Your Neighborhood Guide to the Winter Park Ski Area

Beneath the legendary bumps of Mary Jane sits a charming ski town bustling with new restaurants and lifts, alpine and après amenities, and local flair.

Winter Park Ski Area
Illustration by Emily Burrowes.

1. Zephyr Mountain Lodge

Fusing rustic charm with contemporary comforts, this ski-in, ski-out oasis is located just 110 feet from the mountain gondola. Book one-, two-, or three-bedroom condos with optional amenities such as full kitchens, gas fireplaces, and mountain views. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, unwind in the lodge’s luxurious hot tub.

2. Waffle Cabin

Nestled at the base of the resort’s Gemini lift, a homey cabin filled with warm sugar waffles and hot chocolate awaits skiers with a sweet tooth. Follow your nose to the chain’s other locations in Winter Park’s village and the base of the Olympia lift for a favorite slopeside craving: breakfast all day.

3. Pizza Pedal’r

Get a taste of the za from the bicycle-themed pizzeria recently crowned Colorado’s best by TripAdvisor. This family-owned neighborhood gem boasts a hearty collection of madeto- order pies, with a curated selection of craft beers to seal the deal.

4. Vertical Bistro

Whether you come in ski boots or stilettos, everyone is welcomed into the upscale restaurant’s warm embrace. Locally sourced ingredients are the centerpiece of the menu featuring delectable dishes like Colorado elk chili and blackened pork tenderloin. Stay for a meal, or just a sip, as the craft cocktails like the mountain mule or a hot apple toddy are the perfect finale to a day on the slopes.

5. Village Gazebo & Ice Skating

Allow your childhood memories to flood in as you soar across the Village Pond’s fresh ice located in the heart of Winter Park’s charming ski village. Admission is free of charge, and skate rentals are available at the nearby gazebo, where you can snap a family photo and make a cherished winter memory last a lifetime.

6. Gondola

Adrenaline-seekers and leisure-lovers find common ground on the mile-long journey overlooking a winter’s blanket of sparkling snow. Whether you plan on skiing or snowboarding down the slopes, or taking the ride round-trip, be sure to explore dining options like The Lodge at Sunspot once you disembark.

7. Sundog Taproom

Be one of the first to experience Winter Park’s newest taproom, conveniently situated just steps from the gondola. It offers 30+ craft beers plus wines and cocktails to pair with your handcrafted pizzas and paninis.