Be in the know before you head up or down the hill.
There's something funny about the mountains... the weather can change in 5 minutes.
While traveling to Winter Park, you will take Berthoud Pass for 25 miles. In recent years there has been millions of dollars spent on substantial improvements to build retaining walls and passing lanes, so traveling the pass is not as challenging as it used to be. The only tricky part is that sometimes, for safety reasons CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) will close a section of the pass for avalanche control.. The best way to be prepared is to check the road conditions for Berthoud Pass/Highway 40 before you leave.
For the best information concerning road closures, check this website that is updated regularly: www.cotrip.org. You can also dial the Colorado Road Conditions Hotline at 511 for up to date information.
If you're real lucky, you might just have to call work and say that the mountain pass closed for a spell and you had to go skiing some more. Trust us locals, having a morning like that where you practically have the mountain to yourself, is worth the rearranged plans to get home! On the rare occasion that you have to spend the night, our Winter Park Visitor Center staff would be happy to find you last minute lodging.