- Winter Park, Colorado
official_name = Town of Winter Park, Colorado
motto = Colorado's Highest
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Grand County and the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = USA
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = flag|Colorado
subdivision_type2 = Countycite web | url = http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/local_governments/municipalities.html | title = Active Colorado Municipalities | format =
HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs | accessdate = 2007-09-01]
subdivision_name2 = Grand County
government_type = Home Rule Municipality
leader_name = Nick Teverbaugh
established_title = Founded
August 1, 1978
established_title3 = Incorporated
September 1, 1979cite web | url = http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/muninc.html | title = Colorado Municipal Incorporations | format = HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives | date = 2004-12-01| accessdate = 2007-09-02]
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 20.9
area_land_km2 = 20.9
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 8.1
area_land_sq_mi = 8.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 662
population_density_km2 = 31.7
population_density_sq_mi = 82.1
timezone = MST
utc_offset = -7
timezone_DST = MDT
utc_offset_DST = -6
latd = 39 |latm = 54 |lats = 15 |latNS = N
longd = 105 |longm = 46 |longs = 45 |longEW = W
elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 2780
elevation_ft = 9052
postal_code = 80482 (
area_code = 970
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 08-85705
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:0180960 0180960]
website = [http://www.winterparkgov.com/ Town of Winter Park]
Highest incorporated town in the U.S.
Winter Park is a Home Rule Municipality in Grand County,
Colorado, United States. The town population was 662 at the 2000 census, although tourists and seasonal workers significantly increase the population.
It is home to the
Winter Park Resort, a well-known ski resortwhich is owned by the City and County of Denver and managed by Intrawest. The town and resortare served by the Ski Trainof the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad(D&RGW).
Although the town center is at about 9,000 feet [City of Winter Park official web site, [http://www.winterparkgov.com/] . Retrieved February 22, 2007.] , Winter Park is the highest incorporated town in the
United Statesafter the July 2006 annexation of convert|5214|acre|km2 of Winter Park Ski Resortto allow new on-mountain improvements. This claim is disputed since there are no residences or businesses at or above the elevation of Alma, CO(10,361 feet).
The area also has abundant
cross-country skiingopportunities, including Devil's Thumb Ranch. In the spring and summer, Winter Park is known for mountain biking, concerts, hiking and fishing.
Winter Park is located at coor dms|39|54|15|N|105|46|45|W|city (39.904071, -105.779198)GR|1, at the southern end of the Fraser Valley.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.1 square miles (20.9 km²), all of it land.
It is approximately 9100-12,060 feet above sea level, and is considered sub-alpine country. It is completely snow-covered for about six months a year.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 662 people, 318 households, and 129 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 82.1 people per square mile (31.7/km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 152.7/sq mi (59.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.53% White, 0.15% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.
There were 318 households out of which 14.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.4% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.67.
In the town the population was spread out with 12.5% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 44.0% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 143.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 143.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $44,000, and the median income for a family was $80,660. Males had a median income of $35,221 versus $27,500 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $36,699. About 3.3% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Winter Park began as two small settlements, Old Town and Hideaway Park. Old Town came into existence because of the construction taking place on the
Moffat Tunnel. Hideaway Park was a village that began in 1932 and quickly developed into the fourth town in the valley. Hideaway Park was developed and built by L.O. "Doc" Graves, a merchant in the valley since 1922. Doc began by building 26 tourist cabins and a cafe and service station called "Doc's Place." He also installed a water wheel on Vasquez Creek to generate all the electricity necessary to operate his business. The village grew rapidly, considering that the entire country was in the depth of a serious depression at that time. The construction of a water tunnel parallel to the existing Moffatt railroad tunnel had a positive effect on the local economy. Over a stretch of two years, the village added three more businesses — a saloon, a garage, and a nightclub — and nearly doubled in population.
On August 1, 1978 the town was founded and became Winter Park. In 1980 Winter Park grew again incorporating the West Portal Village. The West Portal Village became the home of the Mary Jane Base and various other buildings at the resort such as the Iron Horse Resort.
Most recently, the ghost town of Arrow, at the western base of
Rollins Pass, was annexed into the town; this marked the beginning of the massive Arrowhead development.
State of Colorado
Colorado cities and towns
Grand County, Colorado
United States Forest Service
Arapaho National Forest
Winter Park Resort
* [http://www.winterparkgov.com/ Town of Winter Park website]
** [http://www.dot.state.co.us/App_DTD_DataAccess/Downloads/CityMaps/Winter%20Park.pdf CDOT map of the Town of Winter Park]
* [http://www.skiwinterpark.com/ Winter Park Resort website]
* [http://www.angelfire.com/co/chuckgraves/ Winter Park History]
* [http://3dskimaps.com/index.php?path=winterpark 3dSkiMap of Winter Park]
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