Lonely Planet Writer

Getting to Colorado’s ski slopes will be easier for travellers this winter

Travellers visiting Colorado will now be able to get from the airport to a ski hill without renting a car, thanks to the return of a dedicated passenger service to Winter Park Resort.

Skier skiing downhill in high mountains against sunshine.
Skier skiing downhill in high mountains against sunshine. Image by ©Samot/Shutterstock

Amtrak’s Winter Express is a weekend passenger train that will head from Denver Union Station to Winter Park Resort between 7 January and 26 March 2017. The route to the town of Winter Park was previously serviced from 1940 until 2009 by another company, but will resume this year, reports the LA Times. The round-trip service runs Saturday and Sunday, with additional trips on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day. The ride gets travellers off the busy roads and on a two-hour train ride along a historic route. The trips leave at 7 am from Denver and arrive at the hills at 9 am, while the return trips leave at 4:30 pm and arrive in Denver at 6:40 pm. Tickets prices start from $39 each way.

Amtrak’s Winter Express is back to help people get to the slopes. Image by Darrell Arndt/Amtrak

And while the train will naturally help out car-less Denver locals looking to get to the slopes, it’ll also be a boost for travellers visiting the area. A new commuter rail line takes travellers from Denver International Airport to Union Station, meaning passengers will be able to fly in for a ski vacation without renting a car. According to the Winter Park Resort website, it is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort and averages more than 320 inches of annual snowfall and 300 days of sunshine. The resort is spread over five mountains and more than half of the runs are designed for high-skilled skiers.