Mary Jane, the section of the resort on looker’s left side if you’re checking out a trail map, has a saying that pretty much sums up its skiing: No Pain, No Jane. This area is renowned as having some of the most challenging mogul runs in Colorado. But it doesn’t stop there; Winter Park’s expert skiing includes bowl skiing and extreme steeps, cliffs and trees. Between Winter Park's exhilarating Vasquez Bowl to Mary Jane's famed bump runs, experts will find they have more than enough challenging terrains. The hardest part isn't just the skiing but deciding where to go. Between Mary Jane, Vasquez Cirque and Vasquez Ridge, experts have a whopping 63-percent of most difficult to expert terrain to choose from.
If you like mogul skiing, then you’ll want to spent the majority of your time on Mary Jane’s famed-steeps. The trails off the Challenger chairlift yields leg-burning bump runs sure to challenge the best of the best. The Iron Horse chairlift accesses some shorter black diamond runs. For some wide-open big mountain skiing you’ll want to head to Vasquez Cirque via the Panoramic Express chairlift. The Cirque is an extreme skier’s paradise. Here you’ll find steeps, chutes, cliffs, variable snow conditions, and technical tree skiing. The Eagle Wind lift brings skiers to a series of gladed trails that are shorter, but quite challenging to boot. Thunderbird is the longest black diamond trail off of the Eagle Wind lift and is sure to test the best.
Expert skiers in search of steep groomers will find several options off of both the Zephyr and Pioneer Express chairlifts. Both of these lifts features every type of terrain, from green to black, so they’re both great areas for groups or families with varying levels of ability. Zephyr’s Balch run is a great warm up run at the beginning of the day, and Pioneer’s Gambler and Ace and Eights are black diamonds that turn into blue runs, making them great runs for advanced intermediates looking to challenge their skills or experts looking for a little bit of a break.