Magazine article Sunset

Winter's Tale

Magazine article Sunset

Winter's Tale

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Colorado's family-friendly ski resort has more to offer than ever before

* If you're from Denver, chances are you learned to ski at Winter Park Resort. After all, Denver owns this big (2,886 acres) alpine hill only 67 miles west of town. But even those from the Mile High City might not recognize Winter Park now; the old gal has had a minor makeover. There's a lot of new ski terrain, but also plenty to appeal to non-skiers: shopping, snowshoeing, and great dining in a new base area.

A handsome new village complex scheduled to open next month, has chic shops and restaurants looking out onto the slopes. Want to tour the hill without skis? Redfeather Snowshoe Tours let you ride a chair partway up the ski hill, then snowshoe down with a naturalist guide. But note that, even though you get a lift up the hill, snowshoeing at Winter Park's heady altitude can prove to be somewhat strenuous.

There's news on the ski slopes as well. In the Avalon Quick Tips Learning Lane, you'll be videotaped as you ski, then get feedback from a ski instructor on your technique. …

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