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The ski train makes its triumphant return to Winter Park this weekend
The ski train makes its triumphant return to Winter Park this weekend

WINTER PARK, CO - MARCH 15: The Amtrak Winter Park Resort Ski Train arrives throught Moffat Tunnel at Winter Park, Colorado on March 15, 2014. For the first time since 2009 the Amtrak Winter Park Resort Ski Train made two trips from Denver's Union Station to Winter Park Ski area. The two trips sold out in a matter of hours and officials at Amtrak hope to work out a way to have the ski train come back on an annual basis. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

 (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

 

The Winter Park Express Opening Day will celebrate the return of the popular winter tradition as the train chugs into Winter Park through the historic Moffat Tunnel on Saturday. After catching a ride and hitting the slopes, the resort will host a DJ, prizes and giveaways on the West Portal patio from 1 to 3 p.m., then live music by Ryan Kelly inside the Derailer bar from 3 to 5 p.m. before you head back into the city.

But did you really even go if you didn’t document it on social media? The resort is asking travelers to post to Instagram with #WinterParkExpress so they can collect 3,000 images for a special Train Mosaic.

The ski train went dormant in 2009 but the memories and stories of the tradition from skiers who traveled the historic route since its inception in 1940 lived on, begging the question of when the train would return. You can get full coverage of the Winter Park Express train’s revival on denverpost.com.

The train departs from Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., at 7 a.m. and arrives at Winter Park at 9 a.m., with 26 trips scheduled through March 26. winterparkresort.com or tickets.amtrak.com.

On Friday, Denver Union Station will celebrate the Winter Park Express by hosting a 21-and-over ’80s Ski School Party from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Terminal Bar and the Gallery along with New Belgium Brewing.

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