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Old 01-03-2010, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Winter Park - wonderland or waste?

hey everyone,

im hitting up winter park colorado tomorrow for the first time and wanted to know what i can expect to see there.

if any1 has any experience at winter park co, plz hit me up and tell me whatzzz gooooood



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Old 01-03-2010, 02:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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WP was my first trip out West, I was there for 4 days in January of 2004, I think Wednesday-Saturday or something like that, so probably the exact same time of year.

Hopefully you get better weather than we did. It was bluebird for us and not windy so I rode mostly without a jacket (layered sweater, or vest, instead) but unfortunately we didn't get any significant snowfall when I was there. Still, conditions were overall decent and not really icy.

The slopes midweek were totally empty, which was nice. I've been to most of the "big" resorts since then, and WP not nearly as big as some (Jackson Hole, Whistler, etc.) but it was bigger than anything I'd ever rode before, being from Michigan. There was a good amount of terrain, pretty evenly distributed between beginner/intermediate/advanced if I remember correctly. We stayed slope-side and had a great time. It was considerably cheaper than whatever other options we had at the time, and having just graduated from college a few weeks prior, we were very price-conscious. I think it was good value for our money.

I probably wouldn't go back, nothing against WP, but I only take one big snow vacation each year, and as long as there are mountains I haven't hit yet, I'm going to go to one of them, or I'm going back to Whistler or PC.
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WP/MJ = wonderland, anyone who says otherwise doesn't know the place well enough.
Not a chance I'm posting the locations of any stashes online.
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Mary Jane = fun Winter Park not so much unless you like to jib. Good thing is crowds should be less right now due to its location.
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The crowds are down now that the holidays are over. The past two weeks were crazy though.
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The crowds are down now that the holidays are over. The past two weeks were crazy though.
Yeah it was crazy crowded, lift lines weren't so bad.
Just a ton of people clogging the runs.

Luckly there was plently of trees/pow to ride.


What days do you ride MJ daysiler1?
I'll be at MJ Tuesdays/Wednesdays for the next few weeks, & then switching to mondays/tuesdays.
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I was working on the Winter Park side for most of the past two weeks. I didn't have any time for play.

I'm off schedule for the next two weeks. I need the time to heal up though. I have the Grand County Crud and I had a slip/fall while working Friday night. I nearly snapped my wrist. It's really sore right now. Hard to type and carry stuff. Thankfully it happened on the clock and is covered by Workman's Comp.

I'm taking at least a week off from riding. They couldn't tell if some bones were broken or not. Lots of groovy colors though.
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Real nice town overall. Mountain was fun for us, we are beginners though.
Cost is high as that was the only drawback for our group.
$100 lift tickets is very hard to swallow.
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ouch! They're asking $100 for a lift ticket there now???

Could've saved about 10% with advance purchase of multi-day passes.

When I went there a few years ago, we booked our vacation in like October, and we were able to buy 4-day lift passes for 50% off. I think we paid about $150/person for a 4-of-7 lift pass.

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