Win­ter Park

SKI - - WEST - —S.S.

Va­ri­ety is the name of the game for this gem tucked at the base of Berthoud Pass in the Colorado Rockies. Com­prised of two main peaks, Win­ter Park and Mary Jane, the re­sort fea­tures “lots of fam­ily- and kid-friendly groomed ter­rain, while still hav­ing plenty of great chal­leng­ing ter­rain for the more ad­vanced skiers to sneak off to for a while.” On the Win­ter Park side, fall line op­tions, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, and ski school rank Win­ter Park as very kid-friendly (No. 5), while pro­vid­ing more chal­leng­ing op­tions for ad­vanced skiers. Hop an­other lift to get to Mary Jane and ex­plore “the best bumps in Colorado,” plen­ti­ful tree runs, and the hike-ac­cessed Cirque ter­ri­tory. Win­ter Park is also easy to get to. Read­ers high­light the ac­cess from Den­ver, and the re­vi­tal­ized Am­trak train is a wel­come re­prieve from I-70 traf­fic. Touted as low-key and friendly, Win­ter Park epit­o­mizes how ski­ing should be. As one reader aptly puts it, “Win­ter Park is down-home. No Porsches and fur boots.”

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