A White Christmas After All
The 2018/19 winter season at Winter Park Resort promises to be a watershed moment in the history of the resort as well as the surrounding community with a host of exciting changes taking place.
These additions will keep Winter Park among the top resorts in the world, preserving its storied past while also staying poised for future growth and success.
Winter Park Resort, in conjunction with the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber and other community leaders has developed a new logo and brand identity designed to be inclusive of all the area’s business entities. The new logo, which incorporates Winter Park’s iconic shield into a more contemporary design, will be used not only at the resort but throughout the community as well, creating a cohesive identity across the Fraser Valley.
Most exciting for visitors, however, is the $30 million in capital improvements that have been invested in the resort over the summer, the most at one time in the 78-year history of Winter Park. The centerpiece of this investment is a new $21 million, 10-person gondola, which replaces the aged Zephyr Express and will increase uphill capacity to 3,600 guests per hour, whisking skiers/riders to The Lodge at Sunspot in a mere five minutes. The new gondola also features a revolutionary Direct Drive system, the first of its kind utilized in North America, which makes the new lift not only whisper-quiet, but much more energy efficient.
Winter Park’s world-famous ski train, Amtrak’s Winter Park Express, is also back for a third season with more Friday operation dates and a new lounge car with food and beverage service as well as floor-to-ceiling windows for enjoying the scenic 90 minute trip from Denver Union Station directly to the slopes of Winter Park Resort.
Amidst all of this change however, is Winter Park’s core commitment to guest service which remains unwavering. While there are certainly more amenities to enjoy, the soul of Winter Park, that which has made it special to visitors for nearly a century, remains intact and as strong as ever.