New Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train gears up for this winter |

New Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train gears up for this winter

Jeffrey Leib
The Denver Post

All aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train.

The company seeking to run winter excursion trains to Winter Park as a successor to the Anschutz Co.’s Ski Train is selling tickets for the upcoming season.

The new ski train service is expected to operate between Dec. 27 and March 28, running as many as 50 round trips between Denver’s Union Station and the ski town on weekends, holidays and other select days, said Ed Ellis, president of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, which also runs excursion trains in southern Colorado.

For months, Ellis’ company has been negotiating terms of its takeover of Ski Train service with the Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the track, and Amtrak, which will provide operating crews for the new venture.

Rio Grande Scenic still needs a final sign-off from Amtrak, but Ellis said he is so confident that approval will come in a week or two his company has started selling Ski Train tickets.

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