The Denver Post reported today that plans are almost finalized to bring back the Winter Park Ski Train for it’s 70th season of operation between Denver and Winter Park Resort. Amtrak and Iowa Pacific got the go-ahead for Denver-to-Winter Park rail trips from Dec. 26 to March 28 from Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Railroad owns the track that the Ski Train runs on.
The operation would use Iowa Pacific trains that sit idle in the winter months and man them with Amtrak operational staff. The train would use Union Station in Lower Downtown Denver this year and then move to a temporary station the next three years while Union Station is remodeled as the Denver light rail hub. Iowa Pacific runs the train in Southern Colorado in the summer months as tourist excursion trips in Alamosa, La Veta, Antonito and Monte Vista.
We here at Winter Park Lodging Company say YEAH to bringing back the train. We would hope that they would allow tickets to be bought for different days of arrival and departure though. How fun to be able to leave Denver spend three night on the slopes and return while never having to get in a car. This is also good for the I-70 traffic that has become Los Angeles like on weekends in the winter months.