Following state and county reopening guidelines, Winter Park Resort will open its scenic gondola with access to mountaintop hiking trails, the base-area putting course, and its famed Trestle Bike Park for summer guests on Saturday, June 27. Additional base-area services, including various restaurant options, bike rentals and some retail will also open. Guests can already make lodging reservations for resort-managed properties, which open today. The resort will operate its modified summer recreational offerings seven days a week through Labor Day. In September, the resort will operate only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
At the core of Winter Park Resort’s summer adventure is Trestle Bike Park – the U.S.’s premier full-service bike park. Tailored for both the downhill gravity fanatic and all-mountain trail rider, Trestle Bike Park’s 1,800 vertical feet and more than 45 miles of purpose-built trails give adventurers of all levels an unmatched mountain experience. Lift and trail opening specifics will be updated in the coming weeks. Bike rentals and private lessons will also be available, and all bike park products, including passes and tickets will need to be purchased 24 hours in advance.
“We’re excited to open for summer 2020 and to welcome guests back to the mountains we love,” said Sky Foulkes, president of Winter Park Resort. “For 80 years, Winter Park has been inviting people to Venture Out, and after diligent work and creative thinking, our team has modified our operations to meet the new demands of outdoor recreation in the COVID-19 era.”
Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado and Grand County public health officials have recently amended executive orders, clearing the path for Winter Park to open for the 2020 summer season. Winter Park has carefully reviewed all current orders and guidelines and modified its operations accordingly. The health and safety of Winter Park guests, employees and the community remain paramount.
Winter Park is continuing to plan, evaluate and adjust its operations leading up to the June 27 public opening. Currently, guests can book and stay in lodging. They can also learn more, pre-book or reserve other products and services before the opening by visiting www.winterparkresort.com. Because of new restrictions and guidelines, all on-mountain products and services, except food and beverage, will need to be booked online 24 hours prior to arrival.
Among modifications to summer operations are:
- Running the Gondola and other lifts to be compliant with capacity guidelines
- Opening some resort-owned restaurants for take-out only
- New signage to help with social distancing across the resort
- Requiring employees to go through a health screening before reporting to work
- Requiring employees with direct customer contact to wear face coverings
- Strongly recommending that all guests also wear face coverings when on or inside resort property
- A contactless check-in process for all resort-owned lodging, where guests will check in via a Text Concierge, allowing them to access keys through a lock box or receive a key code for keyless entry
- Leaving 24 hours in between lodging reservations to properly clean and sanitize each unit
Winter Park is currently planning for a winter season opening in late fall when conditions allow.