State officials and Winter Park staff recently announced that weekend passenger train service between Denver’s Union Station and Winter Park Ski Resort will begin Jan. 7, 2017. The ski train was launched by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1940 to serve the newly opened Winter Park ski area. From 1940 until 2009, it offered skiers from the front range the opportunity to skip the infamous clog of traffic on I-70. With the addition of the train line from DIA to Union Station, the new ski train will also allow out-of-state skiers to avoid driving altogether.
The ski train has not run a regular schedule since 2009, though in 2015 it briefly looked like it might make a comeback. In March 2015, Amtrak ran the ski train for two weekends, selling out tickets in a matter of hours.
In response to the obvious demand, almost 18 months of negotiations began between the Denver-owned Winter Park ski area, Amtrak and rail owner Union Pacific. The new Winter Park Express runs 62 miles and travels through the historic Moffat Tunnel. The route will terminate at a new wheelchair-accessible, ADA-compliant rail platform at the resort, construction of the platform is now underway.
To view details and buy tickets, visit Winter Park Express.