Frequently asked questions
Where exactly is West
Portal Townhome located?
Portal Townhome is right in the town of Winter Park,
Colorado. Winter Park is between Winter Park Resort
ski area and the town for Fraser. The townhouse is one
of 16 units in Wolf Park Townhomes, a family oriented,
village-like community in the forest just a few hundred feet
from the main shopping and restaurant district for the area.
this map to see precisely where West Portal is located.
at a glance:
Winter Park (shops,
restaurants, festivals): 200 yards
by foot trail (less than a mile by road)
Fraser (Safeway, etc):
Winter Park Resort (ski
area): 3 miles (12 minutes by ski
Mary Jane (turnoff):
(DIA): 90 miles
How do you get from the
townhouse to skiing, shops, and
feature of West Portal is that it is on
one of the best of the free shuttle
lines in the area. During ski
season, the bus stops at the top of the
driveway every half hour during the day,
and next door every hour in the
evenings. It takes less than 15
minutes to ride to the ski area, and
just a couple minutes to get to shops
and restaurants. Shuttles also run
during the summer/festival season, and
for the adventurous---or for anyone during the
summer and autumn---a short trail through the
woods leads directly to Cooper Creek
Square, and the other shops and
restaurants of Winter Park.
Why do you call it "West Portal"?
West Portal townhome derives its
name from its proximity to the western entrance of the Moffat Tunnel
(five miles away),
which services the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. One of Colorado’s
most interesting and historic rail lines, “the Moffat” provides much
of the ambiance and lore that characterizes Winter Park. The route to
Winter Park was first opened in 1904 using temporary track over
11,600-foot Rollins Pass, but it wasn’t until 1928 that the tunnel was
completed—3.6 miles longer and 14 years later than planned. To this day,
the line provides a crucial link between Chicago and San Francisco,
serving passenger and freight trains alike.
close is West Portal to the
most, the trains are one of the best
characteristics of Winter Park, and of
West Portal. The two compliments we most
often receive from our guests are
related t o the hot tub and the trains.
However, we are close enough to the
tracks that train noise can sometimes be
disturbing to light sleepers. The
closest townhomes in the complex are
about 100 feet from the tracks, and West
portal is at the far end of its
building (the end farthest from the
tracks). The building is extremely
well insulated, so as long as the
windows are kept closed, the noise is
not usually bothersome, but it is a
Is West Portal 'kid friendly'?
townhouse is particularly well suited to
families. Kids love the large
bunkroom, and with the master bedroom
just outside the door and a separate
full bathroom serving each room, the
upstairs makes a great family suite.
We have child-resistant clips on the
kitchen cupboards, and plastic
plug-covers on electrical outlets.
There are carbon monoxide detectors and
smoke detectors on all floors.
only 16 townhouses at Wolf Park
Townhomes, so it's quiet and there are
very few cars coming in and out.
The complex is set back from the road,
separated by a hundred-foot-wide
corridor of forested public park, and a
short walk away is Wolf Park, which
features a new playground, small playing
field, and basketball, volleyball, and
tennis areas. Since the complex is
very family oriented, there are almost
always kids playing outside.
What's the best time of
year to come?
saying is that people "come to Winter
Park for the winters, but they stay for
the summers." It's true---Grand
County excels during the winter, but its
true shine is in the summer, when
hiking, mountain biking and other
activities are paramount. What is less
well known is the glory of Winter
Park---and Colorado in general---during
the autumn months. Its true that
there is a lot less energy in shops and
restaurants during this period, but the
weather and wildlife are typically
ideal. Spring is beautiful too,
but you should know that many businesses
in the area are closed, and "mud
season," as it's widely known, is a time
of solitude in Winter Park.
How does West
Portal compare with other rental
properties in the Winter Park area are
priced in relation to their proximity to
Winter Park Resort, the hub in the area
for skiing and lift-oriented mountain
biking. A couple miles down the
road lies the town of Winter Park,
which is the
center for restaurants, shopping,
and festivals, and is where West Portal
Townhome is located. Three miles
further, the valley broadens out to the
town of Fraser, where grocery and
hardware stores can be found, as well as
many more condos (6-8 miles from the
After that, pricing tends to center
around bedroom/bathroom count and other
amenities. West Portal sometimes
comes in a little higher than other
units of its size because of its quality furnishings, bathroom-to-bedroom ratio,
and shuttle access. Another added
value is West Portal's hot tub, which is
larger and better situated than most
private ones, and is clean and private
commercial common rooms and shared
pools and tubs.
Overall, West Portal has a 100% customer
satisfaction rate, and we think that
it's a better value than most other
properties in the same price range.