Driving in the Colorado mountains is hard for this Southerner. The boulders held into the mountain by wire make me a little nervous, but not as nervous as the cliff on the other side of the road. Add wind and snow in the winter….I’d rather not. Which is why I’m so excited about the Winter Park Express for ski season.
The Amtrak Winter Park Express is a passenger train that goes from Denver’s Union Station to the Winter Park Ski Resort. Trains depart Denver at 7:00 a.m. and arrive at the resort at approximately 9:00 a.m., leaving Winter Park at 4:30 p.m.to return to Denver at 6:40 p.m. (Mountain time). The station is served by the Denver’s Regional Transportation District’s commuter trains to Denver International Airport, so it’s easy to fly into Denver, take the train or taxi to Union Station, and then head to the ski resort. The ride is part of the experience.
Tickets for the Amtrak Winter Park Express passenger train service from Denver Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park Resort are on sale now at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress. The 2019 season features a continuation of fares starting at $29 each way and three additional Friday round-trips. Since 2017, nearly 30,000 customers have enjoyed the service partnership between Amtrak and the resort.
The 2019 Amtrak Winter Park Express schedule begins on Friday, Jan. 4, and the train will run each Saturday and Sunday through March 31. The service also includes round-trips on the first two Fridays of each month, Jan. 4 and 11, Feb. 1 and 8, and March 1 and 8. The public can choose from 32 round-trips, an increase from 2018. The reliable, comfortable and scenic ride uses RTD, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific tracks and passes through the historic Moffat Tunnel, avoiding frustrating stop-and-go ski traffic on I-70 and U.S. 40.
Children ages 2-12 ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult. Amtrak and Winter Park Resort have also made it easy to book group travel by calling 800-USA-1GRP for a train/ski package – including lodging – crafted by representatives of the resort and Amtrak.
This expanded Winter Park Express service is just one of many improvements at Winter Park Resort for the 2018-19 season, with more than $30 million in capital investments that include a new 10-person gondola, upgraded snowmaking, and much more. The full suite of Ikon or Winter Park passes are on sale now for the lowest prices of the season.
So what are you waiting for, nows a great time to book that ski vacation!