After seven years off the tracks, the Winter Park Ski Train will restart operation on January 7 through March 26. Leaving from Union Station, the train will only run on Saturdays and Sundays with an additional round-trip on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day.
The new train can hold more than 500 passengers. Trips are scheduled to take about two hours each way and will depart from Denver at 7 a.m. with an approximate arrival time of 9 a.m. The train will leave Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. with a planned arrival of 6:40 p.m.
“This is the culmination of a long but rewarding process and we couldn’t be more excited to have passenger rail service return to the doorstep of Winter Park Resort,” said Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort President. “We know there’s incredible demand for a viable transportation alternative to I-70 and we’re deeply appreciative to Amtrak, Union Pacific, CDOT, City of Denver, and the Town of Winter Park for helping to make this long-standing dream a reality.”
The 2017 season will welcome a brand new ADA-compliant heated train platform at Winter Park Resort. It is currently under construction, but its completion is scheduled for early December. The project costs $3.5 million but also includes improvements to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Fraser. Funding for the platform came from a $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), a $100,000 grant from the City of Denver, a $100,000 grant from the Town of Winter Park and $1,000 from the Colorado Rail Passengers Association. The remainder of the funding came from Winter Park Resort.
The train returned after an agreement was finalized between Amtrak, Winter Park Resort and Union Pacific Railroad.
“Amtrak and the resort worked together with Union Pacific to test this service in 2015, successfully demonstrating interest when tickets for both days operated sold out in minutes,” said Matt Hardison, Amtrak Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We are excited to be part of the team to bring comfort, reliability and accessibility to the trip to Winter Park—and give thousands of our customers an opportunity to experience one of the many exceptionally scenic routes on the Amtrak national network.”
With the addition of the Colorado A-Line, Passengers traveling from Denver International Airport can also connect to Winter Park via train at Union Station.
Adult tickets start at $39 for one-way passage and go on sale at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, August 30. Up to two children tickets can be purchased for half the adult rate. You can purchase your tickets at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress. Passengers with disabilities can call 800-USA-RAIL to book and group travel can be arranged by calling 800-USA-1GRP. Reservations can be made as late as 11:59 p.m. the day before their scheduled ride.