Winter Park ski train returns - for 1 day - through partnership with Amtrak

DENVER - The Winter Park Ski Train is returning -- but just for one day.

Amtrak and the Winter Park Ski Resort will operate a Winter Park Express excursion train on March 14 from Union Station to the ski area to celebrate the resort’s 75th anniversary.

Round-trip adult railfare is $75 and passengers will get a $15 gift voucher to use in the resort restaurants and retail stores.

The Winter Park Express will depart Denver at 7 a.m. and arrive at the resort at 9 a.m. The train will leave Winter Park at 4:15 p.m. and return to Denver at 6:15 p.m.

"Passengers riding this train to ski will have a brief chance to sample the comfort and reliability of Amtrak – America’s Railroad," said Mark Murphy, the Chicago-based Amtrak General Manager.

"Winter Park Resort’s very creation was predicated on the railroad, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate our 75th anniversary with this one-day return of passenger rail service from downtown Denver to the resort’s doorstep," said Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort President and COO.

Rail fans, skiers and snowboarders have been pushing Amtrak and local officials to bring back some form of the ski train.

The ski train started in 1936, but stopped in 2009 when the ski train was sold to the Algoma Central Railway. Iowa Pacific Holdings tried to revive the ski train but the company and Amtrak could not reach an operational agreement.

Tickets for up to 400 passengers are available from Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress or by calling the resort at 888-923-7275.

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