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Winter Park Resort – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

Photo: Eric Wheeler

Photo: Eric Wheeler

Located 67 miles from downtown Denver, Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to the Front Range, offering over 3,000 acres of terrain spread out over seven territories with something for every age and skill set. 

Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves include these Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top and Bottoms, Hestra Classic 3-Finger Snow Glove (also available in junior sizes), Minus33 Merino Wool Balaclava, and Obermeyer’s I-Grow Ski Jackets and Pants which provide a simple way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs of your child’s jackets and pants (our quickly-growing kids could wear them 2-3 seasons!) Columbia has a similar line of expandable winter jackets for kids. Nothing kills a good ski day like having a whining, cold child so be sure to have a bulk supply of hand warmers available (and you can even find rechargeable hand warmers that are like a portable pocket heater). 

Let it snow!

Winter Park Resort- Colorado Family Ski Vacation

Season dates and hours
November 17, 2022- May 2023; Weekends- 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; Weekdays- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Area (acres)
3,081 acres
What family-friendly amenities does your resort offer? 
Never skied before? They’re giving first-timers a discount on lessons, lift tickets, and rentals with the First Timer’s Package. 
Adult lift ticket prices?
Child lift ticket prices and at what age kids ski free?
$101*.  Kids 4 and under ski free.
Is there on-site childcare and if so, what is the starting cost?
Yes, on-site childcare is available daily from 8 am to 4 pm for kids ages two months to six years. See website for updated pricing. 
What is the starting cost of ski/ride school? Ages?
Half-day starts at $209.
Where can families go for deals on lift tickets/lodging or special promotions?
Calling Winter Park Central Reservations is the best way to find the latest deals and special promotions. They can also book lodging, rentals, and ski school for a one-stop shop. Phone number: 800-729-7907. 
What area (off-mountain) activities would appeal to families for their winter vacation?
Coca-Cola Tubing, located near the Vintage Hotel, is a great off-mountain activity that is fun for the whole family. Atop the tubing hill is the Hill House warming hut, which features gourmet hot chocolate and an indoor/outdoor fireplace.
Distance from Denver
67 miles
85 Parsenn Road
Winter Park, CO
*Note: Information and prices are subject to change and most resorts offer discounted rates if you purchase online seven days in advance. Many resorts do not publish a set lift ticket price. When compiling our list, we used the date Saturday, January 10, 2023 as our base to compare prices. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.