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Nation's only airport-to-ski slope train a hit this season

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 22:13:55-04

DENVER (AP) -- The nation's only airport-to-ski slope train connection was a hit with tourists this season, and is going to keep running from Denver to Winter Park Resort for the foreseeable future.

Amtrak and the ski resort announced end-of-season ridership totals Wednesday. About 18,000 people rode the train from Denver west through the Rockies, across the Continental Divide, and to the base of a ski resort at about 9,000 feet above sea level.

The ridership totals met expectations.

Amtrak and Winter Park executives are meeting in Denver this week to talk about possibly expanding the service, which currently runs Saturday and Sunday in January, February and March. The so-called "Ski Train" ran from 1947 until 2009, but was resumed this season after Denver completed work on a train line from its airport.

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