Colorado ski resort will connect slopes to downtown streets with ‘master plan’


A popular Colorado resort is about to start work on a gondola ride from the ski slopes to the downtown streets of the local mountain town.

Winter Park Resort, owned by Alterra, has announced its 10-15 year master plan for the development of the area, which includes a connection to three gondolas from the town center to the ski village. The plan also includes adding 358 acres of new land to the resort and improving lift infrastructure to accommodate 22,375 skiers per day, up from a current comfortable load capacity of around 15,000.

The new gondola that would connect the resort to town is expected to have a 10-person capacity, with the first and longest stage linking downtown Winter Park to the top of Copper Creek before connecting to other stages and possibly the resort village. A “ski-in ski-out return” trail would also exist, allowing those accessing the mountain from the town by gondola to make the return trip on their skis.

As the crow flies, the largest leg of this proposed lift appears to span just over 1.75 miles, or about 9,500 feet. To put that into perspective, the gondola from Breckenridge Resort to downtown this city is 7,592 feet long and the River Run gondola in Keystone is 9,481 feet long.

This image shows the longest leg of the proposed gondola to connect downtown Winter Park to the Resort Village. Map credit: ©2022 Google Maps.

The lift would also allow Winter Park to improve access to its summer downhill mountain bike park, which passes through Trestle Park.

Winter Park Resort is one of Colorado’s most popular resorts, spanning over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. It is relatively close to Colorado’s Front Range, about an hour’s drive from the western suburbs of Denver. See full master plan details here.

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