10 reasons you need to see Winter Park in Colorado

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Australians haven’t really heard of Winter Park. When it comes to Colorado in the USA, we know Aspen, Breckenridge, Telluride, Vail… but Winter Park just isn’t really on our radar. Hey, fellow Australian skiers and snowboarders: what are you doing with your snow-loving lives? 1: As of January, you can now take the train straight from Denver to Winter Park. I’m talking Union Station, right in the middle of the funky part of town in Denver, two hours of spectacular scenery and historic rail tunnels and some of the most altitudinous track you’ll find on the continent, then a drop-off in Winter Park less than 50 steps to the bottom of the lifts. Combine a couple of nights’ stay in the too-hip-for-words Crawford Hotel, actually incorporated into Union Station, with a weekend (or whole week) jaunt to Winter Park and back, and you have an amazing ski holiday without a rental car in sight.   2: This is no tiny backwater – Winter Park is Colorado’s fourth-largest ski area. What’s that all about? How do we Aussies not flock to this place? You can ski or board about 1,250 hectares of skiable terrain, including 490 hectares off-piste, and the lifts can get up to 40,000 snow bunnies up the hill every hour – however we visited on...

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