Amtrak announced end-of-season ridership totals Wednesday and the numbers were good. 18,000 people rode the train, meeting ridership expectations and ensuring an additional season for the iconic route.
The Winter Park “Ski Train” ran on weekends from 1947 until 2009, when insurance complications shut it down. It reopened this year and attracted a mix of front rangers and out of towners similar to the traditional demographic at the resort. CBS Denver reports:
“Amtrak and Winter Park executives are meeting in Denver this week to talk about possibly expanding the service, which currently runs Saturdays and Sundays in January, February and March. The train formerly offered coffees and alcoholic beverages; some riders this season bemoaned the missing beverage service. There is also talk of Friday service.”
Would love to see an expansion of this service and improved amenities while en route. Cheers to the Ski Train!
Denver Business Journal did an excellent article. To read on about the ski train go HERE.
[image from skitrain.com]