Winter Park kicks off 75th season with snowy conditions |

Winter Park kicks off 75th season with snowy conditions

The Arrow lift's first chair departs from the base at Winter Park Resort on Saturday, Nov. 15. The resort's 75th opening day saw heavy snowfall and large crowds descend upon its slopes.
Winter Park Resort |

Some things in life are worth waiting for, and opening day is certainly one of them.

Skiers and snowboarders were rewarded for their patience on Saturday, Nov. 15, as Winter Park Resort opened its doors for its 75th season.

Winter Park delayed its opening day, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, until Saturday after warmer weather stymied snowmaking operations.

But lingering snow showers through the second half of the week left a nice base of fresh powder for the season’s kickoff.

The resort had received 5.2 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon, bringing it’s total to 37 inches in the season.

Winter Park Resort does not release information regarding its visitors, though the resort’s communications director Steve Hurlbert said that opening day had been a big success so far.

“I can say anecdotally that it definitely exceeded expectations,” Hurlbert said. “I think with all of the snow that we’ve gotten, it really amped up a lot of the excitement that people had built up for ski season.”

By the time Arrow sent its first chair gliding toward the top of Parkway, a dense cloud had settled over the top of the Village. Over the course of the morning, snowfall was consistent, and at times visibility from the base area was limited to Lower Parkway.

For opening day, the resort opened its Arrow, Gemini, Endeavor, Comet, Meteor and Spirit lifts servicing Village Way, Parkway, Porcupine and Sorenson.

The recent snowfall has resort officials hoping to open Larry Sale in the next few days, Hurlbert said.

“They’re working around the clock to get as much open as quickly as we can,” he said.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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