North America’s Best Ski Resort? Usa Today Readers Choose Winter Park

North America’s Best Ski Resort? Usa Today Readers Choose Winter Park

The Denver Post Reports:

Steamboat’s Double Diamond Bar touted for continent’s best après-ski fun.

Winter Park is North America’s best ski resort and Steamboat’s Double Diamonds Bar has the continent’s best après-ski scene, according to USA Today’s annual list of top resorts and best amenities published on Friday.

Two Colorado cross country ski areas only eight miles apart in Grand County top the list of Nordic centers with Devil’s Thumb coming out No. 1 and Snow Mountain Ranch No. 2. The Breckenridge Nordic Center came out at No. 7.

Two other Colorado destinations make the list of top ski resorts with Copper Mountain at No. 5 and Telluride at No. 6. Results were based on four weeks of voting by USA Today readers.

Of Winter Park, USA Today said: “The 3,081 acres of terrain at Winter Park is divided into seven distinct territories – glade skiing in Eagle Wind Territory, bowls in Parsenn Bowl, jumps and jibs in Terrain Park Territory, steeps and deeps in Cirque, the bumps of Mary Jane, black diamonds of Winter Park and the powder stashes of Vasquez Ridge. Skiers and riders have 166 named trails to choose from, accessed by 25 lifts.” Winter Park also topped the USA Today list… [Read Full Article]

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Resort Revamping On-Mountain Experiences with New Investments

Resort Revamping On-Mountain Experiences with New Investments

Sky-Hi News Reports:

WINTER PARK — Winter Park Resort is taking a cue from other ski resorts around the state and investing in more summer activities so guests can enjoy on-mountain experiences year-round.

Last week, Alterra announced $16 million in capital improvements at the resort, including over $1 million for summer activities, which the resort hopes is just the beginning of summer investments.

“The money that’s being earmarked for summer is really sort of the first in what we’re hoping is a series of plans to revitalize summer offerings here,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations and communication for the resort.

The new summer activity options will include ropes courses for adults and kids, climbing walls and new hiking trails, as well as continuing to improve and add to the resort’s Trestle Bike Park.

Alterra is also investing in summer activities at its other resorts, including Steamboat Ski Resort, spending a total of $6.3 million across its properties. Plus, last year, Aspen Skiing Co. opened its $10 million summer adventure playground and announced a commitment to building summer activities.

Hurlbert said the resort wanted to update the base area activities with options that people would actually enjoy and that take advantage of the unique landscape available.

“Some of the base area activities that we had in particular were a bit stale and really, were kind of things that were more like carnival attractions rather than attractions and activities that you would find at a mountain,” he said.

Thanks to Winter Park’s new gondola, the resort has the ability to expand activities at the peak as well. Hurlbert said there are a lot of opportunities for hiking trails in the area… [Read Full Article]

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