Winter Park hosts a number of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. In the summer, the area is a mecca for mountain biking, hiking and fishing. Below is also information about average temperatures and what to expect when visiting or living in Winter Park.
Winter Park's winter season is the peak time for skiing and snowberries. Winters involve heavy snowfall and low temperatures. When hitting the slopes or trails, be sure to dress in layers because temperatures in the mountains can always change. Your base layer should be made of polypropylene, the insulating layer of fleece, and your top layer should be a waterproof/breathable shell. Also, don’t forget your goggles, sunglasses and sun block, and always drink plenty of water.
The last snowfalls of the year in Winter Park are usually in April; however, March and April can often bring plenty of snowstorms. Spring skiing and snowboarding often means T-shirts and sunscreen instead of heavy winter coats and hand-warmers, but bring plenty of winter clothes nonetheless. Temperatures can drop rapidly and unexpectedly, so always be prepared.
Winter Park’s summers are almost perfect: Not too hot, but just right. Most days are filled with sunshine, with some afternoons bringing clouds and possible rainstorms. Evenings are usually clear and cool. The average high in the summer usually does not reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you're taking a summer vacation to Winter Park, you'll want to bring light clothes, but include layers such as a light fleece jacket and long pants – especially for evenings, when temperatures drop. Also, keep in mind that precipitation in the summer is quite high, so bring rain gear. Hail storms are not likely, but definitely possible.
Autumn days in Winter Park are some of the best days of the year. The Aspen trees become a fireworks display of red, gold and orange, and the air is cool and crisp. There are still plenty of activities to take part in, such as mountain biking, fishing, hiking and climbing. Warmer layers are required, and pants should be traded for shorts, but if you prepare accordingly, autumn can be the perfect time for a getaway trip to the mountains and a chance to view wildlife such as Moose and Elk. Opening day of ski season at Winter Park Resort usually occurs in mid-November.