Winter Park is a town located in Grand County, Colorado. It covers an area of eight square miles, has an elevation of nine thousand feet and a population of seven hundred people. The town was originally two different communities, Hideaway Park and Old Town. Old Town was built to house workers of the Moffat Tunnel construction. Hideaway Park was a village that started in the 1930s and quickly evolved into a town. In 1978, the two towns were merged and became Winter Park. Two years later, the town annexed West Portal Village and grew again.
The main attraction of the town is Winter Park Resort. This alpine ski resort is situated off of United States Highway 40 and is about an hour and a half drive from Denver, Colorado. The mountain originally opened in 1939 as Winter Park Ski Area. It was ownded and operated by Denver until about 2002. The resort consist of three mountain peaks; Mary Jane Peak, Winter Park Peak and Vasquez Ridge. Winter Park Resort has a top elevation of twelve thousand feet and a base elevation of nine thousand feet. It has a skiable area of over twenty-seven hundred acres and has one hundred and thirty-four runs. Nine percent of these runs are beginner level, thirty-four percent intermediate and fifty-seven percent are advanced level. The resort has a total of twenty five lifts. Ten are fixed grip chairs, nine are high speed chairs and six are surface lifts. Historic trails in the area include the Zephyr Express, Eskimo Express, Prospector Express, Mulligan’s Mile, Jack Kendrick, Retta’s Run, Allan Phipps, Engeldive, Balch, Mary Jane Trail, Mt. Maury, Cranmer Trail and Wilson’s Way. The resort gets over three hundred and fifty inches of snow per year on average.
Other popular attractions in the town of Winter Park, Colorado is Fraser Valley Library, Grand Adventure Balloon Tours, Cozens Ranch House Museum, Pole Creek Golf Club, Amaze’n Mazes, Winter Park Visitor Center, Trailblazers Snowmobile Tours, Blue Sky Massage, Grand Sports Shop – Bike Rental and Grand Adventures Snowmobile Tours. Winter Park also has a number of restaurants and hotels. Prominent restaurants in and around the town include Remington’s Restaurant, Pearl Dragon Restaurant, Longbranch Restaurant, Hernando’s Pizza Pub, New Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, Ian’s Mountain Bakery, Silver Spur Saloon & Steakhouse and Deno’ s Mountain Bistro. Prominent hotels in and around the town include Iron Horse Resort, Sundowner Motel, Silvercreek Lodging & Convention Center, Beaver Village, Trail Riders Motel, Inn At Silver Creek, Best Western Alpenglo Lodge, Blue Spruce Motel, Vintage Hotel, Bear Crossing Townhomes, Pinnacle Lodge, Fraser Crossing & Founders Pointe Winter Park, Viking Lodge & Ski Shop, Winter Park Chateau Boutique B and B Inn, Home On The Range Bed and Breakfast, Beaver Village Condominiums, Alpenglo Lodge & Conference, Drowsy Water Ranch, Beaver Village Condominiums and Ute Trail Motel.