The Winter Park ski train is back as an alternative to crowded highways for those traveling from Denver.
The two-hour journey takes passengers from downtown Denver’s Union Station to the base of Winter Park on Saturdays and Sundays. It costs from $39 each way.
Weekend traffic on Colorado’s I-70 and other mountain roads is notoriously bad. The train lets skiers skip the congestion and stop-and-go traffic in exchange for a “comfortable and scenic two-hour ride on the historic route through Moffat Tunnel.”
The 500-plus passenger Winter Park Express trains depart Union Station at 7:00 a.m. and arrive at the resort at about 9:00 a.m. The Winter Park train platform is just a few minutes walk from the chairlifts. Winter Park Express trains depart the resort at 4:30 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 6:40 p.m.
Customers have the flexibility for a day trip, a weekend stay, or even a full week in the mountains. Reservations must be made and tickets purchased by 11:59 p.m. the previous day.
Adult tickets start at $39 each way and go on sale at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, exclusively through Amtrak’s WinterParkExpress website. Two children (ages 2-12) can ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult.