed down in the resort’s base, with ski-in, ski-out accommodation offering everything from hotel rooms to slopeside condos and luxury homes.
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