Flying into Denver there are a multitude of options to go ride. World class mountain resorts abound in the rockies so sometimes you just have to pull the trigger and make a choice. My decision is usually based on where the snow is, and in the case of the other weekend it was Winter Park, Colorado.
Winter Park consists of two main areas, Winter Park and Mary Jane. They both have great open runs, groomers, and steep challenging terrain but many believe Mary Jane is the true gem here with some legendary screamers for the thrill seekers. On the far side of Mary Jane is the panorama lift which provides exactly what the name suggests. Beautiful views and a long sweet run down to the lift from up top will force you to focus on your ride and not the view but feel free to take a breather and some scenery.
Located 90 minutes from Denver Winter Park has all kinds of terrain for every skill level. Crowds aren’t as much of an issue here a they are in Vail or Breckenridge so getting your money’s worth can be easy. Same goes for the village at Winter Park with shops and dining/drinking options all over the place. Highlights include Cheeky Monk, a great belgian beer cafe and Derailer and Doc’s Roadhouse to wet your whistle post mountain. But if you crave a nice sando or some tacos Winter Park has you covered.
The drive from Denver is easy but if you want to stay Winter Park has great lodging deals and accommodations to keep you near the mountain. Sometimes it’s worth it to be able to wake up, suit up, and head right up to the mountain and get your powder fix.