Colorado’s ‘Winter Park Express’ Returns For 2023

Skiers board the Winter Park Express at Winter Park, Colo., in March 2017. Photo by Justin Franz.

Colorado’s ‘Winter Park Express’ Returns For 2023

By Justin Franz 

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Amtrak and Winter Park Resort announced this week that the Winter Park Express — their version of the iconic Rio Grande Ski Train that plied the rails of the Moffat Line west of Denver for decades — will come back for the 2023 season. 

The ski train to Winter Park has been a Colorado institution since the early 20th century. After the original train was canceled in 2009, Amtrak brought it back as the Winter Park Express. The train normally runs weekends from January until March.

In 2023, the train will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 13 until March 26 for a total of 33 round trips. The train uses Amtrak equipment — GE P42s and Superliners — that are usually idle during the winter. 

Tickets between Denver Union Station (station code: DEN) to Winter Park Resort (station code: WPR) are now on sale at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress. The train departs Denver at 7 a.m. and arrives at the resort at 9 a.m. The return trip departs Winter Park Resort at 4:30 p.m. and arrives in Denver at 6:40 p.m.

This article was posted on: December 1, 2022