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post #31 of 41
Oh man, I've always wanted to do that city/ski run in Japan, sounds seriously cool (yeah I know, I said higher up that I wanted to go to Whitefish. I want to do both. Sue me). Lots of school girls with Hello Kitty bootbags, right? Or was that ten years ago.



In my neck of the woods, the easiest train skiing is to Pila. You take the train to Aosta and there's a gondola right from town up to the ski area. Of course, you can also do Milan to SkiareaValchiavenna by train. Usually you have to change trains here (not me in photo):




...and then take a bus up here:

post #32 of 41
It's not the Hello Kitty bootbags; it's what's inside the Hello Kitty boots...
post #33 of 41
You can stay in SLC, catch the Trax to the Frontrunner station, catch the Frontrunner to Ogden, catch a taxi to Snowbasin, or maybe a shuttle of some kind.

Either that or you can catch the Trax to Sandy, then catch the bus to either Big or Little cottonwood canyon.
post #34 of 41
Winter Park ski train

post #35 of 41
Banff, Lake Louise and other Canadian resorts were built at rail stations.

Michael
post #36 of 41
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I may come bang on your door someday, dude, really want to ski there.
dudette
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Winter Park is also accessable via the California Zephyr. It runs once daily, arriving in Fraser usually well before noon. The station is on the free WP shuttle line. Departing isn't quite as convenient as the train is scheduled to leave at fiveish IIRC but it's often several hours late.

The Zephyr continues on to SLC and Truckee but I'm not familiar with the stations' proximity to the slopes in those locals.

 

I know I'm bumping an old thread, but I've done this a few times and can comment.

 

The Zephyr is fairly popular for skiers. However, as mentioned, it is often late into Denver (as well as the other direction), and frequently gets more late headed into the mountains where it often has to wait hours sitting in the hole at sidings for slow freights to trundle by. Basically, don't plan on skiing the day you get off in WP- if you get there early, great.

 

Also note that Fraser is several miles up the road, and the bus will take time to get there.

 

As somebody mentioned below, Glenwood Springs, and Sunlight make an excellent stop- I've done this a few times. You get amazing scenery for the ride up, Glenwood is well served by buses, and the ski area has a shuttle that makes the hotel rounds. The ski swim and stay package gets you lodging, lift tickets, and hot springs pool tickets (Glenwood has the largest Hot Springs Pool in the world, and it is WONDERFUL after a day of skiing) that are ridiculously cheap.
 

post #38 of 41

RAFTA also has buses from Glenwood to Aspen for $7, so you would have access to four additional resorts.

post #39 of 41
The train actually runs pretty close to Stevens Pass, but it doesn't stop (and is in a long tunnel).


It is true that the Empire Builder goes right through the Stevens Pass ski area.  It passes under the top of Cowboy Mountain at the upper part of Rock Garden on 7th Heaven.  At that point it's in the middle of a 7.5 mile tunnel and about 3500 feet below the surface.  However, the closest train stop to Stevens is in either Wenatchee or Everett, both about 50 miles from the pass.

 

I think your best bet is Whitefish.  The town and ski area work to make it very convenient to use the train.

post #40 of 41

I'm sure the OP has made a decision by now.  roflmao.gif
 

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It is true that the Empire Builder goes right through the Stevens Pass ski area.  It passes under the top of Cowboy Mountain at the upper part of Rock Garden on 7th Heaven.  At that point it's in the middle of a 7.5 mile tunnel and about 3500 feet below the surface.  However, the closest train stop to Stevens is in either Wenatchee or Everett, both about 50 miles from the pass.

 

I think your best bet is Whitefish.  The town and ski area work to make it very convenient to use the train.

post #41 of 41
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I'm sure the OP has made a decision by now.  roflmao.gif
 


 


Duoh!!  redface.gif

Maybe I should read before I write. rolleyes.gif

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