Winter Park and Grand County Community Profiles
What our valley has to offer and why so many people are intrigued with this undiscovered mountain community.
The towns of Winter Park and Fraser are part of the large mountain county of about 1,864 square miles, called Grand County. This county as a whole includes rural areas and 6 incorporated towns and has a population of approximately 13,000. The Winter Park and Fraser area is referred to as The Fraser Valley and is in the eastern portion of Grand County. The average elevation for the county is 7,360 feet. The Arapaho National Forest and three wilderness areas encompass the Fraser Valley and help to support the recreation-based economy of the area. Winter Park Ski Resort is located in the town of Winter Park and has 2,762 total skiable acres. Rocky Mountain National Park is also nearby with another 265,727 acres of nature and wildlife land that is set-aside for the public to enjoy. And enjoy it, they do. Grand County offers just about every Colorado recreation activity you can think of throughout the year.
The area climate benefits from an average of 250 sunny days a year. These sunny days help to lessen the impact of the rather cold temperatures that the region gets in this high altitude environment during the winter. The average annual high temperature is 54 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The large number of sunny days that the area receives coupled with an average annual snowfall of about 365 inches on the slopes makes the Winter Park Ski Resort very appealing to skiers and snowboarders. The summer season in the area is also amazing, with countless days to get out and enjoy the mountains in the warmer weather.
Grand County has 2 airports, one in Granby and one in Kremmling. However, most guests to the area fly in and out of Denver International Airport, which is located 67 miles southeast of Winter Park. This is a one and one-half hour drive on I-70, U.S. Highway 40 and over a mountain pass called Berthoud Pass.
Winter Park Area Information
The Winter Park Fraser Valley is both a winter and summer paradise. Because the town of Winter Park is surrounded by the Arapahoe National forest, we have the advantage of being situated just minutes from an endless variety of outdoor activities. Visitors to the Winter Park area may have a hard time deciding what activity to do for the day. Downhill skiing and snowboarding , cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling are some of the winter activities in our area. For summer, enjoy mountain biking, music festivals, hiking, and golfing.
Winter Park boasts a number of fine restaurants and pubs. Check out our extensive list of places to dine or have a beer, after a long day of playing in "The Valley."
The Town of Winter Park has a population of about 720 and consists of about 7.5 square miles. Fraser, with a population of about 730, is 6 square miles and provides many of the services to the region including a grocery store, library and town hall. The towns, as well as the ski area, have been an attraction to many Colorado residents for many years. With the recent acquisition of the ski area by Intrawest Corporation the region is quickly becoming a year round vacation attraction for destination travelers as well. The town of Winter Park has an elevation of 9,110 feet and Fraser sits at 8,550 feet.