WINTER PARK, Colo., Winter 2002—03 — Winter Park Resort kicks off the 2002-03 season with a new terrain park, a delicatessen, a retail shop and a new candy store.
The premier attraction on the slopes is the consolidation and expansion of the resort’s terrain parks and half pipe into a single linear playground. The terrain park formerly located on Cheshire Cat moves to upper Allan Phipps. RailYard begins with a series of jib features such as rails, a teeter totter and a rainbow rail. There will be a break in the park for cross traffic on Cranmer Cutoff trail and then the park resumes with two different lines. One option is to continue through RailYard on traditional terrain park features such as tabletops and spines. The second is The Rolls, a slope-style park used for Boarder Cross events on the left side of the trail with crescents, compression rolls and spines. The new half-pipe, Vertigo, moves from lower Cranmer to a location just above Snoasis mid-mountain restaurant.
The alignment of all the resort’s terrain parks and half pipe to a single trail allows snowboarders and skiers to access all of these features with just one chairlift—the Eskimo Express, Zephyr Express or Olympia Express.
“This new terrain park was created in response to the many comments we received from guests that our terrain parks and half pipe were too far apart and inconvenient, ” said Gary Defrange, president and CEO. “This new linear design will make the parks more user-friendly while providing better opportunities for spectators from the Allan Phipps trail and the deck of Snoasis. “
Off the mountain, the addition of a new eating establishment at the resort is good news for all of Winter Park’s visitors. The Boxcar Deli is located on the ground level of West Portal Station at the base of Winter Park mountain and the morning menu features breakfast goodies such as freshly baked rolls and muffins and an espresso machine for caffeine fiends. The lunch crowd can munch on custom-built deli sandwiches, snacks, soft serve ice cream, beer and wine. Another attraction of the new deli is the extensive outdoor seating available on West Portal Plaza.
Located next to the deli is the new Base Camp 9000 shop. This store stocks all the items that skiers and riders need for a day on the slopes but forgot to bring along. Items such as sunglasses, film, aspirin, chapstick, goggles, hats, sunscreen and other accessories are available as well as t-shirts, souvenirs and other gift items. Up two flights of stairs and near the entrance to the West Portal Station cafeteria, the Candy Cache is armed to satisfy just about any sweet tooth. Chocolate, hard candies, gumdrops and other sugary novelties are just a sampling of the items to help finish any meal or provide a mid-day burst of energy. In addition to sweets, the shop will sell snacks, newspapers, magazines, paperback books, greeting cards and fun gifts.
The purchase of five additional snowcats will enable the resort to offer more frequent grooming on some of the resort’s busiest and most popular green and blue trails while also allowing for occasional grooming of some of the resorts advanced and expert trails. One of the new “cats,” a Park Bully, was specifically purchased to sculpt the new terrain park.