It’s shaping up to be another great season at Winter Park! After strong snowfall over the past few weeks, all of our lifts are now open and a ton of new terrain is open too making for some great days out on the mountain. Along with new snow and terrain, we’ve seen a ton of excitement from you, our guests, to get out on the mountain!
Since we are a popular weekend destination for many of our guests, parking can fill up early on Saturdays and Sundays, especially after a fresh snow. Here are a few pro tips to help you get on the mountain this season.
Check the Sign Before You Park
As you finish coming down Berthoud Pass and the ski day gets closer and closer to starting, make sure to check the electronic sign at the entrance of Mary Jane and Winter Park for parking status. You can expect to find this sitting out on busy weekends if parking is filling up. This sign will be updated when lots at the Mary Jane and Winter Park bases are full. Due to the popularity of Mary Jane, these lots typically fill up first.
Pro Tip: If all lots are full, head into town and park at the Cooper Creek parking garage. You can take the free Town of Winter Park bus to the Resort from there, called The Lift. Download The Lift app to see all routes and track the shuttles. You can take any line, except the Green line, to get back to town from the Resort.
Arrive Early (or Late)
Weekends are a popular time for visiting Winter Park and we can see parking fill up quickly. To secure your spot, we recommend arriving early. There are lots of great places to grab breakfast around the resort while you wait for lifts to open like Coffee & Tea at the Winter Park Base or our pass holders can enjoy the Ten Buck Huck at Mary Jane Café, a breakfast burrito and coffee for $10.
You don’t have to get here first thing though! If sleeping in is more your speed, we often see parking start to open up again around noon. Sleep in, grab breakfast at home, and then head up for some afternoon skiing.
Park at Winter Park and Still Ski the Jane
Mary Jane lots typically fill up first on weekends so make sure to check the sign near the entrance before turning in. If you park at the Winter Park base but want to ski the Jane there is a free shuttle between the Winter Park base and Mary Jane base that departs every 30 minutes. As well as a free bus service in town that drops off and picks up on the Mary Jane side.
You can also take the Gondola up and ski or ride over to Mary Jane via Sober Englishman or Outhouse. There are several ways to ski back to the Winter Park base at the end of the day too. From the top of Mary Jane, take Whistlestop or the High Lonesome trail to get back to the Winter Park base. There’s also the Corridor trail located just past the Iron Horse lift at the base of Mary Jane that will take you straight back to the Winter Park base.
Help Us Maximize Parking
Just like you, many other skiers and riders are ready to hit the mountain too! Help us maximize parking and minimize your environmental impact by carpooling as much as possible. Check out the new ride-sharing apps like Tread Share or Caravan if you’re looking for someone to carpool with (more info here). After you park, be sure to wait a moment before opening your car door to let the next car park first too. This helps us make sure spaces are used as efficiently as possible.
You can also ditch the car and take the Winter Park Express Train for as low as $29! The train runs 12 consecutive weekends starting this weekend and ending April 3. The Amtrak Winter Park Express presented departs each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Union Station in Denver at 7am and leaves the resort at 4:30pm. Learn more about the train here.
Check the Forecast
Before the weekend, we recommend checking Open Snow for the latest forecast. Heavy snowfall can impact road conditions and your journey up to Winter Park. Be sure to check the CDOT website for road conditions and any road closures. Want to guarantee a powder day? Book our pass holder lodging deal to stay steps away from first chair.
We look forward to seeing you at Winter Park this winter! For more information on parking and shuttles, please visit our website.