Even though Denver is the “mile high city,” the city itself is set in the plains at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Denver ski resorts are often over an hour away from the city, and Winter Park is one of the closest at only 80 minutes from downtown. It’s also the oldest and one of the largest ski resorts in the state, and one of its mountains—Mary Jane—is often considered to have the best moguls of any resort in the country. Like many other parts of Colorado, Winter Park is graced with over 300 inches of snowfall and 300 days of sunshine—thereby creating ideal conditions for an active resort in the mountains.
The resort’s elevation is notably high—with a base at 9,000 feet—and the summit trails officially top out at just over 12,000 feet. Aside from the 143 runs—some of which are five miles long—the small community of Winter Park is one of the nation’s highest. Here you’ll find dining, lodging, golfing, and a comfortable family amenities, and even when the snow stops falling in summer, the lifts keep running for mountain bikers looking to gain some speed down the trails.
Winter Park is located 67 miles to the north and west of Denver. Ski season is usually from November-April, with most years offering at least 150 days of skiing and snowboarding at the resort.