I took the AMTRAK from MTP Iowa last yr w/2 buds. as mentioned one can catch a free bus to the slopes. We had no issue hauling all our gear onto the train. While i of course would never haul my own alcohol
, i will agree that discretion (and some folks had little) seemed to rule. The ride out is scheduled to arrive at 10am WTP but ran late ~1/2 hr. typical from the east is 1/2 to 2 hrs late and we got to the slopes by 12:30 or 1pm for 3-4 hrs of slopes. coming back is more random as the return train is often held up for freight trains in the SLC area. This AMTRAK route uses the Union Pacific (i think) line and is second in priority to freight. I enjoyed the trip as for me, the train leaves my Iowa station at 6pm for an overnight ride. return is 5pm from WP with a noon next day. this allowed our group to do a 1/2 day, then 2 full days missing only one day of work. AAA offers discounts of around 10%. if you got the spare cash, then a double sleeper would run (March 08) another $150 each way (but one can do it only one way if wanted) which translates to $75 per person. it includes some meals .. so it isn't too bad a hit. The standard coach has pretty big seats, bigger than 1st class air travel seats and they recline pretty good. My insurance man recommended taking a small blanket ... which is good advice.
I would consider a mid dec journey out if you should decide a date.
The only thing that would make my decision easier is if anyone would know if you really have to be present to by a season pass at WP? I'd love to get the season pass with 6/days at Steamboat, me and family travel for 7 nights to the boat and this would work out great.