Janet Day-Winter Park online: ‘More than the sum of its bumps’
October 11, 2009
Online Opinions: I’ve had a lot of down-time in airports lately, resulting in a whole lot of internet cruising to kill time and stumbling upon interesting posts about our area.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the new edition of SKI Magazine, online or in print, for a nice review of Winter Park. The writer discovered that our local playground is “more than the sum of its bumps.” Once making that discovery, the writer is wracked with the guilt we all share when telling other people the secrets.
I love all of the “which resort is better” debates on the web. On one travel blog, a Georgia young woman asked for advice about going to Keystone versus Winter Park for Spring Break and probably got a lot more feedback than she wanted. Much of it was educational – locations of Winter Park and Keystone in relation to Denver, drive time, trail descriptions. Much more was opinion, which is the whole point of blog posts – trail preference, nightlife options, overall fun factor. The replies are pretty evenly split between Keystone fans and Winter Park fans with one vote for Breckenridge, one for Arapahoe Basin.
Across the Atlantic, The Independent voted Winter Park one of the 50 best places to ski in the world. In ranking Winter Park 41st, the UK publication had this to say: “Huge snowfalls and plenty of fresh powder make the unpretentious town of Winter Park in Colorado, with its world-class mountains, a magnet for lovers of snow-sports, whether boarding, downhill or cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiers will find plenty of ski areas, all with generally excellent snow and a total of over 125 miles of well groomed trails. Tours into the back-country add to the variety of terrain and for many, Winter Park is an all round world class resort.” Odd that they’d focus so much on Nordic since there aren’t any cross-country trails actually at the resort.
Winter Park was one of only four U.S. resorts to make the Independent’s list, ahead of Jackson Hole and Heavenly, but behind Vail at number nine. The publication’s top spots? Les Gets in France (charming village, great instructors) followed St. Anton, Austria (huge off-piste territory); Borovets, Bulgaria (very good value, very good skiing); Krvavec, Slovenia (15 minutes from the airport and wide open varied terrain) and Banff, Canada (luxurious and friendly) I have to admit I haven’t been to any of those resorts except Banff in the summer, but they’re now on my list.
Then there’s the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments new survey of 23 communities that concluded living in the Winter Park area costs 165% of what a similar home would cost in the Denver metro area. The study used Denver as a baseline to compare living costs to smaller mountain towns. In what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the study found housing in Aspen costs almost 10 times as much as an equivalent home in Denver. Vail came in second at nearly three times the costs of a home in Denver. Steamboat was more than double that in Denver and Breckenridge costs were almost double Denver’s.
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