Winter Park Resort makes travel writer’s Top 10 list |

Winter Park Resort makes travel writer’s Top 10 list

Hank Shell
Skiers and snowboarders descend the Hughes trail on Thursday morning, Jan. 8, at Winter Park Resort.
Byron Hetzler/ | Sky-Hi News

Winter Park Resort earned the distinction of making travel writer Steve Winston’s “Top 10 U.S. Ski Spots.”

Writing for World Property Journal, Winston placed Winter Park Resort No. 3 on his list, putting it ahead of crowd favorites like Park City, Utah, Girdwood, Alaska, and Vail.

“I think Winter Park Resort is one of the coolest ski villages in America,” Winston opines. “Its lodges are filled with woodsy-but-modern condos with fireplaces and balconies, overlooking dramatic natural backdrops. There are plenty of cafes and boutiques, along with ski shops at which you can replace that item you accidentally left at home.”

Steve Hurlbert, Winter Park Resort’s communications director, said it was gratifying to make the list.

“Anytime your’e in the top 10 on any list, it’s a real honor,” Hurlbert said. “To us, to people in the county and to people who know Winter Park, it just validates what we’ve known all along.”

This isn’t the first time Grand County has made one of Winston’s lists.

The Town of Winter Park was No. 5 on Winston’s list of the top 10 mountain towns in the United States, and both Winter Park and Grand Lake made Winston’s list of top 10 “authentic” towns in the United States, with Grand Lake making the No. 1 spot.

Winston previously told the Sky-Hi News that he makes “a lot of top 10 lists.”

In his latest article, Winston extols the “playful touches” that embellish the ski village, including the chairs made of skis and xylophones, “on which you can hear your musical creations reverberate around the village.”

He also mentions the skiing, praising the resort’s wide range of terrain, “from ‘chill’ to ‘challenge.’”

“And there’s always a lot of apres-ski activity going on,” Winston added, “both at the resort and in the colorful mountain town of Winter Park, only a few minutes away.”

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

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