The Ski Train: Your Ticket To The Best Skiing In Colorado

Ski Train Post Feature

All Aboard

Amtrak’s Winter Park Express runs north and west from Denver’s historic Beaux Arts Union Station departing at 7 a.m., and arriving in Winter Park at 9 a.m., about 60 miles away. The Winter Park Express service will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting on Jan. 14 and ending on April 3. One-way fares start at only $29 and can be as high as $59. You won’t have to pay anything extra for your equipment, ski and snowboard included. It departs for return from Winter Park at 4:30pm and will be back in the city by 6:40pm.

If you’re coming on the ski train, don’t forget that you can bring 2 carry-on and 2 personal items. Naturally, skis go as part of your carry-on baggage and will be securely taken care of in a special baggage car. Skiing is more fun than ever! All passengers and employees are now required to wear masks. AMTRAK also requires a pre-trip COVID-19 check as soon as possible before your departure time.

The Route

Ski Train Tunnel

As a result, riders will enjoy views of the imposing Rocky Mountains when riding aboard the train. While aboard the Winter Park Express, passengers have the opportunity to learn more about the region’s pioneering history as they ride through the Moffat Tunnel, which is 6.2 miles long, on the train’s route from Denver to Winter Park Resort, Colorado. The historic Moffat Rail Tunnel stretches under the James Peak of the Rocky Mountain Range. The Amtrak Superliner double-decker cars are designed for longer trips and are roomier than a normal passenger train car.

Winter Park Ski Resort

Ski Slope
Whistle-stop Run Photo By Disc Wheel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

When it comes to Colorado ski resorts, there are few better than Winter Park Ski Resort. With a long history spanning seven decades and 3,081 acres of terrain, this Colorado ski resort is a classic. Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran skier, you’ll love the wide variety of slopes, from groomers to black diamonds. You can even go off the beaten path and find some world-famous bumps. It is a popular destination among ski bums and professional athletes alike. Visitors can experience one of the highest elevation lifts in North America on the Panoramic Express chairlift. Guests can also take the scenic Mary Jane trail, which has a separate base area and is known for its moguls, tree skiing, hidden huts, and generally more difficult terrain.

The terrain at Winter Park consists of 166 trails, 9% beginner, 18% intermediate, 19% advanced, 52% difficult, 3% experts. Winter Park receives an average annual snowfall: 317.5 inches, 26.5 feet. In its 75-year history, Winter Park became a nationally recognized resort during which many people have made significant contributions to the development and image of the ski area. The historical ski trails on the mountain have a sign commemorating their history placed alongside them with a brief narrative of the individual’s contribution.

It may not be the polar express but the Winter Park Ski Train is the next best thing

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