A federal jury awarded $1.1 million in damages yesterday to Iowa Pacific, a company that had planned to reestablish the ski train to Winter Park. Jurors found Amtrak breached an oral contract it had with Iowa Pacific Holdings, which hoped to offer trips during the 2009-10 ski season.


ski train.jpgIowa Pacific argued Amtrak had promised to supply a train crew, but only weeks before service was to start, Amtrak raised the amount of insurance coverage Iowa Pacific had to get. When Iowa Pacific wasn’t able to get the coverage, it canceled the season and refunded about 13,000 reservations.

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