Winter Park releases prices and schedule details for the return of Denver’s ski train

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The Winter Park Express will run on weekends from Jan. 7 to March 26 of this winter, ending a long hiatus. We’ve got the details. (And so does every other news outlet, but whatever, keep reading.)

A concept drawing of the new platform that will welcome trains at Winter Park resort beginning in 2017 (Courtesy Winter Park Resort)

A concept drawing of the new platform that will welcome trains at Winter Park resort beginning in 2017 (Courtesy Winter Park Resort)

Tickets will start at $39 each way, and they go on sale on Aug. 30 at 8 a.m. through Amtrak.com/winterparkexpress. Each adult rider can bring two kids, ages 2 through 12, at half price.

The trains will fit 500 passengers, leaving Union Station at 7 a.m. and arriving at Winter Park around 9 a.m.

Trains will leave the resort for the return journey at 4:30 p.m.

The route will go through the Moffat Tunnel, so that’s fun. (This is part of the same route the California Zephyr runs on the daily.) You can learn a bit more about the train’s history from our post yesterday.

The train will arrive at a new, heated train platform at Winter Park.

The $3.5 million platform project got some public funding, including a $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, a $100,000 grant from the City of Denver, a $100,000 grant from the Town of Winter Park, $1,000 from the Colorado Rail Passengers Association. Winter Park resort is funding the rest of the platform.