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: Winter Park Colorado
: 13th - 23rd January, 2007
: Upper intermediates looking for snow
: Travelled with 'Ski Independence' BA LHR to Denver (9hr flight and 1.5hr transfer with 'Home James')
: Excellent chair lift system, very well organised, sniffle stations
: Basically Winter Park Mountain (equivalent of green and blue European runs - no steep runs) incl. Vasquez, Mary Jane Mountain (bump mountain).
: Excellent, very well pisted - boringly so!
: It didn't snow much whilst we were there, but we busied ourselves popping in and out of the trees
: No village, no character at the resort. Quiet would be an understatement. Even the bar shut at 6.00pm.
: The food was typically cowboy fair on the mountain. The food in old Winter Park Town was fine -ish.
: Stayed in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge at the base. Excellent room with kitchen. A shame that it didn't have a restaurant.
: Comparable to Europe.
: Mmmm..Strange..It was, like, too easily perfect. I hate to say that it lacked the charm and vibe of say, Saalbach. The skiing was easy - we learnt to ski bumps because the pisted terrain was very easy. I found myself longing for a bit of variety. Mary Jane had the better runs - we even struggled down a bump black called Trestle. Winter Park had some good blue bump runs to learn on. We had some lessons - but they weren't as good as the Austrian lessons I've had.
I would thoroughly recommend WP for families and beginners - amazing terrain for them, and for the less abled bodied.
There is quite a lot of development going on at the moment, so hopefully some umbrella bars and the like are on their way!
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