Weather & Ski Rental

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Ski weather in Colorado gets 4 stars compared to the Midwest or East. 

It tends to be sunny during most days and often snowy at night.  Daytime temperatures will usually range from 15-35° on the hill.  Layers work best for managing the difference in temperature between the top and bottom of the mountain, typically a 15 to 20° range.  It will always feel warm when the sun is out, cool when it is cloudy.  When in doubt, bring an extra layer.  If not needed you can leave it in a storage locker at the Winter Park base.  

Remember to apply sun-block before skiing.  The combination of thin air and reflection off the snow can generate a pretty good burn.  However, if you want everyone back home to know you were skiing, bag the sun-block and go for the raccoon look.

Night time temperatures will often drop to single digits so dress warm when you go out for dinner or libation.  Casual dress is standard fare everywhere in the mountains and remember, this is snow country - bring boots or at least shoes with good traction.

Ski equipment - If you don't have your own ski or snowboard equipment, they are easily and fairly cheaply rented in Winter Park.  You can rent basic and advanced equipment at 5-6 ski shops along Route 40 or at the base of the Winter Park ski area. 

It isn’t always sunny. Winter Park gets more snow than most other Colorado resorts, averaging 350" per year.  For the latest snow report call the Winter Park 24 hour snow line - (970) 572-SNOW or  www.skiwinterpark.com.

Nice touch - Winter Park is the home of the National Sports Center for the Disabled.  You'll see some incredibly brave people skiing down the hill.  I always find myself thinking, "Hey, if they can do this trail, so can we".

Mountain Stats

143 Trails

3060 Skiable Acres

1212 Off-piste Acres

25 Lifts

3,060’ Vertical Drop

Longest Run - 5.1 miles

Peaks - Winter Park 10,700 ft.; Mary Jane 11,200 ft.; 

                Vasquez Ridge 10, 700 ft.; Parsenn Bowl 12,060 ft.

Base - Winter Park 9,000 ft.; Mary Jane 9,450 ft.

Beginner (Green)  8%

Intermediate (Blue)  17%

Advanced (Blue/Black)  19%

Difficult (Black)  53%

Expert Only (Yellow)  3%

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