Amtrak, Winter Park Resort add second run of popular ski train in March

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DENVER — Amtrak and Winter Park Resort announced Tuesday will add a second ski train trip after the first one sold out in 10 hours.

The second train will run March 15 after the Winter Park Express trip on March 14 to honor the resort’s 75th anniversary quickly sold out.

The round-trip adult fare is $75 and all passengers will get a $15 gift voucher to be used at resort restaurants and retail stores.

The train will leave Union Station at 7 a.m. and arrive at Winter Park at 9 a.m. It will leave Winter Park at 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 6:15 p.m.

“The strong customer response for the Saturday trip and the availability of the rail cars and locomotives led Amtrak and the resort to make a second ski excursion train run that Sunday,” said Mark Murphy, the Amtrak general manager responsible for the trips. “Thanks to Union Pacific railroad for allowing Amtrak to make a second round-trip that weekend.”

“Amtrak adding another train on Sunday is a clear response to the incredible enthusiasm people have for direct train service from Denver to Winter Park Resort,” Winter Park Resort President and Chief Operating Officer Gary DeFrange said. “Most of all, it’s an exciting illustration of the momentum this excursion has generated in such a short period of time. We share the public’s passion for this train as well as its hope for regular rail service in the future.”

The popular ski train started in 1940 but stopped in 2009 because of high insurance costs.

The train can take up to 460 passengers. Tickets are available from Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress or by calling 888-923-7275.