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Winter Park offers access to three mountains offering diverse terrain, from testing bowls to gentle cruisers...
Winter Park's location next to the Continental Divide means it is perfectly positioned to catch winter storms from nearly every direction. And that's good news for the snowpack - if not for fair-weather skiers.
Dubbed Denver's favourite place to ski, the resort is actually owned by the city, which is just 67 miles away.
This close relationship can mean Winter Park gets busy at the weekends, although its relative remoteness from other resorts such as Vail helps to keep the slopes quiet at other times.
Resort height: 2,740m
Winter Park's ski area has two separate, but linked base areas: Mary Jane and Winter Park.
Mary Jane is where you'll find the steeper slopes and moguls, as well as the intermediate-friendly powder paradise Parsenn Bowl, while Winter Park has a dedicated beginner area called Discovery Park, with gentle runs, adventure trails and a first-timers race course.
There are good park facilities on hand too, and features such as Dilly Dally Alley, a fun tree run for kids.
Generally speaking, however, there is not a huge amount of beginner terrain - partly because of all the bumps.
All those storms can also lead to some of the terrain for more advanced skiers and boarders being closed.
The closest airport to Winter Park is in Denver, from where the transfer should only take about one and a half hours...
However, while there are some direct flights from the UK, most UK visitors will have to change planes to get to Denver.
Winter Park is perfect for both families and expert skiers who love the challenge of a mogul field…
There are better North American resorts for beginners and snowboarders, though.
A ski holiday in friendly Winter Park won’t break the bank, but party animals would be better off elsewhere…
Winter Park is better suited to those seeking an authentic mountain experience than those looking for wild nights out. There can be more of a buzz at the weekends, though, thanks to all those visitors from Denver. Head to Lime or Ullers for drinks, before going on to Deno’s or the Cheeky Monk for something tasty to eat.
Dog-sledding, snow-shoeing, sleight rides and ice skating are all on the non-skiers’ menu in Winter Park. Other, more unusual options include a trip to the nearby hot sulphur springs.
Cost of living 7/10
As ski resorts go, Winter Park is not expensive. Those used to ski holidays in Europe will find the food and drink available particularly reasonably priced. There’s no getting around the high cost of the long-haul flight to get there, though.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Winter Park’s community spirit adds a certain charm that is lacking in many purpose-built North American resorts. Most of the buildings are also quite attractive, while the surrounding countryside is wildly beautiful.