The Return of the Winter Park Express

The historic ski train is back this season for 26 traffic-evading weekends. And it's just the ticket.
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The inaugural ride of the Winter Park Express pulls out of Denver’s Union Station tomorrow morning (Sat., Jan. 7), marking the official return of the beloved train after a seven-year hiatus. (The train moonlighted for two sold-out day trips last season, largely considered the litmus test for both skier interest and operational feasibility.) The two-hour ride gives Front Range weekend warriors the chance to put their feet up and enjoy the scenery—and take a welcome pass on I-70 and US 40 traffic.

Winter Park Express Returns

Winter Park Express returns for the 2016-17 ski season.

Over 26 weekends, plus two holiday Mondays, the train will offer round-trip service complete with beverages and munchies for sale and a special car for equipment. Morning trains leave Union Station at 7 and arrive in Winter Park at 9. Afternoon trains leave the resort at 4:30 and glide into Denver at 6:40. The final weekend to ride is March 25-26. Weekends are booking quickly; fares start at $39 each way and go as high as $59. Children 12 and under pay half when traveling with an adult. Find your ride here.

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Mary Jane—named for a mining-era lady of the night—and its sister area, Winter Park, offer plenty of prospects for good skiing, including bumps and powder-filled bowls. Forming one of the closest major resorts to Denver, the two areas spread across five mountains and 3,078 acres. Add 3,060 feet of vertical, 30 feet of snowfall, and a direct train from Denver and it’s no wonder why the Front Range packs the place on Saturdays.