Winter Park ski train to introduce sightseer lounge car when service begins Jan. 4 |

Winter Park ski train to introduce sightseer lounge car when service begins Jan. 4

The Winter Park Express, which exclusively serves passengers from Denver to Winter Park Resort, will introduce a sightseer car beginning Jan. 4, 2019.
Courtesy / Amtrak

Passengers of the Amtrak Winter Park Express will soon get a better vantage point on their way to and from Winter Park Resort.

Beginning on the train’s first day of service, Jan. 4, passengers will be able to enjoy the scenic Rocky Mountains as they travel on a bi-level Superliner Sightseer Lounge Car, which features windows that wrap from the floor to the ceiling.

Snacks and beverages will also now be available on-board.

According to Amtrak, the service improvements are a response to customers who have asked for coffee and other items on the morning trip from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park Resort, and snacks and other beverages on the way back.

Earlier this year, Amtrak, in partnership with Winter Park Resort, announced that rail service for the Winter Park Express would be extended for the 2019 season. Passengers can now choose from 33 round-trips, an increase from its 2018 service.

The train service runs each Saturday and Sunday, beginning Jan. 4 and running through March 31, including round-trips on the first two Fridays of each month — Jan. 4 and 11, Feb. 1 and 8, and March 1 and 8.

Fares for the 2019 season remain unchanged from last year, starting at $29 each way.

The Winter Park Express trains will depart Denver Union Station at 7 a.m. and arrive at the resort at about 9 a.m., leaving Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. to return to Denver at 6:40 p.m.

Since 2017, the Winter Park Express ski train, which exclusively serves Winter Park Resort as the only ski train in Colorado, has had nearly 30,000 passengers.

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