Leave the car at home, be environmentally friendly, and still enjoy access to one of the best ski resorts in Colorado when you take the Winter Park Ski Train! It has been in and out of service throughout the years but was recently brought back in 2017. It’s no surprise, considering the convenience of the trip, not to mention the fantastic views. See below for more information on the iconic Winter Park Ski Train!
The Winter Park area is famous for its skiing opportunities, and while you should certainly make time for that pastime during the winter, it isn’t the only thing there is to do here. There are all kinds of winter activities that make use of the steady snowfalls, ranging from dog sledding to horseback riding and more.
The Winter Park Ski Train
The Winter Park Ski Train (also known as the Winter Park Express) runs between Denver Union Station directly to the base of Winter Park Resort in Colorado. This makes Winter Park Ski Resort the only ski resort in the country with direct rail access. In 2019, the Winter Park Ski Train will be running from January 4th – March 31st. Between these dates, it will be available on Saturdays, Sundays, and the first two Fridays of each month. You can get tickets directly from Amtrak. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $29 each way—making the cost of the Winter Park Ski Train quite reasonable.
If you’re flying in, you can ride the rails all the way by taking the A-Line to Union Station, and then taking the Winter Park Express straight to Winter Park Resort! This means you won’t have to worry about arranging for rental cars, navigating road closures, or sitting in I70 traffic—you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible scenery for the next two hours.
The Winter Park Ski Train leaves Denver at 7 a.m., meaning you can catch views of the sun rising over the expansive landscapes. Along the way, you may see glimpses of wildlife among the snowy alpine trees. As the train climbs into the Rockies, you will see snowy walls of rock rise up around you. You’ll pass through several tunnels including the historic Moffat Tunnel.
If you want to visit Winter Park Resort during the week (or visit Denver from Winter Park), the Amtrak California Zephyr runs from Denver to Fraser. From there, you can catch the local shuttle, which is completely free! You can see the shuttle’s schedule online or through the app, Lift Rider, which shows where the buses are at, so you know when to expect them at your stop. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. Be sure to check the California Zephyr’s schedule when you’re planning your trip, though—its entire route runs from Chicago to San Francisco, so you’ll want to take note of when it arrives and departs.
Enjoy the Winter Park Ski Train Every Winter
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