After an unbelievably successful return last year selling nearly 19,000 tickets, the Winter Park Express will resume operation pulling out of Denver Union Station for the season’s first trip Friday, Jan. 5.
Vail Daily reports train service will run every Saturday and Sunday through March 25, with two additional Fridays, on Feb. 2 and March 2. Trains depart from Denver Union Station at 7 a.m. and arrive at Winter Park Resort at 9 a.m. The train will depart from the resort at 4:30 p.m. and return to Union Station at 6:40 p.m.
New this year, the resort announced a partnership with Lyft which will be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Winter Park Express. As part of the partnership, Lyft is offering discounted rides to and from Denver Union Station for new customers using the promo code “AMTRAKLYFT” and railcars will be wrapped in Lyft’s hot pink design (kinda of tacky move but it guess they paid for it).
“If you just look at last year and how successful it was it really means a lot. It’s the only alternative right now to having to drive on I-70, and as more people move to Denver it’s going to make that alternative much more important. We’ve always been associated with the train. It’s always been in our DNA, and when it was gone it felt like a piece was missing. So now it feels like we’re whole again.” Steve Hurlbert Winter Park Resort Director of PR
p.s. Amtrak has a surprisingly well curated Instagram that makes me want to drop everything and take a train ride cross country.