Winter Park, Grand County Nordic centers, celebrate snow, open more terrain |

Winter Park, Grand County Nordic centers, celebrate snow, open more terrain

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News
Dave Michel of Old Town Winter Park is all smiles after a nice crash Thursday morning on Lower Hughes.

It was a hoot-and-holler morning yesterday at Winter Park Resort as skiers and riders rushed to stomp down the 11 inches of fresh snow that fell overnight.

Locals especially where champing at the bit after a month of little to no snow ” morning meetings were postponed, work schedules were changed, and the chair lift lines were filled with familiar faces. For some, it was the official opening day at the resort.

With a base of roughly 39 inches, no one’s stopping their snow dance just yet. But resort officials are encouraged by the recent storm.

“Winter is here,” said Darcy Morse, communications manager for the resort.

Morse was happy to report yesterday that the Mary Jane will open today at 1 p.m., thanks to the recent love given by Mother Nature.

“I think for a lot of us who work here, in the back of our minds we have Dec. 7 as the date we want The Jane to open,” she said. “And the fact that we’re hitting it on that date is great news for everybody ” us and the guests. It’s exciting. When the Mary Jane opens, it means winter is here.”

Four of Mary Jane’s chair lifts will be open today starting at 1 p.m. ” the Super Gauge Express, Pony Express, Galloping Goose, and the High Lonesome. Those lifts will access the Mary Jane Trail, Lower Arrowhead, Shoo Fly, Lonesome Whistle to Switchyard and Village Way.

As for the Winter Park side, Bradley’s Bash and Balch were opened Thursday at 10:30 a.m., causing many ear-to-ear grins and memorable crashes for the swarm of skiers and riders who waited patiently for the rope to drop.

Other runs that are open include Cranmer, White Rabbit, lower Hughes, Larry Sale and Parkway.

For more information about Winter Park Resort, including trail and chair lift status, visit

– To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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