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TR Ski Train to Winter Park (pics)

post #1 of 22
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Great day today! Needed something different for the Friday fix. Started the day out at Denvers historic Union Station at 18th & Wazee, for the round trip excursion on the Rio Grande Ski Train to Winter Park Colorado.
The comfortable & spacious train with two Cafe/Lounge cars left the Denver station @ 6:30 am. The Ski Train has been taking skiers to Winter Park since the 1940s. Round trip Coach fare for todays trip was $49.00 per person, an upgrade to a Club Car which includes breakfest & apres ski snack would have been $74.00
56 miles from downtown to Winter Park a little under 2hrs travel time each way!

1 Union Station

2 Ticket to ride!

3 Get out of Denver
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post #2 of 22
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The train climbs 4000' in elevation, with many sights not visible from the usual I-70 drive.The trip by rail is 11 miles shorter then the highway drive.
The train passes through 29 tunnels,27 of them in a 13 mile span. The longest tunnel being the Moffat Tunnel an amazing 32,789' long (over 6 miles).It takes the trai about 12mins. just to go through the Moffat Tunnel!This tunnel is the 6th longest in the world! Once through the tunnel,then your at the Ski area!
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post #3 of 22
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Booted up at Winter Park with the days report claiming 5" new in the past 24hrs. so off to the Trees for a full day! The return trip back leaves WP at 4:15pm. The same time the Bar Cars open!
Very enjoyable time & I would say if you have never done it, its worth it!
For more info see www.skitrain.com
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post #4 of 22
Looks good Glenn, that's cool! Maybe we'll have to give it a shot sometime.

BTW, not sure if Dan called you or not, but we're gonna be up at Breck tomorrow. Give one of us a call if you're gonna be around!
post #5 of 22
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Mike,
You & the wife should give it a shot, we went with a group & had car # 8 for a pary of about 50 people,& let me tell you it was quite the party on the ride home! This would make a Great LGC 4.0! Maybe for the 08 season?
Thanks for the Sat. offer but, think we will work Sat. Then ski Sunday, so if anybodys out on Sun. let us know.
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post #6 of 22
Thanks for the tour. It's one of the only things in Colorado that I haven't done yet. It will be number one on my list next Winter.

How's the parking around the train station? Any tips about that?
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post
we went with a group & had car # 8 for a pary of about 50 people,& let me tell you it was quite the party on the ride home! This would make a Great LGC 4.0! Maybe for the 08 season?
What? No video?? Better get that swanky new camera warmed up for LGC 3, Mr. V....stay tuned!
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
......How's the parking around the train station? Any tips about that?
Diving down to the station can be a hassel and parking can be a bit pricey IIRC.

It may be worth parking at a light rail station and taking that in. Someone who still lives there may have a better info for you..
post #9 of 22
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Lars,
We parked right at Union Station, it was $10.00. Real EZ to find a parking space at 6am. The parking 1 block away at 19th st. was $5.00 but with gear & stuff it was worth the ten spot. There is a drop off area in front of the station, with more then 1 person it would be simple to drop the gear off & park 1 block away.
We went with the Colorado Home builders association, a company thats after our work paid for most of the day, including lunch. This made the trip that much better! The ski train also has group rates which saves $5 per ticket.
Light Rail also stops at union station (the C-line) Think it would be nice in 08 to get a group take the train, ski, stay overnight, ski some more, then take the train back!
post #10 of 22
Glenn, nice review! That train is fun and removes all the troubles of the ride up and back especially with a visit now and then to the beverage car.

Unfortunately, Betsy and I got held up because of 70 shut down. Stayed and had dinner finally leaving just before 9PM in “snow blind” conditions either side of the tunnel. Great skiing day but late getting home…should have taken the train!!!
post #11 of 22
Nice photos, thanks. I've been over those rails many times but never on the ski train. Where exactly does the train drop you off at WP?

Chris
post #12 of 22
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Bumpfreaq,
The train drops you off right at the base of Winter Park! 500 feet from the lifts. I did find out that if you take the train you do have to ride back the same day. Thought it would be nice if you could show up one day & then return to Denver a few days latter , but you would have to buy 2 roundtrip tickets in order to do that.
post #13 of 22
Hmmm, that does seem a bit odd. I would think they would try to encourage you to spend a night or two (and more $) in WP.

Five hundred feet from the lifts? Then they expect you to walk all that way?! I can't put up with those kind of shenanigans. Guess I'm just a spoiled American motorist, I like to park in the C lot where I only have to walk ten feet before I click in and slide to the lifts. =)

Chris
post #14 of 22
I think you're confusing the "C" lot with the lots at the Jane!

besides, the train stops about 20 feet behind West Portal, the tunnel entrance is way less than 500 feet (more like 50 feet).
post #15 of 22
Yup, formally the Utah Junction it's colloquially known as the C lot because it's next to the C chair, formally known as the Challenger. Well, at least this all applies with the crowd I roll with =)

Is there an official C lot on the Winter Park side? The first bunch of years I skied WP/MJ I always arrived at the mountain on the WP side via bus. I never looked forward to that walk to the lift in my boots. When I started driving I went directly to the Jane side and never gave another thought to driving, bussing or training to the WP side.

I would still love MJ even if we had to ride a shuttle there like we do at Copper but I think it adds a ton to the charm and community of the place to be able to park right next to the slope where the action is. That's another reason to love ABasin and some of the smaller places like Monarch.

BTW, I've been meaning to get to Eldora but haven't yet. I assume it's a place big on charm and community. What's the parking like there?

Chris
post #16 of 22
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Is there an official C lot on the Winter Park side?
Yep, altho' I was only at WP a couple days this year, and construction may do away with many of the parking lots. Lots A thru F are/were on the hill between the base and the Vintage.

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BTW, I've been meaning to get to Eldora but haven't yet. I assume it's a place big on charm and community. What's the parking like there?

Chris
If you get there on a non peak day, it should take about 5 minutes to walk to the lift (Peak days are entirely different matter). As for charm, for most of this year, we had the most snow in the state of Colorado.
post #17 of 22
Now that's a pretty good brand of charm =)

Chris
post #18 of 22
I could stand at the Gemini lift and probably hit the Ski Train with a snowball. Not that I've ever done that. I did see someone else hit a passing freight train with a snowball this weekend. I usually just wave at the engineers and try to get them to honk their horn while waiting for lineup.

The Ski Train isn't owned by Winter Park/C&C of Denver or Intrawest.

The "C" lot is barely hanging on. I parked in it quite a few times this season.
post #19 of 22
Hey, you probably saw me there. I was in the Subaru with the Thule box....... one of the dozen or two.

Chris
post #20 of 22
Probably... though I'm usually not very focused in the AM. I have the red Ford Explorer with the ski rack on top and boat hitch on the back ....parked in the first row
post #21 of 22
I think you two are probably talking about two different "C" lots. One the Utah Junction lot at the Jane, the other the C lot at Winter Park.
post #22 of 22
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I think you two are probably talking about two different "C" lots. One the Utah Junction lot at the Jane, the other the C lot at Winter Park.
Yes, I'm sure that's the case. I thought all the locals referred to the Utah Junction as the C lot but maybe it's just my friends.

Chris
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