Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Amtrak is all set to improve scope for Colorado skiers as it debuted the Winter Park Express seasonal route on January 7. Linking Denver’s recently renovated Union Station to the Winter Park Resort, this is ride-in/ride-out skiing.
The Winter Park Express is different from the rest of the American resorts such as Massachusetts’ Wachusett which although have the rail access but involve shuttles.
Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari said that it is the only rail connection that takes to the ski lifts themselves. After a two-hour ride, passengers disembark just yards from the resort’s Gemini Express quad.
Therefore, there is no other mode of transportation needed. all one needs to do is grab the skis, hop on the lift and can ski within minutes.
The Winter Park Express is the successor to the Ski Train, which was not affiliated with Amtrak and ran the same route from 1940 to 2009, when losses proved too big even for billionaire owner Philip Anschutz.
For its first season, the Express will operate a round trip every Saturday and Sunday and on holiday Mondays until March 26. One-way tickets cost $39-$59.