After a seven-year hiatus, the iconic Ski Train that shuttled skiers and snowboarders from Denver to the nearby Winter Park Resort every year between 1940 and 2009 will begin service again.
On Wednesday, Amtrak announced that it would be partner with the Winter Park Resort this upcoming season to offer weekend service to and from the Denver area for powderhounds looking to avoid the notorious mountain traffic on the I-70 highway.
The decision comes after the public expressed a widespread interest in seeing the rebirth of the passenger rail service.
In March 2015, Amtrak and Winter Park revived the service for two weekends, offering just over 800 one-day, roundtrip tickets to the public for $75 each. According to the Denver Post, those two weekends sold out in a matter of hours.
The following month, the Colorado Transportation Commission officially pledged a $1.5 million grant to help the revival efforts, in a move that was lauded by Colorado politicians.
“This project has significant long-term benefits for our state and local communities, and contributes greatly to regional passenger rail service and economic growth,” Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet told the Denver Business Journal at the time.
Winter Park is expected to announce the Ski Train’s schedule and pricing for the upcoming season on Thursday.
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