Winter Park Resorts in Colorado

by Joe Fletcher

The most famous resort in Winter Park, Colorado, is the ski resort that bears the same name. The town hosts a thriving tourism industry in winter and summer, and a variety of other resorts and resort hotels are located around town. One of the most convenient mountain retreats in Colorado, Winter Park is less than 70 miles from Denver.

Property Locations

When booking properties in Winter Park, note that the downtown area and the resort, located near the Old Town section of town, are separated by a couple miles. During the ski season, there is a free shuttle bus that connects downtown Winter Park with the ski resort and other outlying areas.

Winter Park Ski Resort

Winter Park is a 3,078-acre ski resort with 143 designated runs. The resort, particularly the Mary Jane section, has long been known as one of the best mogul skiing resorts in the country, but it also offers a selection of groomers, glades, bowls and six terrain parks. One of the advantages that Winter Park offers over other Colorado competition is that it's accessible via train on Amtrak's California Zephyr line, which runs daily. The ski season generally runs from mid-November until April. In the summer, Winter Park is a major mountain biking destination and is home to the freeride-focused Trestle Bike Park.

Slopeside Properties

A ski in/ski out property, the Iron Horse Resort offers one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium rentals, and boasts amenities like heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, ski rentals and a fitness center. Zephyr Mountain Lodge is steps away from the Zephyr Express Lift, which services black diamond and intermediate terrain. In addition to its prime location, the Zephyr offers four outdoor hot tubs and a fitness room. One-, two- and three-bedroom condos are available.

Devil's Thumb Ranch

A more rustic and natural retreat than the ski resort, Devil's Thumb Ranch is a sprawling resort that describes itself as "5,000 Acres of Raw Colorado." Lodging is offered in lodge rooms and cabins. The main lodge has a number of activities like a miniature bowling alley, theater, fitness room, pub/bistro and a three-story, six-sided fireplace crafted from local rock. The Bunkhouse is a self-service lodging option offered for more budget-conscious travelers. Activities at Devil's Thumb include a 10,000 square foot spa, a cross country ski/snowshoe network, fishing and horseback riding.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.