Winter Park Resort to open 36 acres and five trails on Nov. 12 |

Winter Park Resort to open 36 acres and five trails on Nov. 12

Sky-Hi News staff
Winter Park, CO Colorado
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Winter Park Resort will open on Saturday, Nov. 12, 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.

“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.

“Thanks to the hard work of our snowmaking and grooming crews, plus early season snowfall, the runs are primed and ready to go,” he added.

First chair is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Winter Park Resort will be open daily through April 22, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends.

For opening weekend, lift tickets will be $69 adult and $49 child. Ski + Ride School and Winter Park Resort Rentals will be in full operation.

Open restaurants include Starbucks and limited menus at Doc’s Roadhouse and Moffat Market. Opening day celebrations include apres ski specials and the new Red Bull Sugga vehicle will be onsite to provide videos and music.

Winter Park Resort will provide free garage parking at The Village at Winter Park through Tuesday, Nov. 15. The free Cabriolet lift will be running on opening day, connecting guests from free parking in the Vintage Hotel parking lot to The Village at Winter Park.

The free shuttle, “The Lift”, will not be running routes until Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Conditions are expected to change rapidly, especially during early season. Guests are encouraged to check the daily snow report for updates on terrain and lift openings, snow accumulation, events and other happenings in The Village at Winter Park.

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