Winter Park Express ski train returns

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DENVER — The Winter Park Express train made its first trip from Union Station in Denver to the ski resort in seven years on Saturday.

The train ran from 1940 until 2009, when it ceased making trips because it was too costly for a private operator.

But Winter Park and Amtrak teamed up and started making plans two years ago for the popular train’s return.

The first train pulled out of Union Station at 7 a.m. Saturday. The sold-out trip took 550 passengers to Winter Park.

The train will take skiers and snowboarders to Winter Park each weekend through March 26. Tickets start at $39 each way. Two half-priced tickets for children ages 2-12 for each ticketed adult can be purchased.

The return of the train is so popular that more seats have been added.

There is hope it will help ease some of the crowded traffic conditions on Interstate 70 during weekends.