Winter Park

Ski resorts in USA
The classic Californian ski resort Sierra-at-Tahoe, seen by many locals as the most genuine ski hill in the area, is located only 25-30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, along the stunning Highway 50.

Jon Muir, perhaps the most famous naturalist and conservationist in America, called the 400-mile long Sierra Nevada Mountains, “the range of light” - not the least because of its many snow-covered mountain peaks.

Small, but mighty, it sits at the eastern edge of California's El Dorado National Forest. The region's microclimate brings a seasonal average of over 10 meters of snow (yep, you heard that one right). The cold winter storms bring skiers pure light and dry candy in the shape of “blower” snow. This is what’s special about the Sierra, during just a couple of hours, conditions can go from fairly great to absolutely epic. Then, there’s always something about the month of March - it seems to be the tellsign of the whole ski season, make or break. Tahoe locals refer to it as, “Miracle March.”

The closest big-resort neighbor is Heavenly, a little bit under 30 kilometers to the north of Lake Tahoe's shore. Kirkwood is a little bit further down the road but still a good resort to use as a base for visiting Sierra-at-Tahoe.

It's a low-key resort that still has everything on offer: 2,000 acres of terrain; 6 terrain parks; 46 trails and a summit elevation of 8,852 feet.

Despite having been in business for over 70 years, it has remained a day-visitor ski area. Therein lies perhaps its charm and attraction along with the pretty much unspoiled natural landscape. It has also produced many Olympians, such as Maddie Bowman, the ski halfpipe gold medalist (who went to the top of the podium at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia), who grew up here.

The terrain parks hold a high caliber and the pisted area (if tiny) shouldn't be disregarded either. Still what keeps drawing advanced and expert skiers from near and afar is the backcountry skiing in the revered Huckleberry Canyon, to the east of the summit sector. (Some skiers call it Sierra's finest powder skiing).

You can only access the area via five backcountry/control gates (those were first opened in 2001). This deep and steep terrain gem, classified as "extremely challenging," ain't for the faint-hearted --- couloirs, cornices, powder-stashed bowls and glades.

The local ski patrol offers a guided service to the canyon. You have to make a reservation, and undergo an on-site assessment of your skills before being accepted to join.

Winter Park Snow forecast

  • Friday
    0 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    11 mph
  • Saturday
    0 ft
    Partly cloudy
    12 mph
  • Sunday
    0.1 in snow
    Rain showers
    8 mph

Facts about Winter Park

Number of slopes:161
Easiest Green slopes:39
Intermediate Blue slopes:35
Advanced Black slopes:80
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:7
Artificial snow:26 number of slopes

Lifts (Total: 25)
Gondola lift:1
Chair lifts:19
Platter lift:5
Lift capacity:  36000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Winter Park Vertical drop
Highest Point: 12057 ft
Vertical drop: 3058 ft
Base Point: 8999 ft
Skiable vertical drop: 3061 ft (The vertical drop you can ride in one go on skis)

Start:17 November
End:17 April

Childrens area:1
Country: USA
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Reviews for Winter Park

What do you think about Winter Park?
8 reviews
Alex Root
Alex Root (Guest)
Winterpark has great mogals. they litter the mountain. The chutes usualy are icy or unskiable. I wouldnt recomend them. The cirque has some of the be... Read more (86 words)
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Winter Park is the small resort of comfortable 1.5 hours drive from Denver. Accommodation in WP Village is near the ski area, but the accommodation in... Read more (212 words)
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The winter park side is quite boring, Mary Jane offers a lot of fun things: chutes, canoeing good forest skiing and, of course, a lot of PUCKEL ..... ... Read more (107 words)
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Puck, puckle, hump, puckle and little pistachio so everyone can settle down. A very strange place with hollows in the forest where you can just go out... Read more (171 words)
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Mary Jane was the area that felt most interesting if you were looking for a little more challenging skiing. But for my part, winter park is summarized... Read more (147 words)
No pain, no Jane
No pain, no Jane (Guest)
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The fall height is not really very remarkable, much like Åres, but every meter is well utilized. Here you will find everything from barely sloping so... Read more (182 words)
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Mary-Jane is part of Winter Park, which is heaven on earth for those who love puckel plaster. Then I do not mean the trist icecourses found in some pl... Read more (173 words)
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Great place, quite big! Located just over 1h from Denver, very good slopes and nice offpiste. Located in conjunction with "Mary Jane".... Read more (26 words)

Most popular photo

Rider: Martin Josefsson Photo: Daniel Tiensuu

Trail map

Trail map Winter Park

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Airports near Winter Park

Denver International Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 46 minutes (90 miles)
Distance: 58 miles
Eagle County Regional Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 14 minutes (118 miles)
Distance: 64 miles
Aspen Airport
Driving time: 3 hours, 22 minutes (181 miles)
Distance: 75 miles