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For the ultimate winter getaway, skip the traffic and hop aboard The Ski Train from downtown Denver's Union Station. A tradition that started in 1940, the train heads up into the foothills of Denver, into magnificent South Boulder Canyon and through a series of tunnels before conveniently depositing passengers at the base of Winter Park Ski Area's slopes. The three luxurious private railcars, shown here, come complete with catered dining, private sleeper cars and a glass observation dome. The ornate inlaid woodwork, plush upholstery and vintage light fixtures will make you feel as if you're riding on the elegant Orient Express. n For information on reserving The Ski Train's private club cars, call (303) 296-4754, or visit