Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park is home to Winter Park Resort... which means the population varies significantly with the season. The Ski Train of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad runs in the winter months and brings thousands of skiers at a time into the town. In the summer, the weather and beautiful scenery brings thousands of folks to town for concerts, mountain biking , hiking and fishing opportunities. There tends to be snow on the ground in the town center about six months of the year.

The area that is now the official town of Winter Park has undergone several annexations of local former villages and mining camps, the most recent being the annexation of the ghost town of Arrow at the base of Rollins Pass. The original "Old Town" was built to house workers who were working on the nearby Moffat Tunnel, a railroad tunnel that ran beneath the Continental Divide to the east. Several years later, Hideaway Park was established as the first "developer-driven" community in the area and grew reasonably quickly considering that was in the heart of the Great Depression. Winter Park was founded as a town in August of 1978 and incorporated a year later.

Powder on the ski slopes in Winter Park
Early morning powder
A clock tower in Winter Park
A clock tower in town