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Emmanuelle Châtel

30 Jan 17

Winter Park Ski Train Gets Longer

Emmanuelle Châtel

30 Jan 17

The new ski train from Denver to Winter Park in Colorado will be longer than envisaged as the operator has decided to add an extra carriage to cope with demand.

The new service comes several years after the original ski train ceased operating, having previously been the main mode of transport for Denver residents to reach the slopes since the 1940s.

A “test train” last season proved very popular and Amtrak is offering a full service every weekend this season.

“We will be adding an additional car to the inventory because sales are strong,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Denver Post.

The service will operate from Denver Union Station and travel through 29 tunnels up to Winter Park.

Some commentators are suggesting the popularity of the train service is down to nostalgia and may not last; others say that congestion on the I70 interstate west from Denver, which links the city and airport to many of the state’s great ski areas, has become so bad at peak times the train service is a good alternative and will grow further in popularity. amtrak.com/winterparkexpress