Ski season is the best time of the year in Winter Park. Not only are we home to the No. 1 ski resort in North America, but our area also offers a convenient transportation method from Denver International Airport to Winter Park Resort. The Amtrak Winter Park Express, colloquially known as the Winter Park ski train, provides a direct route from Denver Union Station to Winter Park Resort. It’s the only ski resort in the United States with direct rail access!
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Your Guide to the Winter Park Ski Train
The Winter Park Express is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from mid-January to early April. The train also has storage so you can use your skis and snowboards. Or, rent your gear when you get to town at our favorite Winter Park ski rental companies!
The Winter Park Express offers a direct route from Denver Union Station to Winter Park Resort. The trip takes about two hours, which gives you plenty of time to soak in those mountain views. For more awe-inspiring scenery, head to the train’s Sightseeing Lounge, which offers extensive views of the Rocky Mountains. Don’t forget to grab a refreshment and a snack from the Moffat Tunnel!
As you glide by the stunning vistas, you’ll also be tracing ghosts of the past. The Winter Park Ski Train passes through several tunnels following its route, including the famed Moffat Tunnel. The Moffat Tunnel opened for operation in 1928 and served as Denver’s first direct westerly route across the Continental Divide. Don’t hold your breath while you pass through the Moffat Tunnel, though—it’s six miles long!
The original Winter Park Express ran from 1940 until 2009 when it closed due to issues related to cost. A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Winter Park Ski Train demonstrated (through sold-out rides) that there was enough public interest to tentatively reopen the route, to the delight of Winter Park Resort-bound skiers.
Best of all, booking your trip on the Winter Park Express is easy and affordable! Ticket fares start at $29 for a one-way trip, and children ages 2-12 years old can ride for just $14.50!
Ride the Winter Park Ski Train Each Winter
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