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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Winter Park Colorado
Country: USA
Domain: Rockies
Author: Erica

Date: 13th - 23rd January, 2007
Our holiday: Upper intermediates looking for snow
Website : www.skiwinterpark.com
Basics : Travelled with 'Ski Independence' BA LHR to Denver (9hr flight and 1.5hr transfer with 'Home James')
Lift system : Excellent chair lift system, very well organised, sniffle stations
The terrain : Basically Winter Park Mountain (equivalent of green and blue European runs - no steep runs) incl. Vasquez, Mary Jane Mountain (bump mountain).
The snow : Excellent, very well pisted - boringly so!
Off-piste : It didn't snow much whilst we were there, but we busied ourselves popping in and out of the trees
The resort : No village, no character at the resort. Quiet would be an understatement. Even the bar shut at 6.00pm.
Food : The food was typically cowboy fair on the mountain. The food in old Winter Park Town was fine -ish.
Accommodation : Stayed in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge at the base. Excellent room with kitchen. A shame that it didn't have a restaurant.
Costs: Comparable to Europe.
Conclusion: 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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