The Winter Park Express | Getting to Grand County Made Easy
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A huge draw for Winter Park Resort is its proximity to the Front Range, but for every minute a traveler has to sit in traffic on Interstate 70 it gets exponentially longer.
Luckily, the resort has a unique solution in the Winter Park Express, the only ski train in North America.
“With the train’s continual growth in ridership, it’s been gratifying to see the incredible popularity of this Colorado institution for visitors on the Front Range, throughout the country, and beyond,” said C.A. Lane, vice president of operations and assistant general manager for the resort. “Nowhere else in North America can you take a train from a major metropolitan city to the slopes of a world-class ski resort.”
This year, Winter Park visitors will have more chances than ever to ride the train. In addition to trips every Saturday and Sunday as usual, the train will also run every Friday for 18 new trips this year. The train starts running Jan. 10 through March 29.
Winter Park Resort Marketing Director Liz Agostin explained the expansion is to keep up with demand.
“This addition is a 30% increase in trips throughout our Winter Park Express season, and gives guests the opportunity to plan a long weekend ski trip without having to drive,” she said.
In 2019, the train saw a record number of riders with 19,200 tickets purchased throughout the season, an increase of about 7% from the 2018 season and 8% from the inaugural season in 2017, according to Amtrak.
Since the revival of the ski train in 2017, more than 52,000 passengers have ridden the train and it’s only expected to continue growing in popularity with construction projects on I-70 and recent improvements at… [Read Full Article]