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The Winter Park Express arrives. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
The Winter Park Express arrives. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
A two-hour ride through a gorgeous landscape. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
A two-hour ride through a gorgeous landscape. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
The Winter Park Express departs Denver Union Station. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
The Winter Park Express departs Denver Union Station. Photo by Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort
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Winter Park Express Ski Train

Denver is a ski-in, ski-out city, thanks to the reopening of "ski train" service to the mountains. The Winter Park Express ski train ties together the area’s rich skiing and railroad history as it carries passengers through some of Colorado’s most beautiful landscapes.

The Ride

The ride on the Winter Park ski train begins at Denver Union Station, a newly renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station in the heart of the city. The station is the city’s transportation hub with direct rail access to Denver International Airport, making it possible to touch down from anywhere in the world and ride the rails all the way to the pristine slopes at Winter Park Resort.

The double-decker Amtrak Superliner train leaves Union Station and heads north and west as it climbs toward the Rocky Mountains, offering views of the famous Flatirons above Boulder and the surrounding plains. It snakes its way up gentle grades as it glides through the remains of the area’s pioneering past. One of the more striking aspects of the journey is the number of tunnels, many of which were built by hand in remote areas. Of the 31 tunnels, the Moffat Tunnel is the longest at 6.2 miles as it cuts through the Continental Divide some 50 miles from Denver. From there, it’s a short ride to Winter Park.

Passengers depart the train on a new heated platform and walk 100 feet to the nearest ski lift.

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Schedule

For the 2017 season, the Denver to Winter Park ski train will run on Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 7 to March 26, plus Monday holidays in January and February.

  • Departs Union Station: 7 a.m.
  • Arrives at Winter Park: 9 a.m.
  • Departs Winter Park: 4:30 p.m.
  • Arrives at Union Station: 6:40 p.m.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 one way (children 2-12 ride for half price with a ticketed adult), enabling passengers to spend a day, weekend or longer at the resort. Purchase tickets directly from Amtrak.

Ski Train History 

The original Ski Train ran continuously from 1940-2009 and was brought back temporarily for a weekend in 2015 to celebrate Winter Park's 75th anniversary. Tickets sold out quickly, which renewed interest in resurrecting the concept under a new partnership arrangement through Amtrak, Union Pacific and the resort.

 

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