Winter Park Resort kicks off new season with new amenities |

Winter Park Resort kicks off new season with new amenities

Sky-Hi News staff
Winter Park, CO Colorado
Winter Park Resort ski patrollers Brendan Irving, left, Rick DiDonato, center, and Charlie Thompson load equipment into a sled as they prepare for the ski area's opening day on Saturday. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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New this season at Winter Park Resort is the Burton Experience Snowboarding Lounge geared toward the first time snowboarder.

Located at the Winter Park Resort Rental building, the lounge will have a comfortable setting in a fun environment where new snowboarders can meet with instructors and get familiar with all the gear.

Winter Park Resort announced on Monday that it will open on Saturday, four days earlier than anticipated, for its 72nd season.

There will be skiing and riding on 36 acres and five trails accessible via four lifts; Arrow, Gemini, Endeavour and depending on conditions, the Discovery lift, according to resort officials.

“Winter Park Resort is responding to the high demand for early season access to the slopes from Colorado’s Front Range skiers and riders. Also, by opening ahead of schedule we are putting seasonal employees to work earlier than originally expected,” said Gary DeFrange, president and chief operating officer at Winter Park Resort.

Also new at the Resort this season, two program lessons: Kids and Adults Max Four PM Lessons, which have a relaxed start at 11:45 a.m. and a guaranteed maximum of four guests per instructor.

And, Adult Full Day Lessons for all levels that include a complimentary on-mountain lunch.

Recent upgrades at the resort include a reconfiguration of Village Way trail, 13 new terrain park rails/jibs, and a SnoCat for superior slope grooming.

There is a also a new Columbia retail store in the Village.

Winter Park Resort will help Grand County celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Grand Winter Sports Carnival as well.

In December and January residents and visitors will have the chance to learn about the history of recreational sports in Grand County by participating in events throughout the community such as the Corona to Hot Sulphur Springs Re-enactment Trek on Dec. 30 and the Cottonwood Pass Mailbag Race on Feb. 11.

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