Last week, Colorado Public Radio reported that the Winter Park Ski, for the first time in six years, may return, possibly as soon as this winter.
The concept is to provide tourists the option to land at Denver International Airport in the morning, take the new East Rail Commuter Line to Union Station, board the Ski Train and arrive right at the slopes of Winter Park without ever needing a car — all in about three hours. Winter Park says it’s the only place in North America where it would be possible to take the rails all the way to a ski resort.
In 2009, after the Anschutz Company sold off the ski train citing poor profitability and the downturn in the economy. Then Iowa Pacific Holdings made plans to operate the train and even sold tickets for the excursions. However, disagreements between Amtrak and Iowa Pacific forced the company to cancel the trains and refund around 13,000 passengers who had pre-booked seats on the train. See Colorado Ski Train Derailed.
But now Amtrak would provide the trains, is working with Union Pacific which owns the tracks. The plan is promising, particularly in light of the single run of the train last year. Winter Park and Amtrak announced they would provide a special excursion train to celebrate Winter Park’s 75th anniversary, and tickets for seats sold out in hours, with another train quickly added the following day. Those tickets sold out in minutes.
To read the complete story, visit Colorado Public Radio at Winter Park Ski Train Reboot Is Shifting Into Higher Gear.