Originally posted by Megan Barber at ski.curbed.com
As one of the closest ski areas to Denver, Winter Park has long been a local’s paradise of bumps, family fun, and secret tree stashes. Our friends at Curbed Ski scoured the mountain to bring you the top tips on how to ski winter park like a Colorado local. From the weather patterns to spring parties in the parking lot, they’ve got the inside scoop.
Here are are some highlights of their nine tips to shred this great mountain Colorado-style:
“2. While camping out for a lift to open may be standard operating procedure at Breckenridge or Vail, locals know that at Winter Park this is waste of time. Fewer crowds mean that it’s a much better idea to hit the Mary Jane side while you wait for the Panoramic to open. Feeling antsy and can’t wait to hit the bowls? Lap the Sunnyside lift (right next to Pano) and you’ll still be one of the first on the quick 6-man lift.”
This is our little secret, Curbed! Don’t tell the others!
“4. Hopefully you already signed up for the Cirque Sled Pass, because it allows expert skiers snowcat access to 1,332 acres of off-piste terrain in the Cirque territory. It only costs $10 for the entire season, but looks to be sold out.”
In my day, you would hike/skate the Cirque, in a headwind, and it was uphill both ways. $10 is a great deal though, maybe next year…
“5. Winter Park is definitely more family friendly than its famous sister resort, Mary Jane, but don’t overlook its steeper terrain. On a pow day while everyone hits the Jane, head to tree runs at Winter Park for some untracked fun.”
Yes good idea. More space in the Mary Jane bumps for me.