Winter Park Weather
Summer in Winter Park is extremely pleasant with mild weather and plenty of sunshine. While summer offers some of the peak months for hiking, high altitudes bring summer thunderstorms that typically roll in in the afternoon. If caught in a storm, it’s best to be below the tree line when lightning is near and seek shelter under a shorter group of trees. High altitudes also mean greater risk for sunburn, so wear sunscreen and bring the appropriate gear! On average, July is the warmest month in Winter Park.
Winter Park’s higher elevation brings fall colors earlier in the season. Foliage begins to change as early as late August. The best time to see the rich fall hues is during mid-September which then start fading out at the end of the month. One of the best ways to experience the fall colors is by hiking in and around Winter Park. Fall in Winter Park sees minimal precipitation and dropping temperatures. Snowfall increase from an average of 2.4 inches in September to 30.2 inches in November, prepping the mountains for ski season. Winter Park’s first snowfall usually arrives in October.
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Over the past ten years, Winter Park Resort has recorded an average of 325.6” of snowfall.
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