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Acknowledging Native Land

In collaboration with Indigenous and Native skiers and outdoor industry leaders, Winter Park wrote its land acknowledgment statement as a foundational step toward recognizing the role Native and Indigenous people play in our past, present, and future connection to the land and its natural resources. This statement was developed with the understanding that the land on which we recreate is historical and ancestral land originally belonging to Native and Indigenous people and nations, including Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute nations.

Winter Park Resort Land Acknowledgment Statement


Winter Park Resort acknowledges and honors that the land on which it operate today is the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Nookhose'iinenno (Arapaho), Tsis tsis'tas (Cheyenne), and Nuuchu (Ute) tribes. We recognize and honor these Native Nations, their peoples, and their continued connection as the original stewards of these lands and waters where we recreate today. We reaffirm and recognize that connection both through our words here and our actions.

Winter Park Resort was founded as a place for all people to renew and refresh through mountain recreation and adventure. While we operate on what is currently designated as U.S. Forest Service land, we accept that our mission must encompass access to this land and include all people regardless of their gender, ancestral backgrounds, race, ethnicity, or religion. This acknowledgment is the access and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional and inherited history, responsibility, and commitment to this mandate.

There is snow on the ground

Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River, Winter Park Resort is more than a powder day destination: It’s a vital source of snowmelt that nourishes ecosystems. We began a partnership with Indigenous artists and NativesOutdoors to elevate this story and explore the connections between people, place, and snow.

The resulting art installation is called There Is Snow On The Ground which is the Arapaho translation of the word "heniiniini'". This multifaceted installation invites guests to reconsider their relationship to the mountain and recreation by acting as a catalyst for deeper (and often complicated) conversations about snow, land, ecosystems, and climate change.

Learn More about There Is Snow On The Ground here.
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Why Land Acknowledgment Matters
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