DENVER (CBS4) – The ski train from Union Station in Denver to Winter Park and back is up and running for the season. The first trip by the Amtrak Winter Park Express train left on Monday morning.

The Amtrak Winter Park Express ski train departs from Union Station

The Amtrak Winter Park Express ski train departs from Union Station on Friday morning (credit: CBS)

None of the trips between Union Station and Winter Park are sold out so far.

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The train is scheduled to depart Denver each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7 a.m. and leave Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. through March 29. It’s a two-hour trip each way that passes through 31 train tunnels including the 6.2 mile historic Moffat Tunnel that cuts directly through the Continental Divide just before Winter Park.

CBS4's Ashton Altieri interviews a family on the ski train on Friday morning.

CBS4’s Ashton Altieri interviews a family on the ski train on Friday morning. (credit: CBS)

Some of the passengers on the ski train Friday morning told CBS4 they like the train because it means they don’t have to brave the traffic on Interstate 70 to go skiing. Others said they are heading up to Grand County to go snowshoeing.

Conditions are favorable for both activities right now in Colorado’s High Country. Winter Park currently has a 50 inch snow base and periods of light snow are expected through the weekend. (Get the latest updates on the ski conditions in Colorado at CBSDenver.com/ski.)

The original Ski Train from Denver to Winter Park started in 1940 and continued for almost 70 years until being suspended in 2009. Then after a eight year hiatus, Amtrak and Winter Park Resort teamed up in 2017 to bring back the train. The latest iteration uses the same double-decker Superliner passenger cars Amtrak uses for the California Zephyr train that travels through Denver each day between Oakland, California and Chicago. Because nationwide train travel tends to decrease in the winter months, Amtrak uses train equipment that would otherwise be idle until the spring and summer travel season.

Tickets start at $29 each way. Children ages 2-12 ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult. Passengers can book a trip on the Amtrak website — amtrak.com/winter-park-express — or on Winter Park Resort’s website.

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  1. “Tickets start at $29 each way.” — this is highly misleading, yet all local media convering the Ski Train repeat it. Most people will find the Ski Train an exorbitantly expensive way to get to and from Winter Park — even the promotional discount tickets would be $58 for a round trip, but there aren’t many of them; a roundtrip tomorrow costs $78 and the train is now sold out for Saturday. Denver should make its ski resort accessible and affordable to the People of Denver!

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