The Cirque Territory

Attention all Adventurous Skiers and Riders

The Cirque Territory at Winter Park

The Home of Steeps, Cliffs and Stomach Drops

One of the beautiful things about Winter Park Resort is the trails and terrain awaiting adventure seekers of every age and ability.  For backcountry lovers, The Cirque Territory is what you’re looking for.

Encompassing 399 acres of Winter Park Resort’s most extreme, double-black diamond terrain, “The Cirque” offers the excitement of un-groomed, backcountry skiing and riding within a patrolled area. With 2,260ft vertical drop this incredible terrain is deemed 75% most difficult and 25% expert only so you definitely want some backcountry experience and if you need a little guidance from a pro, check out their Steep & Deep Camp (details below).

Take a look at Winter Park Resort’s trail map and you will see that once you reach The Cirque, you have transcended tree-lined and you’ll find yourself at highest peak, 12,060ft (3,676meters) above sea level.  It’s no wonder the chairlift to reach this terrain is called the Panoramic Express, the views are truly breathtaking, most especially on one of Colorado’s infamous bluebird days.

Historically, to access The Cirque you would have to hike-in but the adventure is now a little easier thanks The Cirque Sled, a 48-passenger sled pulled by a snowcat. You will need to purchase The Cirque Pass add-on at the ticket office which gives you unlimited rides on The Cirque Sled all season long.

Please note, opening of The Cirque and operation of The Cirque Sled is 100% weather dependent so ‘know before you go’ and be sure to check lift, trail and terrain status before you head out.

Learn more about The Cirque Territory at Winter Park Resort here.

Get me to The Cirque as quick as you can!

  • PARK & GEAR UP AT THE MARY JANE BASE
  • GRAB YOUR LIFT TICKET & CIRQUE PASS AT THE TICKET OFFICE
  • RIDE UP THE SUPER GAUGE EXPRESS (7-minute ride time)
  • SKI/RIDE DOWN EDELWEISS TRAIL TO THE PANORAMIC EXPRESS
  • RIDE UP THE PANORAMIC EXPRESS (7.5-minute ride time)
  • HIKE OR SLED OVER TO THE CIRQUE TERRAIN, DRINK IN THE VIEW, CHOOSE YOUR LINE, DROP IN & REPEAT UNTIL YOUR HEART IS CONTENT.

MUST DO EXPERIENCES

• Dropping a cornice


• The view from West Headwall


• The butterflies you get on your first Cirque Sled ride


• Creamy snow at the 100s


• Doing your ABCs on the Alphabet Chutes

Steep & Deep Camp!

Want to explore The Cirque OR Mary Jane's Steep Chutes & Trees but don’t have the skills or knowledge to do it? Winter Park Resort offer Steep & Deep Camp, 2 days of six hours of coaching, snowmobile access to the Cirque and video analysis each day in this 2-day intense fun & exciting camp. Get Discounted Demo Rentals and Après parties after each day.
* All participants must be comfortable on Black Diamond Terrain. 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

  • Availability of The Cirque Territory and Cirque Sled operating season is 100% contingent on Mother Nature; based on weather, snow pack and other variable factors. View lift and trail conditions HERE

  • The Cirque Territory is located beside the ski area boundary, make sure you learn about ski area boundaries, responsibilities and safety HERE

  • The Cirque Territory can be accessed from both the Mary Jane and Winter Park Base area. View Trail Map HERE

  • Learn more about The Cirque Territory HERE
     

The Cirque Territory at Winter Park Resort