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Winter Park Express expands Friday rail service for upcoming ski season

Passengers of the Amtrak Winter Park Express arriving Jan. 5 on the platform at Winter Park Resort.

Winter Park Resort, the only ski resort accessible directly by train, announced on Thursday afternoon an expansion of the Winter Park Express Amtrak to 32 round-trips for the 2018-19 ski season and the continuation of $29 starting fares.

The Winter Park Express Amtrak schedule now includes round-trip routes on the first two Fridays of January, February and March, which adds three new Friday round-trips. Weekend service will continue.

Service starts Jan. 4 and goes until March 31. The train departs from Denver's Union Station at 7 a.m. to get to Winter Park by 9 a.m. and leaves at 4:30 p.m. to get back to Denver at 6:40 p.m.

"The reliable, comfortable and scenic ride uses RTD, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific tracks and passes through the historic Moffat Tunnel, avoiding frustrating stop-and-go ski traffic on I-70 and U.S. 40," the press release touts.

According to the resort, nearly 30,000 people have taken advantage of the partnership between the resort and Amtrak since 2017.

Tickets are available now with the continuing $29 starting fare each way. Children ages 2-12 ride for half-fare with an adult.

The expansion of the Winter Park Express follows almost $30 million in capital improvement projects the resort has done in preparation for this year's ski season, including adding a new 10-person gondola and an updated snowmaking system.