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Winter Park Fun Facts

  • The town of Winter Park was first settled in 1923 and incorporated in 1978.
  • Original name was West Portal.
  • Just 67 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park Resortis the closest major destination resort to Denver International Airport.
  • The Panoramic Express chairlift is the highest high-speed six-pack chairlift in North America, transporting skiers up to 12,060 feet above sea level!
  • There are 3,060 total skiable acreage, includes 143 designated trails and 1,212 acres of off-piste terrain, including Vasquez Cirque and glade skiing. Making Winter Park Resort one of the largest ski areas in Colorado.
  • Although the towns center is around 9,000 feet, Winter Park is the highest incorporated town in the United States after the July 2006 annexation of 5,214acres of the Winter Park Ski Resort to allow new on-mountain improvements. (However this claim is disputed since there are no residences or businesses at or above the elevation of Alma, Colorado.)
  • Winter Park is home to the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
  • Winter Park and Mary Jane have the highest average snowfall of any destination resort in Colorado. A seasonal average of more than 350 inches (thats over 29 feet!) Yes, Silverton Mountain may get more fluffy white as does Wolf Creek but, hey, those arent destination resorts.
  • Winter Park, formerly known as West Portal, was dedicated on January 28, 1940. The resort was run by the City of Denver until 2002, when a partnership was formed with Intrawest and they took over the operation at that time.
  • Winter Park/Fraser Valley is the Mountain Bike Capital of the United States with over 600 miles of trails.
  • Winter Park Resort is one of Colorado's longest continually operated ski resorts.
  • Skiing Magazine ranks Mary Jane No. 1 in mogul skiing in North America. The U.S. Freestyle Mogul Team has trained here the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Olympics as well as pre-season for the past 14 years.
  • Winter Park, Colorado and its rich natural resources first supported the Arapahoe and Ute tribes, and then attracted the mountain men that ventured over Berthoud Pass in the early 1800's.
  • Grand County was one of Colorado's first areas to enjoy 'sport skiing'.

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