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Amtrak ‘Winter Park Express’ set to return in January

By | November 9, 2021

Ski train to run Friday through Sunday for 12 weeks

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Passenger train on curve in snow
Passenger train on curve in snow
The eastbound Winter Park Express depars the Winter Park, Colo., Resort in February 2018. The train will return in January 2022. (Chip Sherman)

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Amtrak’s Winter Park Express ski train service will return in January, launching 12 weeks of Friday-Saturday-Sunday service between Denver and the Winter Park Resort.

Service begins the weekend of Jan. 14-16 and will continue through the weekend of April 1-3, with one-way fares beginning at $29, and fares for kids ages 2-12 from $14.50. Skis and snowboards can be carried on at no additional charge; dedicated baggage storage is available during boarding.

The train uses bilevel Superliner equipment, including a Sightseer Lounge car with snacks and drinks available downstairs. The train departs Denver Union station at 7 a.m. and arrives at Winter Park at 9 a.m.; the return trip departs Winter Park at 4:30 p.m., with arrival at Denver at 6:40 p.m.

Tickets are now available at the Amtrak website’s Winter Park Express page; groups of up to eight may also buy tickets there. Groups of 9 to 14 should contact 1-800-USA-Rail for reservations, while groups of 15 or more should fill out this form at the Amtrak website to be contacted by an Amtrak representative. More information on group sales is available by calling 1-800-USA-1GRP between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Additional information is available in this press release.

Amtrak and Winter Park Resort revived the ski train, a long-time feature of the Denver & Rio Grande Western, in 2017, and nearly 70,000 passengers have ridden the train since.

2 thoughts on “Amtrak ‘Winter Park Express’ set to return in January

  1. I don’t understand how Amtrak has equipment available for this service but doesent have equipment to restore proper car counts on existing trains

    1. R MESSARA – Amtrak sends trains out on 48-hour journeys with nothing but hope and prayer in the way of spare equipment along the route. Yet somehow it manages to station a consist for this ski train in Denver.

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