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Ski Train Tickets Now on Sale

October 2, 2019

Tickets are now on sale for Amtrak’s annual Winter Park Express, which will operate between Denver Union Station and the Winter Park ski resort starting in January.

The two-hour trip follows the route of Amtrak’s California Zephyr and passes through Moffat Tunnel.

Trains leave Denver at 7 a.m. and Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Jan. 10 and March 29, 2020.

Tickets can be purchased at www.amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress.

Fares range from $29 to $59 depending on the date of purchase and the date of travel.

Last year’s ski train got off to a slow start, but gained popularity with some trains selling out.

The typical consist for the 2019 ski train was six Superliner coaches and a Sightseer Lounge selling beverages and snacks.

Winter Park Express to Have Lounge Cars

December 21, 2018

Superliner Sightseer lounges featuring food and beverage service will be added to all runs of the Winter Park Express, which begins service on Jan. 4, 2019.

The train will operate between Denver Union Station and Winter Park, Colorado, on the first two Fridays of each month, plus weekends through March 31.

In a news release, Amtrak said the addition of lounge service came in response to customers asking for coffee and other items to  be available for sale on the trip to Winter Park each morning along with snacks and other beverages on the evening return trip.

Tickets for the ski train start at $29 each way and seats are still available for every trip. They can be purchased at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress.

Children ages 2-12 ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult. Packages including rail fare and ski lift tickets/lodging can be purchased by calling 800-USA-1GRP for a train/ski package.

Amtrak will host 33 round-trips this season on the route via Moffat Tunnel.

The Winter Park Express is scheduled to depart Denver at 9 a.m. and depart Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. Arrival in Winter Park is expected to be at 9 a.m. and in Denver at 6:40 p.m.

Ski Train to Operate in 2019

September 24, 2018

Amtrak said last week that it will again operate a ski train this winter between Denver and Winter Park, Colorado.

The Winter Park Express will run on Saturdays and Sundays between Jan. 4 and March 31, 2019. The schedule also included trips on the first two Fridays of each month.

The ski train will leave Denver Union Station at 7 a.m. and arrive in Winter Park at 9 a.m.

The return train departs Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. and is due back in Denver at 6:40 p.m.

The Winter Park Express follows a Union Pacific route (nee Denver & Rio Grande Western) via Moffat Tunnel that is also used by Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

Passengers who buy tickets early can obtain them for $29 one way. Those discounted tickets are being sold in limited quantities. Regular fares are $39, $49 and $59.

Lyft Becomes Amtrak Ski Train Sponsor

November 15, 2017

Ride sharing service Lyft has become a sponsor of Amtrak’s Winter Park Express ski train.

In a news release, Amtrak said Lyft is offering new customers an AMTRAKLYFT promo code for $5 off their first four rides.

Lyft will provide a larger vehicle for snow boards and skis as well as drop off and pick up passengers at Denver Union Station. The arrangement begins on Jan. 5.

The seasonal service begins Jan. 5, and operates every Saturday and Sunday through March 25, with additional service on Fridays on Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2.

The train departs Denver at 7 a.m. and arrives at the Winter Park Resort at approximately 9 a.m. The return trip leaves Winter Park at 4:30 p.m., returning to Union Station at 6:40 p.m.

Also as part of the new partnership, three railcars will be wrapped in Lyft’s hot pink design and remain on display at Union Station during the week.

After the Winter Park Express season ends, the wrapped railcars will continue in service on other national Amtrak routes throughout the West and Midwest.

Ski Train Adds President’s Day Trip

February 16, 2017

Buoyed by sellouts every weekend since its startup, Amtrak has added an extra Winter Park Express ski train trip for President’s Day (Feb. 20).

coloradoSince starting on Jan. 7, the ski train has carried 15,000 passengers between Denver Union Station and the Winter Park ski resort in Colorado.

The ski train is scheduled to operate through the end of March. Tickets are $39 one way and $59 roundtrip.

Trains operate on Saturdays and Sundays and are a partnership among Amtrak, Winter Park Resort, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Rail Passenger Association.

“The fact that there are 15,000 people who have done this, and we’re half-way through the season — the number is eye-popping,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, noting that five of the first six Saturdays have sold out.

The ski train departs Denver at 7 a.m. and arrives in Winter Park between 8:30 and 9 a.m. It leaves the resort at 4:30 p.m. and arrives back in Denver at 6 p.m. It has a capacity of 500.

Winter Park officials said that the ski train has led to a boost in lodging reservations with many non-skiers using the train to visit the resort.

About 100 of the 500 passengers who arrive on Saturday trains are staying overnight in Winter Park.

Sponsors of the ski train include CenturyLink, Noosa Yoghurt, Clif Bar and Koelbel & Company, a  real estate company.

Taking Out the Trash in Denver

January 7, 2017

san-francisco-zephyr-at-denver-on-october-25-1981

It’s late October 1981 at Denver Union Station. Amtrak’s westbound San Francisco Zephyr has backed into the station and servicing of the train has begun.

Superliner equipment has been a mainstay on the route for less than two years. The dining car crew has quite a bit of trash to discard that it has left on the platform.

Once the F40PH locomotives are refueled, the train cleaned and water put into the tanks, No. 6 will depart.

At the time that this image was made, Nos. 5/6 used the Union Pacific mainline through Wyoming. Through cars for Los Angeles will be detached at Ogden to be forwarded on the Desert Wind.

CenturyLink to Help Sponsor Amtrak Ski Train

December 17, 2016

The ski train between Denver and Winter Park won’t begin running until next month but surging sales have prompted Amtrak to increase its capacity.

Amtrak logoAmtrak said some weekend trips are nearly sold out in advance of the Jan. 7 first run. The train operates between Denver Union Station and the Winter Park ski resort just west of Moffat Tunnel.

The train has also picked up a corporate sponsor, CenturyLink a Louisiana-based telecommunications provider.

Three cars and one locomotive will be wrapped in a CenturyLink wrap to promote the service, which will be known as Amtrak Winter Park Express presented by CenturyLink.

The train will operate on weekends and two holiday Mondays through March 26.

CZ Set to Return to Denver Union Station

February 21, 2014

Amtrak’s California Zephyr is expected to resume serving Denver Union Station on Feb. 28.

Although westbound No. 5 on Feb. 28 will stop at the temporary facility, eastbound No. 6 will leave from Union Station’s new passenger platform under the large white canopy behind the station.

The Chicago-San Francisco Bay train had been served from temporary facilities the past three years while the redevelopment of Union Station and its surrounding area into a modern rail and bus transportation center and hotel-restaurant-business complex has been underway.

Also part of the project was construction of a new commuter rail station at Union Station that will serve Amtrak and the East, Gold, North Metro, and Northwest Rail commuter rail lines. When improvements are complete, Union Station will be the centerpiece of the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks transit expansion program and serve as a multimodal hub for the region.

In addition to the eight-track Amtrak and RTD commuter rail station, the $484 million Denver Union Station redevelopment project includes a 22-bay regional bus facility, a new light rail station for current and future light rail lines, extension of the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, and several public plazas to integrate transit services with adjacent neighborhoods.