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The lessons and successes of skiing women

Turning a passion in to a career is something that most people only dream of and often seems unrealistic. If you’re reading SkiRacing.com, it’s safe to say you share the same obsession and have devoted yours or your family’s lives to this crazy sport. Luckily for us, it’s actually a healthy obsession that provides amazing tools, opportunities and lifelong benefits that can set us up for success in all aspects of life. Ski racing and competition, at the intense level we pursue, creates life-learning experiences that few people likely encounter in other daily endeavors. The quest for perfection – be it the perfect turn, holding an edge, tactics or confidence ­– all correlate in some way to what we need to succeed in other pursuits. Garnering the nerve to tackle down a steep icy pitch feels strangely similar to mustering the confidence to take on a new career challenge. Almost all ski racers reach a point in their career where they have to hang it up and ask themselves, “What’s next?” At this point in life, it’s likely the hardest decision a still relatively young athlete has ever had to make. How do you walk away from something you’ve devoted your whole life […]

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

  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 […]

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Winter Park Express

For decades, a train chugged into the Rocky Mountains west from Denver, snaking through 29 tunnels and crossing the Continental Divide before delivering eager skiers to the base of Winter Park Resort at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Insurance woes doomed the service in 2009, but now — with some help from Amtrak — the ski train is back. The return of the Winter Park Express marks one of the more exciting developments for Colorado skiers in years, and resort officials say it’s already attracting attention worldwide. Powered by two 4,250-horsepower diesel-electric engines, the train is pulled from Denver’s historic and newly renovated Union Station about 60 miles and 3,700 vertical feet into Colorado’s snow-swept mountains. It drops passengers off about 100 yards from the lifts after passing through the 6.2-mile Moffat Tunnel, which was finished in 1928 and is credited with opening Denver up to western commerce. Also featured are Amtrak’s Superliner double-decker cars, which are designed for longer distances and are roomier than normal passenger train cars. The train can carry more than 500 passengers and can be resized depending on demand. But downsizing might not be an issue.   So far, Amtrak has sold more tickets than […]

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