WINTER PARK, COLO., September 1, 2005 – Very few things actually improve with age. Fortunately, Mary Jane Mountain, Winter Park Resort’s famed terrain for bumps and spectacular tree skiing and riding, is one of them. “Thirty years young,” Mary Jane will grace this season donning a new high-speed six-pack chairlift in place of the Summit Express quad, even better tree skiing and riding through enhanced glading, an updated look to her Club Car bistro-style restaurant and more effective on-mountain signage designed to get you to where you want to be faster and with more efficiency.
Just 67 miles outside of Denver, Winter Park Resort has earned the distinction of “Colorado’s Favorite” with an average annual snowfall of 349 inches, a #1 ranking for bumps three years in a row by Skiing Magazine, and a loyalist following unlike any other mountain. With an upcoming season choc full of live music, festive parades, bump events and a Mary Jane look-a-like contest, Colorado’s Favorite is sure to become everyone’s favorite mountain for incredible bump skiing, endless tree lines, infinite powder stashes and one all-season-long rockin’ birthday bash.
As bits and pieces of history and lore reveal, what began as an innocent settlement of miners and rail yard workers in the late 1800s, would later mark the “peak” of a woman named Mary Jane and her clever business sense for supply and demand. A well-known madam and local lady of the evening, Mary Jane’s good fortune for services rendered would turn what was once a lonely sheep trail used for grazing into highly sought-after winter playground. While Mary Jane is described as being no lady, her namesake mountain and trail are revered as some of the finest terrain to be found anywhere in the country.