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Old 08-26-2007, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Has anyone ever ridden the ski train and did you enjoy the experience? Did you ride coach or club?

It seems to be a nice alternative to driving and dealing with parking hassle. The only downside I see is that you will miss out on some nightlife having to come back to Denver at 4PM
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Old 08-26-2007, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yes, I've ridden it, coach, I guess. It was fun. However, you are on the train's schedule, then you have to drive home from the train station so it can make for a long day relative to the amt. of skiing you do.
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:01 PM
 
Location: South of Denver
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Every time I took the Ski Train, I later found there was ann accident or other tie-up on I-70. While I always have a coach seat, that doesn't keep me out of the club car. The trip is always awesome, through some of the most beautiful terrain in the state.

Yes, if you don't live near downtown, there is some driving, but it's never through bumper to bumper I-70 ski traffic. And with a few friends, it just adds a lot more fun to a fun day. It is highly recommended and worth every penny, and most of the time, the 'night life' is ON the train!
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:35 PM
 
Location: CO
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how much does it cost?
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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Good info on ski trains in CO and other states: Riding the rails to the slopes - The Denver Post

The scenery on the Ski Train can't be beat. On it's way to Winter Park it goes places that are not accessible by car.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Boulder
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Default No more ski train

Looks like after 69 years, the ski train is going on to other missions. Colorado's Ski Train to Winter Park ends after 69 years - Denver Business Journal:

I was sad about this at first, and then remembered: I've only used it twice.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Very sad. We rode it at least once every season with friends. This is also testimony of our country's obsession with the automobile. With CO being so dependant on the ski industry for revenue, one would think we would have installed passenger train service along the resort corridors by now.
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Summit County (Denver's Toilet)
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Very sad. We rode it at least once every season with friends. This is also testimony of our country's obsession with the automobile. With CO being so dependant on the ski industry for revenue, one would think we would have installed passenger train service along the resort corridors by now.
and this has been a HOT topic for a while, but it too isn't without its restraints.......there are a couple of spots on I-70 that are issues....not to mention financing in a crumbling economy.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Very sad. We rode it at least once every season with friends. This is also testimony of our country's obsession with the automobile. With CO being so dependant on the ski industry for revenue, one would think we would have installed passenger train service along the resort corridors by now.
Or maybe it's testament to the current economy. It's a lot cheaper for a group of people to drive up in one car than pay $$$ for train tickets.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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Another step in the wrong direction for Colorado. The discontinuance of the Ski Train is no surprise, though. You can thank Colorado's transportation morons for this one, too. First, the Ski Train was purely a private operation--trying to compete with a massively government-subsidized highway system. Unlike highway competition, the Ski Train had to make its income on money from ticket sales and didn't enjoy the huge advantage of having its right-of-way maintained at taxpayer expense. Second, the planning idiots in Denver permitted double-ended rail access to Union Station to be cut down to single-ended. That makes getting trains in and out of Union Station cumbersome, and subject to frequent delays for trains traversing the yard tracks to get to Union Station. The Ski Train would be frequently delayed--often substantially--only a few blocks from Union Station. Hardly something that encourages patronage.

Of course, the Ski Train ran on single-track trackage with limited long sidings on a line running at near capacity with long, slow coal trains. Again, frequent delays. Then there is the matter of the passenger cars themselves. Nice as they are, they are still 1950's-era equipment--expensive to maintain, and, on the Ski Train schedule, only running a few days per week.

So, it's no surprise that the Ski Train is going bye-bye, but it's a great loss for Colorado. And just that much more of rail passenger service that will have to be resurrected at some not-that-long into the future date, when our clueless taxpayers finally crumple under the tax burden of subsidizing our disintegrating highway network.

PS--Vegaspilgrim, as one who is studying accounting, you should know that "It's a lot cheaper for a group of people to drive up in one car than pay $$$ for train tickets" if you ignore the "off-budget" costs that those people are paying in taxes to subsidize the road they're driving on. If those costs were included, the real cost of driving would look way butt-ugly.
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