Ski train began service Saturday |

Ski train began service Saturday

by Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

On Saturday, America’s largest scheduled passenger train began its 69th season carrying skiers from Denver to the Winter Park Resort.

The popular form of transport, known throughout Grand County as “the Ski Train,” offers a postcard-worthy traveling experience. The train runs along Union Pacific Railroad lines and comes through almost 30 tunnels (including the famous Eisenhower). It is a trip back in time winding past several fascinating ghost towns. Along the way, views can also be seen of the Rocky Mountains, the Flatirons, South Boulder Canyon, the Continental Divide, and the historic Moffat Tunnel.

Since 1940, passengers have enjoyed the stress-free ride to a day in the mountains. Guests are dropped off at the ski area base, a short walk from the lifts.

The atmosphere on the train is very social. In the morning, breakfast items are available. On the way home, aprês-ski drinks are served. Private cars remodeled in vintage decor are toward the back of train and are available for parties.

Winter Park Resort is very excited to once again welcome back the ski train, said Jenn deBerge, Winter Park Resort communications manager. “The train has become a Colorado tradition, offering riders views of some of the state’s most picturesque scenery, as well as dropping them off right at the base of the resort to enjoy a great day on the slopes.”

Approximate schedule is as follows: Day trips are available Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 27 through March 29; Fridays starting Feb. 6, and Thursdays starting Feb. 19. Boarding begins at Denver’s Union Station at 6:30 a.m. and cars begin the uphill trek, departing at 7:15 a.m. Arrival in Winter Park is at 9:30 a.m. and departure is at 4:15 p.m., arriving back in Denver at 6:30 p.m.

Those planning to ski or snowboard can save money and time by purchasing lift tickets through ski train reservations. They are also available at a better price onboard the train.

Equipment rental is available at various Denver stores and at the Winter Park ski area base. Advanced equipment rental arrangements may be made with the Winter Park Resort ski rental shop by calling (800) 979-0326.

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