Well, that went OK. Amtrak and Winter Park managed to sell 18,000 one-way tickets for the ski train from downtown Denver to Winter Park Resort this season, a triumphant return after years out of operation.
So, with the concept proven and the cash rolling in, the partners have decided to bring the Winter Park Express back for another year.
The two businesses may implement a “dynamic” pricing system next year, meaning days with less demand also could have less expensive tickets, according to Winter Park spokesman Steve Hurlbert. (Of course, dynamic pricing also can raise prices on high-demand days.) This season, the cheapest tickets ran $78 round-trip.
We should know more about the prices for next year in a few months. “Our plan is to announce pricing in summer, so we’ve got some time to really wrap our heads around it,” Hurlbert wrote.
If you’re curious about the trip, read my review. It’s a lot of fun and it’s comfortable, but it was just too pricy for me to use it regularly.
You could even try it out this weekend – there might be snow, and there might also be a ton of powder-hungry people clogging up Interstate 70.