Dark Territory®

Railyard Terrain Park Sign

Dark Territory SignageDark Territory® provides a controlled-accessed section of the Rail Yard® for those who are on top of their game! Dark Territory is located in lower Rail Yard® and includes the largest and most technical features in our park system. A separate pass is required to access this area. To obtain a pass for the first time, one must watch a short video and sign an additional waiver.

The goal of Dark Territory® is to offer the largest features of our Park to those who are willing to take an extra step to increase their awareness of Terrain Park safety and etiquette. 


REMEMBER, everybody that enters this section is required to have their pass with them each time they enter!


Dark Territory Overview
The History
A Dark Territory is an area along the rail road system in which the traffic is controlled by verbal or written authority. Trains are not protected by any technical signaling or direct communication system. In these areas, engineers must depend on those that came before them....and stake their lives on everybody’s discipline to keep the area safe. 

Dark Territories are free of the traffic that engineers typically experience on high volume routes throughout the nation. These areas are ruled by strict guidelines of conduct, etiquette, and honor. When the rules are not followed, derailments or head-on collisions become harsh realities – lives, equipment, and cargo are at stake.

Winter Park’s Dark Territory® is guided by similar rules of conduct, etiquette and honor. Should you choose to enjoy this area, you are expected to take additional steps to ensure everyone’s safety, as well as your own.

The Program
To get your Dark Territory® pass for the FIRST YEAR, you will need to do the following:

  • Attend an orientation at Showcase Snowboard Shop at the base of Winter Park Resort beginning November 15 through April 21. The video will take approximately 20 minutes.
  • Sign Dark Territory® Liability form
  • Riders under 18 years of age must have a parent or LEGAL guardian sign the waiver.
  • NEW THIS YEAR - Dark Territory Passes are FREE
  • The pass is valid for the 14/15 season.
  • Dark Territory® is open to Freeriders 10 years and older.

TO RENEW YOUR PASS EACH FOLLOWING YEAR, fill-out/sign the waiver. SIMPLE. You can do it at the same time you renew your season pass. Returning Dark Territory® pass holders DO NOT have to watch the video subsequent years.

Our Partners

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers is100% employee owned. This Colorado Brewer is a bicycle friendly business recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work. New Belgium Brewing is the proud craft beer partner of Winter Park Resort.

US Forest Service

With our commitment to the environment comes close cooperation with the US Forest Service.


The Coca-Cola® Company enjoys being the Official Soft Drink Sponsor to Winter Park Resort and is honored to have the opportunity. Coca-Cola offers a complete beverage experience while you are hard at work out on the slopes.


Allow us to introduce ourselves. We’re noosa, and we make yoghurt, but not just any yoghurt. Ours is thick and velvety. Sweet and tart. It’s a labor of love made in the best state ever, Colorado.


Monster is a proud energy drink sponsor of Winter Park Resort. Monster is...A lifestyle in a can.

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American Express®

American Express® is the official credit card of Winter Park Resort.


Coors Light® and Coors® Banquet are proud to be the Official Beer Sponsors of Winter Park Resort. After hitting the slopes, unwind with Rocky Mountain Cold® refreshment of Coors Light or the legendary taste of Coors Banquet.

Kind Bar

KIND makes healthy, delicious snacks with ingredients youcan see and pronounce. We use high quality, nutrient-rich, whole ingredients –like whole nuts and whole grains – flavored with a variety of fruits and spices.