Winter Park Resort to open more terrain today
November 26, 2008
The Lower Hughes trail will give Winter Park Resort skiers and snowboarders the first advanced/intermediate trail of the season to uncover today.
They can access the terrain from the Arrow Chairlift. The Endeavor and Gemini Express chairlifts also are running; along with surface lifts: Mt. Maury, Meteor and Spirit. Open trails include Larry Sale (intermediate), Parkway (beginner), Sorensen Park (beginner), Village Way – Parkway to Winter Park Base (beginner.)
More trails and chairlifts will open with the help of Mother Nature putting snow on the ground and lowering temperatures so the resort can make snow, said Jennifer deBerge, the resort’s communication coordinator. “We know people want to ski and we’re working as hard as we can to make that happen.”
Throughout Thanksgiving weekend visitors will have the opportunity to take a holiday gondola ride to the mountaintop Lodge at Sunspot from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A limited dining menu will be available. The Zephyr Express will have gondola cars attached, the ride is free for ticket and pass holders or $15 per ride without a pass.
The $6.2 million Village Cabriolet will not open Thanksgiving as Winter Park officials had hoped, partly because the cabins were not delivered on time. It is scheduled to open in early December instead, deBerge said.
“They’re finishing putting the cars on it and then they’ll begin the testing process,” she said, adding that it will then need to be licensed.
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Until then, busses will continue to shuttle people from the Vintage Hotel parking lot to the entrance to the Village in the Bus Circle.
The Cabriolet, an open-air gondola, will transfer visitors from the Vintage Hotel parking lot, near the resort’s main entrance on U.S. Highway 40, to the new Village at Winter Park Resort. The ride takes about two-and-a-half minutes. From there, they will walk through the Village on a heated brick walkway to the resort’s base.
All shuttle buses coming from downtown Winter Park will be dropping off and picking up at the Village Bus Circle. Winter Park Resort will no longer utilize shuttles for the Vintage Hotel to resort route after the Cabriolet is operational; shuttles in place for the resort’s other free parking lots will remain.
The resort will continue to offer more than 4,000 free parking spaces between its Winter Park and Mary Jane facilities. The Vintage Hotel’s parking lot, which accommodates more than 800 vehicles, will be used to its full capacity.
When the Vintage parking lot is full, motorists will park at the nearby “F” and “G” parking lots. The “F” lot is on the other side of Winter Park Drive from the Vintage. The “G” lot can be found across U.S. 40 from Winter Park Resort’s main entrance. They will receive shuttle bus service to and from the Cabriolet.
Skiers and riders will also have the option of paying to use the Village Parking Garage, which opened last ski season near the resort’s base area.
After the gondola system opens this winter, it will also be used during the resort’s summer season to move hikers, mountain bikers and other guests between the Village and the Vintage lot.
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