Does anyone have any info on sleeping in your vehicle in or around the Winter Park, Fraser, Berthoud Pass areas? I am wondering if there are any spots in the afore mentioned areas where it is cool to sleep in your car (night before a pow day) without getting hassled. I was thinking in or around any of the parking lots or road leading to the Mary Jane side or maybe in one of the pull-off parking lots coming down the Berthoud pass. Any advice or info will be much appreciated.
Winter Park's website says that there is no overnight in their parking lots but I'm not sure if that also applies to the dirt road leading to the Mary Jane parking lots. I did a quick search about this on the internet a while ago and I remember reading, somewhere, that overnight parking isn't a big deal unless it snows and they have to plow the lots. Also, I don't recall seeing any "no overnight parking" signs on Berthoud pass but I don't know what the policy is if it's snowing and they have to plow the road. Last thing I want is to wake up in the morning and find that my car is plowed in.
Sleepin' at the top of the pass would be brutal. Coming from Denver, there is some serious elevation difference. Not saying it can't be done, just hard to sleep soundly. Lower on the pass, it's louder, as your closer to the road. There's a hostel in Fraser....
You could park a car and sleep in it at several locations on the pass. Top of the pass you might get hassled. You should be fine at the Current Creek, 2nd Creek, and 1st Creek parking lots. There is also the Peter Rabbit Cabin in Current Creek. About a 10 minute hike up the creek drainage and the 1st Creek Cabin maybe 15 minutes to get to. Both are free to use.
Sleeping in the car, just bring a bag and a lot of blankets. Make sure to turn the car off before you go to sleep.