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killclimbz 04-22-2009 09:10 AM

Goodbye Winterpark Ski Train, so sorry to see you go.
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Talk about a huge loss. I guess it can't really be a surprise, the Ski Train from Denver to Winterpark never made any money. It was so much fun though. Nothing like having an easy ride up in the morning, eating breakfast burritos, drinking coffee, or just sleeping through the ride. Then on the way back, getting ripped in the bar car on the way home was a riot. It's been about six years since I've taken it. Tried to put a trip together this year, but it failed. Now I am regretting that I didn't try harder.

DENVER - The last Ski Train to Winter Park has left Union Station.

A spokesman for Denver businessman Phil Anschutz confirmed late Tuesday that the train operation is being bought and moved to Canada by a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway Co.

The subsidiary, Algoma Central Railway Inc., already operates a Snow Train from its headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The sale ends ski train service between Denver and Winter Park that began in 1940.
Rest of the article here.

Definitely the end of something good. :thumbsdown:

gidget_man 04-22-2009 12:42 PM

That is a bummer, I was thinking about hitting that up next year as part of a big trip. Transworld Snowboarding just did an article on the Ski Train this past January or February if I remember right, it really talked it up well.

daysailer1 09-10-2009 01:46 PM

All hope is not lost. They may get a summer tourist train around Canon City to do it in the winter. DeFrange had a meeting about it the other week down in Denver.

I actually worked for Ski School on the Ski Train this past spring. Good to know I made some of the last few trips on it. It was so much fun and a great way to get to work. Hop on the bus in Broomfield to Union Station, jump on the Train, sell lesson vouchers and get paid, jump off train, go get into uniform, go work and get paid, take train then bus back home.

I took this shot back in January. I was standing out back next to the tracks talking with some co-workers when a tourist came up and asked us when the Ski Train would show up. I said anytime between 9 and 10 AM. Tourist said "that precise?". I said "yeah it all depends upon the freight train schedules and Amtrack". About that time I felt a small rumbling from the track and the really really distant grumble coming from the Moffatt Tunnel. I said "hang on, you're in luck. It's going to pop out in less than 3 minutes".

Guess what popped out? I had my camera ready.

killclimbz 09-10-2009 02:15 PM

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I have been following the developments over bringing the ski train back. They should. There is a major obstacle though Reason To Drive (RTD) are being dicks over allowing the train access to the Union Station location. They were the major reason the train got sold in the first place. It's going to take some pressure from the Governor's and/or Mayor's office to get them to play along.

daysailer1 09-10-2009 02:30 PM

I'm more worried about rail access than RTD. The Ski Train was always third in line. Freight first, Amtrak second, ski train third on that line. Union Pacific makes it extremely difficult to do business on that line.

They are going to have to have a temp station for Amtrak anyway during the Union Station redevelopment. It would be easy to get a second line for the Ski Train in there. The Mayor and the Gov can take on RTD, they may have less success with UP and public perception about underwriting the Ski Train business.

killclimbz 09-10-2009 03:10 PM

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Regardless of the train lines, RTD is the hang up. They have not made any commitment to giving the ski train any sort of station pick up/drop off and parking access. All other things at least have an agreement for the train to operate.

killclimbz 09-10-2009 03:13 PM

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The pecking order is going to remain the same as it was before the ski train left btw.

killclimbz 09-10-2009 04:16 PM

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RTD is the metro bus and light rail service in the Denver Metro area. Regional Tranportation District, but more like Reason To Drive. They kind of suck. Anyway, they purchased Union Station and the associated parking that goes along with it. They have been less than forthcoming to say they will help accommodate the ski train and the parking for the ski train riders.

tomtom88 09-10-2009 04:20 PM

RTD is our local transportation company, they have light rails and buses.

FLuiD 09-10-2009 04:59 PM

I never rode it personally. Only went to WP, took to long, and to many dirty/stinky rude skiiers for me!

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