Guides, Venture Out

Venture Out With Tips for the First-Time Skier

So you have your lift ticket and you’re ready to hit the slopes! Or are you? Whether it’s your first time skiing or first time to Winter Park, here are some tips to make the most of your time on the mountain.


Whether you’re a group or a solo traveler, the Winter Park Ski and Ride School has your back when it comes to learning snow sports. Take a lesson with a private instructor of your choice, or join a group to make new friends out on the snow. Choose between whole and half-day lesson options to get the most out of your ski trip.

Renting skis for your lesson? Package your entire trip together for a seamless experience to start your ski day. Simply pick up your gear at West Portal before meeting your instructor for a fun and exciting time out on the mountain.

Rentals & Gear

Skis, snowboard, snow bike, snow shoes… everything is available for rent! Make the most of your time outside with high-quality hard goods available from all of the rental centers at the resort. Unique options, such as Burton’s “try before you buy”, mean you can take home a new toy after shredding all day.

Need some extra gear for your day on the slopes? Check out West Portal Outfitters for everything from helmets to goggles to gloves.


Nothing beats slope-side lodging, especially after a full day spent learning how to ride! With accommodations ranging from the Vintage Hotel to the Zephyr Mountain Lodge you’ll be crashing in comfort at the end of each day… but only after a healing hot tub session! Start planning your spring trip to the mountains now and save on lodging, rentals, and lift tickets when you book two or more nights – time to Double Down on fun!


Playing in the mountains is hard, thankfully Winter Park has a number of superb dining options ready to help you refuel! Just a quick ride on the High Lonesome chair will take you to the iconic Lunch Rock Lodge atop the Mary Jane territory. Known to have some of the best food, and definitely the best views, Lunch Rock is the ideal spot for a midday break.

Take a quick break at a mountain lodge or kick the boots off for a true midday break back down in the Village. Whatever you and the crew choose to do we promise you’ll be energized and ready for more riding once the plates have been cleared.


A day out on the mountain is best topped off with an evening of après. Few après scenes can compare to Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, and with this season’s music lineup there isn’t a night you’ll want to miss!

Enjoy a scenic Gondola ride to Sunspot where magnificent views pair perfectly with live music and great company. Don’t care to leave? Stay for a memorable dinner and experience fine dining at 10,700”. Notable specialties include Buffalo Ribeye and Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout.

Take the Train

There’s no better way to get to Winter Park than the Winter Park Express. Board the Amtrak train at Denver’s Union Station before soaking in the views. Regardless if you’re a Colorado local or a visitor flying into Denver International, the train will provide a new perspective while cruising through the Rockies. The new lounge car is the best seat in the house as floor to ceiling windows provide iconic views and inspire those mountain-themed daydreams.


Make the very most of your visit to Winter Park this season. No matter if you plan to ski every day and dive into a new sport, or just want to get your feet wet, Winter Park has an option for every type of traveler. With endless ways to plan your dream ski trip, save yourself time and money by getting started on the planning now – we’ll see you here soon!

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