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  • Winter Park Resort
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  • 970-726-5514
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  • 85 Parsenn Rd
    Winter Park, CO 80482
    United States

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  • Year Built
  • 1940
  • Hours of Operation
  • WINTER SEASON 2017
    Anticipated Opening Day: NOVEMBER 15TH 2017

    Weekdays: 9am - 4pm
    Weekends: 8:30am - 4pm

Winter Park Resort

WINTER PARK COMMUNITY PROFILE

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COMMUNITY PROFILE

The Towns of Winter Park and Fraser, located in Grand County, Colorado, are situated in a high mountain park at elevations of 9,000 ft. and 8,800 ft. respectively. The valley is surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest and three wilderness areas. 


AUTHENTIC COLORADO

The Towns of Winter Park and Fraser, located in Grand County, Colorado, are situated in a high mountain park at elevations of 9,000 ft. and 8,800 ft. respectively. The valley is surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest and three Wilderness areas: Indian Peaks, Byers Peak, and Vasquez. Approximately 75% of the land in Grand County is publicly owned. 17,000 acres of public land is owned by the City of Denver Water Board. Nearby Rocky Mountain National Park sets aside 265,727 acres of natural land and wildlife habitat for the public to enjoy. 


Tourism in the main source of industry in eastern Grand County (referred to as the Fraser Valley), while ranching and agriculture are the primary industry in western Grand County. The population of Grand County Colorado is approximately 12,000 in the whole county, and is dispersed through the rural areas and its six incorporated towns. Primary access to the Fraser Valley is via Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass, which reaches an elevation of 11,315 ft. 


The Town of Winter Park (pop. 720) is 7.5 square miles, including the base village of Winter Park Resort. The town and ski area have long been popular with Denver Metro residents, though the region is quickly becoming a four-season vacation destination. Fraser (pop. 732) is 6 square miles and is the more service-oriented of the two towns, with a grocery store, elementary school, library, town hall and drug store. Both towns are characteristic of season resort towns. The Fraser Valley is only 90 minutes northwest of Denver, 90 minutes from Summit County and two hours from the Vail Valley. 


HISTORY

The Fraser Valley is rich in heritage, ranging from the Ute Indians, logging and pioneers, to mining, ranching and the railroad. The area was inhabited by both the Ute and Arapaho Indian Tribes and was discovered by pioneers around 1820. The first settlers arrived around 1850, and the first post office was established in Fraser in 1876, which is now Cozen's Ranch Museum. 


David Moffat pioneered the building of a transcontinental railroad line from Denver to the West Coast. Tracks over the top of Rollins Pass were completed in 1905 and used steadily until 1928 when the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel was opened. The railroad provided the impetus for another industry in Grand County, logging. While the railroad was pushing west there was a tremendous need for timber. The logging industry flourished in the early 20th Century, helping provide valuable raw materials to Denver, a booming city on the border of the Western frontier. Although the first ski hills in Grand County were built in Hot Sulphur Springs in 1911, the railroad helped the ski industry flourish, especially Winter Park Ski Area, which opened in 1940. Today, Amtrak comes through the valley twice daily, providing guests a unique way to come enjoy the mountains. 


MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE

We have some wonderful wildlife as neighbors, including elk, moose, deer, fox, raccoon's and porcupines. Predators, such as bears, mountain lions and coyotes, make this their home as well, and you should be prepared to know what to do should you encounter them (the US Forest Service office in Granby, 970.887.4100, has information). 


CLIMATE & ECOLOGY

Three ecological zones exist in the Fraser Valley: Montane, Sub-Alpine and Alpine. Their characteristics include sagebrush, willows, aspen, and lodge pole pine at lower elevations; mosses, lichens and pines above tree-line. Because of our high altitude and cold temperatures, winter tends to be long, but these characteristics give us some of the best powder skiing in the United States! We have some wonderful wildlife as neighbors, including elk, moose, deer, raccoon's and porcupines. Predators, such as bears, mountain lions and coyotes, make this their home as well, and you should be prepared to know what to do should you encounter them ( the US Forest Service office in Granby, 970.887.4100, has information). 


Average High Temperature: 54° F / 12° C 
Average Low Temperature:
 14°F / -10° C

Average Annual Rainfall: 27in. / 69cm. 
Average Annual Snowfall:
 231in. / 587cm. 

Average Annual Sunny Days: 250 





RESORT AMENITIES

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CHILD CARE

Child Care is available for ages 6 months to 6 years at least 7 Days in advance. Have fun on the slopes and enjoy the powder knowing your child is having a safe and fun day in our care. Our trained staff are ready to welcome your child with age appropriate games, crafts and outdoor activities.

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PARKING

Where can you park at Winter Park Resort? There are close to 3200 free parking spaces at the base of Winter Park and Mary Jane. We also have paid, short term, drop off and pick up and disabled parking as well as shuttle services to the kids ski and ride school and charter bus parking and drop off.

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SHUTTLE ACCESS

Easily navigate Winter Park and Fraser with the refreshed, free public transportation- The Lift! Whether you come to town via car, train, or shuttle, once you’re here, the Lift will take you to your day of play at Winter Park Resort to the shops and eateries of the lovely downtown, and everything in between.

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How are you going to get your gear? 

And what will you do with it once you're on the mountain?

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LOCKERS AND STORAGE

If you want to lighten your load, check out all the different locker and storage facilities.

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LUGGAGE DELIVERY

Winter Park Resort now offers you the option of having your luggage, ski and snowboard equipment shipped ahead, enabling you to bypass all the hassles of checking bulky gear.

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LOCAL SERVICES

Find a number of helpful local services with any of our preferred suppliers below. If you don't see the service you're looking for, a full list of local businesses can be found at the Winter Park / Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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CONCIERGE SERVICES

We invite you to experience everything our wonderful valley has to offer for a "stress free and worry free" vacation. Call 970.531.6750 and book now.

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Need some extra help? These services can ease your vacation planning.


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ON MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY

During the winter season, photographers are located at the top of the Zephyr Express and Gemini Express daily. Make sure to look out for the photographers taking your picture.

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LOST AND FOUND

Whether you have lost a pole on the chairlift on your phone somewhere along the way check with our lost and found to see if they have it.

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